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Stephen Goodyear

Birthplace: St. Gregory by St. Paul, London, Middlesex, England
Death: May 27, 1657 (54-62)
New Haven, New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut) (Lost at sea)
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Zachary Goodyear and Susanna Goodyear
Husband of Rebecca Goodyear; Mary Goodyear and Margaret Goodyear
Father of Mary Elizabeth Lake; Rebecca Bishop; Hannah Burr; Lydia Watts; Stephen Goodyear and 5 others
Brother of John Goodyear

Occupation: Deputy Govenor of New Haven, Marchant/Dep Governor, Deputy Governor, Goldsmith., Dep-Gov New Haven CT
Managed by: Andrew Jonathan Smith
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About Stephen Goodyear

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Memorial ID: #139993092

Stephen Goodyear was born on 25 November 1598 in London, London, England.4 He was the son of Zachary Goodyear and Susanna Baxter.2,3

Stephen Goodyear married

  • Rebecca Goodyear was written as the mother of Mary Goodyear baptized in 1629
  • Mary (unknown) at St. Gregory's, London, London, England.5 She died 1646
  • Margaret Lewen in 1648 in New Haven, New Haven Colony, now Connecticut, She was the widow of George Lamberton.4,5 Stephen Goodyear died on 27 May 1658 in London, London, England, at age 59.6

Stephen Goodyear immigrated on the St. John of London. On January 26, 1640, he was licensed to carry two hundred fifty passengers to New England.7 He was Deputy Governor of NH Colony & Commissioner for United Colonies. 8

Citations -

[S912] "Baptisms in New Haven."

[S913] "Extracts from English Parish Registers."

[S703] Henry F. Waters, "Genealogical Gleanings in England."

[S174] Scott, Button, Kinney, Williams, Squier Home Page, online…

[S175] Ancestors of Melinda Weaver, online…

[S973] Early New Haven, online.

[S975] The New Haven Colony, online.

[S173] Genealogies of Connecticut Families, online.

[S1158] The Ricker Compilation (published), New Haven VR.

Stephen Goodyear

Memorial Photos Flowers Edit Learn about upgrading this memorial...Birth: unknown, EnglandDeath: 1658, England STEPHEN GOODYEAR (possibly my ancestor) is NOT buried here. He died in England*. However, he has been memorialized in this cemetery (Central Burying Ground in Hamden) and also in the Center Church Burying Ground (the picture on the right is a plaque in place on the back exterior wall of the church.

From Mona Rhone..."On the back of the William B. Goodyear stone is the following inscription: Stephen Goodyear, a merchant of London, came to New Haven in 1638 (?), was chosen magistrate or Deputy Governor of the Colony and thereafter till his death at London in 1658. He was the ancestor of all in America who bear his name. John Goodyear, only son of Stephen, was father of Nathaniel, Theophilus and Andrew. Andrew Goodyear was the father of Timothy and Titus. Titus Goodyear was father of Andrew, John and Miles, also of Esther and Sybil. Andrew Goodyear was father of William, Titus, Miles and Andrew, also of Eliza and Polly." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stephen Goodyear was a merchant, mariner, and West Indies trader. The son of ZACHARY & SUSANNA (BAXTER) GOODYEAR of London, he immigrated to America and settled in New Haven, Conn. In 1643 he was chosen Deputy Governor of the Colony of New Haven and served for many years (1643 - 58) under Gov. Theophilus Eaton. He owned the vessel, SAINT JOHN, which was licensed to carry 250 passengers from England to the Americas.

He was part of the company called "The Ship Fellowship" of New Haven, which built the Phantom Ship that left New Haven Harbor in January of 1648 for London and was never heard from again. Stephen Goodyear's wife, MARY, was lost on this ship as well as another ancestor, THOMAS GREGSON. In 1658, Stephen Goodyear married Margaret (Lewen) Lamberton, widow of George Lamberton who died on the Phantom Ship.

He was administered the Oath of Fidelity by Gov. Eaton in New Haven Colony on July 1, 1644, and he was commissioner to the United Colonies in Oct. 1646. The first iron works in Connecticut were established in East Haven in 1655 by Stephen Goodyear and continued about 25 years. A fur trading post started in 1642 by my ancestor, CAPT. JOHN WAKEMAN, was continued by Messrs. Goodyear and GILBERT.

In 1643, he had a large estate: 72 1/2 acres in the first division, 14 1/2 acres in the neck, 54 and 1/2 acres in the meadow, and 218 acres in the second division. His farm was located north of New Haven and in the neighborhood of Pine Rock. In 1651 he sold Shelter Island, which he had owned for ten years, for sixteen hundred pounds of goods from the West Indies.

His inventory on October 15, 1658 was valued at 809 pounds, 9 shillings, 10 pence in addition to part of the iron works which was not appraised and some debts at Barbadoes and elsewhere.

  • Virkus says that he died at sea on the passage to England.
Burial: Central Burying Grounds  Hamden New Haven County Connecticut, USA  Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?]  Created by: Nareen Lake Record added: Aug 07, 2008  Find A Grave Memorial# 28844665

Deputy Governor of the Colony of CT

(f/g) Stephen Goodyear Birth: unknown Death: 1658, England

Stephen Goodyear born to Zachary and Susanna (Baxter) Goodyear of London was baptized at Saint Gregory, London, England about 1598. The time of his arrival in America is unknown, but it is known that he owned the vessel, ST. JOHN, that sailed from Bristol to New Haven, licensed to transport 250 persons and he was listed as a passenger.

[see f/g # 17501582 for extended bio]

Family links:

 Mary Goodyear (____ - 1646)
 Margaret Lewen Goodyear (1613 - 1655) 
 Rebecca Goodyear Bishop (1626 - 1681)

Inscription: "In Memoriam Stephen Goodyear First Deputy Governor of the Colony of New Haven and one of the earliest members of this Church Died in London Englan d 1658 Erected by his descendent Wm. B. Goodyear" Burial: Center Church on the Green Churchyard New Haven New Haven County Connecticut, USA Maintained by: Nareen, et al Originally Created by: Jerri Eoff Sudderth Record added: Jan 16, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 17501582 -tcd

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Stephen Goodyear's Timeline

November 26, 1598
St. Gregory by St. Paul, London, Middlesex, England
November 26, 1598
St. Gregory by St. Paul, London, England, United Kingdom
January 22, 1629
London, Middlesex , England, United Kingdom
St. May, Woolnoth Parish, London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
June 2, 1631
Age 32
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
June 7, 1635
London, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
August 1641