I don’t know much about William Goodhue (1612 – 1699), my 9th great grandfather, which is sad because I descend from all three of his children. I don’t know his English ancestry, nor do I know when he came to New England. He settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts and was a freeman on 7 December 1636. He had three children with his wife, Margery Watson, and was married two more times but appears to have had no more children.
William Goodhue was a selectman and deacon of the church in 1658 in Ipswich. He was a representative to the General Court in 1666 and a few more times after that. He died in 1699 when he was 86 years old.
The daughter of William Goodhue, Mary, married Thomas Giddings in 1658.
The elder son, Joseph Goodhue, married first to Sarah Whipple in 1661. She had ten children and then died delivering twins. In a long letter written to her husband on 14 July 1681 she wrote out her wishes in case of her death at the time of this birth. I have a transcription of this poignant letter at this blog post: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/03/amanuensis-monday-1681-letter.html This letter spells out what should happen to her children and how they should be raised. It’s a tear jerker. She must have known it was going to be a difficult pregnancy and that she might not survive.
The youngest son, William Goodhue lived on the family farm in Chebacco Parish. He was a deacon at the Chebacco Parish church. In 1687 Governor Andros imposed a tax on the people of Massachusetts in violation of their charter, not to be taxed without an assembly’s consent. The minister of Ipswich and two men, one was William Goodhue, Jr., conferred a town meeting against this tax. William and five Ipswich men were arrested and jailed in Boston. The town of Ipswich paid their fines. In 1704 Ipswich granted William Goodhue land for his losses. This tax revolt was almost 100 years before the Revolutionary War.
Some GOODHUE sources:
One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, by John Osborne Austin, Salem, Massachusetts; 1893 (reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1977)
History and Genealogy of the Goodhue Family in England and America to the Year 1890, by Reverend Jonathan E. Goodhue, Rochester, NY: 1891.
New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 112, page 143
A Partial List of the Descendants of Matthew Whipple, the Elder, of Bocking, Essex County, England, by Henry Burdette Whipple, 1965.
My GOODHUE genealogy:
Generation 1: William Goodhue, born about 1612 in England, died 7 September 1699 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts; married first about 1635 to Margery Watson, daughter of Joseph Watson. She was born about 1612 and died 28 August 1668 in Ipswich; married second on 7 February 1670 to Mary Morton; married third to Bethiah Rea, widow of Captain Thomas Lothrop; married fourth to Remember Gott, widow of John Fisk. Three children with Margery Watson, and I descend from all three!
Generation 2: Mary Goodhue, born about 1637, died before 1685; married on 23 February 1658 in Ipswich to Thomas Giddings as his first wife. He was born about 1638 and died 19 June 1681 in Ipswich, the son of George Giddings and Jane Lawrence. Three children.
Generation 3: William Giddings, died after 1757; married on 19 September 1698 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Sarah Hitchings, the daughter of Daniel Hitchings and Eleanor Unknown (also my 8th great grandparents in another lineage). Three children.
Generation 4: Thomas Giddings m. Martha Smith
Generation 5: Sarah Giddings m. Amos Burnham
Generation 6: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)
Generation 2: Joseph Goodhue, born about 1639 in Ipswich, died 2 September 1697 in Ipswich; married on 13 July 1661 to Sarah Whipple, daughter of John Whipple and Susannah Clark. She was born 3 November 1641 in Ipswich and died 23 July 1681 in Ipswich. Nine children. He married second on 4 July 1692 to Mercy Boynton, and had one son.
Generation 3: Mary Goodhue, born about 1664 in Ipswich, died after 30 April 1719; married Bonus Norton, son of William Norton and Lucy Downing. He was born about 1657 in Ipswich and died 30 April 1719 in Hampton, New Hampshire. Eight children.
Generation 4: Elizabeth Norton m. Benjamin Swett
Generation 5: Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carried Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)
Generation 2: William Goodhue, born about 1645, died 12 October 1712 in Ipswich; married on 14 November 1666 in Ipswich to Hannah Dane, the daughter of Reverend Francis Dane and Elizabeth Ingalls. She was born about 1648 in Andover, Massachusetts. Eleven children.
Generation 3: Bethiah Goodhue, born about 1683 in Ipswich, died 28 March 1752 in Ipswich; married after 24 November 1711 in Ipswich to Benjamin Marshall, the son of Benjamin Marshall and Prudence Woodward. He was born 15 November 1684 in Ipswich, and died 2 October 1747 in the Chebacco Parish. Five children.
Generation 4: Elizabeth Marshall m. David Burnham
Generation 5: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings (see above)
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