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The Goodnights came from Kentucky and the father of our subject was named Henry also. He was a farmer, and later in life moved to Missouri, and died there. He was the father of James Goodnight who was born and reared in Tennessee, and was also a farmer, and came to Texas in 1849. He married Elizabeth Helm in 1838. She was born and reared in Kentucky. They had seven children. Neither of the parents are now living. He died in 1854, she in 1873, in Henderson County, Texas. Mr. Goodnight himself was born in Marshall County, Kentucky, Nov. 11, 1844. He was educated in the common schools of Henderson county. He has been engaged in several varieties of commercial life, being now President of the Van Zandt County National Bank. He began to be a banker January 2, 1902. He served his city as Alderman, for five years. In 1872 he married Miss B. H. Nall, of Howard County, Arkansas, but who was a native of Alabama. They have two daughters, one of whom is the wife of Dr. H. T. Fry. Mr. Goodnight has lived in the county for twenty-six years, and came from Goshen, Henderson County. He came with his father to Texas from Kentucky in 1849, and may well be denominated an old Texan. Mr. Goodnight thinks that no section of the country anywhere offers a more favorable opportunity for investment than this. He is a member of the Christian Church and a Mason. He served in the Civil War, first as private, then as corporal. He was in the Thirty-fourth Texas Cavalry, and engaged in the battles of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Yellow Bayou. Mr. Goodnight is an amiable gentleman, affable in manner, courteous in his bearing, looks at things blandly and is a useful citizen in his town.