Delores M. Mustaine’s Book: The Descendants of Thomas Mustain of Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Delores M Mustaine's Book

To open the digital file, see the line in red.

I know now of three very detailed sources of Mustain and related familes research.

The first is Delores M. Mustaine’s book, which has been scanned and is online at this link.

There is a post on this blog for Carolyn McKenzie’s compilations. Here’s a link to the article with a few notes about using.

George Mustain, who knew both Delores and Carolyn as fellow researchers, has recently retired from further family research. You may view his great volume of data at this link.

More About Using and Printing Delores’ Book

To print pages from Delores’ book, just select the pages and use your browser’s Print button. The front of Delores’ book gives names and pages in a Table of Contents to find main segments.

Advantage of Viewing Online Is Search Capability

One note: I’ve found the top menu bar with a search box does not show up in Google Chrome browser, but it WILL be visible in Internet Explorer 9. In response to details shared by Glen W. Mustian, I recently searched all 451 pages for the name Mustian and found one entry.

While the image above lists surnames of: Mustain, Shelton, Keesee, Moor, Greene, Dalton and Dove, there are actually many more in the book. At several places, Delores gave an alphabetical list of names. This is another way that search is helpful.

For birth, death and marriage dates and locations, I often compare Delores’ book and Carolyn’s research. They usually agree, but they don’t always have the same details. A few places I’ve found that Carolyn will have a fact in one of her three research formats that is not included in another. When we look at how complex the task must have been, we can understand!

If you have research links, photos or details to share with others in our extended family, please comment on this post.


Grief Hickman Goodwin, Thomas Mustain’s Great-Grandson: Mexican-American War & Civil War

Cathy Gibbons Reedy, a descendant of Thomas’ son Jesse shared these details of military records. You can see her original comments on two pages of this blog: 1) Note to Family, and 2) Can You Add These Details?. I’ve added illustrations, and a bit of my own research, to help us know more about Grief’s experience. See the bottom of this post for a link to Cathy’s researched family list and photos for several of her family branches.

Mexican-American War

Battle of Veracruz

Wikipedia image (public domain): Battle of Veracruz: engraving based on a painting. Originally published in The War Between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated, 1851

Grief Hickman Goodwin was a Private in Company D, Santa Fe (New Mexico) Battalion Mountain Volunteers, Mexican-American War from 1 July 1847 – 17 October 1848 (discharged at Independence, MO). Rebecca’s note. I found no more detail about these Mountain Volunteers.

American and Mexican Uniform Reconstruction

Reconstruction of American and Mexican uniforms. Wikipedia photo with permission from DevonTT.

Wikipedia gives a lot of detail about the conflict and events leading up to the war. See the full article here.

…The Mexican–American War, also known as the Mexican War, the U.S.–Mexican War, the Invasion of Mexico, the U.S. Intervention, or the United States War Against Mexico, was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution

American territorial expansion to the Pacific coast had been the goal of President James K. Polk, the leader of the Democratic Party. However, the war was highly controversial in the U.S., with the Whig Party, anti-imperialists and anti-slavery elements strongly opposed. Heavy American casualties and high monetary cost were also criticized. The political aftermath of the war raised the slavery issue in the U.S., leading to intense debates that pointed to civil war; the Compromise of 1850 provided a brief respite….

For others in our extended family whose ancestors served in the Mexican-American War, here’s a site with Unit Profiles, Rosters and Photos.

Grief Hickman Goodwin’s Confederate Army Regiment, Civil War 

Grief served 18 months in Baird’s Cavalry Texas (4th Regiment, Arizona Brigade; Showalter’s Regiment), for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

Neither Cathy Reedy or I have seen a photo of Grief, who died in 1875 at age 51. He was was born on 16 APR 1824 in Pittsylvania Co. VA. He died on 7 NOV 1875 in Collin, Texas.

Cathy found the following photo of Grief’s wife, Achsah Caroline Price Goodwin…in her grandmother’s photographs many years after her grandmother passed away. A note on the back of the photo says that Achsah was age 92. The photo was taken in 1924, and she died in 1926.

Achsah Caroline Price Goodwin, 1924

Achsah Caroline Price Goodwin in 1924, widow of Grief Hickman Goodwin, who died in 1875. Note on the back says she is 92 in this photo.

Here’s Cathy’s Branch of Our Family from Thomas Mustain

“Thomas’ son Jesse  & Jenny were my 4xg grandparents > Susanna Mustain & John Walker Goodwin > Grief Hickman Goodwin & Achsah Price > Pauline Goodwin & William Marshall > Noda Marshall & O.O. Gibbons > Harlee Gibbons & Shirley L. Lemke.”

Cathy Generously Shared a Link to Her Family Research Photos

Please view and use this photo archive respectfully: Cathy has collected historical photos for the Gibbons, Reedy and Tyler families.

If anyone is part of Cathy’s branch, please comment about how you’re connected and share any details, links or photos.