Zechariah Goodale (1639 - 1715) MP

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Nicknames: "Zachariah Goodell"
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Occupation: Weaver/Husbandman
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Zechariah Goodale

Zechariah Goodale

  • born; 31 May 1640 in Salem, MA
  • died: 30 Jan 1715 in Salem, MA
  • Son of Robert Goodale and Catherine Kilham

Name is also seen as Goodell

Zachariah Goodell married Elizabeth Beauchamp and had eleven children. The Goodell family lived in Salem for two generations and then began to seek out other lands.

From Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 20.  Page 164.  113. Goodale-thurston:

"John was a son of Zachariah Goodale who was born in 1639 and who married Elizabeth Bercham. Zachariah was a son of Robert Goodale, who embarked at Ipswich, England, with his wife Katherine in April, 1634, he in his 31st, and she in her 29th year. They brought with them three children, Mary, 4 years: Abram, 2 years, and Isaac, 6 months.—(Hist. Marlborough, Mass.. 1657-1861.) 



  1. 31 Oct 1666 Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP (Daughter of Edward BEAUCHAMP and Elizabeth b. 23 Jul 1648 in England) in Salem, MA; died: 30 Jan 1715 in Salem, MA;

11 children:

  • 1. Zechariah b. 9 Feb 1667 (Salem MA) m. 1691 Sarah WHIPPLE d. 1727 -
  • 2. Samuel b. 3 Oct 1669 (Salem MA) m. 25 Dec 1697 Mary BUXTON (Salem MA) d. 1717 (Maine) -
  • 3. Joseph b. 23 Sep 1672 (Salem MA) m. 6 Apr 1694 Mary HUTCHINSON (Salem MA) d. 1718 -
  • 4. Mary b. 29 Sep 1674 (Salem MA) m. 24 Oct 1713 John WILKINS -
  • 5. Thomas b. 30 Oct 1676 (Salem MA) m. 2 Dec 1698 Sarah HORRELL (Beverly MA) d. 22 Oct 1766 (Pomfret CT) -
  • 6. Abraham b. 7 Sep 1678 (Salem MA) m. (1) Apr 1703 Hannah RHODES (Lynn MA) (2)23 Jun 1725 Mary TARBELL d. 1753/4 (Danvers MA) -
  • 7. John b. 10 Aug 1681 (Salem MA) m. (1) 8 Sep 1703 Elizabeth WITT (b. 1676 in Marlboro MA dau of John WITT and Elizabeth BAKER) (2) Elizabeth d. 11 May 1752 (Marlboro MA) -
  • 8. Elizabeth b. 23 Mar 1683 (Salem MA) m. 16 Oct 1714 William FULLER -
  • 9. Sarah bap. 23 Mar 1689 (Salem MA) m. 10 May 1709 Samuel FELTON -
  • 10. Benjamin b. 4 Jul 1687 (Salem MA) m. 21 May 1711 Hannah GARY (Pomfret CT) d. 1754 (Marlboro MA)
  • 11. David b. 31 Mar 1689 (Salem MA) m. 7 Jan 1712 Abigail ELIOT d. 1717


A juicy little "scandal" involving Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth and his sister of the same name. Elizabeth Goodell's husband, John Smith must have kept the gossips armed for a while. Apparently, brother John couldn't keep his hands to himself and had quite an eye for the ladies. Elizabeth let slip to a few of her friends that brother-in-law John Smith had made some inappropriate advances to her and, then as now, apparently, a secret has no value unless shared! When brother John learned through the grapevine that his sister-in-law was saying less than complimentary things about him, he sued her for slander in the Salem Quarterly Court of 1672.

One of the Goodell's defenses was that slandering brother John wouldn't be easy! From the looks of the court records, the whole neighborhood got involved and Smith was found guilty of a countercharge filed by Elizabeth Goodell. He was fined and sentenced to be whipped, though this latter punishment was remitted when his friends promised to pay his fines. Synopsis of the court records follow:

June: John Smith v. Zachariah Goodell and Elizabeth, his wife. Slander. The defendant allowed costs. Writ, dated June 10, 1672, signed by Hilliard Veren, for the court, and no return made. Bond of Zachariah (his mark) Goodell and Elzabeth (her mark) Goodel.

Bill of cost, 7s, 6d.

Plaintiff's plea: that he objects to defendant saying that she kept the abuses, which he was alleged to have committed, private for years and would never have revealed them but to save herself from damage against her in court.

"Now if a woman might singly alone be so surcomstansed noe man can scap from suffering: but if I might be sufred to sware in my owne case I can safly sware that her charg and accusation is fals but let the considaration of the testamony the Nayborhowd that will say that thay neuer saw any hurt by me in that respect but do raly thinke that I am wronged and I hope that I neuer shall be left to Committ shuch wickedness pray haue soe much charity towards me as to credit me in what I say: now I hop that no man can according to law be condemned without it be by the mouth of tow or thre wittnissis and in this case wher ther is noe surcomstanc in the Case to Joyne with her complynt thus hoping to confidently believe as raly I dow that my grettest hapynes lyeth in that your worships are holly wiss and just and charitable."

Defendant's plea: the court was asked to judge of the legality of the attachment, for the law provides six days for the defendant to prepare his answer and testimony; the attachment was for slander but mentions no time nor place nor word of slander; defendant had said many things concerning plaintiff for many years upon many occasions and if common fame my be credited "it is not a very easy matter to slander the plaintiff." Summons appearing not to be legal, defendant requested a nonsuit.

John Smith and Elizabeth, wife of Zachariah Goodell, being bound over to this court to answer to several abusive and uncivil carriages between them, with which said Elizabeth charged said Smith, the latter desired to be tried by a jury, who found him guilty. Court ordered him to be whipped on the next lecture day in Salem and to remain in prison until the sentence be executed unless he pay 40s. Upon supplication of Anthony Needham and Giles Coree, who engaged to pay the fine and goal charges within two months, his sentence of being whipped was remitted.

Summons to constable, John Suthwick of Salem, for the apprehension of John Smith, and Elizabeth, wife of Zachery Goodell, and to bring them to Mr. John Gardner's, dated 11: 4: 1672 (4 Jun 1672). Summons also for witness, Gould and his wife, Tho. Flynt's wife, Coree's wife, Carrill's wife, Anne Needham and Kelam's wife, dated 15:4:1672 (15 Jun 1672), and signed by Wm. Hathorne, assistant.

Lot Killum and Zacheriah Goodell deposed that John Smith, being at said Goodell's house, the latter's wife being present, said that he was sorry for what he had done to Goodell's wife and prayed God to give him repentance, hoping he should do so no more. Zacheriah replied that he wished God would give him repentance.

Edward Beachum and Zachariah Goodell were bound for the latter's wife Elizabeth's appearance. Thomas Flint, Giles Coree, John Rubton and John Smith were bound for Smith's appearance.

John Tomkins, sr., John Small and his wife, John Foster and his wife, John Pease, George Jacobs and his wife, Eliz. Symonds, sr., James Symonds and his wife and john Tompkins, jr., certified that they

"being nere neighbores unto Elizabeth Goodel, the daughter of Edw Beachom and having had acquaintance with her from her childhood to her marriage Do testify yt according to our best observation and judgment shee hath been of an honist civill conversation & one yt would not wrong the truth in her speches."

Mary Corey, aged about forty-three years, and Mary Carrill, aged about thirty-five years, testified that Elizabeth Goodell told them that one time as John Smith, her brother-in-law, was working in a swamp near her house, he called to her for fire, so she carried it to him and laid it on the side of the brook, he being on the other side. He asked her to tarry and smoke, and she told him she had already smoked, so she ran away up the hill and he ran after her, etc. Also at another time he assaulted her when he fetched her from her house to help his wife when she lay in, so that she jumped from the horse on which they rode. Also when he was at Lott Keellam's digging a well, and once on a Lord's day while her husband was at meeting, etc. She said he was an ugly rogue and threatened to tell her husband, and that he had been uncivil to her ever since her son Zachery was a little boy, but she feared that if she told her husband, said Smith would kill her or her children or hurt her creatures. She told deponents that these things were true and that she would swear to them before the best magistrate in New England.

Hannah Flint, aged about twenty-two years, deposed that she was at John Smith's house at the time of his wife's lying in, and Elizabeth, wife of Zachary Goodell was there also, etc. Deponent heard said Elizabeth tell of lascivious language used by both herself and Smith, and also heard Patience, wife of Isacke Goodell, affirm to her sister's face, etc.

Patience Goodell and Hanah Kellum testified that the foolish words that their sister Elizabeth Goodell spoke to them about Smith were said in a jesting way.

Zachary Goodel declared to the court on his wife's behalf that

"he hath not found his wives affections in ye least alienated from him, but she doth love and respect his as well if not better since these things between John Smith & her have bin reported, from ye time of ye first therof unto this time as ever she did before."

Geyles Corey, aged about fifty-five years, deposed that Elizabeth, wife of Zackary Goodell, related to him that on a morning after she and his wife had been at the house of Nathaniel Carrell, coming into deponent's house, John Smith being there, said Elizabeth had been affronted by said Smith. Deponent asked her where he and his wife and daughters were. Her answer was that she was in the house and went up the ladder into the chamber and that his wife was near some bushes at the door taking in linen. He said if there had been anything amiss, she should have told him then, but when he came down he saw nothing but laughing and smoking. Elizabeth said that she was like to have broken her brother Smith's head with the ladle and his wife said if she had, there would have been but six pence or a groat to pay. Later Elizabeth told deponent that she knew he was in the house, etc.

Lott Killum deposed that his wife being lame from a fall that she received upon a rock, John Smith offered her abuse, and she told him of it at night. Whereupon deponent dealt with said Smith privately about it.

An Needham deposed that she and her husband were in Elizabeth Goodell's house, with the wife of Thomas Flint, when deponent's husband told said Elizabeth that she was foolish to have reported such stories, and she said that they would not have gotten out if she could have helped it. Also that deponent heard Nethanel Carall say that Elizabeth had said several times in his house this winter that she wished that the old folks were gone, etc. Also that the wife of Robbert Goodell told Hanna Flinte that in the winter time she told her old man that Smith and Betty were together very much.

John Harrod and his wife testified to the same.

The answer of Elizabeth, wife of Zach. Goodell: that the stories had been grossly exaggerated; that she had told what had happened to her husband and her sister Hannah Killum in private, but it had

"come to the mouths of such talkers as have pverted the truth and made the matter appere far worse then euer it was to my great Scandall and reproach. Mary Gory & Mary Carril hearing of it came to enquire of me how it was, and I foolishly told my ptended friends what before I had told my Sister Killum;"

That the reason she did not complain to the authority was because she was afraid Smith would do her harm, as she was often alone with her children and remote from neighbors; that if she had complained and he had been punished,

"what a sad life should I have had with my Husbands relations, Again I hoped he would reforme & being a relation I thought a privet healing might make it up, and I was some advised when it was known, not to complaine against him because it would as they thought ruin his family, he being desperate some times, I was resolved to complaine against him as Mary Gory & Mary Carril do witness I told John Smith I would & to that end did go downe the towne to acquaint Majr Hathorne with it but was discouraged by others and being foolish & not acquainted with the Law did forbear untill the Major was to go to the Generl Court and when he came home againe I pceiued that it was so spread abrode through indiscretion" etc. that she was heartily sorry for her foolish words and

"I desire to be humbled that I sould any way be an occasion of filling the mouths of any with pfane and sinful words to ye Dishonor of the Great God and the scandal of the Gospell ... And I desire it may be warning to mee & to us all never more to jest or speake foolishly vainly or slitely of such matters as should be cloathed with gravity & modesty, and I do acknowledge tis a dishonor to ye Sect of women ... but this I can truly say ... I love my husband as dearly as ever I did and no man else with such a love and I thinke he will say that he neuer saw cause from mee to thinke the contrary ... I desire that the truth should not be wronged nor yet that John Smith should suffer more then he heth deserved ... I thinke my neighbours amongst whome I have lived in the north field can testifie that they never saw any uncivill cariage by mee from my Childhood untill I was married. The language John Smith used to me and the Actions were such as most tend to ye way of his calling in dealing wth Cattel and not so like unlawfull dalliances tending to uncleanness."

Sources:A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Goodale / Goodell of Salem Mass by Williams, Geo E. - 1984; History of Salem MA by Perly; Wason Research; Vital Records of Salem MA; Salem Massachusetts Quarterly Court Records 1672

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March 31, 1639
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
May 31, 1640
Age 1
Of Salem,Essex,MA
May 31, 1640
Age 1
Of Salem, Essex, MA
May 31, 1640
Age 1
Of, Salem, Essex, MA
May 31, 1640
Age 1
Of Salem, Essex, Ma
May 31, 1640
Age 1
Of, Salem, Essex, MA
October 31, 1666
Age 27
Town of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
February 9, 1667
Age 27
Salem, Essex, MA
October 3, 1669
Age 30
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
September 23, 1672
Age 33
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States