My great grandfather was William Goodwin from Hartford, CT

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He had a daughter, Edith born 1925 and a son Bill born 1927. William's wife was Irene Chandler, but she took off when Edith was 3 years old. Can anyone give me any info on my relatives?
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This one will be hard to follow and required a LOT more confirmation.

From   It appears from census data, that Edith Hatch was the dau of Charles Hatch and Mary J Parsons and that Mary J Parsons was the dau of Philip and Hannah Parsons.

I also appears the William Goodwin, b abt 1904/5 might be the son of Walter B Goodwin, son of William and Octavie Goodwin and Edith Hatch ( Adams). It appears that Edith Hatch eventually married a Charles Adams?


U S Census, 1930 West Hartford, Hartford, CT

head  Mary J Hatch F 80 CT

daughter  Edith Adams F 47 CT

grandson  William H Goodwin  M 24 CT


U S Census, 1920 Nickoles Rich, , Hartford, CT

self  Nickoles Rich M 21y CT

wife  Anna Rich F 18y NJ

self  Charles Adams M 40y RI abt 1880

wife  Edith Adams F 35y CT abt 1885

son  William Goodwin  M 15y CT


U S Census, 1910 Torrington, Litchfield, CT

self  William Goodwin M 66y CT abt 1844

Wife  Octavie Goodwin F 64y CT

William Goodwin  M 5y CT


U S Census, 1910 Torrington, Litchfield, CT

 Walter Goodwin  M 31y CT  Divorced


US Census, 1900 ED 258 Torrington borough, Litchfield, CT

head  William Goodwin M 58 CT

wife  Octavia J Goodwin F 54 CT

son  Walter B Goodwin  M 22 CT


U S Census, 1900 ED 224 West Hartford township, Hartford, CT

head  Charles Hatch M 53 CT

wife  Mary J Hatch F 50 CT

son  Gilbert E Hatch M 23 CT

dau  Edith M Hatch  F 19 CT


U S Census, 1880 West Hartford, Hartford, CT

 Charles E. Hatch  M 31 CT

wife  Mary J. Hatch F 30 CT

son  Gilbert E. Hatch M 2 CT

moth  Hannah W. Parsons F 62 CT


Connecticut, Births

Gilbert Edward Hatch

birth  13 Jan 1877 West Hartford, Hartford, CT

father Chas E. Hatch

mother   Mary Parsons


U S Census, 1870 West Hartford, Hartford, CT

 Philip G Parsons M 56y CT

 Hannah W Parsons F 50y CT

 Mary J Parsons  F 20y CT

 Shubael W Parsons M 14y CT

 Rhoda Daniels F 81y CT


U S Census, 1850 Hartford, CT

Phillip G Parsons M 36 CT

 Hannah Parsons F 31 CT

 Phillip A Parsons M 10 CT

 Lucy E Parsons F 6 CT

 Mary J Parsons  F 0 CT

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
edited by Chris Hoyt
I'm not sure that these are my great and great great grandparents. William Goodwin was Married to Irene Chandler. Irene's mother was to the best of my knowledge Edith Hatch Adams. I heard that Edith Hatch Adams was a bootlegger who had a mansion in West Hartford and Long Island. William Goodwin had two children, Edith L Goodwin born 1925, my grandmother and Bill Goodwin born 1927. My grandmother grew up mainly in Somers with a woman by the name of Grace Stebbins. But when she was very young lived in either or both Hartford and West Hartford. Thats about all I currently know on this. Appearantly Edith Hatch was remarried and was previously married to a Chandler.
Although, I might have something wrong. Edith Hatch might have been my great great grandmother on my great grandfathers side, not my great grandmothers side.

At some point it appears that Edith Hatch, dau of Mary J Hatch, married a Goodwin.  She is living with her mom in 1910 as Edith Goodwin. 

So the Goodwin children in this 1930 census with the Stebbins family, could be the children of Irene?. And in 1930  Irene Goodwin is living with the McDermotts?  

This will obviously take some time to connect the dots.  Cannot locate the Chandler name anywhere.  Unless Irene was not married to Chandler  when Edith J and William were born in the mid 1920's or she married him later in life??? Or her mom Edith had a very busy social life!!!

U S Census, 1930 West Hartford, Hartford, CT

Nurse maid Irene G Goodwin F 25 CT Married

US Census, 1930 Somers, Tolland, CT

head  Herbert E Stebbens M 49 MA

wife  Grace W Stebbens  F 43 CT

son  Stebbens M 20 Massachusetts

dau  Margaret E Stebbens F 18 MA

boarder  Edith J Goodwin F 4 CT abt 1926

boarder  William A Goodwin M 3 CT abt 1927


U S Census, 1910   West Hartford, Hartford, CT

self  Mary J Hatch  F 60y CT

son  Gilbert E Hatch M 32y CT

dau  Edith H Goodwin F 28y CT

Irene's maiden name was chandler, she married or had children with, anyways, William (maybe Bill) Goodwin. I'm told my grandmother, Edith Louise Goodwin (later Tonon, then Domorad) had a grandmother named Edith Hatch Adams. I thought this was her mothers mother, but it might have been her fathers mother. Huh, some of this looks accurate, some seems strange. Thank you for the help by the way!

There is an Irene Chandler b. abt 1905 in CT. Her parents are Edward Chandler b. in England and Catharine Augusta (?Geffkin) Chandler b. in Germany.

U S Census, 1910 Saybrook, Middlesex, CT

self John C H Geffken M 61y GER

(son in law?) Edward Chandler M 28y ENG

dau Agusta Chandler F 33y GER

Irene Chandler F 5y CT (grand dau to Geffken?)


US Census, 1920 , Middlesex, Connecticut

self Edward Chandler M 40y Eng

wife Catherine A Chandler F 43y Hamburg, Ger

dau Irene G Chandler F 14y CT

son Edwin T Chandler M 9y CT


U S Census, 1930 Hartford, CT

head Edwin C Chandler M 49 Eng

wife Catherine A L Chandler F 54 Ger


U S Census, 1940 West Hartford Town, Hartford, CT

head Edwin Chandler M 29 CT (brother of Irene)

wife Camille Chandler F 29 CT

son Gordon Chandler M 5 CT

Dau Diane Chandler F 0 CT

father Edwin C Chandler M 59 Eng

mother Catherine A Chandler F 64 Ger

Maybe if you put all the Edith Hatch/Adams side on a chart it will make more sense.  I think the William Goodwin living with her at times and elsewhere at times was her grandson, and it could be that Irene was her "daughter in law", (atleast for a brief time)?

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