John Goddard 1816

Hannah Goddard Left Pointing Hand Right Pointing Hand Jonathan Goddard

Headstone, John Goddard 1816 In memory of MR. JOHN GODDARD Obt. April 13th 1816: Æt. 86 years.

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Marker, John Goddard 1816 Marker: Soldier of the Revolution Hannah Goddard Chapter D.A.R. Wagon Master General

"John Goddard was born in Brookline 28 May, O. S. 1730, a man of uncommonly extensive observation and with a memory proverbially accurate. He had peculiar facilities for a knowledge of the facts relating to this little town. For he was not only a native, but spent a large portion of a long life in the place of his nativity. He was, moreover, for many years, Selectman, Assessor, and Representative of this town to the General Court. He was son of John Goddard, grandson of Joseph Goddard, one of the founders of the First Congregational Church of Brookline; also father of Joseph Goddard, born April 15, 1761, and grandfather of Abijah Warren Goddard. These five generations of men all cultivated the same farm, and have been members in full communion of the First Congregational Church." Dr. Pierce.

"During the Revolutionary War, Mr. Goddard was a commissary. general for the American Army in this vicinity. "During the siege of Boston, Mr. Goddard was intrusted with the command of three hundred teams, which worked in darkness and by stealth in constructing the fortifications on Dorchester Heights, now South Boston. The absolute silence of the men, the promptness and efficiency with which they labored, and the success which crowned their efforts, were no doubt largely owing to the firmness, courage, and tact of the sturdy patriot in charge. Captain Joseph Goddard, who at that time was a boy of fourteen, was a driver of one of the teams under his father's direction, and often described the event to his children. "When the American army removed from Boston to New York, General Washington was urgent that Mr. Goddard should accompany them, but his large family was a sufficiently strong reason why he should decline such service." H. F. W.

"Mr. Goddard was twice married; his first wife was Sarah Brewer, who lived but two years, then he married Hannah Seaver, the dau. of Nathaniel and Hannah (White) Seaver." Bond's Watertown, P. 369.

"She was a most excellent, energetic, and highly esteemed woman, who brought up a family of sixteen children."

One son, Mr. Joseph Goddard, who settled upon the farm of his father, was during his long and prosperous life a prominent citizen of Brookline. He was a justice of the peace for many years, and was captain of the militia of the town. He married Mary, a daughter of Samuel Aspinwall. Of the twelve children of Mr. Joseph Goddard, several are widely known. Another son, a prominent citizen, born in the old house, was Mr. Benjamin Goddard, who lived opposite the Reservoir. He was a man of much influence, though he never would accept or hold public office. He acquired much wealth and lived to a great age, being over ninety-five years of age at his death. H. F. W., chap. 16.

Hannah Goddard Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was named in honor of Hannah Goddard. See "John and Hannah Goddard," by Rev. William H. Lyon, D.D.

Text from Harriet Alma Cummings. Burials and Inscriptions in the Walnut Street Cemetery. Brookline: The Riverdale Press, 1920.

Hannah Goddard Left Pointing Hand Right Pointing Hand Jonathan Goddard