Deacon Richard Goodman of New England

Two sources, including “The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy”, list Richard Goodman (1609-1676), who came from England to Cambridge, Mass., in 1632. From there, he removed to Hartford, Conn., and later to Hadley, Mass. He married Mary Terry in 1659. Many of their descendants are well documented, but do not include any Ansel names, as far as I could find. Richard was killed near by Indians in the King Phillip’s War.

From “Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford”: “Deacon Richard Goodman, Cambridge, 1632, perhaps the freeman of May 14, 1634; an original proprietor at Hartford, 1639, when his home-lot was on Main St., directly north of the Meeting-House Yard; chosen townsman, 1642, 1647, 1652; Surveyor of common lands and fences, 1648; fence-viewer, 1650; juror, 1643, 1645; sergeant of the trainband, 1650; constable, 1656. He m. Dec. 8, 1659, Mary, doe. of Stephen Terry, of Windsor; was one of the first settlers of Hadley ; slain by the Indians, April 1, 1676, aged ab. 67. His widow died in Deerfield, 1692. – Ch.: i. John, b. Oct. 13, 1661 ; Hadley. ii. Richard, b. March 23, 1663; removed to Hartford after 1678; m. Abigail, dau. of John Pantry, of Hartford; She d. Jan. 26, 1708, aged 29 ;he d. May 4 or 14, 1730. His son, Richard Goodman, and his grandson, Lieut. Richard Goodman, ob. 1845, were both wealthy and prominent citizens of Hartford. iii. Stephen; d. early. iv. Mary. v. Elizabeth. vi. Thomas, Hadley. vii. Samuel, b. May 5, 1675.”

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According to some of his New England descendants, he was born ca 1609, son of William GOODMAN, Lord of the Manor of Blaston, Leicester in 1609. Other prominent Blaston Goodmans in the later 1600s include several generations of Everard Goodmans, with descendants with given names of John, Valentine and William. Everard given name seems to be derived from the Everard surname, also present in early Blaston, Leicester history, and is probably not a variation of Edward.

Richard Goodman may have had brothers John and Valentine, who were listed in one Blaston lease of 1639 January 23 as: “… John Goodman and Valentyne Goodman, both of Blaston, co. Leicester. gent.”.

On 1 Aug 1637: “Letters Patent ordering Abel Barker, bart., Thomas Barker, Edward Faulkoner and Andrew Noel, esqs., Peter Woodcock, John Hunt and Peter Barriffe, gents., or any four of them, to enquire into the lunacy of Everard Goodman, and the management of his manors, messuages, goods, chattels, lands and tenements, and to report thereon:”

On Jan 1 1641/2: “Agreement: between Valentine Goodman of Blaston, co. Leicester, gent., of the one part, and Abel Barker of Hamilton, co. Rutland, gent., Andrew Collin of Eston, co. Leicester, gent., and Elizabeth Barker, spinster, sister of said Abel, of the other part: in consideration of a marriage intended between said Valentine and Elizabeth, for a jointure to be made for said Elizabeth, and for settling certain messuages and lands: said Valentine to be seised of 2 messuages in BLASTON and lands belonging which were conveyed to him by the late Everard Goodman, his father, on 28 March 15 Charles I (1637)…”

In a lease of 1642 June 28: “Everard Goodman of Blaston, co. Leicester, gent., to Valentine Goodman of Blaston, gent., uncle of the said Everard…”. And another document, dated 1642 March 10, “Assignment of Glebe (Inclosure): (a) Everard Goodman of Blaston, co. Leicester, gent., grandchild and heir of Everard Goodman, late of Blaston, gent., deceased;… and Laurence Goodman of Medburne, co. Leicester, gent…”.

On Apr 25 1661: “Bond: Everard Goodman of Blaston, co. Leicester, esq., and William Goodman, gent., his son and heir apparent, to Abel Barker of Hambleton, co. Rutland, esq.: in £600, to perform the covenants contained in a pair of indentures of even date made between the said parties…”.

On May 10 1666: “…Everard Goodman of Blaston, co. Leicester, esq., and Elizabeth, his wife and relict and administratrix of the goods of Valentine Goodman, gent., deceased; … Valentine Goodman, son of the said Valentine Goodman, deceased … an indenture dated 8th November 1647 made between (a) Elizabeth Goodman and (b) Abell Barker, John Goodman of Blaston…”.

Elixabeth Barker’s mother, in her will, further describes some of the children of Valentine and Elizabeth (Barker) Goodman: “Probate copy of will, dated 16 July 1656, of Elizabeth Barker of Hambleton, co. Rutland, widow: … to daughter Elizabeth Goodman, £40 and to her 4 sons £50 each when 21 years old respectively” and in a codicil: “… to grandchild John Goodman, youngest son of daughter, Elizabeth Goodman, £50.” John Goodman appears to have been born after the original 4 sons of Elizabeth and Valentine Goodman, and was their 5th son.

This family is even better described in this July 4 1680 will: “… Thomas Barker of Linden, co. Rutland, esq … to children of sister, Elizabeth Goodman, as follows, viz. to eldest son Everard Goodman 20 shillings to buy a ring, to second son, Valentine, £100, to third son, Everard (sic), £100 upon marriage, to fourth son, Thomas, £100 upon marriage, to fifth son, John, £100 upon marriage”. Why Everard is listed as eldest son and 3rd son is puzzling. The third son may have been Edward, not Everard, or the other way around.

In Hallaton, Leicestershire: “Valentine Goodman, by Will, dated in 1684, bequeathed L8oo, to be laid out in land, and the profits thereof given to the ” most indigent, poorest, aged, decrepid, miserablest paupers,” viz., six from Easton, four from Medbourn, four from Hallaton, and two from Blaston ; and if any part of the money (was) employed for easing town levies, or not according to the intent of the testator, then he declared that the gift should cease, and the money be employed for the redemption of Turkish captives.”. This is a strange bequest indeed, but is in addition to other bquests to his heirs.

“Monumental Brasses”, p. 159, lists a brass in the Kettering Church, in Northhamptonshire, with a caption plate of: “Edm. Sawyer, d. 1631, in armour and w. Anne, daughter of Edw. Goodman, Gent., of Blaston, Leic., they had 15 child.” From this reference, it maybe assumed that Edward Goodman, father of Anne, lived in the middle to late 1500s, and since the arms of the Blaston and Ruthin Goodmans are virtually identical, could have been from the Ruthin Goodman family.

Richard Goodman came to America with Thomas Hooker, a leader of the Puritan exodus from England, who was himself born only a few miles from Blaston.

Easton Manor, Leicester

Peterborough Abbey retained its manorial rights in Easton until the Dissolution. In 1541 Henry VIII included this lordship in his endowment of Peterborough Cathedral on condition that the dean and chapter leased it to Edward Watson (d. 1584) of Rockingham (Northants.). (fn. 39) Before the Dissolution the abbot had, apparently in 1531, leased the manor to William Goodman (d. 1543) of Easton who had been the abbey’s bailiff; Thomas Waldram (d. 1539) had independently obtained a lease of the impropriate rectory. (fn. 40) The dean and chapters’ lease to Edward Watson in 1546 did not upset this arrangement. (fn. 41) The Goodmans and the Waldrams were under-tenants of the Watsons until their leases lapsed in the mid-17th century. (fn. 42) William Goodman (d. 1543) who obtained a lease of the manor from the abbot in 1532 came from local yeoman stock. Edward Goodman was in occupation in 1649.

Meadborne Manor, Leicester

Throughout the 15th century the Chaworths probably continued to lease the manor to a tenant or farm it through a steward. In 1494 Joan Ormond, cousin and heir of Thomas de Chaworth (d. 1485), leased the manor to John Goodman of Medbourne.

Two yeoman families of Medbourne, the Goodmans and the Marstons, were included in the herald’s visitation of Leicestershire families in 1619. The Marstons had intermarried with the Barrett, Bowman, Payne, and Dod families. (fn. 17) The Goodmans entered Medbourne at the end of the 15th century, and by the later 17th several of them were described as ‘gentlemen’.

In the House of Lords 10 April 1646

Letter concerning the great Barbarities committed by Major Babington’s Troopers upon the Townsmen of Medborne in Leicestershire.>/p>

…Descriptin of the attrocities …>/p>

“The Lieutenant of this Troop was not with them, who is very sorry for what his Soldiers have done.

Names of some of the injured are listed, including:

“Thomas Goodman, his Hands almost cut off.

“Edward Goodman, sorely hurt in his Arm.

“Attested by in Part,

“John Goodman de Blaston Esquire.

Orders were sent out to all Sheriffs, etc. for the apprehension and detention of the soldiers involved.


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