Chapter 1 - Susquehanna County Origins

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Earl and Burt Goodrich were fifth generation descendants of some of the early settlers of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. That is, four generations of their ancestors (two parents, four grandparents, six great grandparents, and three second great grandparents) lived here, all within about 15 miles of Heart Lake and closer than that to each other.

There are four strands of arrivals in Susquehanna County that converge in the 1865 marriage of Manzer Goodrich and Permelia (as she was then called) Hawley and the births of their two sons - Earl in 1866 and Burt in 1868. The four families of their grandparents: Goodrich, Tiffany, Hawley, and Wright arrived in the future Susquehanna County over a period of 24 years beginning in 1794 and continuing to 1827. The Tiffanys settled in what became Harford township; the others in what became Brooklyn. (In 1846, the southern part of Brooklyn where the Wrights lived became Lathrop.)

The Tiffanys - 1794

In the fall of 1794, Thomas and Melatiah (Tingley) Tiffany, with seven children, Lorinda, Alfred, Thomas, Pelatiah, Tingley, Dalton, and Lewis, made the trek from Attleboro, Massachusetts to the new Nine Partners settlement in what is now Harford, Pennsylvania. They were accompanied by another Attleboro family, John and Mercy (Thacher) Tyler, with four children. The journey was about 325 miles and took them three weeks. From the Delaware onward, a distance of about fifty miles, they traveled at ten miles a day. The Tiffanys established a homestead near the "beaver meadow" at the southeast corner of the original Nine Partners purchase. For the story of the settlement of Nine Partners, see here.

Alfred Tiffany turned 13 years old in December of that year of arrival, 1794. By the time was 24 he had established a farm west of Martin’s Creek, just west of the present village of Kingsley. In January 1806 he married Lucy Miller of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania and Cynthia, their first child, was born in July that year. For more on the Tiffanys, see here.

The Wrights - 1808

Two years later, in 1808, the second group of our ancestors, Anthony and Sally (Swetland) Wright arrived at a spot a few miles south of Alfred Tiffany’s place, along Martins Creek near the confluence of Hopbottom Creek and Martins Creek. We don’t know how long it took them to get here from Somers, Connecticut. In the next few years, two of Anthony’s brothers settled nearby with their families, and their father, Samuel Wright arrived with his second wfie, Azuba (Gibbs) Wright. For more on the settlement of the Hopbottom area and the Wrights' role in it, see here. For more on the Wrights, see here.

The Hawleys - 1818

Sally Wright was born in 1817. A year later, in 1818, Abel and Marilla (Hutchenson) Hawley, with their children Emily and Joseph arrived in the southern part of what is now Brooklyn township, quite close to the Wright’s place.

Joseph was 6 years old in September 1818 when his family arrived. For more on the Hawleys, see here.

Eli Goodrich - 1827

Nine years later than the Hawleys, in 1827 Eli B. Goodrich arrived from New Berlin, Chenango County, New York; he was 25. (The Tingley Family Revised states he was married in January of that year to Cynthia Tiffany. I don’t see how that could be, unless he was already here, and January seems an odd time to come to a new place and start farming. ) The Goodrich farm was just a little bit north of the Alfred Tiffany place, also along Martin’s Creek. For more on the Goodriches, see here for the family before Eli came to Brooklyn, here for Eli’s family in Brooklyn, here for Manzer’s Iowa family, here for Burt’s family, and here for Earl’s family.

The Appendix to this chapter has more detailed genalogical data.