FAMILY GENEALOGY
JOURNEY TO RECLAIM MY HERITAGE



Uncle Arthur Good, Great Grandfather James Oscar God and 1st Cousin Richard Good in late 1930's


Great Grandmother Grace Clara Good taken in her latter years though date unknown


My paternal grandmother Ruth Good Marx Weikert was the daughter of James & Grace Good and in being so I have a rather long family line in the Good family; great grandparents, obviously my grandmother, many aunts, uncles and cousins. It is the most detailed chapter of this section of my web site though still incomplete at this time.

Paternal, Great Great Good Grandfather:

John Good…born in 1845 in Pennsylvania…verified via Ohio 1880 census as he had at some point moved there but census does verify place of birth also his first son William was born there but then died/buried in Ohio. Parents are said to be from Ireland also that he died when his sons James & Arthur were both very young…family story not verified as to date I can find no record of his death or burial plot.

Maternal Great, Great Good Grandmother:

John married Lydia Stone on May 1, 1970

Lydia Stone Good….born in 1856 in Ohio:

Her parents were Jacob C. Stone born in Paris, KY 1804 died in OH 6/20/1876 & Elizabeth May Stone born in Bath county, VA 1818 died 1902 in OH, both are buried at cemetery below as well as Lydia. Elizabeth was Jacob’s 2nd marriage as he married Marie Hancock in Bourbon, KY 2/22/1830 & then Elizabeth on 8/6/1866 in Spencer, KY. Jacob also fought in the Civil War and received a pension on12/11/1873.

John & Lydia are buried at historic Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, OH






Lydia was a nickname for Elizabeth


Children of John/Lydia:

William Edward Good born in Pennsylvania in 1873 died 2/7/1878 (Uncle) Burial: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, OH



James Oscar Good born in Delphos, Ohio May 22, 1878...died in Dayton,Ohio 4/28/1945 (Great Good Grandfather)James Oscar Good marries Grace Clara Goodell on May 1, 1870(Great Good Grandmother.)Grace Clara Goodill Good born in Lytle, Ohio July 23, 1883...died in MI June 1977.

The 1900 census shows James was a servant to the Charles Rucker family in Darke, OH: Found this startling but then one needs to remember that his mother passed away in 1894 when he was but 16 and his brother Arthur was 13. A Good relative notes that the boys were basically on their own as their father John had passed before their mother Lydia.

They needed a place to live and support themselves. Arthur boarded with a family and it is there he met his wife Florence. From the 1900 census James found a place that provided a place to live and earn money while being a servant so it all became understandable. He would go on to work later for the Frigidaire Company throughout his adult life.

James and Grace are buried at Willow View Cemetery,Dayton, OH

Their Daughter: Ruth L. Good born 2/7/1907 Bronson, Huron, Ohio…(My Grandmother)

Their Son: Robert Good was born 11/16/1911 and died on 1/9/1976...have no further information for Robert at this time.

Grace’s parents were William Goodell 1861-1928 & Elizabeth Warwick Goodell 1862-1925.(Great Goodell Grandparents). William’s family was from Virginia and Elizabeth’s family was from Kentucky...they are buried at Miami Cemetery Corwin Warren County,OH.I have no further information or photos of WIlliam and Elizabeth.





James and his younger brother Arthur...Arthur is seated


James & Grace are in the far left, 1st Cousin Richard in next to James and other women is Aunt Elizabeth...James & Arthur's sister; others not identified at this time


Despite being 63 years old at the time James was required to sign up for the draft during World War ll as all men born between 1877-1897 were required to do so.






Arthur L Good…(Uncle)was born in Ohio Dec. 11, 1881 and died Jul. 4, 1951 Dayton, OH

Obituary from the Dayton Newspaper:

Services for Arthur L. Good, 69, of 14 Anna St., will be conducted at 8:30 am Saturday at the Luthman funeral home, and a requiem high mass, 9 am at St. Agnes Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 9:30 PM tomorrow. Mr. Good died at 1:50 am yesterday at Good Samaritan hospital after a three month illness. Survivors include his wife, Florence Good; a daughter, Mrs. Rose Marie Slife, Alameda CA,; one son, Arthur Good, Dayton; and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Good Mills, Elyria: 13 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren.

Arthur married Florence Louise Steinmetz Good 6/21/1905.

Florence Louise Steinmetz Good was born Nov. 8, 1882 in Dayton, OH and died Jun. 16, 1967 in Dayton, OH Dayton

Obituary from the Dayton Daily News:

Good, Florence Mrs., age 84 of 4716 Kings Hwy., passed away Friday. Survived by one daughter, Rosemarie Slife; 1 son Arthur Good, both of Dayton; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, Services 8:45 am, Tuesday, Latham Funeral Home, 364 Xenia Av. Requiem High Mass 9:30 Assumption church. Visitation at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm Monday. Interment Calvary cemetery.

Florence was the daughter of Weldon & Catherine Steinmetz.




Weldon Steinmetz, father of Florence born June 4, 1856,Lancaster County Pennsylvania, and died Dec. 13, 1913, Dayton Montgomery County Ohio

The Dayton Daily Newspaper obituary:
Popular Molder Died on Saturday Night

Weldon Joseph Steinmetz, molder employed at the Ohio Rake Works, died Saturday evening at his home, 231 W. Norwood Ave., at the age of 57 years, six months, & 9 days. He had been ill since July with a complication of ailments. Steinmetz was an unusually popular man and had been active in the affairs of the molder's union, local #181. He was also affiliated with the Knights of St. George, St. George Beneficial Society and the Maccabees. He came to Dayton from Lancaster, PA, when he was a boy 11 years old, and has made his home here ever since. Mrs. Catherine Steinmetz, his wife, and one daughter, Florence, survive him. Funeral services will be held from the home and from Emanuel Catholic Church, of which he was a member.

Catherine C. Elstro Steinmetz, Florence's mother, was born May 2, 1860, Richmond Wayne County, Indiana, died May 3, 1941, Dayton Montgomery County, OH Ohio.

Florence also had one brother, Arthur Frederick Steinmetz, born May 4, 1887. Dayton, OH and died Dec. 5, 1909, Dayton, OH.

Obituary from the Dayton Daily Newspaper:
Arthur Frederick Steinmetz, son of Mr. & Mrs. Weldon J. Steinmetz, died Sunday night at 8 PM, age 22 years, 7 months, 1 day. Funeral from residence, 231 Norwood Ave, Thursday morning at 8:30, and at Emanuel Catholic Church at 9:30. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Friends invited.







Arthur Steinmetz








This was on Arthur & Florence's wedding day in 1905...they are in the front, my great grandfather and grandmother James & Grace are behind them...they would marry in 1906.


Florence Steinmetz Good








Children of Arthur/Florence:
Arthur and Florence had a daughter Rosemarie...because she married into another family line and I have a number of photographs I will put her in the next chapter of this section.

Richard Arthur Good…1st cousin born Nov. 16, 1911& in Dayton, OH and died in Dayton on 1/10/1971

Obituary from the Dayton Daily News: Richard A. Good, 59, of 345 S. Jersey Street, an employee of Gem City Blue Print and Supply Complany, died Sunday. He was the husband of Mary E., father of Ronald J., John R., Charles R., Robert W., Lawrence W. and Mrs. Jerome C. (Theresa A.) Waldrun; brother of Rosemarie Slife. and grandfather of seven. Funeral 9 AM Wednesday from Harris Funeral Home 49 Linden Avenue and 9:30 AM in Holy Family Church. Burial Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 3 to 9 PM Tuesday. The Holy Family Holy Name Society will hold memorial servces at 8PM Tuesday.

Married Mary Elizabeth Steinmetz who was born Oct. 12, 1912 and died Oct. 18, 1998, both in Dayton, OH They are buried at Calvary Cemetery,Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio. More information and photos of Mary's family will be on the next chapter due to length of this chapter.










Children of Richard/Mary: (All 2nd cousins)I to date have not researched them

Ronald J

Charles R

Robert W

Lawrence W

Theresa A Good Waldrun

James O’s other siblings needing further research:

John J Good born in Pennsylvania around 1876 Uncle

Elizabeth M Good Mills born in Pennsylvania around 1871 Aunt

Have thus far reached a dead end in my research for John and Elizabeth. It is known that Elizabeth married but tracking of her was lost after that.



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MARX/WEIKERT


GOOD FAMILY


SLIFE/ELSTRO FAMILY LINES


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