In the newspaper, Raleigh Observer, Raleigh, NC, Feb. 18, 1879 is the following article:
[From the Glasgow (Ky.) Times]
One of the most remarkable men in Monroe county, Ky., is Mr. John Jacob Goodman. Mr. Goodman was born in North Carolina in 1783, and is now in his ninety-seventh year. In 1804 he moved to Monroe county, then a part of Barren, and has lived on the same place ever since, a period of seventy-five years. For upwards of forty years he was a distiller, and at the age of sixty-five he could lift a forty gallon barrel of whisky and take his toddy out of the b-nghole. He is now living with his second wife, his first having died many years ago. Fifteen children were the fruit of his first matrimonial experiment and seventeen of his last, making a grand total of thirty-two, twenty-seven of whom lived to be married. He has always been a moderate dram drinker, for sixty two years a member of the Baptist church and forty two years a clerk of that body. Besides this, he is a life-long Democrat, and never failed to vote in elections on but one occasion in his life. He says that his object in leaving Carolina was toi raise a large family of children, and that he has never ceased regreting this step, as he could have done as well in that line in Carolina as he has succeeded here. The father of Mr. Goodman died at the age of ninety-six, and wolud, perhaps, have lived longer, but he broke his leg, which hastened his death.
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