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Sarah Goard

Female Bef 1649 - 1679  (> 29 years)


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  • Name Sarah Goard 
    Born Bef 25 Mar 1649  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Baptised 25 Mar 1649  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Died Between 9 Dec 1678 and 16 Jan 1679  [3
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I31027  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of EK
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2020 

    Father Richard Goard,   b. Abt 1618,   d. 27 Sep 1683, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Phebe Hewes,   d. 28 Feb 1679, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Nov 1639  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Family ID F13895  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Merrifield,   b. Bef 16 Apr 1649,   d. 9 Dec 1678, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 29 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Merrifield,   b. 14 May 1669, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 29 May 1741 and 12 Mar 1742, Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F18417  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Of Richard Goard's daughter Sarah, Robert Charles Anderson (citation details below) gives her baptismal date, then says "no further record." But there is further record of her — she married John Merrifield in or before 1665 (based on the Feb 1665/6 date of the birth of their first child, John) and then died sometime between 9 Dec 1678 (when her husband died) and 16 Jan 1678/9, the date of his probate. Credit to the unidentified author of Sarah Goard's WeRelate page for figuring this out:

      The probate of Sarah's husband John Merrifield, dated 16 Jan 1678/9, awards administration to "John Goad of Roxbury (Brother to the Widdow of sd. Merrifeild now also dece'd" [emphasis ours]. Subsequent to this, Sarah's brother John Goard of Roxbury died on 18 Feb 1679 ("of the pox," Anderson notes), so Peter Killey of Roxbury wound up being appointed administrator instead. But this definitely identifies the wife of John Merrifield as the Sarah who was a daughter of Richard Goard. And it corrects Clarence Almon Torrey's error in New England Marriages Prior to 1700 in making her a daughter of Joseph Goard.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1608] Vital Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849. Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1925-26.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S4779] Probate Court (Suffolk County) Probate Records, 1636-1899. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969-1971.

    4. [S2446] George E. McCracken, "Nathaniel Foote's English Relatives." The American Genealogist 53:193, Oct 1977.