Stephen Goodyear
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Stephen Goodyear (bef. 1598 - 1658)

Stephen Goodyear aka Goodyere Goodyeare
Born before in St Gregory By St Paul, London, England,map
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1648 in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in London, Englandmap
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Stephen Goodyear } immigrated to New England between 1621 and 1640 and later departed for London, England

Stephen Goodyear, Deputy Governor of the New Haven Colony and Commissioner for the United Colonies.[1]

You can read a sketch of his contributions to New Haven Here on page 40.


Stephen was christened on 26 November, 1598 at Saint Gregory by Saint Paul, London, England.[2] He was a son of Zachary Goodyear and Susanna Baxter.[3]

"Stephen Goodier son of Zacharie Goodier," was bound apprentice 14 Aug 1614 for seven years to Ralph Bowlton of the Merchant Tailors' Company, and admitted to the freedom of the Company 12 Nov 1621.[4]


Stephen married first Mary _____, about 1625 in England. She was lost at sea in 1646 on Lamberton's "Phantom" ship,[5] which contained goods to be sold in England and about 70 passengers.

Stephen married, about 1648, in New Haven, Margaret (Lewen) who was the widow of George Lamberton, also lost when his ship disappeared.[5]

Life in London

Before he emigrated, Stephen was a goldsmith in London, England.[6]


Stephen Goodyear, signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement, but he was not in Mr. Newman's barn 4 June 1639, when the first 63 men signed. His name is first on the list of the following 43 signers.[7] Other evidence points to his later arrival. His daughter Sarah was baptized and buried in England Nov. 1639, granted he could have left his wife home. He was first appointed a Deputy to the Court May 1641[8] and his son was baptized Aug 1641.[1] Further a Mr. Goodyear was licensed 26 Jan 1640 to carry 250 passengers to New England in the St. John of London.[5]

New Haven

Stephen by the nature of his position in New Haven Colony is amply represented in the early colony records.

He was chosen a Deputy May 1641, and one of the two Magistrates (with Mr. Eaton) 27 Oct 1641 and 26 Oct 1642. 6 Apr 1643 he was a member of the advisory committee consulting with the New Haven Commissioners of the United Colonies. On an early rates list he had 9 heads in his family and an estate of £1000. He became the Deputy-Governor of New Haven Colony 26 Oct 1643 and remained in that office until he died. He was the Town auditor 22 Oct 1645; and one of six commissioners (17 June 1650) to set the boundaries between New Haven and MIlford.[5]

Stephen Goodyear was given permission to brew beer for the town of New Haven, 1 Feb 1647. He was a merchant and a ship owner. He bought Shelter Island from Mr. Farrett 18 May 1641, and 10 years later, 9 June 1651, sold it for £1600 of merchantable sugar. He owned 5/8 of the ship Swallow with Edward Stanton. 1655-1657 he had an interest in the Iron Works at Stony River. The Colony of New Haven proposed to create a settlement at Delaware Bay. 10 Mar 1651, Stephen was part of the committee. He said in 1655 that he would be interested in settling there himself. The venture to Delaware Bay never materialized.[5]


27 May 1658 Goodyear returned to London, England, after June 30, 1657, and died there.[9]
Inventory taken on 15 Oct 1658[10]
Parish register at St. Martin Ludgate, London: Buried in 1658 May 7 Stephen Goodyer, Marchant Taylor.[4]


Stephen had ten children with his first wife, Mary:

  1. Rebecca, b. abt. 1626; m. Rev. John Bishop of Stamford, Connecticut[5]
  2. Stephen, bur'd. 25 Feb. 1627/8[11]
  3. Mary, bapt. 22 Jan. 1629/30;[11] m. Capt. Thomas Lake of Boston[11]
  4. Stephen, bapt. 2 June 1631;[11] d. young[11]
  5. Thomas, bapt. 3 Jan. 1632/3;[11] d. young[11]
  6. Andrew, bapt. 3 Apr. 1634;[11] bur'd. 8 Sept. 1635[11]
  7. Hannah, b. abt. 1637; m. (1) 29 Oct. 1656 Rev. Samuel Wakeman of Fairfield, Connecticut; m. (2) Nathaniel Burr
  8. Sarah, bapt. 12 Nov. 1639;[11] bur'd. 14 Nov. 1639[11]
  9. Stephen, bapt. at New Haven, Aug. 1641 d.s.p[1]
  10. Lydia, bapt. at New Haven, June 1645;[1] d. 29 Sept 1700; m. Capt. John Watts of Boston

Stephen had three children with his second wife.

  1. Andrew, bapt. 8 April 1649[1]
  2. John, b. 8 March 1650/1; bapt. in 1651; d. abt. Nov 1702; m. 26 June 1683 Abigail Gibbard, daughter of William and Anna (Tapp) Gibbard[1]
  3. Esther, b. 12 May 1654; bapt. May 1654; d. 9 Feb 1690/1; m. 10 Aug. 1682 Nathan Smith[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
  2. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, index, FamilySearch (accessed 26 Apr 2014), Stephen Goodyere, 26 Nov 1598; citing SAINT GREGORY BY SAINT PAUL,LONDON,LONDON,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 375028.
  3. Beers Josephine W., and Prindle, Paul W., The English Ancestry of Stephen Goodyear, Deputy Governor of the New Haven Colony(Vol 57, Pg 2) The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .) accessed online April 26. 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hinman, Barry E. "The Burial of Stephen Goodyear 7 May 1658. New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Jacobus, Donald Lines. "Deputy-Governor Stephan Goodyear of New Haven, Reverend John Bishop of Stamford, and the Lake and Watts Families of Boston." The American Genealogist 16:193 (1940).
  6. Sir Edward Lake's Interviews with Charles I, Camden Society Miscellany volume 4, 1859 - introduction p.ix
  7. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 18
  8. Source: #Hoadley1 p. 51
  9. #S-89 Page 36
  10. #S-89 Page 36
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Extracts from English Parish Registers. St. Mary Woolnoth, London. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 61:189 (1907)
  • S-23 The American Genealogist. New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)
  • S-2000430122 Title: English Origins of New England Families, Vol. I Repository: #R-2053623813
  • S-34 Title: London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812. London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts, London.Images produced by permission of the City of London Repository: #R-2066702049
  • S-88 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009. Repository: #R-2066702049
  • S-89 Genealogy of the Goodyear family. San Francisco: Cubery, 1899. Open Library

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I don't think we have an explanation of why he returned to London. I don't think he intended to stay. His wife returned and died in New Haven. p. 39 deals with his death. If you want to add something appropriate to the section on his death, please do so.
posted by Anne B
It is said that Stephen died in London, England but signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement and had at least one child in America. Since he owned a ship this is possible but some explanation would be very desirable.
posted by Theodore Palmer
Children fixed except Denise does not belong left message on profile
posted by Anne B
Goodyear-123 and Goodyear-196 appear to represent the same person because: Birth about same time in England. Both married Mary. Daughter Rebecca was born at same time and married same person. Please read bio for Stephen and merge. Thanks.
posted by Vic Watt