Researching your family tree can breathe new life into your ancestors. While research ends with the personal satisfaction you have found everything within your ability, there will always be those few details you know are holding more secrets. What if there was one person you could never quite pin down. Their entire life shrouded in mystery, their people and story all but lost. The words of Tennyson from ‘In Memoriam’ describe the passion driving the seeker’s quest, ‘So word by word, line by line, the dead man touch’d me from the past ….’
The following is my story of Fred Goodwin, almost completely wiped from history, buried without the dignity of his death date, the truth of his life only completed with a family archive lovingly called, The Leather Satchel.