Judy (Goodman) Wardlow

Judy (Goodman) Wardlow

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Judy L. Wardlow formerly Goodman
Born 1940s.
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Categories: Coleman County, Texas | Paris, Texas | Lamar County, Texas | San Saba County, Texas | US Southern Colonies Project | Westward Ho Project | Remember the Alamo Project | Clan Stewart.

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Judy was born at 10:45 am on 5 November 1944 in the small town of Coleman, Texas to Charles Goodman and Jewel Bilbrey. When Judy was born Charles was 48 and Jewel was 38 so its probably safe to assume that her arrival was a bit of a surprise. Awaiting the new baby were two older brothers, Donnie born in 1930 and Bobby born in 1933, There is a family story that before Judy was born Bobby went around the neighborhood asking "if the new baby was a boy would they take it because his family already had two.

From the day of her birth until 24 January 1948 Judy led a happy life. But that morning it all changed. Jewel did things about the house, including writing a letter. She then took the letter outside and placed it in the mailbox and then walked around the corner to call Charles to come in the house for lunch. It was bitterly cold that January. When Jewel reached her husband's Radiator Repair Shop Charles had at least two large open faced heaters blazing. Apparently, Jewel was splashed with some kind of flammable liquid and she stumbled backward into one of the heaters. In a few short seconds she was totally engulfed. Despite Charles' quick action to snuff out the flames and get Jewel to the local hospital, she died later that same night. When her mother's funeral was over Judy, aged 3 years, 2 months, and 19 days, was sent to live with her mother's sister, Leota Bilbrey Shaw in San Saba, TX.

Life with her Aunt Leota and Uncle Frank was pleasant.

Frank and Leota had two teenage children, Frank, Jr. and Barbara Sue who were always kind. Aunt Leota was a nurse at the local hospital. Uncle Frank worked for the Acheson Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The entire family was very active in the local Baptist Church. As Judy got older Aunt Leota began teaching her to play the piano. There were singing lessons and dance lessons and, of course, recitals with beautiful dresses. For many years Judy could still tap dance to "School Days" though she never claimed it was much of an accomplishment. Still it used to make her husband chuckle.

In September 1950 Judy's father Charles married Grace B. Lee and Judy was brought back home. Sadly the marriage lasted only a few weeks. Charles and Grace were divorced later that same year. Judy doesn't remember much about the time when she, her Father, and Grace were a family. What she does remember is about a time when Grace took her to Paris, Texas. While they were there, Grace bought her some new shoes. When they got home Judy was excited and kept wanting to show off her new shoes, but her Father was angry and wasn't interested in her shoes. Looking back she had the impression that Grace did not have her Father's permission to take her to Paris and that was the source of her Father's anger.

Their divorce was final on 18 December 1950; Judy was sent back to her Aunt Leota and Uncle Frank's.

Charles tried one more time to find a wife who would make a home for Judy. There was a family named Harper who lived next door to Charles. Mr. Harper had a sister who was divorced or widowed with a young son who was severely disabled and spent most of his time in a baby bed. Her name was Atha Harper. Only Charles and Atha could tell the truth of their arrangement, but it was surmised that Charles agreed to give Atha and her boy a home; Atha agreed to make a home for Judy. In any event, Charles and Atha were married on 27 April 1952. Judy was, once again, brought home from her Aunt Leota and Uncle Frank's. She was 7 years, 5 months, and 22 days old. Life was OK with Atha and her little boy for a while. But little by little Atha's behavior became very erratic and before the year was out her Father and Mr. Harper decided that she needed professional help. Judy was sitting with Atha in the living room one day when her Father and Mr. Harper came in with two gentlemen from a hospital in San Antonio. The gentlemen took Atha away and Judy never saw her again. Atha remained a patient in that hospital until she died.

Only this time her Father decided that Judy was old enough to stay home without a mother figure to take care of her. So her Father enrolled her in the first grade of South Ward Elementary School and the next phase of her life began.

For the most part the next few years were loving ones. Judy would get up in the morning and get dressed, and would then go next door and Mrs. Harper would fix her hair. As best anyone could remember Judy and Mrs. Harper kept up this routine for the next three or four years. By that time Judy was able to take care of her own hair care needs. Ever so often, as hairstyles changed, Judy would ask her Father for money and pay a visit to her neighborhood beauty shop.

Judy had her own room and used to hang up pictures of possible career choices. She still remembers the beautiful poster of the universe she had when she decided she wanted to become an astronomer.

Judy's brother Donnie had joined the Air Force before their mother died. So Judy had never seen this brother until he flew in one evening on the way to Japan. Judy recalls the evening went something like this: "Judy, this is your brother, Donnie Pat. It's way past your bedtime. Say goodnight and go on to bed." I think Judy was in the sixth grade. She never saw Donnie again until he came back home to join Judy and their brother Bobby to arrange their Father's funeral. Now Bobby also joined the military while Judy was still living in San Saba. But he used to come home on leave every few months so he was more familiar to Judy.

On 4 May 1959, a Monday, Judy's Father told her he was tired and was going to bed early. Judy was lying on the sofa in the living room watching the TV that her brother Bobby had bought for her and her Father some months prior. He warned her not to fall asleep on the sofa because the next day was a school day. Of course Judy promptly fell asleep as he had warned her not to. But she woke some time in the night, got up, turned off the TV, and went to bed. In the morning she got up and got ready to go to school. Her Father still wasn't up so she went in to kiss him goodbye and let him know she was leaving for school. When she went to his bedroom and bent over to kiss his cheek his face was very cold. She called out to him over and over and then ran for the front door. About the time Judy reached the door she found Mrs. Harper, her neighbor, there. Mrs. Harper said she had heard Judy screaming and had come running over to see what was wrong. Judy calmed down a little with Mrs. Harper there. She told her she found her Father cold when she went in to kiss him goodbye that morning. Mrs. Harper took Judy outside and had her sit down on the porch steps while she went back inside. After a few minutes she came back outside and told Judy that her Father had passed away and Judy needed to come home with her.

On that day, 5 May 1959, Judy was 14 years, 6 months old. She was never allowed to set foot in her own home again.

After her father's funeral Judy was sent to live in Schenectady, New York with her brother Donnie who was married and had a family. To Judy it was like crash landing in a foreign country. For example, in Schenectady you would never drop by to see a friend with out calling first. In laid-back Texas Judy and her friends were in and out of each other's homes all the time. Also, even the language was different. Instead of a purse you carried a pocketbook, etc. Despite the "fish out of water" feel of her time in Schenectady, Judy enjoyed her school years there.

The summer between her Junior and Senior years Judy moved back to Texas. Her brother had made arrangements for Judy to stay with her Aunt Hermalea and cousin Janice who was just a year younger than Judy. So she packed up all her worldly goods in a foot locker and boarded a train for San Antonio. It took 2 1/2 days for her train to make the journey from Schenectady, NY to San Antonio, TX. It was the first real taste of independence Judy had ever experienced and she really didn't know what to make of it.

Her Aunt Hermalea and cousin Janice met her on her arrival and they drove straight back to their home. At the time Aunt Hermalea was married to a military man named Bill who was stationed overseas somewhere, but Judy never learned his last name. In their home it was just Bill did this and Bill said that, etc. It was clear that Aunt Hermalea loved him and Janice adored him. They could hardly wait for him to come back home. Judy enrolled herself in Sam Houston High School as a senior and settled down to begin living again. It was 1962.

Over Labor Day weekend Aunt Lea (as she preferred to be called) asked if they would like to go to Santa Anna, TX to visit her parents and Janice and Judy's grandparents. Of course they told her they'd love to and off they went. It was the first time Judy had seen them since her father's funeral four years earlier and she was overjoyed. Janice said every time she came to visit her grandparents she always called a boy she knew and he would come over. This time she would tell him to bring a friend. The friend he brought was named Bobby Joe Wardlow.

After they returned to San Antonio Judy assumed she would probably not see Bobby again except perhaps on some future visit to Santa Anna. But on her birthday in early November Bobby and his friend drove down to San Antonio. Judy was very surprised and very pleased. Her heart was telling her that she liked this young man very much. She thinks they went to the movies, she and Bobby and Janice and his friend, but she's not sure. She and Janice and Aunt Lea made another trip to Santa Anna for another, longer visit for Thanksgiving. During that visit Judy and Bobby spent as much time as possible together.


  • Birth Certificate, Judy Luann Goodman, Page 339, Vol 9, of the Records of Births of Coleman County, Texas.
  • Personal recollection by Bobby Guinn Goodman.
  • Marriage Certificate Charles Goodman and Jewel Dorsey Bilbrey
  • Death Certificate Jewel Dorsey Bilbrey
  • Marriage Certificate Charles Sionhoff Goodman and Grace B. Lee
  • Divorce Decree Charles Sionhoff Goodman and Grace B. Lee
  • Marriage Certificate Charles Sionhoff Goodman and Atha Harper
  • Death Certificate Charles Sionhoff Goodman

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Judy is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Members of my maternal line were named Bilberry/Bilbrey.
Members of my maternal line were named Bilbrey/Bilberry.
Blackwell is the family surname of my 5th great grandmother. She is also the great granddaughter of Raleigh Croshaw of Jamestown fame.
Many ancestors in my maternal line were named Cannon including my great grandmother.
Many ancestors in my maternal line were named Fite.
My paternal line is named Goodman.
I am directly related to Raleigh Croshaw, an important person at Jamestown.
This tag encompasses several other military tags. I wanted to be sure I did not overlook anything.
As a native Texan I have a strong interest in the Alamo. It is possible that I have an ancestor who died there, but even if that is not true the Alamo will always hold a special place in my heart.
I have many, many ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
I believe the vast majority of my ancestors made their way to the Southern Colonies before statehood, particularly those from my maternal line.
Wardlow is my husband's surname. I wanted to trace his family back for a few generations.

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On 3 Aug 2018 at 22:53 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! I have removed the Categorization badge and you are welcome to rejoin any time in the future if you wish!

Cheers, Natalie

On 1 Aug 2018 at 11:49 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Hi Judy,

I’m Natalie, leader of the Categorization Project. Please have a look at the revamped Categorization Project page, specifically about the new team approach. Members will be now be part of the Maintenance Team. Project Liaisons and leaders will be involved in the Vision and Collaboration team. Please contact me within the next week to let me know if you would like to remain an active member of the project. If I don’t hear back from you I will assume you no longer want to be a part of the Categorization Project. Thanks, Natalie

On 7 May 2018 at 22:16 GMT Paula J wrote:


I apologize for the wait on that profile! My 5 year old granddaughter wore me out and I forget everything the next day due to sore muscles!!

That’s a great profile!! Thanks for the reminder message!

On 6 May 2018 at 06:34 GMT Paula J wrote:


I’ve found one for the 3rd Texas Calvary. I am having trouble with the Tennessee flags but I will look more tomorrow. My ggggrandpa was in the 29th Tennessee and I know there are not many regimental flags left, compared to the number of units that fought. The Tennessee CSA fought hard in many battles and a lot of flags didn’t survive battle. I will continue to search. I sent you a link to a history and roster that I ran into. It may or may not be available in a library.

On 5 May 2018 at 23:10 GMT Paula J wrote:

There isn’t one for 25th Tennessee Infantry. Sometimes the regimental flags of each unit don’t survive until now.

On 5 May 2018 at 22:42 GMT Paula J wrote:

I am babysitting but will find those for you tomorrow latest

On 5 May 2018 at 21:29 GMT Paula J wrote:

Members add flags to the list. That’s how they get there. If you need help, let me know which flags you need and I will show you how to add them.

On 17 Feb 2018 at 10:07 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:

Judy, I am 100% convinced that particular profile is wrong. There is no man of that name in the parish register, there were no slaves and no plantations. (Just as there weren't any in 14th C Cornwall , married Baptist ministers in the 15th century or Roman Catholic churches in the 16th to give just a few examples) The creator grafts 18th C America onto an England centuries before, it betrays a basic lack knowledge of English history.

However, there are some people in this huge pedigree with correct dates and birthplaces but mixed up with fictitious events and the wrong spouses. It takes an awful lot of time and effort to attempt to extricate them ( Here's an example; still not done)Freespace page Edward Pitt

On 16 Feb 2018 at 18:45 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:

Judy, I noticed your recent post about the Goodman profiles. Since I remember looking at some of the English ones ,I checked to see if you were the profile manager of any that I had edited.(at the time I hadn't noticed a different pm to the others) I did find one that you had adopted.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Goodman-1515. I remember this one . I apologise that you weren't notified at the time that the template was added, (though wouldn't the edit would form part of the normal notifications?) I have written a slightly more detailed comment on it which explains why the template was added. Personally, I'd orphan it again but that's just my feelings!

On 2 Jan 2018 at 19:50 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

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