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Margaret (Leachland) Van Goodenhausen (aft. 1604 - aft. 1654)

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Margaret Van Goodenhausen formerly Leachland aka Turner
Born after in Bridgewater, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died after [location unknown]
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Margaret was born to Roger and Margaret (Jones) Leachland who were married Feb. 1604/5 in Bridgewater, Somerset, England.[1]

She died after 31 Aug. 1654, when she was named in her mother's will as wife of Turner.[1]

Disputed Spouse

There are many claims that Margaret Leachland, daughter of Roger, was the wife of Nathaniel Turner and subsequently to Samuel VanGoodenhausen.

Donald Lines Jacobus a very careful genealogist, who was an expert on New Haven says: "Nathaniel Turner, d 1646 (On Lamberton's ship) ...; m. __________, who m. (2) Samuel Van Goodenhousen,"[2].by 1649, when he was called by the court to give security for the portions of his wife's children.[3]

The New Haven town and colony records give her the term of respect "Mrs." and never refer to her by her first name.

More recently, Robert Charles Anderson also referred to the wife of Nathaniel Turner as _______.[4]

Unfortunately, at least one publication of the National Society Colonial Dames has accepted and published Margaret Leachland as Nathaniel's wife.[5]

Margaret Leachland, most certainly married a man named Turner, since she is called Turner in her mother's will dated in 1654. There is no indication in this will that Margaret was anywhere but England. She had been married to VanGoodenhausen for over 5 years. Certainly in that time, she would have let her mother know that she remarried. In addition, Turner and his wife did not name any children Margaret, after her mother, or Roger, after her father. Nor is there any indication that Nathaniel came from Somerset.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Genealogical Research in England." New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 82:65. (1928)
  2. 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. p. 1866
  3. Hoadley, Charles J. Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to 1649. Vol. I. Hartford, Case, Tiffany & Company (printers), 1857.
  4. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).
  5. Hutton, Mary Louise Marshal. Seventeenth century colonial ancestors of members of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII century, 1915-1975. p. 258

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On 7 Jun 2017 at 01:42 GMT Anne B wrote:

I will be disconnecting Margaret Leachland as wife of Nathaniel Turner and mother of his children. See the arguments and G2G discussion why she is not his wife. Objections?

On 10 Nov 2016 at 03:00 GMT Marty (Lenover) Acks wrote:

Leachland-18 and Leachland-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, spouse, Different birth locations though. One is unsourced gedcom import has same as place of birth. The other is better sourced bio. use the target profile information

On 4 Mar 2016 at 23:31 GMT Vincent Piazza wrote:

Did they pop-over to England for their wedding?  :D

On 17 Aug 2015 at 21:54 GMT Steven Mix wrote:

Leachland-6 and Leachland-3 appear to represent the same person because: This is the oldest maternal ancestor in this chain in need of a merge. No tree conflicts. Thanks!

On 17 Aug 2015 at 19:38 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Leachland-9 and Leachland-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same husband, same child

Margaret is 17 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 17 degrees from Jeanie Roberts, 12 degrees from Myles Standish and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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