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Richard Goodman

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
Death: April 3, 1676 (67)
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Goodman and Anne Goodman
Husband of Mary Goodman
Father of John Goodman; Stephen Goodman; Mary Goodman; Thomas Goodman; Richard Goodman and 3 others

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About Deacon Richard Goodman

Richard's parents are unknown.

Civil War General Joseph Hooker and educator John Dewey are descendants.


FREEMAN, 14 MAY 1634




Richard immigrated in 1633 and settled in Cambridge, MA, then moved to Hartford, then Hadley. He served in the Pequot War in 1637. In 1650, he was a Sergeant at Hartford and a constable there in 1656. He was killed by Indians in King Philip's War.


King Philip was the chief of the Wampanoag Indians and the son of Massasoit, the chief who had befriended the Pilgrims and celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1620. King Philip resented the intrusion and domination of the colonists and led an uprising of several tribes, including the Narragansetts, in 1675-76, terrorizing New England in what would become known as the bloodiest Indian War ever to take place there. By the time the war ended 52 out of 90 New England settlements had been attacked, 12 completely destroyed. King Philip himself was trapped and killed in Aug. 1676.

“RICHARD, Cambridge 1632, perhaps the freem. 14 May 1634, rem. to Hartford early, certain. bef. 1640, was constable 1656, m. 8 Dec. 1659, Mary, d. of Stephen Terry, had John, b. 1661; Richard, 1662; Stephen, 1664, d. soon; Mary, 1665; Thomas, 1668, d. soon; Elizabeth 1670; Thomas, again, 1673; and Samuel, 1675, d. soon; rem. to Hadley, I suppose, bef. most of the ch. were b. in a depon. of 3 Nov. 1673, calls hims. 64 yrs. and was k. by the Ind. 1 Apr. 1676. His s. Richard went to Hartford after 1678.” --James Savage

Notes on this website are authored by Larry Overmire, unless noted otherwise. Permission of the author is required to reproduce elsewhere.


1) Niswender Ancestry, 1 Feb 2004 der&id=I3847

2) Mary Beth Wheeler Database, 30 Nov 2003 &db=mbwheeler&id=I28498

3) History of Hadley, Massachusetts, by Sylvester Judd & Lucius M. Boltwood, Northampton, MA: 1863; repr. 1976, The New Hampshire Publishing Co., Somersworth, NH Note: Morristown Free Public Library, Morristown, NJ & Call Number: F74.H1J91x 1976 pg. 499

4) The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000, Morristown Free Public Library, Morristown, NJ & CD pg. 788

5) "The Descendants of Andrew Warner," Lucien C. Warner & Josephine G. Nichols, 1919 - land records of Plot 10, Hadley, MA.

6) A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England,

Before 1692, By James Savage, Volume #2 oodman.htm

Biographical Summary:

Deacon Richard Goodman, Cambridge, 1632, perhaps the freeman of May 14, 1634; an original proprietor at Hartford, 1639, when his home-lot was on Main St., directly north of the Meeting-House Yard; chosen townsman, 1642,1647, 1652; surveyor of common lands and fences, 1648; fence-viewer, 1650; juror, 1643, 1645; sergeant of the trainband, 1650; constable, 1656. He married December 8, 1659, Mary, daughter of Stephen Terry, of Windsor; was one of the first settlers of Hadley; slain by the Indians, April 1, 1676, aged about 67. His widow died in Deerfield, 1692.


i. John, born October 13, 1661; Hadley.

ii. Richard, born March 23, 1663; removed to Hartford after 1678; married Abigail, daughter of John Pantry, of Hartford; she died Jan. 26, 1708, aged 29; he died May 4 or 14, 1730. His son, Richard Goodman, and his grandson, Lieutenant Richard Goodman, ob. 1845, were both wealthy and prominent citizens of Hartford,

iii. Stephen; died early,

iv. Mary.

v. Elizabeth.

vi. Thomas, Hadley.

vii. Samuel, born May 5, 1675.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 240. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Service in the Pequot War

"GOODMAN, RICHARD-Enlisted from Hartford. (Parker.) Had a lot in Soldiers' Field. Was of Cambritige, Mass., 1632, one of the original proprietors of Hartford, and afterwards one of the first settlers of Iladley, Mass. Slain by the lndians 1676. Eight children. ('Talcott, Boltwood's Hadley Genealogies, p. 57, in Judd's History, Savage and Pope.)"


Deacon, Cambridge, 1632, hartford, 1639, was one of the first settlers of Had. Slain by the Indians

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Deacon Richard Goodman's Timeline

Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
October 13, 1661
Age 52
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
March 23, 1663
Age 54
HADLEY, Hampshire, Mass.
February 6, 1664
Age 55
Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA, USA
November 15, 1665
Age 56
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 59
February 5, 1671
Age 62
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
September 16, 1673
Age 64
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
May 5, 1675
Age 66
Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA, USA