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View Tree for Hans Michael GoodnightHans Michael Goodnight (b. Abt. 1721, d. September 01, 1781)

Hans Michael Goodnight (son of Michael Gutknecht)213 was born Abt. 1721 in Germany213, and died September 01, 1781 in Near Harlan's Station, Kentucky213. He married (1) Unkown on WFT Est. 1742-1772213. He married (2) Mary Landers on February 19, 1762 in Virginia213, daughter of Christopher Christian Landers and Unknown.

 Includes NotesNotes for Hans Michael Goodnight:
SOURCE: Dianne Stark Thurman
18 April 1989, from Veda G Jones, a sheet of paper with on title page, the is numbered 372
5035 GUTIKUNST, MICHAEL, Saarbochenheim, jetzt Saarunion/DtLo. 4Ps dch Wn. G--od
WK 2517. U 1785 08 01
This does not appear to be our Hans Michael Goodnight!!(see George & Christian Notes)
Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol 1, 1727-1775 (from Midwest Library, Wichita, KS
page 492, List 187 C) At the Court House in Philadelphia, Wednesday, the 4 October, 1752.
Present: Joshua Maddox, Esquire.
The foreigners whose names are underwritten, Imported in the Ship Neptune, Capt John Mason, from Rotterdam and last from Cowes in England, did this day take and subscribe the Oaths and Affirmations to the Government in the usual Form. #169
"second name on list, HANS MICHAEL (x) GOODKNECHT"
Family Tree Maker, CD#310, Census Index: Colonial America, 1601-1789
1995 BBroderbund Software Inc. Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Hans Michel Gutknecht, 1752
Hans Michael Goodnight was born someplace in Germany, he came to America with a wife and a known son, Christian (possible daughter), in the ship Neptune. Signed the Oath on 4 Oct 1752. His brother, Christian Gutknecht came over first, on the ship Christian. He signed the Oath on 13 Sep 1749, and settled in the neighbor of Germantown, PA. Another brother, George came in the ship Recovery, and signed the Oath on 23 Oct 1754.

Michael left Pennsylvania, and was in Bedford Co, VA in 1755. Children born to Michael and his first wife; Henry in 1757, Christopher, Samuel, Mary (Polly), Susan, Edward, Enoch, and George.
Note from page 291, of reference G G 27, William Moore Goodnight of Johnson Co, MO, by Veda Goodnight Jones, last paragraph on page: "One note, reference not given, said, 'Johann Nicholaus Henrich Kress came to America on Oct 4, 1752 on the ship 'Neptune'. He married a Goodnight girl, but it didn't give her first name." She was perhaps, a daughter of John Michael Goodnight who came to America on the same ship, same date. Another daughter called "Katy Landers in S H Goodnight's account of "The Good(K)night, Gutknecht Family in America" may have been Catherine, the wife of Henry Landis, brother of Mary Landers (Landis), second wife of John Michael."
A Family Group Sheet filed in 1938 with the Genealogical Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah. Sent to Veda Goodnight Jones by Berta E Y Olsen, Phoenix, AZ and gave the following information on the family of John (Hans) Michael Goodnight, b 1721, Germany; d 1781 Harlem (Harlen) Station, KY. Married #1 Unknown, b abt 1725. Married #2 Mary Landers, 19 Feb 1762. Children of First marriage:
1. Christian, b 16 May 1747 (of Concord, Cabarrus Co, NC), married Catherine (Cook written in
with pencil). d 1828.
2. Susan, b abt 1751, (of Rockbridge, VA)
3. Edward, b abt 1753. (of Rockbridge, VA)
4. Enoch, b abt 1755. (of Rockbridge, VA)
5. George, b abt 1757. (of Rockbridge, VA)
6. Samuel, b 1760. (of Redding, PA)
7. Christopher, b abt 1761, d 19 Jan 1852, married Diana Watson. (of Rockbridge, VA)
A check of land records etc in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia did not produce anything on Edward, Enoch or George Goodnight. Henry Goodnight listed on some records as the son of Michael's second marriage is in fact a son of the first marriage, he was born in 1758 according to his Revolutionary War Pension Records.
This was extracted from reference G G 27, page 291
May have lived a short time in Bedford Co, VA and Rockbridge Co, VA before moving his family down into Mecklenburg Co, NC

Militia records show that he was a Capt in David Moore's Co of Augusta Co Militia in 1761.

His first wife may have died in Rockbridge Co, VA.
On the 1 May 1764 Michael and his wife Mary Landis/Landers Goodnight purchased a farm in Mecklenburg Co, NC ( also: Mecklenburg County Court Minutes, Bk 1, 1774-1780) George Goodnight, Michael's brother lived near by. In 1779 they both sold their farms and moved to Kentucky. George settled at Ruddell's Station, about thirty miles northeast of Lexington, KY. In June of 1780, about 500 Indians and Canadians attacked the Fort. George and his son, Henry were killed, son's David, John, Michael, Peter and their sisters were carried away by the Indians. They lived to return to their family after a time, and settled near Lexington.

Michael and his family settled at Harlan's Station, 35 miles southwest of Lexington in what was later to become Boyle Co, KY. .
DAR Magazine,, July 1927, under the heading, The Mecklenburg Militia said, " After this order, the tax assessors, tax collectors, constables, justice of the peace, road overseers, jurors and other public officers, were appointed for the different captains' comanies; and in making a digest of the records of the county from this date, and prior thereto, we find the following as partial list of the militiamen of the county from 1775 to 1785. The following list, therefore, only includes these persons who served the county in a public capacity and of which record is made on the minutes of the court:" On this list was MICHAEL GOODNIGHT who served as Constable in 1775 (Mecklenburg Co, NC). George Goodnight was Assessor in the same County for the year 1778. (see also: Mecklenburg County Court Minutes, Bk 1,
G G 27, pg 207, is a copy of the signatures on the Deed of Sale when Michael & Mary Goodnight sold their farm in NC on 20 May 1774 for 105 pounds. The purchaser was John Pfifer(Phifer). See also:
Medklenburg County Court Minutes, Bk 1, 1774-1780.
Lincoln Co, KY Survey Book 1 1781 - 1783 page 67

"Surveyed 400 acres of Land for MICHAEL GOODNIGHT by virtue of a premption warrant No 531
Situate lying and being in the County of Lincoln on CHAPLINS FORK. Beginning at a Cherry Walnut and
continue just above the mouth of the GORTONS FORK at the corner A thence North 280 poles to a
buckeye tree & Walnut at the corner B thence West 229 poles to three Sugartrees at C thence South
280 poles to a Buckeye Sugartree & Walnut at the corner D thence East 229 poles to the beginning.

April 28th 1781 Saml Henry ast
Variation 3 East James Thompson SLC
The family version of the removal to Kentucky and the killing of Michael Goodnight by Indians is told in this manner: "After locating and building a cabin on his land near Harlan's Station in what later became Mercer County, Michael Goodnight returned to North Carolina and then set out again to Kentucky in July 1781, with his family and household effects. They were a caravan composed of other pioneer families, who were guarded by 30 armed men. No serious mishap befell the emigrant train until it arrived within half a day's journey of Harlan's Station, where a camp was pitched for the night. All was secure but at midnight the fearful cry of the savage was heard, followed by gun shots, screams and confusion. Michael Goodnight was killed in the first onslaught and his son, John, was severly wounded, but he succeded in making his escape. Mrs Goodnight was expecting another child at the time. She fled into the dark forest. Many of the immigrants were massacred, but a few escaped to the station where the alarm was given. A party was made up to search for Mrs. Goodnight and she was found two days later in woods lying prostate upon the ground in a semi-conscious state, her face covered with a blanket. She was taken to Harlan's Station where four months later, Jan 1, 1782 a son, Isaac Goodnight was born. A curious circumstance, preserved in the family traditions, is that from his birth until the day of his death Isaac could never go to sleep without covering his face" From History of the Goodnight Family in America by Mrs. W S Conover & Mrs. L F Ison, Printed in the Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, KY on Jan 18, 1973.

"Another version is that Michael and his son, John went back to North Carolina after the remainder of their goods which they packed on horses. The Indians came upon them in the night about a half a days ride from Harlan's Station. Killing Michael outright and wounding John, but John managed to get to a horse and ride to the station and warn the settlement. Later they came back and buried Michael where he died."
Lincoln Co Kentucky Records, Vol 2, Michael L Cook, C. G.; Cook Publications, 3318 Wimberg Ave,
Evansville, IND 47712

21 Jan 1783

pg 23 Administration of the estate of MICHAEL GOODNIGHT, dec'd, granted to MARY GOODNIGHT who entered into bond with JAMES HARLAN and PATRICK DORAN her sureties. GEORGE CALDWELL, GEORGE HARLAN, WILLIAM LEWIS and GEORGE CLARK, or any three of them, to make appraisal of the estate.

15 Nov 1785


Lincoln Co, KY Appraisal Book 1 page 69-71

Sundry Articles belonging to the Estate of MICHAEL GOODNIGHT which was not sold, which MARY GOODNIGHT widow of said MICHAEL kept at the appraisment:
to 2 mares apraised at 15 each 30 - -
1 pair spoon mules 10 -
Iron Wedges and malli rings 18 -
1 pair steelyard 30pr 1 10 -
a parcel of pewter L 5.10 5 10
1 steer 23pr 1 3
4 Cows s25 1 Bason 7/6 15 14 6
1 frying pan 1 iron pot 16
2 barrels 1 churn 2 pailes 3 rasoos
1 hone & strop 5
63 86 6
pg 70
spining wheel & boxc tubs & casks 1 14
1 saw 1 drawing knife & leather 1 5
1 pair spectikles old books 11 6
1 box iron 1 mowing knife 15
Powder & lead Beeswax 15 6
2 1/2 lbs brimstone 1 pair ciards 9
1 womans saddle 15
1 raw cow hide 5
3 1/4lb steal 2 pieces old iron 1 1 9
1 iron shovel 3 old baggs 12
Cash on hand 2 8
a note on Wm Dale for forty bushels of
corn for which the administration
agrees to allow 5
Ten Shillings due from JAMES GILMORE 10
83 8 3

I do hereby acknowledge that the article above

pg 71
mentioned were not sold and that I kept them at the
appraisment for my use. March 26th 1788

Test. Mary (her mark) FLANNAGAN
John Cowan
John Rodgers
Mercer Co, KY Deeds 25 March 1794

Christian Goodnight and his wife, Catherinah, of Mecklenburg Co, North Carolina, deeded to Jacob Goodnight, his interest in 167 acres, part of Michael's survey in Mercer Co, KY on Chaplin's Fork.
The Goodnight (Gutknecht) Family in America, by S H Goodnight, 1980 and 1981 Supplement.
Ref: G G 27, 'William Moore Goodnight of Johnson Co, Missouri 1875-1951, by Veda Goodnight Jones and Mabel Goodnight Stevenson, published 1983, private publication by Historical Publications of Oram, Utah.
Berta Ethel Young Olsen's work on the Goodnight Family, 1948
Good(k)nights of the American Revolution, by Anita L. Goodnight, from the Charles A Cannon Memorial
Library, Concord, NC 28025
G G 29, pg 12, lists a second son, Henry b abt 1769 in Mechlenberg Co, NC and mar to Elizabeth ?.
This appears to be a double listing of the Henry from his first marriage to Unknown wife and I
have not included the second Henry in children of his mar to Mary Landers Goodnight.

More About Hans Michael Goodnight and Unkown:
Marriage: WFT Est. 1742-1772213

More About Hans Michael Goodnight and Mary Landers:
Marriage: February 19, 1762, Virginia.213

Children of Hans Michael Goodnight and Unkown are:
  1. +Catherine Goodnight, b. 1744, Germany214, d. 1814, Warren County, Kentucky.
  2. +Christian Goodnight, b. May 16, 1747, Germany215, d. 1828, Concord, Cabarrs Co., NC215.
  3. +Susan Goodnight, b. Abt. 1751, Germany, d. date unknown.
  4. Edward Goodnight, b. Abt. 1753, Germantown, PA, d. date unknown.
  5. Enoch Goodnight, b. Abt. 1755, Bedford County, VA, d. date unknown.
  6. George Goodnight, b. Abt. 1757, Rodkbridge County, VA, d. date unknown.
  7. +Henry Goodnight, b. August 1758, Virginia, d. 1840, Giles County, TN.

Children of Hans Michael Goodnight and Mary Landers are:
  1. Margaret Goodnight, b. Abt. 1763, North Carolina215, d. 1783, Lincoln County, KY215.
  2. Elizabeth Goodnight, b. Abt. 1764, North Carolina215, d. WFT Est. 1788-1856215.
  3. +John Goodnight, b. May 01, 1765, Mecklenburg, N. C.215, d. March 10, 1841, Mercer County, Kentucky215.
  4. +Jacob Goodnight, b. Abt. 1768, Mecklenburg, N. C.216, 217, d. February 19, 1843, Stanford, Lincoln Co., Kentucky218, 219.
  5. +Rachel Goodnight, b. April 15, 1771, Mecklenburg, N. C.219, d. November 22, 1826, Shelbyville, Simpson Co., Ky.219.
  6. +Abraham Goodnight, b. Abt. 1772, Mecklenburg, N. C.219, d. Abt. 1833, Shelbyville, Simpson Co., Ky.219.
  7. +Sarah (Sally) Goodnight, b. April 06, 1777, North Carolina219, d. February 13, 1841, Allen County, KY219.
  8. +Isaac Goodnight, b. January 07, 1782, Harlan Station , Mercer Co., Ky.220, 221, d. October 14, 1869, Three Forks, Warren Co., Ky.222, 223.
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