From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
William M. Goodell is a native of Oneida County, N. Y., born Sept. 15, 1822. His father, John Goodell, was born in Yorkshire, England, Dec. 19, 1799, and was married May 1, 1821, to Elizabeth Mead, a native of the same county, born Feb. 2, 1800. They are living in Oneida County, having had a married life of sixty-four years. They are the parents of nine children-- Sarah, Mary, Isabel, Jane, Adeline, Myra, William, Daniel, and Robert (deceased). William M. Goodell is the eldest son. He was reared in his native county on a farm, receiving a limited education. He was married in Waterville, Oneida Co., N. Y., Dec. 31, 1851, to Fidelia Olmstead, a native of Waterville, born Oct. 31, 1828, a daughter of Walter and Mary (Bennett) Olmstead. To them have been born five children, three of whom are living-- Ira; Ella, wife of Elroy Carpenter, and Ray. Walter died Jan. 14, 1853, and Adelbert April 12, 1857. In March, 1860, Mr. Goodell removed to Camden, Hillsdale Co., Mich., and in the spring of 1865 to Fremont, where they have since resided. Mrs. Goodell's parents were natives of Connecticut, her father born March 17, 1805, and her mother Jan. 2, 1806. They had a family of six children-- Caroline, Susan, Edmund, Ellen, Amelia and Fidelia.
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