Curtis Goodsill owned some land in Kane County, IL in 1847. In the 1860 census he was living in Riley Twp of McHenry County, IL. He also purchased 80 acres of land in the West 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 34 in township 43 North, Range 5 East in McHenry County, IL on 1 May 1849 prior to moving to Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, sometime around 1881.
From the transciptions of the Bedford cemeteries:
THE GOODSILL FAMILY -- Curtis GOODSILL was born Nov. 19, 1802 at Sheldon, VT and married Eunice SMITH, who died in 1843. They had 7 children, 5 of whom grew to maturity. Aleaxander, Rachel, and Napoleon were well known Taylor County residents. His second wife was Harriett CURTIS, a native of Quebec, Canada, and the daughter of Derina CURTIS. They were married at Sheldon, VT. The family moved to Marengo, IL, and later to Bedford in 1881. They had four children, Martha A., Arthur B., Marshall C., and Harriet L. . Curtis and Harriett are buried on the GOODSILL lot in the Bedford Cemetery. [JMR:Bedford City Cemetery, est. 1870]
From the Cemetery Transciptions of the Bedford City Cemetery, Bedford, IA.:
A large wooden marker, no longer legible [JMR: a strange sight in a cemetery of stone markers, but still standing in March of 1997] stands in the NE corner of the Goodsill plot, Lots 75-77. The City Hall records show a burial here. Legend says that a family was traveling west, camped just east of the cemetery in the ravine. One of the members of the party died and was buried there, by the courtesy of Dr. Walter Fitz Randolph. [JMR: spouse of Rachel Goodsill}
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