William Goding

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
(John) Calvin Coolidge Jr. - Harriet Hanson (Robinson) Pierce
William Goding, son of William Goding and Mary Pease, was born at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 24 April 1703.1 He died at Watertown, in 1757.2,1,3

William married (1) Martha Spooner, daughter of Peter Spooner and Rebecca Coolidge, at Watertown, in 1731;4,2 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Mercy Grant, daughter of Joseph Grant and Mary Grafton, at Watertown, 8 October 1753.2,1

William was taxed in Medford in 1728 and elected Fence Viewer 7 March 1743.

The family was devastated by "throat dispemper" that resulted in the deaths of Martha, and four of the children, just after she had given birth to the youngest, Spencer, in the summer of 1749.

He owned two tracts of land; one he sold in 1752 and the second in 1761; these were most likely portions of his father's lands which he had divided with his brother Henry.5,6 [There must be some confusion over these land records as William reportedly died in 1757.]

Family 1

Martha Spooner b. 6 Mar 1714/15, d. 1 Jul 1749
  • Martha Goding2,1 b. 30 Jun 1732
  • Rebecca Goding2,1 b. 19 Jul 1734, d. 22 Sep 1749
  • William Goding+2,1 b. 29 Oct 1736, d. bef. 1791
  • Jonathan Coolidge Goding2,1 b. 31 Jan 1739, d. bt 1825 - 1830
  • Joanna Goding2,1 b. 21 Apr 1741, d. 5 Jul 1749
  • Peter Goding2,1 b. 29 Jul 1744, d. 7 Jul 1749
  • Henry Goding2,1 b. 13 Nov 1746, d. 8 Sep 1749
  • Spencer Goding2,1 b. 28 Jun 1749, d. 1819

Family 2

Mercy Grant b. 20 Sep 1702, d. 1767
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  1. [S93] Frederic Webster Goding, Genealogy of the Goding Family (Richmond, Indiana: p.p., 1906), 13-21, further cited as Goding, Goding Genealogy.
  2. [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.
  3. [S32] George Walter Chamberlain, "The Early New England Coolidges and Some of Their Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 77 (October 1923): 270-304, at 270-277, further cited as Chamberlain, "New England Coolidges."
  4. [S93] Goding, Goding Genealogy, 13 - 21.
  5. [S93] Goding, Goding Genealogy, 20.
  6. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 3:2:128, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.