Thomas Goodale (1676 - 1766) MP

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Birthplace: Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Pomfret, Windham County, New Hampshire Grants (Present Vermont)
Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Nathan Eric Goodell
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About Thomas Goodale

One of those to leave Salem, was Zachariah's son, Thomas3 Goodell, who moved to Woodstock, Connecticut. Thomas married Sarah Horrell and they had eleven children. Of these children, Jabez moved to Westminster, Vermont along with several of the children of his brothers, Ebenezer and Edward.

Thomas GOODALE born; 30 Oct 1676 in Salem MA; married: 2 Dec 1698 Sarah HORRELL (Daughter of Humphrey HORRELL; b. 1 Jun 1684 in Boston MA; d. 5 Nov 1750 in Pomfret CT) in Beverly MA; died: 22 Oct 1766 in Pomfret CT; Son of Zechariah GOODALE and Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP


1. Humphrey b. 30 Oct 1699 (Pomfret CT) m. 12 Jan 1726/7 Mehetible JOHNSON (Pomfret CT) d. 20 Apr 1759 (Pomfret CT) -

2. Zechariah b. 29 Nov 1701 (Pomfret CT) m. 20 Oct 1725 Hannah CHENEY (Pomfret CT) d. 12 Dec 1783 (Pomfret CT) -

3. Ebenezer b. 8 Sep 1703 (Pomfret CT) m 21 Oct 1728 Experience LYON (Pomfret CT) d. 20 May 1772 (Canterbury CT) -

4. Thomas b. 14 Sep 1705 (Pomfret CT) m. (1) 14 Feb 1734 Mehitable CLOUGH (Mansfield CT) (2) 14 Mar 1751 Lois POND (Mansfield CT) d. 8 Apr 1752 (Mansfield CT) -

5. Jacob b. 28 Feb 1708 (Pomfret CT) m. (1) 31 Jul 1734 Peggy ATWELL (Pomfret CT) - son Jacob m. Mehetible GOODELL dau of Humphrey and Mehetible (2) 20 Dec 1743 Mrs. Martha BAKER -

6. Sarah b. 27 Aug 1711 (Pomfret CT) m. 14 Dec 1739 Solomon SHARP -

7. Beauchamp b. 3 Jul 1713 (Pomfret CT) m. Jerusha FARRINGTON (Pomfret CT) D. Mar 1793 -

8. Edward b. 20 Apr 1715 (Pomfret CT) m. 7 Mar 1735/6 Mrs. Lydia (EATON) CHANDLER (Pomfret CT) d. 30 Aug 1784 (Pomfret CT) - Served as a Corporal in the Am Revolution -

9. Mehetible b. 16 Mar 1716/17 (Pomfret CT) m. 16 Nov 1738 Ebenezer DANA (Pomfret CT) -

10. Jabez b. 8 Jan 1719/20 (Pomfret CT) m. 19 Dec 1744 Abigail LYON (Pomfret CT) d. 15 Sep 1799 (Westminster VT) -

11. David b. 12 Mar 1721 (Pomfret CT) m. (1) 12 Mar 1747 Anna GALLY (Pomfret CT) (2) 11 Nov 1779 Margaret BOWMAN (Pomfret CT) d. 14 Jul 1784 (Pomfret CT)

The big families and dwindling estates of Massachusetts' Goodales must have been having an impact as Thomas had left that Salem area and was "of Woodstock CT" at the time of his marriage to Sarah. He soon went on to Pomfret, purchasing land there from Deacon Chandler. He returned to Massachusetts to marry and he left her in the spring of 1698 to go to Pomfret and ready the homestead.

The following description from Folktales of Pomfret described for me what it must have been like as a colonial pioneer in the wilds of Connecticut and has helped to make Sarah Horrell Goodell one of my favorite ancestors:


In the autumn of 1698, Sarah Horrel Goodell left the friendly village of Woodstock, following the Path alone, far out into the wilds of the Nipmuck wilderness, seeking the cabin that she had been told by friends her husband was making ready for her. He had left for the new country in the early spring. Receiving no tidings of him, she resolved to join him, so taking her spinning wheel, she traversed the lonely trail from Roxbury, Mass., depending upon chance "lifts" from fellow travelers along the way.

She could not be prevailed upon to remain overnight at Woodstock but, spinning wheel in hand, she hurried on through the forest gloom. South of Woodstock lay the Mashamoquet in the Nipmuck Country, the future town of Pomfret. At this period the only settler in the Purchase was John Sabin, near the Woodstock line, the Bartholomew place. The path that Sarah Horrel Goodell trod that autumn night, two hundred and fifty years ago, led over Ragged Hill in the western section, miles from the Sabin home. She traveled the rocky trail, ragged and steep, down through the valleys, over the brooks and on for many a weary mile, until at last, as the last rays faded in the west, she came to the little clearing and there, by the side of the "way", she found her cabin home.

This first Goodell home is believed to have stood near the summit of Easter Hill, in the Elliott section of Pomfret, so named from its last resident. Traces of the old cellar remain near a fine spring of water.

In 1709 Thomas Goodell sold this first cabin and clearing with its young orchards to Ebenezer Truesdell, and built himself a large and substantial dwelling on the northern slope of the hill, about one-fourth of a mile south of the present Abington Church.

He owned several hundred acres of land between Blackwell's Brook and Abington Brook. His land was crossed by the King's Highway up to 1870, when that section of this ancient road was closed by the laying of the N. Y. N. H. & H. R. R. Travel was diverted through Abington Common, now Route 97.

The Goodells were of Huguenot origin. .All of their eleven children were born before 1721. The first child, Humphrey, born Oct. 30, 1699 was the first white child born in the limits of the Mashamoquet Purchase

The Goodell family lived for many generations at their second home site. A marvelous growth of lilacs still thrive by the open gate. A crumbling chimney, broad door stones, and a near-by well are all that remain to mark this century old pioneer homestead.

Captain Zachariah Goodell (French and Indian War) sold the land (for twenty pounds old tenor) for the site of the meeting-house in 1751."

Sources: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Goodale / Goodell of Salem Mass by Williams, Geo E. - 1984; Vital Records of Beverly MA; Vital Records of Pomfret CT; Folklore and Firesides in Pomfret, Hampton and Vicinity by Griggs, Susan J. - 1950

-------------------- Children:

  1. Zachariah
  2. Ebenezer
  3. Thomas Jacob
  4. Sarah Sharp (born Goodell)
  5. Beaucham
  6. Edward
  7. Mehitable
  8. Jabez
  9. David
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Thomas Goodale's Timeline

October 30, 1676
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 2, 1698
Age 22
Beverly, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
October 30, 1699
Age 23
Pomfret, CT, USA
November 29, 1701
Age 25
Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, United States
Age 24
Wells, York, Maine, USA
September 8, 1703
Age 26
Pomfret, Windham Co., CT, United States
August 27, 1711
Age 34
Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, United States
March 3, 1713
Age 36
Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, United States
April 20, 1715
Age 38
Monson, Massachusetts, United States
March 16, 1716
Age 39