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Hawaii Goodness- William Goodness (prev. Labonte line)

Hawaii Goodness- William Goodness (prev. Labonte line)

Posted: 1314824946000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Goodness, Labonte
WOW!!! Can I just say....I am..lets see William Goodness moved to Hawaii from back east, but I have only very recently been able to get much information on him. I have very little information on him other than that he came from france and the change from Labonte to Goodness, though the reasons why are still just assumptions...

My uncle did mention a possible connection to Oswego and the Canadian region wchich makes a lot of sense to me.

Please contact me anyone out there if you know of so and anything else...

William Goodness
B. sept 1828 in France (somewhere)
D. 5 May 1901 in Wailuku, HI
arrived in Hawaii in 1870
Married.....with many children :)

3 generations later you get me...

You can email me directly at or contact me via

Tara Goodness

Re: Hawaii Goodness- William Goodness (prev. Labonte line)

Posted: 1314892920000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Goodness-Labonte
Here is an article on William I found in the Hawaiian Gazette after William Goodness, the first of the Hawaii Goodness' passed away.
WILLIAM GOODNESS DIES AT WAILUKU Wailuku. May 9- William Goodness, proprietor of the Bismarck Stables, and one of the oldest citizens of Wailuku; died last Sunday afternoon aged. 73 years. He was born in one of the eastern states and during his early boyhood lived in the then traveled West. Cowboys and cattlemen were his companions in those days of adventure and his love for such a life was increased in later years. He fought during the Civil War as a scout under General G. B. McLennan being enlisted from the State of Maine and was mustered out of service at the close of the war. When the Mexican war broke out he enlisted. Again during the war between Peru and Chile, William Goodness cast his lot with the Peruvian forces. Although Goodness had seen a great deal of fighting, having participated in several now historic battles, he In each Instance came out unscathed. William Goodness first came to Hawaii nei on the old steamer Moses Taylor In 1870 from California, and settled a while at Makawao, Maui. Later he moved over to Waiohuli and Walakoa, Kula, having bought an Interest In those ranches, and curried on that business for years. About ten years ago he came to Wailuku and started the Bismarck stables which he personally conducted with great business aptitude, and which has been a source of Income to him during his later years. It Is generally understood that Goodness had been receiving pensions from two governments- the United States and Mexican. The deceased left both real and personal property amounting to over $10,000 and his heirs are his adopted children: Guy and Peruvia Goodness and Mrs. Rebecca Haffener. The funeral took place last Monday afternoon and was attended by a large number of the friends. The body was buried at the Wailuku cemetery. Rev. William Ault officiating. William Goodness was a man liked 4nd loved by all, and was of such a kind hearted nature, that his purse has been always open to help those who applied to him for help, and the number of promissory notes that are now stored In his safe are evidences of this. Friends he had many but enemies few, He was a carpenter by trade, being the builder and contractor of the Maunaloa Seminary that was burned down years ago. He was also the builder of Mr. Cornwell's stately mansion at Walkapu. Last Wednesday a petition for temporary administration was filed in the Second Circuit Court, and A. N. Kepoikai, W. F. Pogue and J. V. Kerr were appointed temporary administrators of the estate, pending the final hearing of the petition for the probate of will.
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