(Numbers listed before each name represent their ancestor/ahnentafel Position)

William Goodson (? - ?)
Limited information known on William Goodson, married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), and they had a son John (1770).

48 - John Goodson (1770 - ?)
Born approximatley 1770 in Tring, Hertfordshire, and christened on the 2nd December 1770. John Goodson married Frances FOSTER on the 23rd June 1794 in Tring, Hertfordshire. They had four children Charlotte (1796), Elizabeth (1799), William (1801), and Benjamin (1814).

On the 1841 census John lived alone in Wilstone, Tring and his occupation was listed as an agricultural labourer.

24 - William Goodson (1801 - 1878)
Born in Little Tring, Hertfordshire in 1801 and christened on the 3rd May 1801. William married Maria SMITH on the 16th December 1834. They had eight children Fanny (1835), Martha (1839), Charles (1841), Edmund (1844), John (1846), James (1849), Elizabeth (1851), and William (1854).

William worked as a canal pump engine driver alongside William and John Woodhouse in the Tringford pumping station on the Wendover Arm of the canal . Maria was a straw plaiter, as were all the children at a young age.

Their daughter Fanny married Francis Harrowell whose family lived next door at Canal Side, Little Tring. Martha married John Burr a hairdresser who lived at 5 Akeman Street, Tring. Edmund married Mary Ann Monk and my great grandfather William married Mary Ann Crawley/Brightman, see details further along. On the 1841 through to the 1871 census the family lived at 2 Canal Side, Little Tring, Hertfordshire.

William died on the 28th January 1878 in Little Tring, aged 66, of bright's disease (generic name for diseases of the kidneys), the informant was a Mary Proctor. As a widow on the 1881 census Maria was living with her niece Elizabeth Smith and grand-daughter Annie Harrowell in Little Tring, Hertfordshire.

12 - William Goodson (1854 - 1924)
Born in Little Tring, Hertfordshire on the 27th May 1854. William married Mary Ann CRAWLEY/BRIGHTMAN on the 14th August 1882 in St Matthew's Church, Pancras, Middlesex, their witnesses were Henry and Ellen Hawkins. The address for both on the marriage certificate was 6 Cardington Street, London.

They had five children William (1884), Charles (1885), Walter (1887), Florence (1892) and Louisa (1893). Sadly Louisa only lived until she was a month old.

William's occupation was a glass beveller and in his senior years was a public baths attendant.

William left Little Tring for London and on the 1881 census was living on his own at 44 Clarendon Street, Pimlico, London. On the 1891 census William and family were living at 181 Pentonville Road, Clerkenwell, London, and in 1893 at 101, Midhope Buildings, Whidborne Street, Islington, London. By 1901 the family were living at 68 Liverpool Road, Islington, London and in 1911 at 7 Cross Street, Islington, London.

On the 1911 census William's occupation was listed as a Glass Grinder, his son William as a Travellers Porter, Walter as a Jewel Case Finisher, and Florence as an Assistant in Glass Syphon Business.

William died on the 5th August 1924, aged 70, at Whittington Hospital, 77a Highgate Hill, London of chronic bronchitis and cardiac weakness, the informant was his son William.

6 - Charles Goodson (1885 - 1969)
Born at 5 Gee Street, St Pancras, London on the 27th July 1885. William married Clara Margaret RICKETTS on the 26th July 1913 at the register office in Southwark, London, their witnesses were F Ricketts and William Ricketts. The address for both on the marriage certificate was 39 Alfreton Street, London.

They had three children Albert (1914), Clara Margaret (Clare) (1918) and Patricia Jean. As a family they lived at Portobello Road, Kensington, London and then 55 Bulstrode Road, Hounslow, Middlesex. When Charles was married his occupation was stated as a railway porter.

Charles joined the 1st Scottish Rifles 'Cameronians' on the 20th June 1906 in London aged 20 years and 11 months - regiment number 9314, and signed up for 9 years and 3 years in the reserved. Charles was discharged on the 5th January 1915, he served with honour in the great war and was discharged due to having been found no longer physically fit to for war service - I have no information on what happened to him during the war, but he was awarded the 1914 Star (instituted in 1917 for service ashore in France and Flanders between 5 August and 22 November 1914), the British War Medal (authorised in 1919 and was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike), and the Victory Medal (awarded to all eligible personnel who served on the establishment of a unit). During the second world war Charles was a warden for the air raid precautions department in the borough of Heston and Isleworth.

Charles sadly died on the 3rd April 1969 of cerebral thrombosis at St Albans City Hospital, Normandy Road, St Albans and laid to rest at West Herts Crematorium.


William Goodson (? - ?)
Limited information known on William Goodson, married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), and they had a son John (1770).