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William Goddard

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Inglesham, Wiltshire, England
Death: October 26, 1691 (64)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Goddard and Priscilla Goddard (D'Oyly)
Husband of Elizabeth Goddard
Father of Joseph Goddard; Child Goddard; William Goddard, Jr.; Thomas Goddard; John Goddard and 10 others
Brother of Elizabeth Goddard; John Goddard; James Goddard; Martha Goddard; Francis Goddard and 8 others

Occupation: Military General, citizen and grocer in London, England
Managed by: Dennis Harold Cloukey
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About William Goddard

He was the 7th son in his family.

William sailed from London in 1635, arriving in Watertown [Directory Of The Ancestral Heads Of New England Families, 1620-1700, p. 95]. His wife and surviving sons came over the next year. They settled in Watertown. William was admitted as freeman in 12/1677.

He was selectman 1668-1669.

On 7/8/1674, William "Godheard" of Watertown, gentleman, and wife Elizabeth sold to Richard Child, yeoman, about 50 acres in Little Plain [Genealogies of Families and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown, p. 772].

On 8/24/1676, he appears on an Assignment of Wages list of soldiers in King Philip's War from Watertown[Chronicles of the First Planters of the First Colony of Massachusetts Bay, from 1623-1636, p. 375]. On p. 286 of same, he is listed under Capt. John Cutler.

3/27/1680 - "These are to certify that Mr. William Goddard, of Watertown, whome the said towne by convenanting engaged to teach such children as should be sent to him to learne the rules of the Latine tongue, hath those accomplishments, which render him capable to discharge the trust (in that respect) committed to him.

Signed John Sherman, pastor" [County Court file as noted in Bond's Genealogies And History of Watertown, p. 237].

The administration of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth and to son Robert on 11/3/1691. Inventory was done by Henry Spring and by Nathan Fiske, William's property was valued at £70, 5s [Genealogies of Families and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown, p. 772].

The Middlesex County Probate office holds an agreement dated 10/19/1694, between Elizabeth his widow and his sons William, Joseph, Robert, Benjamin, Josiah and Edward" [Bond's Genealogies And History of Watertown, p. 237].

Came from London, England in 1665. His wife Elizabeth and children the next year.

WILLIAM GODDARD (15) of Watertown, Ms., was a wholesale grocer

of London, and the seventh son of Edward and Priscilla (D'Oyley) Goddard (8) ;

bap. "Feb. 28, 1627"; d. "Oct. 6, 1691"; m. ELIZABETH MILES, d. Feb., 1697;

dau. of William Miles of London. He met with great losses at sea, lived too

expensively, and became greatly reduced in his property. His mother-in-law,

Mrs. Foot, a widow, having a brother living in New England, lent him LlOO

sterling, taking a mortgage on his house and land for security; and he died

without paying any part of the debt. Mrs. Foot gave the claim to William

Goddard, and he came over to secure it. Finding no property but the mort-

gaged estate, in view of his straitened condition he decided to remain in

America and sent for his family. This was in 1665, the year of the great plague;

and as it was contrary to law for any emigrant to carry more than five pounds

in specie from the kingdom, he stored his merchandise and furniture in London.

The family settled in Watertown, Ms., and the great fire of 1666 destroyed all

this property reducing him to povei'ty. His wife's mother's third husband,

dying, left them a legacy of 400 pounds sterling. They had six children born

in London, three of whom died young; they had also six children born in

America, three of whom died young. A curious circumstance of the six surviv-

ing sons is that the three born in England had light complexion and red hair,

while the three born in Watertown had dark complexion and black hair, and

were distinguished as "The Indian Boys." The six survivors were,

I.William Goddard, b. 1653; m. Leah Fisher, and had four children.

2. Joseph Goddard of Brookline, Ms., b. 1655; d. July 25, 1728; m. Deborah 

Treadwell. 6 chil. \. Joseph. 2. James. O.Robert. 4. John. 5. Eliza-

beth. 6. Deborah.

Walter G. Ashworth

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William Goddard's Timeline

February 28, 1627
Inglesham, Wiltshire, England
February 28, 1627
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
February 28, 1627
Inglesham, Wiltshire, England
February 28, 1627
February 28, 1627
Inglesham, Wiltshire, England
February 28, 1627
Age 10
<Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts>
Age 19
London, England
May 8, 1654
Age 27
London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)