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James Goddard, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Berkshire, England
Death: May 20, 1870 (85-93)
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of David Goddard and Elizabeth Mackerel
Husband of Mary Goddard, SM/PROG
Father of Benjamin Goddard; Ann Harriet Harty; Elizabeth Goddard; Mary Ann Dredge; Jane Rogers and 3 others
Brother of Robert Goddard; Elizabeth Goddard; Isaac Goddard; David Goddard; John Goddard and 2 others

Managed by: Jennifer Ann Goldhill
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About James Goddard, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler


James Goddard 39 Farmer, together with his wife Mary 35, and 5 children, were members of Pigot's Party of 54 Settlers on the Settler Ship Northampton.

Party originated from Berkshire.

Departed Portsmouth, 13 December 1819. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 26 March 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth on 30 April 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : a block of land, named Pigot Park, on the left bank of the Blaauwkrantz River.

Children :

  • Harriet Goddard 10
  • Mary Goddard 6
  • Jane Goddard 4
  • William Goddard 1 (died at sea)
  • a Goddard child born at sea



James Goddard • 2013-03-16 02:43:49 GMT+0000 (UTC) • 0 Comments James Goddard and his wife Mary or Fanny (Mary Frances) (1781-1870) (1785-1863) James Goddard was the son of David Goddard (1744) and Elizabeth Mackerel (1748). He was christened on 18 February 1781 in Wickham, Berkshire, England. He was the youngest of 8 children. The church records for Berkshire have been extracted and because this family had their children christened, we have records for them. The children were Robert (1770), Elizabeth ( 1771), Isaac (1771), David (1772), John (1774), Edith (1775), Sarah (1777), and the youngest, James (1780). James probably married Mary in Berkshire, England. We have no record of their marriage or of her last name as of 2013. (In the 1820 Settlers’ genealogy records which were compiled about 1920 she is sometimes named Fanny. Her name was probably Mary Francis.) They have seven children listed on Familysearch Family Tree: Benjamin (1804), Harriet (1810), Mary Ann (1813), Elizabeth (1814), Jane (1816), William (1818), and William (1820). In 1818 England was experiencing serious unemployment problems following the war with Napoleon. The governor of South Africa saw this as an opportunity to entice British immigrants to the Cape to strengthen the English presence against the Xhosa (native Africans) and to maintain peace. In 1819, the British government decided to send emigrants to the Cape. Attractive conditions such as free land were offered and 90,000 applications, of which only 4,000 were approved, were received. Sixty companies were formed which arrived in March and June of 1820. These people became known as the “1820 Settlers” to South Africa and are remembered in a similar way to the 1847 Mormon Pioneers. The Xhosa group also did not take kindly to the British settlers who, according to them, had been given land that rightfully belonged to the Xhosa. Neutral zones were established but not even this could stop the violence and fighting. Eventually most of the English settlers congregated in cities on the coast of Port Elizabeth, East London, and Grahamstown. James Goddard 39, a farmer, with his wife Mary 35, and children Harriet 10, Mary 6, Jane 4 (our ancestor), William 1 who died at sea, and a child William (who was born at sea) were part of Pigot’s Party, one on the sixty groups which came from England to South Africa in 1820. Major George Pigot was a retired officer of the dragoons (a military unit designed to fight mounted or on foot) and a gentleman farmer of Chieverley, near Newbury, Berkshire, England. He was both wealthy and well-connected. He recruited indentured servants in Chieveley, which he described as “a very populous village and the poor rates very high.” The group of 54, originating in Berkshire, England, sailed on the Northampton which reached Algoa Bay on 30 April 1820. On the voyage, young William Goddard and two others died of smallpox. Mary Goddard delivered a baby boy in the Northampton who was named William also following the English custom of naming a sibling after a dead child in the family. Pigot’s Party was granted land on the left bank of the Blaauwkrantz River which the major named Pigot Park. The homestead was destroyed in the war of 1835-6. Life was harsh and James and Mary and their family eventually sought a better life in Grahamstown. James Goddard died in Grahamstown, South Africa, 20 May 1870. His wife, Mary, 1785, died in Grahamstown on 5 February 1864. She is listed as “Fanny” on the 1820 Settlers’ Centenary (Centennial) genealogical record of Grahamstown provided by her descendants. Their children: Harriet , christened 23 Dec 1810 in Welford, Berkshire, England, married Michael Harty and had a prolific posterity which are still found in South Africa. Mary, the daughter born 1814, married Christopher Dredge, 6 May 1845 in Grahamstown. There is no record of children from this union. Jane married John Rogers on 22 December 1831 in Grahamstown, and after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sailed to Boston on the Alacrity in 1859. They settled in the Kanosh area, Millard, Utah, and though they had only one child, Daniel, have a large posterity. William, 1818, died of smallpox on the Northampton on the voyage from Deptford, England, to South Africa. William, 1820, married Mary Ann Mountford and they raised their family in Grahamstown. James and Mary Goddard have other children but as of 2013 we have no additional records of their lives. We have found no documentation for Mary Francis’ surname as of 2013. SOURCES: The Settler Handbook: A new list of the 1820 settlers by M. D. Nash, Diep River : Chameleon Press, c1987. Call number at FHL Afr/Mideast 968 W 2nmd

  • Updated from [undefined England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975] via daughter Harriet Goddard by SmartCopy: Aug 3 2015, 4:39:02 UTC
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James Goddard, SV/PROG's Timeline

Berkshire, England
Age 23
July 1, 1809
Age 28
Welford, Berkshire, England
Age 32
Age 33
Age 35
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 37
Welford, Berkshire, England
Age 39
At sea
May 20, 1870
Age 89
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa