Sarah Goding

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Sarah Goding, daughter of William Goding and Sarah Stearns, was born at Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 13 June 1763.1,2,3 She died at Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, about April 1802, and was buried at Phipps Street Burying Ground, Charlestown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.4

Sarah married, as his 2nd wife, Seth Ingersoll Browne, son of William Browne and Mary Bayley, at Charlestown, 5 October 1786.2

She had two brothers, William (a Baptist minister in Maine), and Henry.

Supposedly, her mother was Sarah Carter-Godding who later married Benjamin Piper. This may be a step-mother.

Sarah was called handsome in her youth. She used to wear a short, loose white gown over a black skirt with a blue and white checked apron. She had deep-set eyes and a low, broad forehead, white skin, and a long, straight black hair, which she wore covered with a high-crowned shift cap tied with a black ribbon around her head. Very smart and quick-stepping, Sarah was called by her neighbors "an extra good woman."

She was a firm mother. One time, when the family was living near Boston's Lewis Wharf in a brick house with a steep roof, she had occasion to demonstrate her concern for her children. She was entertaining company at tea when a neighbor ran in to say the children were playing on the roof. Almost frightened to death, she used her softest, sweetest voice to call them to come in for cake; when the last child had landed safely, she soundly spanked the older ones. When she died, she left Seth with nine children, aged six months to 13 years. After Seth died, they were dispersed among strangers.2


Seth Ingersoll Browne b. 8 Jul 1750, d. 9 Mar 1809
  • Lucy Browne4 b. say 1787
  • Abijah Browne4 b. say 1788
  • Sally Browne4 b. Nov 1789, d. 1 Jun 1836
  • Cynthia Browne4 b. 30 Aug 1791, d. 18 Oct 1872
  • Benjamin Piper Browne4 b. Feb 1793, d. 5 Mar 1843
  • Charles Browne4 b. May 1794, d. 28 Apr 1854
  • Harriet Browne+4 b. 19 Mar 1795, d. 22 Jan 1881
  • Isaac Cooper Browne4 b. 4 Nov 1798, d. bt 1841 - 1849
  • Angeline Cooper Browne4 b. 29 Nov 1798, d. 8 Mar 1882
  • William Browne4 b. Sep 1800, d. Sep 1831
  • Jane Browne4 b. 2 Apr 1802, d. 22 Oct 1870
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  1. [S1974] Historical Society, Watertown Records, Four vols. (subtitle varies) (Boston, Massachusetts: David Clapp & Son, 1894-1906), 3:2:159, further cited as Historical Society, Watertown Records.
  2. [S93] Frederic Webster Goding, Genealogy of the Goding Family(Richmond, Indiana: p.p., 1906), 13-21, further cited as Goding, Goding Genealogy.
  3. [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.
  4. [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."