Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman by H. Dale Goodwin

Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman
Isaac and Laura Hotchkiss, Vol. 1 History. pp. 259-261
by H. Dale Goodwinpp. 259-261

Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin was born April 4, 1843, somewhere in New Haven County, Connecticut. Her daughter wrote that she was born in Bethany, but no documentation of her birth has survived. Her endowment record shows New Haven, which could mean New Haven County. Her mother may have been staying with one of the many relatives who still resided in Bethany at that time.

Like her brothers and sisters, she was placed under the care of some other family following the death of her mother on the voyage of the ship “Brooklyn.” She spent quiet a bit of time with a Spanish family where, like her brother Edwin, she learned to speak Spanish fluently. She told her children of riging a donkey to visit her father. Part of the time she lived with the Marshall family.

When the family arrived in Lehi, Lucinda met and married Martin Benjamin Bushman, March 21, 1863, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Brigham Young performed the marriage. The first week of their marriage was spent with her parents, then they moved to a little house where they lived for a year until they could buy a lot and build their own home. Lucinda bore ten children, all of whom were born in Lehi. Among the children were two pairs of twins.

Lucinda was a large woman, about five feet, nine inches in height weighing nearly two hundred pounds. She had grey eyes and brown hair. Her life was filled with heartache, having lost seven of her ten children before she died December 9, 1907. She is buried in the Lehi Cemetery next to her husband Martin. Both of her sons filled missions for the Church, with her second son Lewis Jacob, dying of typhoid fever in the mission field in Kentucky, October 31, 1897.

Much of this information is from Emmerette Bushman Archibald’s Life Sketch of Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman, unpublished.


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