A brief autobiography of the Goodwin’s family roots where it all starts with my grandmother Jennie V. Goodwin and my papa Jacob D. Goodwin but everyone called him Sonny boy. Papa was born on March 4, 1925 and granny was born Oct.17, 1927 in Plain Dealing, La. Later on in their lives they moved to a small town called Benson, La was they was also married at in the early 1940s. They had three boys and two daughters after marriage. My grandparents were known for so many things in their town they even made street names after them such as Jennie Loop and Goodwin Loop. Papa was the type of person that had a huge garden with full of vegetables you name it he had it and also a farm with lots of animals. He believes in growing and making things that his family could use to survive off of. Granny was known for her cooking she loved to cook for the whole town.
Papa and Granny attended school at All Saints a small school were nothing but African Americans could only attend. They were always democratic my granny was known for working at the voting poll in their community. The type of job my granny had been housekeeping was she was only making 3.50hr back in the 1950s. Papa was so stubborn I don’t think he ever worked for anyone he had his own business selling vegetables and hauling hay. Jennie didn’t like her job but she knew with papa business was not going to be enough to provide for the family.
On June 23, 1942 they accepted Christ at Union Springs Baptist Church in Catuna, La under the leadership of Rev. J.J. Jones. Catuna, La is a small town not even a mile away from where my grandparents lived. The church only had a total of 25-30 members around that town people really didn’t attend Baptist churches it was mostly Methodist during that time. Granny loved to sing in the choir but papa hardly ever attended church he was always too busy feeding the animals and plowing the garden.
Jacob had only a sister (Exie Spencer) and a brother (John Goodwin)...