Capt. John Goodenow

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John Goodenow (Goodnow), Capt.

Birthplace: Dunhead, St. Andrew, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of "Captain" Edmund Goodenow and Anne Hannah Goodenow
Husband of Hannah Goodenow; Sarah wife of John Goodenow; Mary Goodenough and Mary Goodenow
Father of Hannah Smith; Mary / Mercy Bush; Sarah Walker; Dorothy Peckham; John Goodenow and 5 others
Brother of Hannah Pendleton (Goodenow); Sarah Kettell; Joseph Goodenow; Mary Goodenow; Edmund Goodenow and 1 other

Occupation: Farmer, Captain in the militia
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About Capt. John Goodenow

John Goodenow was born about 1635 in Dunhead, St. Andrew, Wiltshire, England. He was the first of six children of Edmund Goodenow and Anne Hannah Barry.

In 1638, John's family and a significant portion of his extended family sailed to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the ship "Confidence," arriving in New England on April 24. They settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts where John would remain for the rest of his life.

Mary Axtell was christened on September 25, 1639 in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, England. She was the oldest of three children of Thomas and Mary Axtell. The Axtell family emigrated to Massachusetts about 1643.

John Goodenow and Mary Axtell were married in Sudbury on September 19, 1656. John worked as a farmer and served as a captain in the militia. The couple had twelve children.

Hannah Goodenow, born in 1657

Mary Goodenow, born in 1659

Edmund Goodenow, born in 1661

Sarah Goodenow, born in 1662/63, died young

Sarah Goodenow, born in 1666

Dorothy Goodenow, born about 1668

John Goodenow, born in 1670

Elizabeth Goodenow, born in 1672

Joseph Goodenow, born in 1674

Ebenezar Goodenow, born in 1677

Lydia Goodenow, born in 1678, died young

Mary (or Mercy?) Goodenow, born in 1680

Mary (Axtell) Goodenow died in Sudbury on April 14, 1704 at about age 64.

In 1705, John, then about 70 years old, married Mary Stone.

John lived to be about 86. He died in Sudbury on August 6, 1721.

Sources & Related Information

"Goodenow Who Originated in Sudbury, Massachusetts" by Theodore James Fleming Banvard, Goodenow Family Association (Gateway Press Inc., Baltimore, 1994)

Arrived aboard the ship Confidence in 1638. Freeman in 1673. A captain of the militia. Served in King Philips War.


John was the son of Anne (Barry) and Edmund Goodenow. He married Mary Axtell on September 19, 1656 in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Mary was the daughter of Mary (Rice) and Thomas Axtell.

John and Mary were the parents of twelve children:

Hannah Goodenow-15 Dec 1657 Mary Goodenow-19 Oct 1659 Edmund Goodenow-16 Oct 1661 Sarah Goodenow-26 Feb 1663-5 Jan 1666 Sarah Goodenow-2 Jul 1666 Dorothy Goodenow- 1668 John Goodenow-9 Sep 1670 Elizabeth Goodenow-18 Nov 1672 Joseph Goodenow-1 Dec 1674 Ebenezer Goodenow-6 Jun 1677 Lydia Goodenow-18 Oct 1678 Mercy Goodenow-8 Nov 1680

After the death of his wife, Mary, he married Mary Stone in December of 1705. Mary was the widow of Thomas Walker of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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Capt. John Goodenow's Timeline

- 1635
Donhead, St Andrews Wilts, England
January 1634
Dunhead, St. Andrew, Wiltshire, England
December 15, 1657
Age 23
Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, USA
October 19, 1659
Age 25
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
July 2, 1666
Age 32
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 34
Of Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
September 9, 1670
Age 36
Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, USA
November 12, 1672
Age 38
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
December 1, 1674
Age 40
Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, USA