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Mary Goodenough (Axtell)

Also Known As: "Goodenow"
Birthplace: Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
Place of Burial: Massachusetts, American Colonies [present United States]
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Axtell and Mary Maynard, of Sudbury
Wife of Capt. John Goodenow
Mother of Hannah Smith; Mary / Mercy Bush; Sarah Walker; Dorothy Peckham; John Goodenow and 5 others
Sister of Henry Axtell and Lydia Moore
Half sister of Zachariah Maynard, Sr.; Elizabeth Graves and Mary Hudson

Occupation: Had 11 children with John Goodnow
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About Mary Goodenough

Mary AXTELL was christened on 25 Sep 1639 in Berkhamstead, Herford, En. (150) She died on 14 Apr 1704 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. (151) In an early Axtell genealogy she is ascribed to be widow of Thomas. Later this is amended, and she is first married to Goodnow. The path is still a little unclear.

TAG, v. 60 (Jan 1984), JOHN MAYNARD p. 55, family; d. 10 Dec 1672, Sudbury, MA; m. (1) (unknown); m. (2) Mary (-----) Axtell, widow of Thomas. Parents: Thomas AXTELL and Mary .

She was married to John (4) GOODENOW Capt on 19 Sep 1656 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA.(152) (153) he was married a second time, 1705, Mary Stone, but apparently had all children by first wife. Savage, Screen 250, Vol 1: According to Savage she was the Widow of Thomas Axtell of Sudbury, and by him had seven children, he dying in 1646. See controversy.

According to another NEHG source she had no prior marriages and 11 children by John Goodnow. The Mary Axtell that was widow of Thomas remarried, according to this source: John Maynard, also a widower with at least one child. Children were: Captain John (5) GOODENOW.



Mary Axtell was the daughter of Mary (Rice or Starr) and Thomas Axtell. At the age of 16, she married John Goodenow on September 19, 1656 in Sudbury, Massachusetts Colony.

They had twelve children who were all born in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Masssachusetts. Their children were Hannah, Mary, Edmund, Sarah (died young), Sarah, Dorothy, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Ebenezer, Lydia (died young) and Mercy.

    Birth 25 SEP 1639 Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England 
   Christened Sept. 25, 1639, in Berkhamstead, England. 
   She came to America with her parents around 1642
   She married John Goodnow Sept. 19, 1658, and died April 14, 1704. 
   Marriage 19 SEP 1656 Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts 
   Husband: John Goodenow 
   Wife: Mary Axtell 
   Child: John Goodenow 
   Child: Hannah Goodenow 
   Child: Elizabeth Goodenow 
   Child: Joseph Goodenow 
   Child: Mary Goodenow 
   Child: Edmund Goodenow 
   Child: Ebenezer Goodenow 
   Child: Sarah Goodenow 
   Child: Sarah Goodenow 
   Child: Mercy Goodenow
   Child: Dorothy Goodenow
    Mary's Parents:
   Thomas Axtell (1619 - 1646) 
   Mary( Star ror Rice) Axtell (1620 - 1659) 

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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Mary Goodenough's Timeline

September 25, 1639
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
September 25, 1639
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
September 25, 1639
St. Peter, Gr.Berkhampstead, Hertford, England
September 25, 1639
Berkhemstead, Hertfordshire, England
September 25, 1639
Berkhemstead, Hertfordshire, England
September 25, 1639
December 15, 1657
Age 18
Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA, USA
October 19, 1659
Age 20
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
July 2, 1666
Age 26
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA