My trip to the Wellington Archives resulted in some wonderful discoveries but also some more questions.
Ive felt ( though Ive yet to get any firm proof) that my William Henry Goodwin ( also known as Henry Goodrum/Gooderham/Goodram) had a brother Charles.
His marriage was witnessed by a Charles and I did find out that there was a Charles also in the 58th Regiment of Foot who discharged in New Zealand.
While looking for more information on the life of William Henry, I decided to see if there were any records on Charles in Wellington and hit the jackpot so to speak
It seemed that Charles made a land claim on behalf of his brother… but that brother was Not William nor Henry, but George Goodrum.
Apparently George died in a battle between the 58th Regiment and Hone Heke’s tribe in Northland in 1845 and Charles must have thought that perhaps he had a shot at getting the land that might have been given to George should he have survived.
In support of his claim was this letter
The transcript of this letter reads:
This is to certify that I joined the 58th Regiment of foot at Richmond Barracks Dublin on 10th May 1842.
I had three brothers in the said regiment, the eldest being shot during the Bay of Islands war in 1845.
I served in the same regiment then legally discharged at Britomart Barracks. I am drawing a pension from the Imperial Government and I have three good conduct rings and received twelve months pay for good conduct the day I was discharged
Charles Goodrum .
So another Goodwin/rum mystery – If I am correct and Charles and William Henry are brothers, and now George was a third brother, who was the fourth?? – More research is definitely warranted.
The muster rolls for the 58th regiment are on microfilm at Auckland Museum – I think I may have to pay a visit there.