More Goode in the village
Eliza’s great-uncle, Reuben, married into a prosperous local farming family in 1814, when he took the hand of Phoebe Willmott. Tragically, all their four children died – Thomas died of tuberculosis in 1826, Elizabeth of the same disease in the following year, and Reuben junior and Daniel similarly in 1828. In 1831 Reuben senior died, also of TB, leaving Phoebe desolate and without a family.
Better times for the Goode family arrived in the 1860s when Eliza’s grandfather, David, inherited land from a distant cousin. Eliza’s brother William found work as a coprolite digger. Another brother, Joseph, found work as a butcher’s boy. Eliza is thought to have found work as a maid in a rich London household.