05 August 2010

Descendants of Richard Goodman of Hartford

Richard Goodman, immigrant ancestor, came from England and settled first in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a proprietor in 1633. He was admitted a freeman, May 14, 1634, and brought a suit in Plymouth court, March 4, 1638-39. He removed to Hartford, Connecticut, with Rev. Mr. Hooker's company and was one of the first settlers there. Later he removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, and was killed by the Indians in King Philip's war, April 1, 1676. He married, at Hartford, December 8, 1659, Mary Terry, and administration on his estate was granted her September 26, 1676. Children: John, born October 13, 1661; Richard, March 23, 1663, mentioned below; Stephen, February 6, 1664, Mary, November 5, 1665, married John Noble; Thomas, March 20, 1668, died young; Elizabeth, February 5, 1671, married Jacob Warner; Thomas, September 16, 1673; Samuel, born May 5, 1675.

(II) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Goodman, was born March 23, 1663, in Hadley, Massachusetts, died at Hartford, May 14, 1730. The inventory of his estate was filed June 11, 1730, showing an estate of one hundred and thirty-seven pounds, seven shillings and eight pence. He married Abigail Pantry, born January 11, 1678-79, died January 26, 1708, daughter of John, granddaughter of John, and great-granddaughter of William Pantry. Children: Mary, baptized March 7, 1702, died young; Mary, baptized May 10, 1703; Richard, born November 4, 1704; Timothy, September 22, 1706, mentioned below; Abigail, married Daniel Ensign; Esther, born October 30, 1709.

(III) Timothy, son of Richard (2) Goodman, was born September 22, 1706, died March 12, 1786. He had land given him by his grandfather, John Pantry, March 4, 1729, in West Hartford, near Farmington. The Boston Chronicle of May 2, 1768, states that on April 7, 1768, the house of Timothy Goodman in West Hartford was burned with all the furniture and clothes, which were very rich and costly, and that Jerusha, daughter of Daniel Ensign, who lived in the family, ten years old, was burned to death. He married (first) May 7, 1735, Joanna Wadsworth, who died March 10, 1768, aged fifty-three, daughter of Joseph and Joanna Wadsworth and granddaughter of Captain Joseph Wadsworth, of Charter Oak fame. He married (second) November 29, 1769, Widow Elizabeth Wadsworth, of Hartford. Children: Joanna; Timothy, baptized March 7, 1736; Thomas, born March 18, 1739; Abigail, October 4, 1741; Mary, February 12, 1744; Elizabeth, March 16 1746; Richard, April 10, 1748, mentioned below; Mehitable (twin) baptized June 24, 1750, died May 2, 1758; Moses (twin), baptized June 24, 1750.

(IV) Richard (3), son of Timothy Goodman, was born April 10, 1748, died in West Hartford, in May, 1834. He was in the revolution in Captain Seymour's company. He married, in 1771, Nancy Seymour, born February 16, 1751, at West Hartford, died January 27, 1792, daughter of Captain Timothy and Lydia (Kellogg) Seymour. Children: Nancy born March 6, 1772, died February 18, 1845; Aaron, July 20, 1773, mentioned below; Richard, November 30, 1774, died March 2, 1841; Elizabeth, November 20, died December 12, 1776; Moses, July 12, died July 18, 1778; Miletiah (twin), July 12, 1778; Lydia, July 6, 1780 died March 18, 1859; Lucia, November 11, 1782 (twin); Laura (twin), November 11, 1782; Elizabeth, July 17, 1784; Joanna, October 2, 1786; Sylvester, April 8, 1789; Childs, November 7, 1791.

(V) Aaron, son of Richard (3) Goodman, was born July 20, 1773, in West Hartford. He was the first postmaster of West Hartford, and held the office until his death, March 28, 1832. He married, April 15, 1804, Alma Cossitt, born at Granby, Connecticut, December 10, 1780, died in Plainfield, New Jersey, November 13, 1868, daughter of Asa and Mary (Cole) Cossitt. Children: Edward, born December 10, 1805, died July 28, 1882; Alma, March 14, 1809; Julia, June 14, 1814; Samuel, born June 12, 1818, died March 28, 1819; Aaron Cossitt, mentioned below.

(VI) Aaron Cossitt, son of Aaron Goodman, was born in West Hartford, April 23, 1822, died July 29, 1899. At the early age of thirteen, in 1835, he became a clerk in Sumner's book store in Hartford. In 1841 he went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to take a position in the house opened there by A. S. Barnes & Company, but returned the following year and went into partnership with his former employer under the firm name of Sumner & Goodman. In 1848, he bought out his partner's interest in the firm and continued alone until 1852, when he embarked in the paper business in New York City. He was one of the original stockholders and directors in the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company of Hartford, and became its president in 1875, having secured a controlling interest in its stock. In 1889 the company was reorganized and he sold out and dissolved his connection with the company. From that time Mr. Goodman lived quietly, giving his time and attention to private interests and to philanthropic work. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Free and Accepted Masons, in St. John's Lodge. In early life he was a member of the old sack and bucket company in the fire department, and was captain of the Hartford Light Guard, and served on the staff of General Frank Bacon. He was a member of Trinity Church. He married, April 10, 1857, Annie M. Johnston, born in New York City, daughter of Robert R. and Mary Sears (Hatch) Johnston, and thought to be descended from Dr. John Johnston, who came from Scotland in 1685 and settled at Perth Amboy, New Jersey. One of her early ancestors was John Alden, of Plymouth, who came in the "Mayflower". Children: Emilie, married Rev. Richard Wright, of Windsor Locks; Edward, died 1872; Annie G., married Rev. John F. Plumb, of New Milford, Connecticut; Mary A., Richard J., mentioned below.

(VII) Richard Johnston, son of Aaron Cossitt Goodman, was born in Hartford, March 23, 1875. He was educated in the public and high schools of his native town, and at Yale College, graduating in 1896, and from the Yale Law School in 1899. During his last year at the Law School he also practiced law in New Haven. He was admitted to the bar in January, 1899, and began the practice of his profession at Hartford in October, 1899. Since 1905 he has been associated with Leslie W. Newberry under the firm name of Newberry & Goodman. In addition to this he is the president and general manager of the Bush Manufacturing Company of Hartford. manufacturers of automobile radiators and auto parts. This corporation was organized in April, 1908, and has been very successful. His interest in politics began at an early age, and his activity in party matters began immediately after his graduation from college. In 1903 he was elected to the common council, serving two terms; was on the Republican town committee from January, 1904, to January, 1908, and has served as health commissioner since 1908. He is a member and vestryman in Trinity Church (Episcopal). He is prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of St. John's Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Washington Commandery, Knights Templar, of Hartford. He is a member of the Connecticut Historical Society, Society of Colonial Wars, State of Connecticut, Municipal Art Society, Hartford Club, Hartford Golf Club, University Club of Hartford, Republican Club, Graduates Club of New Haven and Yale Club of New York. Mr. Goodman enlisted as a private in Company K, First Infantry, Connecticut National Guard, in 1899. He was made second lieutenant in November, 1902; captain, December, 1902; major, 1907; lieutenant-colonel, November, 1908, which position he still holds. He was an aide on the staff of grand marshal General Chaffee at the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as president of the United States. He has always taken an active interest in out-door sports, being especially fond of boating, fishing, tennis, and horseback riding. His home is at 834 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. He is unmarried.

Source: Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. New York, NY, USA: Lewis Publishing Company, 1911.

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