Robert Goodale, of Salem

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Robert Goodale, Il

Birthplace: Dennington, Suffolk, England
Death: before March 10, 1682
Salem, Essex County , Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Goodell and Joan Goodell
Husband of Catherine Goodell and Margaret Lazenby
Father of Richard Goodale, (Twin); Mary Pease; Abraham Goodale; Isaac Goodale; Nehemiah Goodale, (Twin) and 6 others

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About Robert Goodale, of Salem


The origins and kinship of Robert Goodale, of Salem are not certain. Parents seen as Robert Goodell & Joan Goodell.


  • At any rate, to be found recorded in the Parish Records of Dennington, Suffolk County, England, are the following:
  • Marriages: 1590 12 June Robert Goodale and Joan Artys
  • Baptisms: 1601 15 Aug. Robert, son of Robert and Joan Goodale
  • Other children of this couple whose baptisms are recorded also are Mary, 1591; Margaret, 1593; William, 1596; Anne, 1599; Edward, 1603; Elizabeth, 1607; and Thomas, 1610.
  • Thomas ‘the Elder’ Goodale1 and his wife Elizabeth were probably parents of Robert2 who married Joan Artys and was father of our Robert3, Immigrant Ancestor. Robert2 was "a small landed proprietor and cultivator, employing his capital and labor in various modes which grew out of the occupation of lands."
  • On March 1, 1612, arms were granted to Thomas Goodall of Earle-Stoneham, as follows: Arms: Gules, an eagle displayed Argent, beaked and membered Or, on a canton of the last a Chaplet Gramine Vert. Crest: On a wreath an eagle displayed Argent beaked and membered Or and gorged with a chaplet Gramine Vert.' The Boston Transcript No. 9830 states that Robert brought to America the arms granted Thomas Goodall of Earle-Stoneham.


Robert Goodell was born 16 August 1601 in Dennington, Suffolk, England and died  27 June 1682 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

The name is often given as Goodale. It has also been given as Goodele.

William and Elizabeth Goodell, the grandparents of Robert were probably members of the Godelle or Goodelle family, French Huguenots who emigrated to London in the 1530's.  

Although his birth year was given as 1604 in his oath of allegiance when sailing for America, one of Robert's descendants has verified the church baptisimal record as 1601. The "Elizabeth" left Ipswich, England on April 30, 1634 and landed at Boston in July. At that time, Robert Goodell was 30, his wife Katherine was 28, their daughter Mary 4 years old, their son Abraham was 2 and their baby, Isaac was 6 months old. The first record of the Goodells in America indicated that they settled just north of Salem at Great Cove in the North Fields.

Robert Goodell seems to have devoted his life to the development of his large grant for the benefit of his sons and daughters. As they married, he gave them a generous acreage as a wedding gift, thus creating a family settlement about his own homestead. Although his clear firm handwriting would seem to indicate a good education, he took no part in local or broader governmental affairs and his name seldom appears in the records in any active capacity except as plaintiff or defendant in suits based on the ownership of his stock or land.

1st cousin of his 1st wife?


Parents: Robert Goodell b: 1568 in Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, England  & Joan Artys b: ABT 1570 in Dennington, Suffolk, England


  1.   1629 in Dennington, Suffolk, England to Catherine Kilham (1606-1666).  She was the daughter of  Henry Kilham b: 10 AUG 1558  & Alice Goodell b: ABT 1560.  10 children.
  2. 30 August 1669 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts to Margaret Lazenby (1614-1683).  No children.

Children with Catherine Kilham:

  1.   Mary b: 1630 in Dennington, Suffolk, England.  Married John Pease.
  2. Abraham b: 1632 in Dennington, Suffolk, England.  Married Hannah Rhodes.
  3.  Isaac  b: NOV 1633 in Dennington, Suffolk, England.  Married Patience Cook. 
  4. Nehemiah b: 30 MAY 1636 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  Married Hannah Haven.
  5. Sarah  b: 1638 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  married John Batchelder.
  6. Zachariah  b: 31 MAY 1640 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  Married Elizabeth Beauchamp.
  7. Jacob  b: 9 JAN 1642/43.  "Jacob Goodale d. in 1676, after being severely beaten by Giles Corey". Died without issue.
  8. Charity  b: 1644 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. Married Joh Abbe.
  9. Hannah  b: 6 AUG 1645 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  Married Lot Kilham.
  10. Elizabeth  b: ABT 1649 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  Married 1) John Smith.  2) Henry Bennett.


  1. Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Goodale / Goodell of Salem Mass by Williams, Geo E. - 1984
  2. Pioneers of Massachusetts by Pope, Charles Henry -1900
  3. LDS Ancestral file (Goodale)
  4. History of Salem MA by Perly
  5. Wason Research
  6.  Vital Records of Salem MA
  7. Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy by Pierce Frederick Clifton - 1898
  8. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 20.  Page 164.  113. Goodale-thurston: "Zachariah was a son of Robert Goodale, who embarked at Ipswich, England, with his wife Katherine in April, 1634, he in his 31st, and she in her 29th year. They brought with them three children, Mary, 4 years: Abram, 2 years, and Isaac, 6 months.—(Hist. Marlborough, Mass.. 1657-1861.) 


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Robert Goodale, of Salem's Timeline

July 29, 1594
Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom
August 16, 1601
Dennington, Suffolk, England
August 16, 1601
August 16, 1601
Dennington, Suff, Eng
Dennington, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
August 16, 1607
Age 6
Dennington, Suffolk, England
August 16, 1607
Age 6
Dennington, Suffolk, England
August 16, 1607
Age 6
Dennington, Suff, Eng
August 16, 1607
Age 6
Dennington, Suff, Eng
August 16, 1607
Age 6
Dennington, Suff, Eng