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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HARRY E. GOODELL, a live and energetic merchant of Irving, New York, is a son of Henry M. and Jennie (Boyle) Goodell, and was born in Erie, Erie county, Penna., November 15th, 1863. He is of New England ancestry, his grandfather, Harry Goodell, having been a native of Connecticut, from whence he emigrated to Cattaraugus county, village of Cottage, about 1832. Thence he removed to Nashville, Chautauqua county, afterwards to Ruggtown and later to Irving, where he died. He was a shoemaker by trade, which he pursued throughout his life; in politics, a democrat; in religion, a member of the Baptist church. His marriage to Lucinda Weaver, who still survives at the age of ninety-two, resulted in a family of eleven children — four sons and seven daughters. Mr. Goodell was born in 1797, and died at the age of eighty-eight. Grandfather Edward Boyle was a native of Ireland, County Donegal, and emigrated to America, locating in Jackson, Michigan. His death took place in Detroit. He reared a family of five children, who all lived to mature age. Henry M. Goodell, (father) was born December 11th, 1833, in the village of Cottage, Cattaraugus county, New York. He was first a farmer, then a railroader, then an express messenger, and is at present a clerk in his son’s store. He united in marriage with Jennie Boyle, who is now deceased, and had one son, Harry E.

Harry E. Goodell received a limited education, and when but a mere boy, commenced his career as a cash boy, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Here he remained one year, when he removed to Irving and opened a five cent store, his entire stock in 1879 being valued at ten dollars. Since that time he has remained in the village of Irving, and, little by little, has added to his business until at the present time he is the owner of the leading general store in the place. He now carries a stock of general merchandise valued at four to five thousand dollars, and has a large and increasing business. In addition to his increasing mercantile interests, he is part owner of fourteen acres of grapes, and owns other valuable real estate in the town. Politically, Mr. Goodell is a democrat, and was postmaster at Irving for four years, under appointment of President Cleveland. He belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons of Silver Creek, Silver Lodge, of which he is a member in good stand.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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