On this day, 25 July 1848, Josiah Good passed away in Sharpsburg, Maryland. He was my 5th great-grandfather.
Circa 1740, Josiah Good’s uncle, Joseph Chapline, was the first to settle in the area,. In 1763, at the end of the French and Indian War, Joseph Chapline laid out the first town in Washington County, naming it Sharps Burgh, in honor of his friend Horatio Sharpe, the proprietary governor of the Province of Maryland. The early residents of Sharps Burgh in the 1760s were primarily of English, German, or Swiss ethnicity. Many local farmers grew wheat.
Josiah Good was born in 1768 in Sharps Burgh, Frederick County (now Sharpsburg, Washington County), Maryland to parents William Good and Mary Chapline. Throughout his life, William Good built three houses in the Sharps Burg area. The first one he built was a stone house. This was the home in which Josiah Good was born.
In 1789, when Gen. George Washington became the first president of the United States, he initially considered the area between Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia) as a possible site for the U.S. Capitol, spanning both sides of the Potomac River.
Although little is known about Josiah Good’s childhood, we do know that sometime before 1799 (probably circa 1788), Josiah Good married Mary Myers near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Their son, William Good (my 4th great-grandfather), was born on 20 February 1799, in Washington County, Maryland.
In 1800, the Josiah Good family, consisting of two males under the age of 10 years (one of whom was William), one male age 10-15, one male age 26-45 (Josiah), and one female age 16-25 (Mary), lived in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. (It is interesting to note that the homes on either side of the Good Family belonged the “Widow Hoffman” and the “Negro Kate”, as described by the 1810 U.S. Census enumerator.)
In 1810, the Josiah Good family, composed of three males under the age of 10 years, two males age 10-15 (one of whom was William), one male age 26-45, two males age 45 and over (one of whom was Josiah), and one female age 26-44 (Mary), still resided in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. Mary’s possible brother, John Myers Jr., and his family lived nearby.
In 1817, a daughter was born to Josiah and Mary Good. They named her Henrietta.
In 1820, the Josiah Good family, consisting of one free white male under 10 years old, one free white male between the ages of 10 and 16, one free white male age 16-26, one free white male age 45 and up (Josiah), two free white females under age 10, two free white females between the ages of 10 and 16, one free white female age 16-26, and one free white female age 26-45 (Mary) still lived in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. According to the census of that year, one person in the household engaged in commerce (probably Josiah). In addition, one male slave under the age of 14 and three male slaves between the ages of 14 and 26 also were in residence.
In 1825, another daughter, Elizabeth, was welcomed to the family.
In 1832, the town of Sharpsburg was incorporated.
Circa 1836, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal reached Sharpsburg, Maryland. The canal brought a much-needed financial boon to the community, providing many jobs and allowing for easier transport of goods.
In 1840, the Josiah Good family was still living in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. Residing in the household were two males between the ages of 20 and 30, two males between the ages of 30 and 40, one white male age 60-70 (Josiah, although he was really between the ages of 70 and 80), one white female age 15-20, two white females between the ages of 20 and 30, and one white female between the ages of 50 and 60 (Mary, although she was really between the ages of 60 and 70).
Then, on 25 July 1848, Josiah Good passed away in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland. He was age 80 years, 1 month, and 11 days. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland.