Born on the 2 April 1887 at Eastbury Cottages, Watford, Joseph Goodman was the son of George and Sarah (née Jeffs) Goodman of Bourne End Lane, Boxmoor, Herts. His parents were married in the third quarter of 1884, registered in the Watford district.
At the 1891 Census, they were staying with Sarah’s sister’s family, the Thackhams at 14, The Mill Square, Rickmansworth, Croxley Green.
The Thackhams included David (a general labourer, age 29), his wife, Ellen (age 27) and their children, William J (age 5), Rossae E (age 3) and David (age 1).
The Goodman family included George (age 28), Sarah (age 32), Albert (age 6), Joseph (age 5) and Edith (age 4mths). George is employed as a general labourer. The birthplaces given for them are Batchworth Heath for George, Watford for Sarah, Albert and Joseph and Croxley Green for Edith.
By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 3, Maud Villas, New Road, Croxley Green and includes George (age 39), Sarah (age 41), Albert (age 16), Joseph (a domestic groom, age 13), Edith (age 10) and Florence (age 6). Joseph’s place of birth is now given as Eastbury Cottages.
Joseph was working as a gamekeeper when he married Jane Elizabeth Trowles (born 24/09/1891) on the 12 April 1909, the eldest daughter of George Isaac and Jane Trowles from Watford. They had four children; Ethel Sophia (born 15/01/1910), Joseph William (born 21/04/1913), Lillian Gertrude (born 10/05/1914) and Dorothy Alice (born 15/07/1915).
[Note: The birth date given for Jane on Joseph’s pension card is 24/09/1889, but her birth was actually registered on 24/09/1891.]
At the 1911 they had moved again and were living with his parents at 122 New Road, Croxley Green. Joseph (age 24) was now working as a farm labourer, the same occupation as his father, and he and Jane had one child, Ethel (age 1). Three of George and Sarah’s children were also there; Albert (age 25), Edith (age 19), Florence (age 16) and Annie (age 7 mths).