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The Goodrich Brothers - William and John

Early Pioneers to
Wethersfield, Connecticut

Goodrich brothers John and William possibly came to Wethersfield as minors in the 1630's and became leading citizens of Wethersfield. Their descendants include B. F. Goodrich.

Origins
The Immigrant
Notable Kin
Sources and Resources
Notes, Questions, Errata
Subsequent Generations
Children
Kansas Pioneers Lineage
Links



Origins
 


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The Immigrant
 
On-line biographies:
Mark's Genealogy Corner has material on the English Goodrichs and the early years of William and John in Wethersfield, Conn and the first families of these immigrants. (Note this web page shows Elizabeth, wife of John Goodrich, as daughter of Thomas Edwards. This is incorrect, per Jacobus, in Hale, House, 1978. She is possibly the sister of Thomas Read's wife Katherine (__) (per Torrey).

Michael Roman's research material and biography of immigrant John Goodrich.

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Notable Kin
 
 Goodrich Notables - include B. F. Goodrich, Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, and others:
Benjamin F. Goodrich - Founder of B. F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Co.
Chauncey Goodrich - Congressman, Senator, Lt. Gov of Connecticut
Chauncey Allen Goodrich - Son-in-law of Noah Webster, updated the Webster
               Dictionary
Elizur Goodrich - Congressman, presidential appointee
Elizur Goodrich, Sr. - Astronomer, clergyman
Grant Goodrich - Prominent Judge in Chicago / Uncle of  B. F. Goodrich
Samuel Griswold Goodrich - Noted author under pen name: Peter Parley
John Sherman - Statesman
William Tecumseh Sherman - Civil War General.


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Sources and Resources
Hale, House and Related Families, Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, 1978, has the latest English ancestry of the Goodrich brothers. He then presents information for one generation of immigrants John and William and takes several branches of William further, down to about the Revolution. This is the source that discounts John Goodrich's wife as being an Edwards.

History of Ancient Wethersfield, by Henry R. Stiles, 1904, contains 20 pages of Goodrich genealogy. Shows one generation for John and then his son Jonathan and then no more. The rest is on William's progeny.

Goodrich Genealogy - The early generations and English material in this reference have been supplanted by the work of Jacobus in Hale, House, but this work does contain many downstream branches.


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Notes, Questions, Errata
 
Wife of John Goodrich was NOT daughter of Thomas Edwards of Wethersfield. Earlier information reported that Elizabeth, wife of John Goodrich, was a daughter of Thomas Edwards of Wethersfield. Jacobus, in Hale, House, reports: "His wife, Elizabeth, in nearly all printed accounts, is placed as a daughter of Thomas Edwards; but since Edwards, by his stated age at death, was born about 1621 and also was referred in 1657 by Winthrop as a "young man," he could hardly have been father of Elizabeth Goodrich whose eldest child was born in 1645 when her alleged father was about twenty-four years old." Jacobus offers no further explanation for who she might be. Note that a TAG article from the 1980's has delineated the genealogy of the Edwards family of Wethersfield with no mention of her, except acknowledging the Hale, House and Related Families conclusion that she was not an Edwards.

Torrey shows that Elizabeth, wife of John Goodrich, was likely a sister of Katherine, wife of immigrant Thomas Read of Sudbury. Note that Thomas Read, Jr.  married Mary Goodrich, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (__) Goodrich. This would explain why a Sudbury lad married a Wethersfield, Conn lassie. If their mothers were sisters, then they would have been first cousins.

Grandparents of the Goodrich brothers. I have seen a couple of different variations of names for grandparents of the Goodrich brothers. (Father of John Goodrich, died 1632.) The most recent, authoritative information I have is from Hale, House, 1978, which identifies the grandfather as William Goodrich, who was buried at Hessett, Co Suffolk, England on Oct 24, 1631. Jacobus reports that: "Quite likely, it was he who married at Felsham, co. Suffolk, in 1568, Margaret Richardson." Jacobus also shows the siblings of John Goodrich, who died in 1632.

William Goodrich of Watertown. Jacobus, in Hale, House, speculates that a real estate record in early Watertown for John Goodrich, "may" have been the John Goodrich, who then moved to Wethersfield, Conn. But, the William Goodrich of Watertown is definitely a different man than William Goodrich of Wethersfield. No relationship is known to exist between the two William Goodrich's. William Goodrich of Wethersfield, Conn married Sarah Marvin.  William Goodrich of Watertown, Mass married Margaret Butterfield. I have seen some genealogies that even combine these two fella's into one person! Showing one William Goodrich married to both of these ladies at the same time.


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Subsequent Generations
 

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Children
 
See a register report of John and William Goodrich and their children.


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Kansas Pioneers Lineage
 
 1   John Goodrich 1611 - 1680 b: Bet. 1611 - 1624 in Prob Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
....  +Elizabeth 1626 - 1670 b: Abt. 1626 in England
.... 2   Mary Goodrich 1650 - 1724 b: December 15, 1650 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co, Conn
..........  +Thomas Read 1653 - 1726 b: Abt. 1653 in Prob Sudbury, Middlesex Co, Mass
........... 3   Thomas Read 1678 - 1755 b: March 22, 1678 in Sudbury, Middlesex Co, Mass
.................  +Mary Bigelow 1677 - 1708 b: September 12, 1677 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, Mass
.................. 4   Katherine Read 1707 - b: January 31, 1707 in Sudbury, Middlesex Co,  Mass
........................  +Joseph Joslin 1699 - 1761 b: November 23, 1699 in Marlborough, Middlesex Co,  Mass
........................ 5   Abigail Joslin 1735 - b: September 05, 1735 in Westborough, Mass
..............................  +Nathaniel Whitney IV 1728 - 1776 b: July 22, 1728 in Westborough, Worcester Co, Mass
............................... 6   Abigail Whitney 1763 - 1847 b: April 11, 1763 in Grafton, Worcester Co, Mass
.....................................  +Elijah Bruce 1760 - 1835 b: January 20, 1760 in Westborough, Worcester Co, Mass
.................................... 7   Abigail Whitney Bruce 1806 - 1884 b: April 02, 1806 in Marlboro, Windham Co,  Vermont
.....................................  +Nehemiah Willis Fisher 1805 - 1859 b: June 23, 1805 in Marlboro, Windham Co,  Vermont

Kansas Pioneers:
............................... 8   Eleanor Serepta Fisher 1843 - 1924 b: October 30, 1843 in Marlboro, Windham Co,  Vermont
..................................................  +Henry Gilbert Baldwin 1836 - 1894 b: June 14, 1836 in Dover, Vermont
.................................. 9   Arthur Willis Baldwin 1876 - 1961 b: July 06, 1876 in Ada, Fountain Twp, Ottawa Co, Kans
.........................................  +Inez Evangeline Hallock 1886 - 1976 b: October 14, 1886 in Near Milo, Lincoln Co, Kans
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