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My 12th great-grandmother arrived in Massachusetts Colony before 1632, and joined the church in Charlestown with her well respected husband. Her unusual first name is often misspelled in records, but it is an old English name.
Note: From “The Great Migration Begins…”: :’Goodith’ was a distinct given name, not to be confused with ‘Judith’, and not to be interpreted as ‘Goodwife,’ as has been done. “The Winthrop Society shows Goodith’s birth as circa 1585 and death as before 1632.
Judith Gillman was also known as Goodith Gillman. She was born in 1594 at Bermondsey, London, England. On 22 April 1606 at St. Olive, Southwork, Surrey, England, Judith married William Learned. Judith Gillman and William Learned were admitted to the church on 6 December 1632 at Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Judith Gillman died on Friday, 24 June 1661 at Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 67 years.
[S466] Ancestral File. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 1994. [S14] Wyman, Thomas Bellows. The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1818. 1879. Reprint Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1982.
WILLIAM LEARNED d. Woburn, MA 1 Mar 1646, m. GOODITH GILMAN, d. 24 Jan 1661.
William Learned came from Bermondsey, Surrey, England and settled at Charlestown in the Massachusetts Bay in or before 1632, possibly in 1630 with the Winthrop fleet. He and his wife Judith were admitted to the First Church of Charlestown on Dec. 6, 1632, their names being the first two on the list of members. “1632, 10 mo., day 6, William Learned and Goodeth, his wife, were admitted”, being the first admissions after the separation from the Boston Church. He became a freeman on May 14, 1634 and a Selectman on Feb. 13, 1635-6. On March 2, 1637 he was chosen one of four to divide, for stinting, the common land, and on Feb. 12, 1637-8 he and Mr. Greene were appointed to settle the wages of the school-master. On April 26, 1638 William Learned and five others were on a committee “to consider of some things tending toward a body of laws”
William was a subscriber to the town orders for Woburn, drawn up at Charlestown Dec. 18, 1640. In 1641 William moved to Woburn where he was one of the seven original members of the church on August 14, 1642. He was chosen constable April 13, 1643 and Selectman of Woburn in 1643 and 1645. These offices were only given to trusted and respected men.
Goodith Gillman (1592 – 1661)
is my 12th great grandmother
Sarah Learned (1604 – 1652)
daughter of Goodith Gillman
Mary Ewer (1637 – 1693)
daughter of Sarah Learned
Mehitable Jenkins (1655 – 1684)
daughter of Mary Ewer
Isaac Hamblin (1676 – 1710)
son of Mehitable Jenkins
Eleazer Hamblin (1699 – 1771)
son of Isaac Hamblin
Sarah Hamblin (1721 – 1814)
daughter of Eleazer Hamblin
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Sarah Hamblin
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
wow.. this is pretty interesting. I like how your personal history criss-crosses the Atlantic.
I love when I recognise the places in the UK pam.
I am also a descendent of William Learned and Goodith Gilman. My grandfather is LeRoy Learned of Newport RI. I was wondering where Goodith Gilmans grave is located…I would like to go there with my husband some day. I have since moved to NYC but I visit my parents who live in MA still frequently. If you have anymore information please let me know, my grandfather is getting old and I am trying to gather some information for him for a christmas present.
I will look into her file in Ancestry and see what else I find.
I am also a descendent of William Learned and Goodith Gilman. My grandfather is LeRoy Learned of Newport RI. I was wondering where Goodith is buried, I am trying to get a family history together for my grandfather who is 92 years old. Any information would be helpful.
Emma Learned Hall
Cool. It looks like she is buried in the family plot. I will look to see what else I have. Thanks.
Here is more on the life of William
BIRTH William was born circa 1581 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England, as based upon his date of marriage. DEATH & BURIAL He died in Woburn, Middlesex co., MA on 1 March 1645/6; he was 64[2,3].
MIGRATION & RESIDENCE William and his family migrated to New England by 1630, where he was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA that year[3,6,7]. “William Learned and Goodith his wife” were admitted to the church at Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA on 6d:10m(December):1632[1,6]. He made Freeman there on 14 May 1634[1,4]. William and his family remained in Charlestown for roughly a decade — he is on the lists of Charlestown residents of 9 January 1633/4 and January 1635/6[3,8]. Then, they removed to Woburn, Middlesex co., MA in 1640.
In Charlestown, William acquired and divested a great deal of real estate. In 1635, he was allotted two shares of hayground, which was subsequently increased to three[1,12], and he surrendered 5 acres on the Mystic Side[1,11].
On 13 January 1636/7 the Charlestown selectmen “agreed to allow Goodman Learned a portion of marsh by his house agreed upon by Goodman Richeson & Goodman W[illia]m Baker for his haylot by Mr. Gibbon’s which he yieldeth up to the town”[1,17].
In 1637, he had a 10-acre lot (number 7 on the Mystic Side), and another 5 acres of land on the Mystic Side[1,13]. In addition, “W[illia]m Lernett” had 3.75 cow commons that year[1,14]. In the Mystic Side allotments of 23 April 1638 he received portions of 15, 40 and 5 acres[1,15].
Thus, in the 1638 Charlestown Book Of Possessions, “William Lernett” had 7 parcels of land: three acres of arable land and meadow, along with a dwelling house next to the “Olde Meeting House”; four acres arable land in the East Field; 3.75 cow commons; two acres of meadow in the Mystic Marshes; five acres of woods in the Mystic Field; fifteen acres of woods in the Mystic Field next to the Common; and forty acres of land in the Rock Field[6,9,10]. The 3.75 cow commons were further noted in an inventory of 20 December 1638[1,16].
TOWN SERVICE & EDUCATION William signed the petition on 10 February 1634/5 which established the office of the Selectman in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA[3,20]. He himself served as Selectman in 1636[1,19]. On 26 April 1638, William was named to the Charlestown committee “to consider of some things tending towards a body of laws &c”. Anderson uses this as evidence of his higher education level[1,18].
LEGAL MENTION On 16 November 1637 “Will[iam] Larnet acknowledged his fault in subscribing the seditious writing [in favor of Rev. John Wheelwright], & desiring his name to [be] crossed out, it was yielded his, & crossed”[3,5]. The case of the Reverend John Wheelwright involved the Antinomian movement of the 1630s in the Boston Area. Bucking church authority was a part of Wheelwright’s nature, it would seem. Whilst a preacher in England, he was censured for non-conformity for his embrasure of Puritan sentiments. After arriving in Boston, Suffolk co., MA in 1636, he was soon suspected of following the Antinomian tenets proposed by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Anne Hutchinson. Thus, he was censured again, this time by the Puritan government under Governor John Winthrop after delivering a sermon at Mount Wollaston (now Quincy), Norfolk co., MA, disfranchised and banished. Unlike most Antinomian banishees, he went north to Maine instead of south to Rhode Island. Ever the contrarian… Wheelwright was forgiven in the 1650s when the hysteria over Antinomianism wore off.
MARRIAGE #1 On 22 April 1606 when William was 25, he first married Goodith GILMAN, in St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, England[2,3,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36]. Goodith died sometime after 1632 in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA. It is worth noting that “Goodith” is neither a corruption of “Goodwife” nor “Judith”, as has been proposed in several books, but her given name in its own right.
MARRIAGE #2 After 1632 when William was 51, he second married Jane [surname not known], in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA[2,22,37,38]. This marriage is also in the Malden, Middlesex co., MA vital records (they lived in the section of that town which later became Woburn, Middlesex co., MA) with the bride’s name given as “Sarah”. This name change stayed with her, either as a chronic mistake or as a preferred name of hers, for when Jane died on 24 January 1660/1 in Woburn, Middlesex co., MA[3,39,40] she was listed as “Sarah [sic] Learned widow”. In March of 1660/1, the “inventory of the estate of the widow Jane Learned deceased in Malden” was taken. Administration was granted to Ralph Shepard on 2 April 1661[3,39,40].
Love your site. Goodith was married at St Olave’s Church. Find a Grave has her birth date as 1581 (which record indicates the 1594 date?). She is my 9th GGm through Elizabeth Learned.
Thanks very much for contacting me Cousin. I would love to visit that grave