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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.
JAMES A. McGOODWIN was born June 23, 1859, in Franklin, Ky., and is the second of two sons and five daughters, six now living: G. Eva, James A., William H., Harriet E. Epes, Fannie H. and Hirell, born to James L. and Delia P. (Hale) McGoodwin, born respectively in Franklin, Ky., and Sunbury, Ohio. James L. McGoodwin was one of the prominent and representative men of Kentucky; was a leading and prominent merchant up to the close of the war, when he engaged in the banking business. In 1870 he opened the First National Bank in Franklin; in 1879 purchased the property, building and ground, and continued it as a private bank. He handled real estate in Kansas City, and accumulated considerable wealth by his good management, leaving at his death an estate of nearly $75,000 or $100,000. He was one of the best business men in Simpson County; was a son of William H. McGoodwin, who married Mary Jane McCutchen. William H. McGoodwin was reared in Logan County; was born about 1802; came to Franklin with his brother, surveyed and laid off the town and built the first store; had been in business there all his life, excepting four years during the war, which he spent in Danville, Ky. His father was born in Scotland and came to the United States and settled in North Carolina, thence to Logan County in the early settlement of the county, and from him many of the leading families of southern Kentucky are descended. Mr. McGoodwin’s grandfather, Hale, was born in 1802 in New York; moved to Ohio and engaged in mercantile business; he died in 1857. The grandmother Hale’s maiden name was Brown; she was born in Massachusetts; at an early date moved to Ohio and was of English descent. J. A. McGoodwin was reared and received his early training in Franklin. He graduated from Cumberland University of Tennessee in 1878, and later entered the banking business with his father in Franklin. After his father’s death he reorganized the business, and conducted it under the name of J. A. McGoodin & Co., and is the head of the firm. Mr. McGoodwin is a shrewd and good business man, and is respected by all who know him. His parents were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He case his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield. His father was a Whig and after the war a Republican.