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Mary Goodenough (Axtell)

Also Known As: "Goodenow"
Birthplace: Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
Place of Burial: Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Axtell and Mary Ann Axtell
Wife of Capt. John Goodenow
Mother of Hannah Smith; Mary / Mercy Bush; Edmund / Edward Goodenow; Sarah Walker; Dorothy Peckham and 5 others
Half sister of Hannah Wright; Henry Axtell and Lydia AXTELL

Occupation: Had 11 children with John Goodnow
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About Mary Goodenough

Mary AXTELL was christened on 25 Sep 1639 in Berkhamstead, Herford, En. (150) She died on 14 Apr 1704 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. (151) In an early Axtell genealogy she is ascribed to be widow of Thomas. Later this is amended, and she is first married to Goodnow. The path is still a little unclear.

TAG, v. 60 (Jan 1984), JOHN MAYNARD p. 55, family; d. 10 Dec 1672, Sudbury, MA; m. (1) (unknown); m. (2) Mary (-----) Axtell, widow of Thomas. Parents: Thomas AXTELL and Mary .

She was married to John (4) GOODENOW Capt on 19 Sep 1656 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA.(152) (153) he was married a second time, 1705, Mary Stone, but apparently had all children by first wife. Savage, Screen 250, Vol 1: According to Savage she was the Widow of Thomas Axtell of Sudbury, and by him had seven children, he dying in 1646. See controversy.

According to another NEHG source she had no prior marriages and 11 children by John Goodnow. The Mary Axtell that was widow of Thomas remarried, according to this source: John Maynard, also a widower with at least one child. Children were: Captain John (5) GOODENOW.




Mary Axtell was the daughter of Mary (Rice or Starr) and Thomas Axtell. At the age of 16, she married John Goodenow on September 19, 1656 in Sudbury, Massachusetts Colony.

They had twelve children who were all born in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Masssachusetts. Their children were Hannah, Mary, Edmund, Sarah (died young), Sarah, Dorothy, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Ebenezer, Lydia (died young) and Mercy.

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Mary Goodenough's Timeline

September 25, 1639
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
September 25, 1639
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
September 25, 1639
St. Peter, Gr.Berkhampstead, Hertford, England
September 25, 1639
September 25, 1639
Berkhemstead, Hertfordshire, England
September 25, 1639
Berkhemstead, Hertfordshire, England
September 19, 1656
Age 16
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 15, 1657
Age 18
Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, USA
October 19, 1659
Age 20
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
October 16, 1661
Age 22
Sudbury,Middlesex County,Massachusetts