NameJohn Anton Good
Birth13 Dec 1826, Schwendi, St Gallen, Switzerland8
Death26 Jan 1904, Hale, Carroll County, Missouri
BurialMaberry cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri
ReligionRoman Catholic; Christian Church
FatherJosef Christian Hugo Good (1796-1858)
MotherAnna Catherina Pfiffner (1798-1846)
Birth15 Jul 1829, Venningen, Pfalz, Germany9
Death11 Jun 1897, Livingston County, Missouri10
BurialMaberry cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri
ReligionRoman Catholic
FatherJakob Bamberger (1797-1859)
MotherBarbara Voellinger (1799->1858)
Marriage10 May 1855, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi11
ChildrenJohn Christian (1856-1921)
 William Jacob (1857-1926)
 Anton (1859-1931)
 Margaret (1861-1933)
 Karlina (1863-1864)
 Louis Philip (1865-1866)
 Elizabeth (1867-1967)
 Maria Fanny (1869-1926)
 Karl Albert (1872-1951)
Notes for John Anton Good
1.Arr New Orleans, 7 Nov 1848, “Esperance.”
2.Naturalized 19 Jan 1859, Warren Co., Mississippi12
John A. Good’s mother died in 1846. Two years later, he emigrated to America, arriving at New Orleans, 7 November 1848, aboard the Esperance. He was accompanied by his sister Anna Maria who returned to Mels where she died in 1854. It is believed John Good had come to prepare a home for the rest of the family to follow. John’s father re-married and remained in Mels, but shortly after the marriage John was joined by his sister Barbara and two brothers: Joseph and Martin. John Good had settled in Vicksburg before 1850 and was joined there in 1853 by the above sister and brothers. John married at Vicksburg, 10 May 1855, to Barbara Bamberger who had arrived from Germany in 1852. John and Barbara remained in Vicksburg until the Civil War. When Vicksburg came under attack, the family hid in caves. The Goods’ farm was destroyed, but John managed to get his family out by ox-cart with only their clothing on their backs. The Goods settled briefly in either Adams or Mercer County, Illinois. Two children were born there, but they both died. About 1867 the family settled in Livingston County, Missouri. John Good was remembered as a very distinguished-looking gentleman. He retained his old world custom of having wine with his meals which must have certainly seemed out of place in his community. In the 1890s John went to Mexico where he lived for a couple of years. There were apparently some family difficulties as can be learned from a letter he wrote to his son in 1897. It is believed John went to Mexico to work in the silver mines, but turned to farming instead. He returned to Missouri in failing health and lived with a daughter until his death in 1904.
1850 census: Warren Co., Mississippi, page 209, 210, 657/682
Philip Baum, 9, Mississippi
Charles Baum, 5, Mississippi
Elizabeth Baum, 3, Mississippi
Frederick Baum, 22, Germany. Clerk
Otto Baum, 19, Germany. Clerk
Antonio Gaton [sic], 23, Switzerland. Gardner
1870 census: Avalon, Fairview Twp., Livingston Co., Missouri. page 4,5, 26/26
Anthony Good, 43. Switzerland. Farmer. Citizen
Barbara Good, 42. Byrne
John Good, 13. Mississippi
Jacob W. Good, 11. Mississippi
Anthon Good, 9. Mississippi
Margaret Good, 8. Mississippi
Elizabeth Good, 3. Missouri
Fanny Good 1. Missouri
1880 census: Grand River Twp., Livingston Co., Missouri. SD75 ED175 Page 12
John A. Good, head, 54. Switzerland, Switzerland, Switzerland. Farmer
Barbary Good, wife, 51. Germany, Germany, Germany
Tony Good, son, 21. Mississippi, Switzerland, Germany
Elizabeth Good, daughter, 13. Missouri, Switzerland, Germany
Fannie Good, daughter, 10. Missouri, Switzerland, Germany
Albert Good, son, 8. Missouri, Switzerland, Germany
George Ellis, boarder, 25. Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky
1900 census: Grand River Twp., Livingston Co., Missouri. SD2 ED98 Sheet 6, 115/115
Charls Parris, head, 30, Jan 1870. Missouri, Missouri, Ohio. farmer
Fannie M. Parris, wife, 30, Dec 1867. Missouri, Switzerland, Germany
Exa C. Parris, son, 6, Oct 1893. Missouri, Missouri, Missouri
May C. Parris, daughter, 4, Jan 1896. Missouri, Missouri, Missouri
Anton Good, b.-in-law, 40, Sep 185-(illegible). Mississippi, Switzerland, Germany
John A. Good, f.-in-law, 73, Dec 182-(illegible). Switzerland, Switzerland, Switzerland

John A. Good obituary. Chillicothe Constitution, Chillicothe, Missouri, issue 11 Feb 1904:
Died, Jan. 26, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Warner, near Hale, John Good. Mr. Good came to America from Switzerland. When he was a young man located near Vicksburg where he was married to Barbara Bumbarger. Near the close of the war moved to Illinois and from that state he came to Missouri and located on a farm near the Vaughn school house in this part of Livingston county. His wife died a number of years ago. Of their marriage seven children were born—John Good Jr, of near Hale, William of Hale, Toan of near Hale, Albert and Mrs. James Mathews of Oklahoma, Mrs. Charles Parris and Mrs. John Warner of near Hale. Mr. Good was 77 years old, he having been born Dec. 31, 1826. He was buried in the Maberry cemetery January 27.

John A. Good obituary. The Hale Leader, Hale, Missouri, issue 29 Jan 1904:
Death has again invaded our community and taken from us one of our most honored and respected citizens, in the person of John A. Good who died Jan. 26th at 1:30 P.M. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Warner, north of Hale. For the past three years he was affected with catarrah of the lungs, and the end id not come unexpectedly. Remains wre interred in the Mayberry cemetery west of Avalon Wednesday. Deceased was born in Switzerland Dec. 30, 1826. When only a boy he came to America and settled in Mississippi where he resided about 12 years when he went to Illinois and after a 3 years stay in that state came to Missouri. Later he spent about 20 years in Florida and other southern states, but again came to Missouri and remained until his death. He was married three times, the last matrimonial voyage being made with Miss Barbara Bumbarder who proceeded him to the grave 10 years ago. To this union nine children were born, two of which died when young. Those now living are W.J. Good, John Good, Anthony Good, Lizzie Warner, Fannie Paris, all residing in the neighborhood of Hale; Maggie Mathess and Albert Good of Oklahoma. Deceased was a member of the Christian Church and a man who always endeavored to do right. The sorrowing children have the sympathy of many friends.

When John Good was in Topolobampo, Mexico, 1897, he wrote the following letter to his son William. In 1973 he original letter was in the possession of Elmer May, of Forest Grove, Oregon.
“Topolobampo, Agust 22th 1897. Der Sohn Wiliam Good. A feu das ago i raseft a latter from Lizzi Warner and stathe dathe Jouar mother died July 11. Nou i thad i want Jou to be da atmenestratar for har and mi afars too. i advis Jou do kep Albarts part for hem tell Jou see him fethe to lat hawethe axsapt axedant shuld hapen to hem. i gew hem alrade 200 Dolar in Maxecan mony and he wel gid all mi propardy and cash mony in Maxeco and the ballons all i gad in Fla. and hom well be iquelly diwidat Anton Good encludat. i want Jou do tag no adwis from John Good bacose hem and hes old Mother trid to cheet mi a feu Jars agoo. i dont plam da oll Mother bacos she had nawar sance anof to nou bader. if John Good is not sadesfid wid the abou plans dan simply writ mi dan he wil gid from me in all his laful 5 Dollar. i thade dont sall the Farm to chep. maby dad united Russesha Ampiar Stat turn out a lidel bader and maby vors so i say nodeng and lefad to Jou and Jouar Father in Law, and lat Jou bod due da bazt Jou cane, and i be thesfil i hird noding from Albart sans i Roud Lizzi about, i wele writ hem as soun as i no war hi is. i am wall and harty and get alang allrit. wi ar haf the Ranne Sisson 1-1/2 mont langer. i had strabarres for 6 mont da forst of July for 1 weak i had rip strabarres and rip grabs dogaddar. de grabs gad rip tu late dis Jar so da Rane spildam and lasted hartly 1 mont. som of da switast grabs wuld get rip and soft and stay souar. i culd mag only 6 gallon good winn. war i lew i haw no musgetdors and feu insagts and about 1 hous fliy war Jou haw 1000 ub tar and is warry halty hear. i wil clos for des tam. i sand mi Low and raspect to all mi cheldran and grand cheldran.
/s/ John A. Good
dis Jar is hotest hiar san i am in Maxico. to 15 ob Jun 98, ta 16 of July 98, 99, Agust 5, 101 at 12 klook. it is about 40 houssas near and mi hous is da culast of all, bacas i nod hou do hawit so. den abou namt houssas is in sithe of 3/4 of a mil.”
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