1793. Rebecca Goodyear

Rebecca Goodyear

B abt 1626  |  St Mary, Woolnoth Parish, London, England

D abt 1679  |  Stamford, CT, USA

M 1644   |  Stamford, CT, USA

Rebecca was the first child of Stephen Goodyear, Deputy Governor of New Haven Colony, and direct ancestor of Charles Goodyear who started Goodyear Tires.



1641 New Haven, CT. Map

1641 Map of New Haven, CT

Showing property of Stephen Goodyear

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 12 September 2014
New Haven, CT Freemen

New Haven Freemen Signature

Including signature of Stephen Goodyear

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 12 September 2014
Early Stamford Settlement

Map of Early Stamford Settlement and Settlers

Dwelling # Owner(s)
1   Abraham Finch; John Finch (no house)
1A   Abraham Finch
2   Samuel Finch
3   Daniel Scofield
4   Samuel Dean
5   Samuel Dean?
6   Samuel Hardy; Thomas Wood; 1700 Samuel Weed
7   Isaac Finch
7A   1700 Samuel Blackley
7B   1700 Isaac Finch
8   Benjamin Guen; Joseph Stevens; Thomas Newman; Elisha Holly
9   Elisha Holly
10   Obadiah Stevens
11   Samuel Hoyt
12, 13   Jonathan & John Selleck; Peter Ferris; 1700 Joseph Ferris
14   Peter Ferris; Peter Ferris Jr.
15   John Bates; 1700 John Bates Jr.
16   Abraham Ambler d. 1700
17   Richard Ambler d. 1700
18   Heirs of John Jagger; Jonathan Jagger; 1700 Simon Chapman
19   Jonathan & John Selleck; Benjamin Hoyt
20   Sons of John Bishop; Ebenezer Bishop; Town and for parsonage; 1700 John Davenport
21   John Scofield
22   Daniel Weed; 1700 heirs of Daniel Weed
23   John Bishop 1700 Benjamin Bishop
24   Joseph Lockwood
25   Heirs of Richard Webb; 1700 Samuel Webb
26   John Pettit, d.; John Pettit; 1700 Jonas Weed, Jr.
27   Jonas Weed; 1700 Jonas Weed, Sr.
27A   Thomas Newman; Joseph Stevens; John Arnold; Moses Knap, Jr.; Henry Kimball; Daniel Weed, Jr.; 1700 Jonas Weed, Jr.
28   Heirs of Richard Webb; 1700 Samuel Webb
29   John Judson; Town House; Ebenezer Bishop; 1700 John Pettit
30   Moses Knap
31   Richard Scofield; 1700 John Smith
32, 33   John Weed; 1700 heirs of John Weed
34, 35   Jonathan Law
36   Joseph Garnsey; Zachariah Roberts; 1700 John Finch, Jr.
37   Joseph Stevens
38   Widow Sarah Selleck
39   Clement Buxton
40   John Holly (no house)
40A   Jonathan Holly; 1700 John Holly, Sr.
41   John Smith
42   Samuel Holly
43   Cornelius Jones, d. 1690; 1700 heirs of Cornelius Jones
44   Joseph Jones, d. 1690; 1700 heirs of Joseph Jones
45   John Gold?
46   Obadiah Seeley
47   Jonathan Holly
48   George Slason; 1700 Jonathan Waterbury
49   Jonathan Waterbury
50   Heirs of John Waterbury; widow Mary Waterbury
51   Francis Brown; Joseph Brown
52   Jonathan Selleck
53   Francis Bell; Jonathan Bell
53A   Jonathan Bell
54   John Slason
55   John Crissy; 1700 John Bishop
56   Stephen Holmes
57   Daniel Newman; 1700 Thomas Newman
58   Jeremiah Andrews; John Finch; 1700 John Pettit
59   John Bates, Sr.
60   Jeremiah Jagger; 1700 heirs of Jeremiah Jagger
61   Caleb Knap
62   John Austin; 1700 heirs of John Austin
63   Increase Holly
64   Francis Brown (moved to Rye in 1686); Joseph Brown

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 7 September 2014
Genealogy of the Goodyear Family  The Genealogy of the Goodyear Family

Written by Grace Goodyear Kirkman, a detailed accounting of the Goodyear family.

Goodyear Family History  Goodyear Family Tree

A Goodyear Family Tree with sources.

The Descendants of John Byyshop  The Descendants of John Byyshop

A comprehensive list of the descendants of John Byyshop

Stamford Maps 1641-1783  Stamford Maps 1641-1783

Stanford Maps

Bishop Barbour Index  Bishop Barbour Index

This text file contains the births, marriages, and deaths of Bishops in Stamford between 1641 and 1853. The Barbour Index entries are alphabetized by first name.

Stamford Family Registrations  Stamford Family Registrations

This text file contains the births, marriages, and deaths of Bishops in Stamford between 1641 and 1797. The entries in Huntington's Registration are listed in chronological orderby individual family unit.

Descendants of John Byyshop  Descendants of John Byyshop

A comprehensive listing including details.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut  Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut

A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Including details of the Bishops in Stamford.

A History of Stamford Connecticut  History of Stamford, Connecticut

A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Including details of the Bishops in Stamford.

Norwalk by Rev. Charles M. Selleck, A.M.  Norwalk by Rev. Charles M. Selleck, A.M.

A book to bring the ancient town's recondite history to light, preserving and perpetuating its mentions and memories. Inluding some Bishop references.

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the time of their arrival in the Country and Colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, etc.  A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the time of their arrival in the Country and Colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, etc. Many Bishops listed starting page 241 (p 232 in document).

The Elizabeth Clauson Witchcraft Trial  Elizabeth Clauson Witchcraft Trial

An Account of the Trial in 1692 of a Woman from Stamford, Connecticut Who Was Accused of Being a Witch by Ronald Marcus. Unlike the more famous Salem Witch Trials, the Stamford cases ended in acquittal. Some involvement from the Rev. John Bishop and Stephen Bishop, Sr.


John Bishop History

On May 3, 1610, John Bishop was baptised at the Anglican Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Cattistock, Dorchester, Co., Dorsetshire, England. His parents were William and Alice (Dunning) Bishop. Their home was the ancient manor of "Holway" about a mile north of the village where the church and school are located. The above appears in "The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorsetshire" by Hutchins. Volume IV. Other farms in the same area, owned by members of the Bishop family were "In-Park," "West Holway," "Lower Holway," "Metford," "North Chalmington," "Chalmington," "Chalmington," and possibly others. Total property in excess of 1000 acres.

John Bishop, born and baptized at Cattistock, May 3, 1610 (7th son of William and Alice) received his B. A. degree at age 20 from Balliol College, Oxford, and June 1632. His M.A. degree was received 15 April, 1635. As a young man, he decided to migrate to New England and settled in Taunton, Massachusetts where he was a schoolmaster and owned his own land, in 1640. He went to Stamford, Connecticut in 1644 to serve as minister of the First Church there, when a delegation from the Church persuaded him to go with them. They walked the long distance through the wilderness to Stamford. It seems that he had completed his studies for the ministry before his calling there. John Bishop, pastor of the church, married Rebecca Goodyear in Stamford, and had eight sons and two daughters. He served the First Congregational church for fifty years through many difficult and trying times in the Colonies. He died in 1694 at the age of 84, a much respected and beloved clergyman.

John Bishop is buried in St Johns and St. Andrews Episcopal Cemetery in Stamford. Will 16 Nov. 1694, proved 12 Mar. 1694/5; to be buried between his two wives Rebecca and Joanna who [he says with comfortable assurance] are fallen asleep in Jesus and gone to Heaven before me; I feel that the gospel is going from New England for the neglect and contempt it hath found here; sons Stephen, Joseph, Ebenezer, Benjamin; dau. Whiting.

John married (1) Rebecca Goodyear; (2) Joanna Boyce, widow of Capt. Thomas Willett and previously of Rev. Peter Prudden of Milford, and dau. of Rev. John Boyse of Halifax, co. York, Eng.

Bishop, Ebenezer, Dr., (died 12 March 1710/11, age 43 yrs), son of John Bishop & Rebecca Goodyear. Buried at Noroton River Cemetery, on the south side of the Post Road, near Brookside Road, Darien, CT.

Stephen Goodyear, father

The first positive knowledge we have of Stephen Goodyear is when his name appears as the forty-second in order in the original list of all the Freemen of New Haven, prepared in 1638. He was also accorded his proportion of land as soon as the town site was laid out. Of his first wife, Mary, tradition says she was a woman of large estates in London, possessing property now famous as Grosvenor Square and surroundings. In 1646, she set out to return to England to visit family and the ship was never heard from again.

In 1648, Deputy Governor Stephen Goodyear married Margaret Lamberton. born 1614. widow of Captain Geo. Lamberton, who was also lost on the ship. Deputy Governor Goodyear went to England in 1658, and died there that year. The news of his death had been received by fall, and his estate was inventoried, Oct. 15, 1658. This inventory is recorded in the New Haven Probate Records, Book I, part I, pages 78 and 79, and is headed, " An inventory of the estate of the Right Worshipful Stephen Goodyear, Esquire, the late Deputie Gouvernour of this Colony." After a long list of household furniture and personal effects, the list of the real estate is given, and after cattle, horses, and other stock are the following items, showing the semi-slavery of the day: "1 man servant, 5 yrs. yet to serve," " 2 boys about 11 yrs., yet to serve." The total value of the estate was i.'804, 19s. lOd. " besides interest in the Iron works, and property at Barbadoes and elsewhere, not known how much, yet to be appraised." This other property must have added materially to the estate, for although in the final settlement there were debts against the estate of £2,403, Mrs. Goodyear received over £300 upon the distribution of the estate.

Early History of Stamford, CT

On July 30, 1630, about 40 Puritans who had recently migrated from England, under leadership of Sir Richard Saltonstall, established a church in Watertown, Massachusetts. They chose Rev. George Phillips from Norfolk County, England, as their first pastor. This Watertown Colony was the first congregation to choose, ordain, and install its own pastor, thus making it the first Congregational Church in this country.

Five years later, in 1635, seven of the Watertown Puritans “removed” to the Connecticut River Valley and gathered as a church in Wethersfield, Connecticut. With this move, the Wethersfield congregation became the second church organized and located in Connecticut (the first being in Windsor, also in 1635), and one of the earliest Congregational churches to be formed in what became the United States of America 141 years later.

The Wethersfield congregation grew, as did the dissension among the members, and after six years, only seven members remained. As a result, four of the seven united with other local planters who were not voting members of the church. Together, these four churchmen, 24 other men (non-Congregationalists), and their families sought a new place to worship and live. The New Haven Colony, at the suggestion of Rev. John Davenport, offered land to these 28 families within the New Haven Colony territory at Rippowams, now Stamford. In the summer of 1641, these families laid the foundations of the First Congregational Church of Stamford. Because the four voting members who separated from Wethersfield constituted the majority of the voting members, they gained the right to take the church records of organization, and thus, the First Congregational Church of Stamford was officially organized six years before the actual founding of Stamford.

John Bishop was the 2nd pastor of this church, serving for over 50 years, from 1644 to 1694.

The Will of Rev. John Bishop as transcribed by Marjorie J. Caskey in "Falling Leaves: A History of the Holmes Family and Allied Lines"
"This 9th Month ye 15 day 94 (16 Nov., 1694) For as much as all are mortall and ought to be all way redy for sudain deth if it So Come, as it doth to many, and lest I should have no Liberty of speech at deathe, as was ye case of my dear wife: I desire this my stand valid & In force as my Last will & testament. I now have use of my understanding, I Comende my Soule Into the hand of God who gavi it; and my body when ded to be decently buryed by those that survive me, & if it may be, to be Laide between ye two Graves of my dear wives, Rebecka and Joana, who are fallen a Sleep in Jesus & Gon to heaven before me. Concerning my dear Children, all of them, This is my Will & Solemn Charge, yt they Labour, all of them, to Get Interest in Christ & be pertakers of his Sactifieing and Saveing Grace in this their day of Grace, which may not Long Last; for I feat yt ye Gospell is Going from New England for the Neglect & Contempt it hath found hear. If then they draw nigh unto God in God's way, take hold of his Covenant, Ingageing themselves in open and visable subjection unto the Lord & his kingdom; & that they Indeavour to walke worth of the Lord in his holy fear all there dayes, keeping allways under the meens of Grace if it may be had, whatsoever it Cost them; that they Carry with reverence & due respects to Christ's Faithfull minesters, being all that is duty for their uphoulding & due Incoragment (apparently a reflection of his difficulties with the local Quakers); That they carry Inoffencively toward all and among themselves, in peac & Love, without any brotherly Strife & Contention, and with mutuall helpfullness ont to another, the Elder takeing care of the younger, and the younger submiting to the Elder, as it meet in the Lord; & that they seeke & observe the advice of their friends In matters Concerning there Estate, that there be no defference upon that account. I shall Endeavour to do things as well as I Can to prevent after trouble, but where the father falls short and cannot forsee what is most Expedient in all points, Let Cheldren Labour to be Content with what is don by there father in his Love to them all. Concerning the deposall of what the Lord hath Given to me, I declare it to be my will that it should be after this manner; Imprimis, I Setle on my Son Steeven all that he hath receaved of mee and my Estate, as house & house hold Goods and Lands, and of which I Gave him Lately, Viz: the Eight Acres beyond Benjemen Greens. I Give him all that my be due to me and my Estate Till my death. I Give him all my Right of Land In y horse pasture and my 200 Acres Granted by the Court & Recorded, he paying what was due to Mr. Brochit, who Layed it oute, as his Letter Shows. Item. I Give to my Son Joseph (parcels of land)...to my son Ebenezer, what was my Right and his Brother Joseph's part in that which was Foodman Potter's Lot (and other land)...to my Daughter Whiteing, as ading to what She hath had tho all to Little, and Sory I can do no more, therty pinds with my (clock?) and all belongings to it, and my Silver Kan, with the Six yards of Black Stufe Sent from Yorke. To Strengthen my Executors to pay the s'd therty pounds to my daughter, I do Give them power to Sell my Land on Long neck. I Constitute my tow Sons, Steven and Joseph, to be Executors of this, my Last will, & desire brother Bell, Brother Ambler & Brother Weed to Assist them in what deficulty Soever my be in any matter, yt there may be no deference nor disagreement among my Children by any meens, as I have Charged them. I Charge my Executors to Se all accounts Cleared and All Just debts paid; to whom I Give all the rest of my Este no otherwise desposedoff, and Invest them with power to Comand and receave whatsoever Shall be due to me..."

The will was signed by John Bishop, with Jonathan Sellick, Sen'r, and John Davenport as witnesses.

Various Letters of Rev. John Bishop

Rev. Bishop was a close friend of Increase Mather, the president of Harvard College from 1685 to 1701 Harvard was established in order "to train preachers in approved Boston Puritan thinking." There exist in the Massachusetts Historical Society several originals of letters written by John Bishop to his friend. One such letter describes a shocking event in Stamford in 1676:

"An horrid murder committed among us, here at Stamford. A brother killing his own dear sister, a very good woman that loved him dearly but was ill requited, killed her with an ax, mauling and mashing her head to many pieces in a barbarous & bloody manner."

The man, Benjamin Tuttle aged twenty-eight at the time, had murdered his sister, Sarah Slason. The case was referred to the court in Hartford, where Benjamin was convicted and sentenced to hang.

During the decade of the 1670s, many prominent families in Stamford suffered loss from illness. In yet another letter, John writes of the rampant sickness of 1676:

"…we have all been down and some of us dangerously sick, but graciously restored. We buried six in one week in our little town; near 20 this spring; about 100 sick at once."

And at the loss of his wife, Rebecca in 1679, John writes:

"It hath pleased Him who is disposer of all, to lay me under bereavement of my dear yoke-fellow, a great breach upon my poor family."

To Increase Mather, Stamford 5 m. 11 d. 1678

"Reverend Sr. & Dear Brother, Yours of 3 mo. 28, '78, I received; and as touching reports you enquire (though in great haste, by reason of the vessels hastening away) I canot but make a short returne. There have been, doubtles things of a prodigious nre. among vs, by which we should be awakened; but it is to (be) bewailed, that the awful workes of God are so variously & uncertainly spoken of; as many times I find that we know not what to beleeve, nor how to be affected as we should with what we heave. ... As touching the Earthquake lately in these parts, I can speak to that as being sensible thereof, & many others in this Town, & other Townes also preceived the same; though more westward of vs it was more preceived, & eastward, lesse. It was on an evening after the Sabbath viz. 12 m 3. 77. Likewise on 4 m. 20, 78, a like noise was heard here by myself & many others, who took it to be an Earthquake, rhater than thunder, considering circumstances, though the terraemocon not so perceptible. On the last day, same month, here was a violent storme of hail in several plantacons, one west & others east of vs, that did much damage as its said, & I do verily beleeve, though I forbear to mention the quantity of that hail & the effects of it, because I canot fully beleeve all thats said of it. At Stamford it was only a storme of wind & rain, & that but short. This 5 m. 6 & 7 dayes, it pleased the Lord, after a great & threatning drought, to send a plentifull, sober & soaking rain, that sweetly refreshed the earth & revived its dying product."

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