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Rachel (Davis) Goddard (1672 - 1740)

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Rachel Goddard formerly Davis
Born in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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Wife of — married 28 Jan 1695 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Rachel Davis was born on at Roxbury, Massachusetts on August 16, 1672, the daughter of William Davis and his third wife Jane Adams, [1] and was baptized on May 18, 1673. [2] [3]

Rachel married Josiah Goddard, son of William and Elizabeth (Miles) Goddard [3] on January 28, 1695/6 at Watertown, Massachusetts. [4] Josiah Goddard was born about 1672. [5] and died December 19, 1720 at Watertown. [4]

Josiah Goddard, yeoman of Watertown, wrote his will on December 29, 1719. In it he names: [6]

  • wife Rachel
  • sons Ebenezer, Josiah and William Goddard
  • daughter Rachel, wife of Obadiah Coolidge
  • daughters Jane and Elizabeth Goddard [6]
1725: December 10: The Selectman sent Deacon William Brown and Mr. Thomas Larned/Learned to Mrs. Rachel Goddard to: agree with Her to board and take care of James Gipson for One yeare next Comeing yet not exceeding 5s pr Weeke . [4]
1727: March 24: Obadiah Coolidge, son in law to Rachel Goddard, declared to the Selectman that he was unable to support his family. [4]
1727: April 27: Selectman ordered that: Mr. Obadiah Coollidges Wife & Children and household goods be forthwith Removed To the Dwelling houfe of the Widow Rachel Goddard of said Town, their to Continue under the care of the sd Widdow Goddard & her son Ebenezer until further Order from the Selectmen. [4]
1727: May 11: As Mr. Coolidge had not complied with the preceeding orders, the Selectman ordered Mr. Ebenezer Goddard to carry them out, at which time he removed the wife, children and goods of Obadiah Coolidge to his mothers house. ([4]

Widow Rachel Goddard died April 23, 1740. [4]


  1. Ebenezer, born October 30, 1696; married Abigail White February 19, 1739/40. [4]
  2. Rachel, born April 18, 1699; baptized April 30, 1699; married Obadiah Coolidge of Newton on July 24, 1717. [4]
  3. Josiah, born July 12, 1701; baptized July 13, 1701; while of Newton, married Mary Bigelow October 15, 1730. [4] [7]
  4. Jaen, born April 14, 1706; [4] died young. [8]
  5. Samuel born ___; died January 26, 1709/10. [4]
  6. Jean, born June 10, 1710. [4]
  7. Samuel, born May 28, 1712; died December 7, 1713. [4]
  8. Elizebeth, born April 8, 1714: married Joshua Learned, February 17, 1730/1 [4]

Research notes

Roxbury Births

DAVIS, Rachell [Davies. C.R.1.], d. William, Aug. 26, 1672.

Watertown Marriages

Josiah Goddard & Rachel Davice were joyned in marriage 28: Janr: 1695/6. (p. 4)
Watertown Births/Baptisms
Goddard, Ebenezer, s. Josiah and Rachel (Davis), born Oct. 30, 1696. (p. 8)
Goddard, Elizebeth, d. Josiah and Rachel (Davis), born Apr. 8, 1714. (p. 52)
Goddard, Jaen, d. Josiah and Rachell (Davis), born Apr. 14, 1706. (p. 32)
Goddard, Jean, d. Josiah and Rachel (Davis), born June 10, 1710. (p. 42)
Goddard, Josiah, s. Josiah and Rachel (Davis), born July 12, 1701. (p. 18)
Goddard, Josiah s. of Josiah Goddard, baptized July 13, 1701. (p. 133)
Goddard,Rachel, d. Josiah and Rachel (Davis), born Apr. 18, 1699. (p. 13)
Goddard,Rachel daughter of Josiah Goddard he owning ye Covt., April 30, 1699. (bp.)
Goddard,Samuel born ___; died Jan. 26, 1709-10. (p. 39)
Goddard,Samuel, s. Josiah and Rachael (Davis), born May 28, 1712 (p. 46).

Watertown Deaths

Rachal Goddard (Relict, widow of Josiah Goddard) Deceased April ye 23rd 1740. (p. 118)
The widow Rachal Goddard Deceased the 23 day of April 1740. (p. 115)
Mr. Josiah Goddard Deced the 19th of November, 1720. (p. 68)
Goddard, Samuell, s. Josiah and Rachel, deceased Jan. 26, 1709-10. (p. 39)
Goddard, Samuel, s. Josiah and Rachel, Dec. 7, 1713. (p. 50)


  1. Vital Records Of Roxbury Massachusetts To The End Of The Year 1849, Published By The Essex Institute Salem, Massachusetts, 1925
  2. Davis, George Lucien. Samuel Davis, of Oxford, Mass., and Joseph Davis, of Dudley, Mass., and Their Descendants By George Lucien Davis 1884, p. 1-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 53, 1899, New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1899, p. 242
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Watertown Records: The third book of town proceedings, and the second book of births, marriages and deaths to the end of 1737; also plan and register of burials in Arlington street burying ground, Historical Society, Press of Fred Barker, Watertown, 1900, p. 4: 68; 324-5: 341-3:
  5. Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-century Colonists: The Descent from the Later Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry III, Edward I, and Edward III, of Emigrants from England and Wales to the North American Colonies Before 1701, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts1999, p. 155
  6. 6.0 6.1 Case 9252: p. 1-4: Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized images provided by
  7. Howe, Gideon Biglelow. Genealogy of the Bigelow family of America from the marriage in 1642 of John Biglo and Mary Warren to the year 1890, Press of C. Hamilton, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1890, p. 38
  8. Bond, Henry & Horatio Gates Jones. 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, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts,1860, p. 238

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On 30 Jul 2019 at 10:28 GMT Ken Parman wrote:

Davis-16493 and Davis-4072 appear to represent the same person because: Same child name, no other information. Believe these two to be duplicates.

Rachel is 15 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 8 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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