William Goding

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William Goding, son of William Goding and Martha Spooner, was born at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 29 October 1736.1,2 He died before 1791, when his widow is said to have married Benjamin Piper.3

William married Sarah Stearns, daughter of Daniel Stearns and Mercy Grant, at Watertown, 20 April 1761.4,2,5

A caution was entered in the Watertown records against the settlement of William Godding, Jr., wife Sarah, and children William and Sarah; also two other Godding children who appear to have been married: Elizabeth Phillips and Mary Melhyrs but otherwise unidentified. They all had come from Woburn in April, 1764.

He is said to have gone to Newton in May, 1765, but his last four children are recorded at Watertown, and he served in the opening days of the revolution in a unit from that town.6

From Watertown, he moved to Cambridge where his first two children were born, and in May 1765 settled in Newton, Massachusetts.

He enlisted in the French and Indian War at Boston, and entered service 28 Nov 1755 to 29 May 1756. He is recorded as serving on the Crown Point expedition, fifteen days travel expenses were allowed from Albany. His name also appears in a list of men belonging to Capt Thomas Cheever's company, from Watertown, as equipped with gun and receiving gun money, about 5 April 1758.

He also served early in the the Revolution as a private in Capt Joshua Reed's company, Colonel Varnum's regiment, enlisting 4 December 1775.2


Sarah Stearns b. 29 Jul 1739
  • William Goding1,2 b. 27 Dec 1761, d. 15 Jun 1848
  • Sarah Goding+2,1 b. 13 Jun 1763, d. abt. Apr 1802
  • Rebecca Goding2,1 b. 14 Oct 1764
  • Mercy Goding2,1 b. 14 Jul 1766, d. bef. Oct 1768
  • Mercy Goding2,1 b. 14 Oct 1768, d. 9 Apr 1841
  • Anna Goding2,1 b. 2 Aug 1770
  • Henry Goding2,1 b. 10 Sep 1772, d. 22 Jul 1851
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  1. [S9] Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps And Notes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 256-257, further cited as Bond, Bond's Watertown.
  2. [S93] Frederic Webster Goding, Genealogy of the Goding Family (Richmond, Indiana: p.p., 1906), 13-21, further cited as Goding, Goding Genealogy.
  3. [S720] Mrs. Harriet H. Robinson, "Nicholas Browne of Reading and Some of His Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 44 (Oct 1890): 281-286, further cited as Robinson, "Nicholas Browne."
  4. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 3:2:146, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  5. [S9] Bond, Bond's Watertown, 256, 463.
  6. [S9] Bond, Bond's Watertown, 773.