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William Goodwin

Also Known As: ""Elder" William Goodwin", "William Gooden"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bocking, Essex, England
Death: Died in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Hartford Co, Conn
Immediate Family:

Son of Ozeas Goodwin and Nancy Goodwin
Husband of Elizabeth Goodwin and Susan Harkes Shepard
Father of Elizabeth Crow
Brother of Martha Goodwin and Ozias Goodwin

Occupation: Boston 1632/ Deputy/ a 1st settler of of Hartford, Hadley and Farmington
Managed by: Jeremy Jed Lyman
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About William Goodwin

His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. William settled first at Newtown (Cambridge), MA (freeman Nov. 6, 1632; deputy to General Court May 1634), then at Hartford, CT 1636, Hadley, MA 1659, and Farmington, CT about 1670.

WILLIAM GOODWIN (from Lyons Hall, Bocking, Essex; instrumental in the organisation of the voyage of the Lyon. Settled in Newtowne [Cambridge], then in Hartford.)

Sources:

1. Note: Arrived America Sept 16, 1632 at Boston, aboard the ship "Lyon". (See Elizabeth Goodwin, daughter). His brother Ozias Goodwin, with wife and child William, were with him.

Name: William Goodwin's name appears on the obelisk "founders of Hartford", erected in 1837 in the Center Church Burial Ground. William was an influential pioneer, and active in the church. When a great dissension in the church occured, the "Withdrawers", led by Goodwin and Gov. John Webster, moved from Hartford to Hadley, Mass, in 1659. Goodwin moved to Farmington, Conn, about 10 years later. There is much written about William - see the database Raviac on Rootsweb.com.

Note: William settled first in Newtown (now Cambridge) Mass; was freeman Nov. 6 1632; deputy to General Court May 1634; arrived in Hartford in 1636, and was an original proprietor. His home lot was on Main St, extending from the present Wadsworth St. to Arch St. He purchased large tracts of land up the river, and was one of the agents of the town employed to purchase Farmington from the Indians.

Note: William was an ardent friend of the Rev. Thomas Hooker, and in fact his second marriage was to Susan, or Susanna, the daughter of Rev. Hooker.

Name: I am greatly in debt to Alice Raven (raviac database) and others, who have posted this info on Rootsweb with excellent references and documentation. Russian proverb- We live as long as we are remembered- and that certainly applies to William

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Sailed from London, in ship Lyon, June 22, 1632, and arrived in New England, Sep 16, 1632. He was made freeman in Mass. Nov. 6, 1632, and was in May 1634, Deputy from Cambridge to the general Court. He was an early settler of Hartford, Ct., where he was a man of great influence, both in Church and State. Having resided in Hadley about ten years from its first settlement, he returned to Ct.

Source: <http://www.kinnexions.com/kinnexions/hadley/fg02/fg02_091.htm>

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Also of Shalford, Cambs., Essex, England -------------------- •Name: William GOODWIN 1 2 3 4

•Sex: M

•Title: Elder

•Birth: ABT. 1591 in Braintree parish, co. Essex, England 5

•Death: 11 MAR 1673 in Farmington, CT 5

•Residence: 1636 Hartford, CT 6 5

•Residence: 1632 Cambridge, MA 5

•Event: Freeman 6 NOV 1632 Massachusetts 7 8

•Emigration: 22 JUN 1632 Departed London aboard the "Lyon", accompanied by his wife Elizabeth White, and her borther John White, and his wife, Mary, and their children, Nathaniel and Mary 9 5

•Immigration: 16 SEP 1632 Arrived in Boston aboard the "Lyon" 9

•Religion: 1622 Sidesman of the church at Braintree parish, co. Essex, England 5

•Religion: 1630 Churchwarden of the church at Braintree parish, co. Essex, England 5

•Religion: 25 JUN 1632 Presented at the Commissary Court of Essex and Herts for "'not receiving the Holy Communion at Easter nor since inhis parish chuirch'", along with other members of the "Braintree Company" and fellow passengers on the "Lyon" 5

•Religion: 16 JUL 1632 Presented at the Commissary Court of Essex and Herts for "'not receiving the Holy Communion at Easter nor since inhis parish chuirch'", along with other members of the "Braintree Company" and fellow passengers on the "Lyon" 5

•Religion: 4 AUG 1632 Presented at the Commissary Court of Essex and Herts for "'not receiving the Holy Communion at Easter nor since inhis parish chuirch'", along with other members of the "Braintree Company" and fellow passengers on the "Lyon" 5

•Religion: BEF. 3 SEP 1634 Cambridge, MA; elder in John Hooker's church 5

•Religion: BEF. 1639 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; elected elder of Thomas Hooker's Christ Church 5

•Religion: BEF. 26 MAR 1645 Hartford; ruling elder in Thomas Hooker's Christ Church 5

•Religion: AFT. OCT 1659 Hadley, MA; ruling elder in church 10

•Education: Very well educated 5

•_ELEC: 14 MAY 1635 Deputy for Cambridge, MA, to the General Court 5

•PROP: 20 AUG 1635 Cambridge, MA; owned 8 parcels

•PROP: FEB 1639 Hartford land inventory shoed that he owned 22 parcels 5

•Event: Moved BET. OCT 1635 - JUN 1636 Moved from Cambridge to Hartford, CT with Hooker's Company 5

•Event: Moved 18 APR 1659 Signed petition to move to Hadley, MA; also siging the petition were John white, John Crow, and Samuel Porter 5 11

•Event: Moved ABT. OCT 1659 Moved from Hartford, CT to Hadley, MA 5

•Event: Moved ABT. 1670 Moved from Hadley, MA to Farmington, CT

•Note:

William Goodwin, his wife, Elizabeth White Goodwin [sister of John White], and daughter, Elizabeth, emigrated from London, England on June 22, 1632 on the Lyon, accompanied by John White and his family. Passenger List for the Lyon, 1632, (http://members.aol.com/dcurtin1/gene/lyon.htm), "Electronic."

William Goodwin was one of the pioneers, proprietors, and settlers of Hartford, CT. R. R. Hinman, A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, with the Time of their Arrival in the Colony, and their standing in society, together with their place of residence, as far as can be discovered by the records, 1852, Hartford, Case Tiffany.

"After Thomas Hooker's death a serious controversy arose in the Hartford church, with Samuel Stone on one side and such prominent town residents as WILLIAM GOODWIN [and John White] on the other. The parties could not be resolved, and in 1659 Goodwin and about thirty-five other families [including the family of John White] departed, moving upriver to found the town of Hadley." Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Ancestry.com CD version, entry on "Samuel Stone" [citations to sources omitted.]

See also "Notes" for John White.

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Ancestry.com CD version, has the following entry on "William Goodwin" [citations to sources omitted]:

ORIGIN: Braintree, Essex

MIGRATION: 1632 on Lyon

FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge

REMOVES: Hartford 1636, Hadley by 1659, Farmington by 1670

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: William Goodwin was a sidesman [a lay person who assists the churchwardens in their work - notably by welcoming people at the church door and by taking the collection during the service] of the church at Braintree, Essex, in 1622, and churchwarden [a lay person who oversees church property] in 1630 and 1631. On 25 June 1632 (and repeated on 16 July 1632 and 4 August 1632) William Goodwin was presented at the Commissary Court of Essex and Herts for "not receiving the Holy Communion at Easter nor since in his parish church." Several other members of the "Braintree Company," fellow passengers on the Lyon, were also presented at these courts, for the same or similar offenses, but they were safely beyond the reach of the ecclesiastical courts, as they were at sea on these dates.

Admission to a Massachusetts Bay church, presumably Watertown, prior to 6 November 1632 implied by freemanship. He must soon have transferred his membership to the Cambridge church, and became elder of that church, for Winthrop reports that at the General Court held on 3 September 1634 "Mr. Goodwin, a very reverend and godly man, being the elder of the congregation of Newtown, having, in heat of argument, used some unreverend speech to one of the assistants, and being reproved for the same in open court, did gravely and humbly acknowledge his fault, etc." This episode does not appear in the official records of the General Court.

At Hartford William Goodwin was the leader of the group which disputed with Rev. Samuel Stone.

FREEMAN: 6 November 1632.

EDUCATION: On 24 February 1661/2 and on 1 February 1663/4 William Goodwin "in the name of the rest of the trustees" wrote long and learned letters from Hadley to the court at Hartford, regarding the settling of the estate of Mr. Hopkins. Committee to "gather up [those passages of God's providence which have been remarkable since our first undertaking these plantations], and deliver them into the General Court in April next, and if it be judged then fit, they may be recorded," 10 October 1639. On 22 June 1636 William Goodwin addressed a letter to John Winthrop Jr. from "Sekioge [Hartford]," reporting early happenings at Hartford.

OFFICES: Deputy for Cambridge to General Court, 14 May 1635. Appointed to committee "to consider of the act of Mr. Endicott, in defacing the colors."

Committee to deal with "Soheage, an Indian the sachem of Pyquaagg now called Wythersfield." 5 April 1638.

ESTATE: Granted a cowyard of three roods in Cambridge, 5 August 1633. Granted two acres in "the mead[ow] next Wattertowne weir," 21 April 1635. Granted a proportional share of three in meadow ground, 20 August 1635. Granted two acres between Charlestown path and the common pales, 8 February 1635/6.

In the Cambridge land inventory, on 20 August 1635, William Goodwin was listed with eight parcels of land: one house with backside in town, about half a rood; three roods in Cowyard Row; two acres and a half in Old Field; two acres in Old Field; fourteen acres and a half in the Neck of Land; one acre and a rood in the Ox Marsh; three acres and one rood in Long Marsh; and thirteen acres in the Great Marsh. Most of this land passed into the hands of Samuel Shepard.)

In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639 "Mr. William Goodwin elder there in Christ Church" held twenty-two parcels, seven of which had been granted to him: three acres with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens; one acre, one rood and ten perches in the Little Meadow; thirty acres, three roods and twelve perches of meadow and swamp in the North Meadow; four acres and thirty-four perches on the east side of the Great River; fourteen acres in the Old Oxpasture; eight acres in the Cowpasture; and twenty-eight acres, three roods and twenty-eight perches on the west side of the Little River. Among the remaining parcels, acquired by purchase, was "one parcel belonging to Mr. Goodwin & to John Crow jointly lying on the east side of the Great River," which they had bought from several persons, totalling seven hundred sixty-six acres.

On 26 March 1645 "Mr. William Goodwin of Hartford upon Connecticut River, ruling elder in the Church of Christ there, and John Crow of the same town, planter," sold to "Thomas Newell of Tunkses Sepos [Farmington] and John Standly of Hartford . . . all our buildings and dividend or dividends of land made or to be made at Tunkses Seposs."

On 3 October 1654 Connecticut court gave "Mr. Will[iam] Goodwin liberty to make use of what timber from the waste land belonging to the country he shall have occasion for to keep his saw mill in employment."

On 14 March 1660/1Connecticut court "having heard the case respecting Jeremie and John Adams and Edward Stebbing, respecting the sale of the homelot of Thomas Greenhill, at Hartford, do sentence and conclude, that the said sale of that lot by Edward Stebbing to Mr. Goodwin is a legal sale: the sale being acknowledged by Edward Stebbin in open court."

BIRTH: By about 1591 based on date of first marriage.

DEATH: Farmington 11 March 1673.

MARRIAGE:

(1) Shalford, Essex, 7 November 1616 Elizabeth White, daughter of Robert White of Messing, Essex; she died before January 1669/70.

(2) After 7 December 1654 and by January 1669/70 Susan (Garbrand) Hooker, widow of Rev. THOMAS HOOKER; she died at Farmington 17 May 1676.

CHILD With first wife: ELIZABETH, b. say 1620; m. by about 1640 John Crow of Hartford (probably as his second wife, since his eldest daughter Esther was born about 1628 and so was too old to be daughter of Elizabeth Goodwin). In 1674 "Ozias Goodwin aged 78 years and W[illia]m Goodwin aged about 45 years" testified that "Mr. W[illia]m Goodwin deceased and Mr. John Crow his son-in-law ... were copartners in their buyings and sellings."

ASSOCIATIONS: William Goodwin's first wife, Elizabeth White, was sister of Mary White, wife of Joseph Loomis of Braintree, and of Anna White, wife of John Porter of Windsor.

Ozias Goodwin, who first appears at Hartford in 1639, was a brother of William Goodwin. On 19 December 1661 "the town [Hadley] renewed Osias Goodwin's former grant' on certain conditions, which Mr. William Goodwin undertook to perform for his brother.'"

COMMENTS: Included in list of those to provide pales for common, with assignment of 20 rods, dated 7 January 1632/3 (although the list was actually compiled later).

At Hampshire court on 17 March 1662/3 "Sergeant Stebbins of Springfield attorney for Mr. Goodwin of Hadley" complained against widow Sackett of Springfield, adminstratrix, and William Blomfield, adminstrator to the estate of Symon Sackett deceased, in a matter of debt and the court ruled for the plaintiff.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: The family of William Goodwin has been especially well treated in print, due mostly to the patronage of James Junius Goodwin and the research of Frank Farnsworth Starr. In 1891 a number of authors, at the behest of James Junius Goodwin, wrote lengthy chapters which were gathered as The Goodwins of Hartford, Connecticut, Descendants of William and Ozias Goodwin (Hartford 1891). A biographical account of William Goodwin himself was prepared by Rev. George Leon Walker, and a similar treatment of Ozias Goodwin was done by Charles J. Hoadly. Frank Farnsworth Starr compiled the genealogies of the descendants of these two immigrants.

James Junius Goodwin then commissioned Starr to compile an account of some of his ancestral lines, which did not include any Goodwin material, presumably since that had already been published in 189.

Finally, the same team produced a massive three-volume set based on decades of research on the Goodwin name in England. The material of most interest to descendants of William Goodwin may be found in Volume Two.

R. R. Hinman, A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the Time of their Arrival in the Colony, and their standing in society, together with their place of residence, as far as can be discovered by the records, Hartford, 1846, 1968, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., has the following entry for "William Goodwin":

"Goodwin, William, deacon, was one of the first settlers in Hartford. He was one of the purchasers of the town for a company, of the Indians; he also purchased large tracts of land up the river; he aided in some measure in purchasing Farmington. Being an elder in Mr. Hooker's church, he was as active in matters of the church, as he was in the affairs of the town and colony. In '44, as no gallery had been built in the church, he was appointed to build it, and stairs to enter it. In '39 he with Mr. Stone, deacon Chaplin and George Hubbard, were appointed by the General Court, "to gather those passages of God's providence, which had been remarkable, since the first undertakings of the Plantations, and report them to the General Court." In the early part of the settlement, he was one of the most active as well as useful settlers in the colony. During the great dissension in the church at Hartford, which lasted for a considerable period of time, and caused much anxiety not only to the church in Hartford, but to all the churches in New England; for some cause about this time deacon Goodwin moved his family to Hadley, but afterwards returned into the colony, and died at Farmington in '73. He left a large estate to a daughter, his only child; she afterwards married John Crowe, of Hartford. The Crowe family has now become extinct in the colony."

A Descendant, "The Children of Robert White of Messing, Co. Essex, England, Who Settled in Hartford and Windsor," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 55, p. 23-39, Jan. 1901, reprinted in Gary Boyd Roberts, English Origins of New England Families from the Historical and Genealogical Register, Selected and Introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts, 1984, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., has the following information on William Goodwin:

"John Tallcott and William Goodwin came over in the ship 'Lion,' which sailed June 22d, 1632, from London for Boston. A few days before she sailed John Talcott and his wife Dorothy, and Willliam Goodwin and his wife Eizabeth, join in a conveyance of messuages, land, etc., in Braintree and Bocking, to Martin Holbeach, gentleman, Adrian Mott, Richard Skynner, Robert Aylett and Roger Morrys. John Talcott was of kin to Richard Skynner, and his wife Doroty Mott was related to Adrian Mott. Whether William Goodwin and his wife Elizabeth were related to or connected with any of the parties does not appear; but it may be remembered that Elder William Goodwin's nephew, William, son of his brother Osias, mentions in his will in 1689 'land in Hartford which formerly belonged to his uncle John Morrice."

"It is plain that John Talcott and William Goodwin were disposing of their property in England because they were going to find new homes across the ocean."

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"[These facts] make it highly probable that William Goodwin's wife Elizabeth came with him to Hartford, and lead irresistibly to the conclusion that Robert White's son-in-law, William Goodwin of Bocking, and Elder William Goodwin of Hartford, were the same person."

"The date of the decease of William Goodwin's wife Elizabeth has not been ascertained, but it must have been before January, 1669-70, for at this date William Goodwin sold land in Hadley, Mass., and the name of his wife who then joined in the deed of it is Susanna -- 'the first and only record of his wife yet discovered in America.'"

"William Goodwin and his wife, Elizabeth left but one child, a daughter Elizabeth, who married John Crow, an early settler of Hartford. the date of her birth is not known, but it could not have been earlier than 1617, nor has the date of her marriage been found."

James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May 1692, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1860, 1862, 1965, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., Vol. 2, p. 278, has the following entry for "William Goodwin":

WILLIAM, Cambridge, came to Boston in the Lion, arr. 16 Sept. 1632, freem. 6 Nov. foll. rep. in first Gen. Court of dep. in Mass. 1634, rem. next yr. or more prob. in May 1636, to Hartford, there was in highest esteem, ardent friend of famous [Rev. Thomas] Hooker, and after his dec. dissatisf. with Stone, upon controv. of many yrs. bef. and after 1654, rem. to Hadley with large pt. of the congreg. a. 1659, thence, a. 1670 to Farmington. He was rul. Elder both at Hartford and Hadley, d. 11 Mar. 1673, leav. wid. Susanna, wh. d. 17 May 1676. His only ch. Elizabeth m. John Crow

Marriage 1 Elizabeth WHITE b: 5 MAR 1590/91 in Shalford Parish, co. Essex, england

•Married: 7 NOV 1616 in Shalford parish, co. Essex, England 12 13

Children

1. Elizabeth GOODWIN b: ABT. 1620 in England

Marriage 2 Susanna (Garbrand) HOOKER

•Married: BET. 7 DEC 1654 - JAN 1669 12

Sources:

1.Title: History of Ancient Windsor, Vol. II

Author: Henry R. Stiles

Publication: 1892; republished 1976, New Hampshire Publishing Col, Somerworth, NH).

Repository:

Media: Book

Page: p. 620

Text: citing parish register of Shalford parish, co. Essex, England 2.Title: Louise Larick 8 Oct. 99

Repository:

Media: Book 3.Title: Connecticut Puritan Settlers

Author: Royal R. Hinman

Publication: Press of Case, Tiffany & Co., Harford, CT 1852

Note: A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut

Repository:

Media: Book 4.Title: New England Families, Genealogies and Memorials, 1913-1916

Author: William Richard Cutter

Publication: 1997, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co.

Repository:

Media: Book

Page: Vol. III, p. 1050 5.Title: The Great Migration Begins

Author: Robert Charles Anderson

Publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995 [Ancestry.com CD version]

Repository:

Media: Electronic 6.Title: History of Ancient Windsor, Vol. II

Author: Henry R. Stiles

Publication: 1892; republished 1976, New Hampshire Publishing Col, Somerworth, NH).

Repository:

Media: Book

Page: p. 620 7.Title: The Freemen of Massachusetts Bay, 1630-1636: An Alphabetized Index

Author: Marcia Stewart

Publication: Winthrop Society, www.winthropsociety.org/alpha.htm

Repository:

Media: Electronic 8.Title: The Great Migration Begins

Author: Robert Charles Anderson

Publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995 [Ancestry.com CD version]

Repository:

Media: Electronic

Text: Entry of "William Goodwin" 9.Title: Passenger List for the Lyon, 1632

Author: Dave Curtin

Publication: http://members.aol.com/dcurtin1/gene/lyon.htm

Repository:

Media: Electronic 10.Title: Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

Author: James Savage

Publication: 1860-1862

Repository:

Media: Book

Page: Vol. 2, 9. 278 11.Title: A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, with the Time of their Arrival in the Colony, and their standi

Author: R. R. Hinman

Publication: Hartford, 1846, 1968, Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co.

Note: 106.R. R. Hinman, A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the Time of their Arrival in the Colony, and their standing in society, together with their place of residence, as far as can be discovered by the records,

Repository:

Note: p. 96

Media: Book 12.Title: The Great Migration Begins

Author: Robert Charles Anderson

Publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995 [Ancestry.com CD version]

Repository:

Media: Electronic

Page: Entry of William Goodwin. 13.Title: "The Children of Robert White of Messing, Co. Essex, England, Who Settled in Hartford and Windsor"

Author: A Descendant

Publication: New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 55, p. 23-39, Jan. 1901, reprinted in Gary Boyd Roberts, English Origins of New England

Repository:

Media: Magazine

Text: Citing marriage record in Parish Register of Shalford Parish, co. Essex England

Source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2139081&id=I3632

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The Goodwin Family in America

William and Elizabeth (White) Goodwin

William GOODWIN - b. about 1591; d. Mar. 11, 1673, Farmington, CT. His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. William settled first at Newtown (Cambridge), MA (freeman Nov. 6, 1632; deputy to General Court May 1634), then at Hartford, CT 1636, Hadley, MA 1659, and Farmington, CT about 1670. He was the brother of Osias GOODWIN of Hartford. Elder William married second by Jan. 1669/70 Susan (GARBRAND) HOOKER (d. May 17, 1676, Farmington, CT), widow of Rev. Thomas HOOKER. <see: NEHGR Jan. 1901, pp. 22-31> Married first Nov. 7, 1616, Shalford, Essex, England.

Elizabeth WHITE - bap. Mar. 5, 1591/2, Shalford, Essex, England; d. May 17, 1667, Farmington, CT. Daughter of Robert WHITE and Bridget ALLGAR.

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Daughter of William and Elizabeth Goodwin

Elizabeth - b. about 1620, England; d. 1673, CT. Married John CROW.

Source: http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/crow.htm#WGoodwin

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William Goodwin's Timeline

1591
March 6, 1591
Bocking, Essex, England
March 6, 1591
Shalford, Essex, England
1616
November 7, 1616
Age 25
Shalford, Essex, England
1624
1624
Age 32
Bocking, Essex, England
1673
March 11, 1673
Age 82
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
March 1673
Age 81
Hartford Co, Conn
1914
March 10, 1914
Age 82
March 10, 1914
Age 82
March 12, 1914
Age 82
March 12, 1914
Age 82