John Goodale

John GOODALE (1563 -1625 )  was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.

John Goodale born about 1563 in Downham Norfolk, England.  He was the son of Thomas GOODALE. He married Bridget Portler on 21 Sep 1588 at Downham, England.  Bridget  bore him seven children and was buried at Downham on 24 Nov 1607.  After Bridget died, but before 1610 he married a young widow, Elizabeth PARLETT.  John was a chandler of Stadsett, Great Yarmouth, England and died there  7 Jul 1625.

John Goodale – Coat of Arms

Bridget Portler was born 1567 in Stradsett, Norfolk, England. Bridget Portler’s  family were yeomen from Stradsett, a parish two or three miles east of Downham. A review of a number of Portler contemporary wills do not make a connected pedigree as Bridgett Portler is not mentioned in these wills. Bridget died 24 Nov 1607 in Downham, Norfolk, England

Elizabeth Parlett was born 1584 in Stradsett, Norfolk, England.  She was a widow when she married John Goodale, but the first name of her Taylor husband is not known and the two Taylor children, Peter and Susan, were not baptized in Downham.   Elizabeth came to  Newbury, Mass on the Mary Anne in 1637. With her came Ann, Susanna, Joanna and Elizabeth. John was a chandler [one who made or sold candles].  Elizabeth died 8 Apr 1647 in Newbury, Essex, Mass.  Administer of her estate granted March 27, 1648, and re-affirmed by General Court 31 May, 1652, to her sons-in-law Abraham Toppan and John Lowle.

The Parletts were also from Stradsett and in the process of raising from yeomanry to gentry. The Parletts were related to the Portlers as their wills show but examination of nine of these wills fails to identify Elizabeth Parlett Taylor Goodale. There was a relationship between the Parletts and the Goodales with Francis and William Parlett being witnesses of Richard Goodale’s will. As such the date of birth and ancestry of Elizabeth Parlett is uncertain.

Children of John and Bridget Portler are:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Frances Goodale 28 Jan 1590 William Marsten of Martham, Norfolk Aug 1652
Hemsby, Norfolk
2. Ellen Goodale 28 Apr 1591 prior to 1625
3. John Goodale 10 Mar 1593 31 May 1593
4. Richard Goodale 29 Jun 1594 Dorothy Whittrents  1666 Salisbury, Mass.
5. Thomas Goodale 25 Nov 1596 10 Dec 1596 at Downham
6. Rebecca Goodale  2 Jul 1598 Walter Moorefleete
21 Jun 1626 Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
7. Elizabeth Goodale  c. 1600 2 Jan 1603 Dowmham
8. Joanna Goodale  c. 1604 4 Jun 1677 Newbury, Mass
9. Ann Goodale 1608 Downham Edward French 9 Mar 1682/83 Salisbury, Mass.
10. Susanna Goodale 1607 Norwich Abraham Tappan 20 Mar 1688/89 Newbury, Mass.


Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
11. John Goodale 11 Nov 1610 Living in England in 1647 when his mother died
12. Christopher Goodale 17 Dec 1611 Living in 1625
13. Elizabeth GOODALE 5 Jun 1614, probably Yarmouth, England. John LOWELL
1640 in Newbury, Mas
23 Apr 1651 in Newbury, Mass.
14. Thomas Goodale 29 Mar 1616 Not mentioned in his father’s will
15. Hester Goodale 15 April 1618
Yarmouth, England.
Before 1625
Yarmouth, England.
16. Joseph Goodale 15 Apr 1618 Living in 1625
17. Mordechaus Goodale 11 Oct 1620 Living in 1625
18. Benjamin Goodale 11 October 1620 Before 1625

The family name Goodale  applied to the maker or seller of good ale, i.e., a bewer or tavern keeper.

Our lineage commences with Thomas Goodale, the Elder who was born in the 1530’s and died prior to 03 Oct 1588, Both at Downham, Norfolk which is located in the far western end of the county and a few miles south of Kings Lynn. We know few specifics of his life. However Thomas , the Elder, had a brother, Richard, who made a will on 12 July 1587 which was proved 03 October which does provide a fair amount of information.

Richard Goodale, a tallow chandler of Downham Market, first directed that he be buried in the churchyard of Downham and made misc bequeaths to the poor. He then made a bequest of forty shillings for each of four young men who were not yet twenty years of age, i.e., Robert Goodale, son of Thomas Goodale, the Elder, Richard Goodale, son of John Goodale, and Thomas and William Goodale, sons of Thomas Goodale, the Younger. To John Goodale, son of Thomas Goodale, the Elder, he left a messuage, bought from Richard Danbye, in Downham Market upon condition that he pay Richard Goodale the nine pounds bequeathed to him by John Goodale, his father. He named John Goodale, “my nephew”, his residuary legatee and executor. Witnesses: Fraunces Parlett, William Lyffen, William Parlett. From the above we find that Thomas Goodale, the Elder, had two brothers, i.e.. Richard and John; that Thomas Goodale, the Elder, had three sons, i.e., John, Robert, and Thomas, the Younger; finally, John Goodale, brother of Thomas, the Elder, had a son Richard and that Thomas, the Younger, had two sons, Thomas and William. The commonality of names does create some confusion.

John Goodale was a wealthy chandler (a maker and seller of goods including maybe ale?) Who resided, from about 1613 until his death in 1625, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the famous port of herring fishery. His will, dated 25 June 1625, was proved 24 September 1625 by Elizabeth (Parlett Taylor) Goodale, executrix with power reserved to John Goodale, the son, executor.

John signed a will on 25 Jun 1625.

(John Goodale of Great Yarmouth, chandler, after the usual religious preamble, left to the poor of Yarmouth 30 shillings and the same sum to the poor of Downham. To his son Richard Goodall “if now living,” he gave £6 yearly for life, and £10 at age 35. He made bequests also to daughter Rebecca, “my now wife Elizabeth,” who received “all my houses and lands in Norfolk, Lincolnshire or elsewhere, free and copyhold, until the children I had by her attain the age of 21, she to keep the premises in good repair and educate and maintain the children.” He made bequests to his wife’s children Peter and Susan Taylor, and to his son John Goodall, “my eldest son by this wife,” at age 21 all his lands, houses and fish-houses in Yarmouth and lands in Ormesby, Scroutby, and Potter Heigham, he paying to his brother Richard and sister Rebecca their yearly portions. To his son Christopher he left lands and houses in Downham Market, Denver, Bexwell, and Wimbotsham, at age 21, and to son Joseph all lands and houses in Wybberton, Boston, and Frampton in Lincolnshire at 21, and also £20. To his youngest son Mordechaus, he left the houses and lands of Edward Atfen in Runham and Philbie, and £100 at age 21. His daughter Elizabeth was to have £100 at 21 years or her marriage “if to the liking of her mother and her brother John.” Youngest daughter Marie was to have £100 at age 21 or marriage, which was to be out at 6 per cent interest for her when she reached age 12 until she became 21.

He mentioned also cousin Richard Goodall’s son of Lynn; Mr. George Hardware senior of this town, my loving friend; cousin William Parlett senior of Downham, my cloth gown lined with lamb skins. To John Preste my godson and son to Robert Preste, late of Downham, 20s at age 21. To my maid Marie Underwood, 6s 8d. To John Searles senior of this town, for remembrance of our loves, 20s. To Frances Marston, my daughter, wife of William Marston, late of Martham, in lieu of £55, the residue of £65 which her husband gave me to employ for his wife and children, being part of the money I gave her in marriage, she being under age, and then did promise to insure her an interest in his lands, which he performed not, but sold them away and spent all but this money given to me) £5 a year while she lives and for a year after her death. To William her husband, £10. To John Marston, his son, at 21, if his mother be not living, £20; if she be living to be paid a year after her death, if he be 21. To Marye Marston, at 21 after her mother’s decease, £10. To Elizabeth Marston, another of her daughters, at 18, if her mother is not alive, £10….

To my friend Thomas Williams of Norwich, tailor, 40s and to his wife a gold ring worth 10s at least. To Clement Eade’s wife of Monslye, 10s. To Richard Goodall my son’s two children, 40s each at 21. To Edward Atfen of Runham, 20s. To John Moneby of Downham, my old servant, 40s. To John Parlett’s children of Stradgesett, my wife’s brother, 20s each at 21, that is Nicodemus Parlett and Elizabeth Parlett. To Richard Nuttings of Wilberton and his wife, 20s apiece. Residue to my wife Elizabeth and my son John, and they to be my executors. My well-regarded friend and loving kinsman William Parlett senior of Downham Market, draper, to be supervisor, and I give him my best gown and my best god ring or £5. Witnesses: John Searles, Edward Coxe, Samuel Bowles, Francis Parkins. He was buried on 7 Jul 1625 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (Buried as “Mr. John Goodale”>) Will (proved) on 24 Sep 1625.

A definitive account of him was published by the late Walter Goodwin Davis, F.A.S.G., in “The American Genealogist”, in 1945. Mr. Davis suggests that John was probably the son of Thomas Goodale “the elder” and a nephew of Richard Goodale, a tallow chandler of Downham Market, who left a will dated 12 July 1587 and proved 3 October 1588, in which named his nephew John Goodale, son of Thomas Goodale the elder. To John he left a messuage (house) in Downham Market that he had bought from Richard Danbye, and he also named him residuary legatee and executor.

Estate of Elizabeth Goodale


1. Frances Goodale

Frances’ husband William Marsten was born 1590 in Ormesby, Norfolk, England. His parents were Henry Marston and [__?__]. William died 30 Jun 1672 in Hampton Mbc, Norfolk, England

4. Richard Goodale

Richard’s wife Dorothy Whittrents was born in England.

Richard Goodale, called a planter and a turner (lathe operator), soon after settling in Newbury, moved across the Merrimac river to the new town, first call Colchester, and later called Salisbury where he was an original grantee and as such received a grant of land. He was a recipient of further grants of land in 1639, 1643, and 1654. He was a member of the Norfolk County grand jury in 1652 and 1654. Tradition states that Richard was an outstanding great hunter.  He had an Irish servant by the name of Cornelius Conner.

Richard and Dorothy settled in Newbury, MA by about 1638. Richard’s widowed step-mother also lived there. They moved across the Merrimac River to Salisbury by the following year, where they were original settlers. They received more land grants in 1639, 1643, and 1654. Richard was a “turner”. He was a member of the Norfolk grand jury in 1652 and 1654.  Tradition says that he was a great hunter.

After Dorothy’s death, Richard lived with daughter Ann and her husband William Allen who were paid for “diet and attendance”, at 10s. a week from the 3rd of May to the 16th of September 1666.

In Richard’s will he left his goods, housings, lands, orchards, pastures, meadow, either marsh or upland, plow land and any other land and cattle he left to be equally divided between his son and his daughter Ann. He left to his granddaughter Hubberd a cow named Primrose.

6. Rebecca Goodale

Rebecca’s husband Walter Moorefleete was born in 1596.

9. Ann Goodale

Ann’s husband Edward French was born 1590 in England. His parents were Thomas French and Anne Olmstead. Edward died 28 Dec 1674 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass

10. Susanna Goodale

Susanna’s husband Abraham Tappan was born 10 Apr 1606 at Calbridge, Coverham, Yorkshire, England
His father was William Topham, of Calbridge, in the parish of Coverham, Yorkshire, England. Abraham died 5 Nov 1672 at Newbury, Essex, Mass.

Tophan/Topham, used by his grandfather’s generation, and earlier. Tappan, used by his descendants.

He was admitted as a Freeman of Yarmouth, England in 1627, having been apprenticed to Richard Elvyn. He lived for some time

Abraham Toppan, along with his wife Susannah, two children Peter and Elizabeth and maid Anne Goodin emigrated from Great Yarmouth, England to New England in May, 1637, on the ship Marey Anne.

The passenger register reads:

“May: the 10th 1637. The examination of ABRAHAM TOPPAN of Yarmouth, Cooper ageed 31 yeares and Susanna: his wife ageed 30 yeares with two Children Petter: and Elizabeth: and one Mayd Sarvant ANNE GOODIN: ageed 18 yeares and desirous to passe to New England to inhabit.” [Jewson, p. 29.]
Toppan’s mother-in-law also made the journey with them to New England.
Abraham Toppan was admitted to the township of Newbury, Massachusetts on 16 October, 1637. At different times the following year, several lots of land were granted to him, on one of which, he erected his home, near where the town’s meetinghouse was built in 1646.

He served several years as a selectman in Newbury.

During his life it is said he made, “sundry voyages to the Barbadoes, of which one or two were profitable.” In the county records of Salem, Massachusetts, a “sometime servant to Abraham Toppan” testified that “the produce being brought home in sugar, cotton, wool and molasses, which were then commodities rendering great profit, being at twelve pence for wool, sugar at six or eight pence per pound profit – of which he brought great quantities” (Registry of Deeds, Salem.)

He made his will on 30 June, 1670. In it, he speaks of “having done for his son Peter beyond what I have done or can do in proportion for ye rest of my children.” He died 5 November, 1672, in his 66th year, in his home on “Toppan’s Lane.” The home was built around 1670 for his son, Jacob. His widow died 20 March, 1689, aged 82 years. Her mother, Mrs. Goodale, died in Newbury 8 April, 1647.

13. Elizabeth GOODALE (See John LOWELL‘s page)


From Abel Hunt 1963 by Walter Goodwin Davis–Turner/BOOK-0001/0002-0022.html

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