About Ens. William Ephrem Goodrich, I
Citation: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1, 1930-1932, edited by Donald Lines Jacobus, p. 361-362
Birth: Feb. 13, 1622 Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, England Death: Nov. 14, 1676 Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA
Ensign William Goodrich, a son of John and Margerie (Howes) Goodrich of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England was baptized February 13, 1621/2 at Bury St. Mary.
William probably came to America in 1635 with his older brother John and their guardian Clement Chaplin on the Elizabeth. Clement Chaplin departed Cambridge with the followers of Rev. Thomas Hooker in 1636 and came to Hartford, but settled instead in nearby Wethersfield, where he was the Ruling Elder.
William Goodrich married on October 4, 1648 in Hartford, Connecticut Sarah Marvin (1631-1702), a daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Marvin of Great Bentley, Essex. William and Sarah had 5 sons and 4 daughters, and lived out their lives in Wethersfield. William died before the inventory of his estate taken November 14, 1676, and was buried in Wethersfield Village Cemetery in a grave that probably had one of the perishable markers from that time that are no longer visible.
Spouse: Sarah Marvin Goodrich (1631 - 1702)* Children: Ephraim Goodrich (1663 - 1739)* David Goodrich (1667 - 1755)*
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Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA
Created by: Steve Goodrich Record added: Jun 11, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 71172006
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Birth Location St James, London, , England Bury, St. Edmund, Suffolks, England
Death Location Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, USA Weathersfield, Hartford, Conneticut
William [BO: Goodrich :BO] of Bury St. Edmunds, co. Suffolk, England, went to America in 1635 and became possessed of large holdings of land at Weathersfield, CT. He was one of the twenty six soldiers of Weathersfield who took part in the capture of the Indian fort at Mystic in the Pequot campaign.
William came to Wethersfield, as one of the first settlers, with his brother,
John, 1643, and was made a Freeman in Wethersfield, CT, 15 May 1656.
! Inventory dated 14 Nov 1676; presented and signed 30 Jan 1677. All of his
children, excepting William who had died young, were listed at time of the
inventory. Daughters were all md. by this time.
William Goodrich first located at Watertown, MA, and was granted
several parcels of land, recorded in the Watertown "Record of Grants
and the Possessions of the Lands."
1. An homstall of 5 acres.
2. Three acres of remote meadow.
3. Ten acres and half of upland beyond the further plain.
4. Twenty-five acres of upland in the fourth division.
5. Three acres of plow-land on the further plain.
6. One acres, of meadow at Beaver brook.
About 1636 many of the Watertown settlers removed to
Wethersfield, CT, including William Goodrich where he again was
assigned several lots.
He was made a freeman of Connecticut Colony May 15, 1656. He
served as deputy for Wethersfield to the Connecticut General Court,
May and Oct. 1660, May 1662, Oct. 1665, and May and Oct. 1666. He was
made Ensign of the Wethersfield Train Band, May 1665.
The inventory of the estate of Ensign William, taken November 14,
1676, amounted to £915.01.06.
William Ephrem GOODRICH (AFN: 1R74-ZV)
Birth: 13 Feb 1621 Bury, St James, Suffolk, England
Christening: 14 Nov 1623 Bury, St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Death: 14 Nov 1676 Wethersfield, Hartford, Ct
Burial: 17 Jun 1678 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Father: John GOODRICH (AFN: 93H0-QT)
Mother: Margerie HOWE (AFN: 93H0-R1)
Spouse: Sarah MARVIN (AFN: 2WD5-QM)
Marriage: 4 Oct 1648
Hartford, Hartford, Ct
Emigrated S. Whales, England to New World with Brother and Uncle 1644
Birth 13 Feb 1622 Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Borough, Suffolk, England Death 14 Nov 1676 Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA Burial Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA Memorial ID 17974712
The following is in honor of Carl Hoffstedt, who at an early date began detailing his Goodrich family line on Findagrave.
Ens. William Goodrich, one of two brothers who emigrated from England, son of John Goodrich and Margary Howes. He was bapt. Feb. 13, 1621/2 at St. Mary Church in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England and d. at Wethersfield, Conn. prior to Nov. 14, 1676, the date his estate inventory was taken.
Called "William the younger" in his father's 1632 will at Bury St. Edmonds, William had an older brother named William, called "William the elder" in their father's will, who became a minister of the Anglican Church, married, left no children and died testate in 1678 in Hessett, Suffolk, England leaving bequests to his two brothers residing in New England.
When William "the younger" and his older brother John Goodrich emigrated to New England is unknown. In their father's will of Apr. 1632, the elder Goodrich named four supervisors of his will, including Clement Chaplin, a grocer, of Bury St. Edmonds. Clement Chaplin registered prior to Apr. 17, 1635 for passage from London aboard the Elizabeth and Ann, Roger Cooper, Master, and apparently sailed alone soon after May 14, 1635. There is no corroboration that Chaplin was the guardian of John and William Goodrich, or that John and William Goodrich were his wards, as no Goodrich is listed for the same 1635 passage despite numerous persons under 20 years of age being listed as passengers. In Nov. 1635 Chaplin appears in the records of Cambridge, Mass. and was initially of the Rev. Thomas Hooker company that settled Hartford, Conn.
Stiles in the "History of Ancient Wethersfield" claims William Goodrich and older brother John came to Wethersfield from Watertown, Mass. No record can be found that they ever resided in Watertown.
On Oct. 4, 1648 of record at Hartford, Conn. (repeated in the Hartford First Church catalogue as a town marriage record), William m. Sarah Marvin, dau. of Matthew and Elizabeth Marvin, bapt. Dec. 27, 1631 at Great Bentley in Essex, England. They had nine children born of record in Wethersfield, Conn. where William settled.
Today most Goodrich families in the USA are descendants of William Goodrich and Sarah Marvin.
Ens. William Ephrem Goodrich, I's Timeline
February 13, 1621
Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
November 14, 1623
Bury, St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
May 10, 1630
August 8, 1649