Joseph Clulow Goodwin was a teacher at Cooke's Academy, Stockton-on-Tees.
He was one of three passengers who were killed on 18 June 1858 when five runaway railway goods waggons collided with a L&NWR passenger train travelling from Huddersfield to Manchester as it passed through Springwood Junction to the south of Huddersfield Railway Station. He was taken to Huddersfield Infirmary where he was found to have a "fracture of the base of the skull". He died soon afterwards.
He was buried on 21 June at Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Prestbury.