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Sarah (Polley) Goff (abt. 1665 - 1718)

Sarah Goff formerly Polley aka Polly
Born about in Woburn, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 29 Sep 1686 in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 18 Jan 2022
02:24: Chase Ashley removed John Polley (abt.1617-1689) as father of Sarah (Polley) Goff (abt.1665-1718). [Thank Chase for this]
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Biography

This profile is part of the Goff Name Study.

Sarah Polley was born in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay. Her parents were George Polly and Elizabeth Winn. Sarah Polley of Woburn married Anthony Goff on 29 September 1686, in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Sarah Goff passed away in (or about?) 1727, in Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Sarah’s husband Anthony Goffe was born in 1656 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts. His parents may have been Lawerence Goff (1626 – 1727) and Sarah Carpenter (1666 – 1686) Anthony first married in England Anna Carpenter. Anthony died Feb 1726 in Barrington, Bristol, Rhode Island.

Anthony may have been a brother of John Goffe who came to America in 1662/63 “with two brothers whose names have not been identified.” John was presumed to be the son of General William Goffe, regicide, who fled to America in 1660 to escape beheading by King Charles II for his participation on Oliver Cromwell’s Army which executed King Charles I. General William Goffe was one of the judges who condemned him. However, this tale could be another example of the familiar three-brothers-came-to-America legend.

In 1667, an Anthony Goffe was accused of stealing pipestaves in Exeter, New Hampshire (Genealogical Dictionary of New Hampshire). In the same reference, a James Goffe’s death is recorded in 1685. James was an agent for Samson Sheafe, lived in “Lovering House” and married Elizabeth ( ). Perhaps he and Anthony were the two brothers of John.

Anthony and Sarah moved from Billerica, Massachusetts to Woburn, Massachusetts by 1687. They were in Barrington/Swansea before 1694: “At a meeting of the commissioned officer of Bristol regiment held at Bristol August 8, 1694, Anthony Goff was convicted of being impressed into their majesties service in the present expedition against the common enemy, and neglected to attend the same he was sent to the common gaol according to law,” (Letter to Clarence B. Pierce from James M. Cushman citing an “old manuscript book”).

“In the year 1706, Anthony Goff of Swansea was a witness in court; Anthony’s sons dropped the use of the final “e” on Goffe, changing the name to Goff.

Children of Sarah and Anthony:

i. Joseph Goff b. 1 Nov 1687 Woburn, Middlesex, MA; d. young

ii. James Goff b. 3 June 1689 Woburn; d. young

iii. Robert Goff (1691 – 1763) m1. 17 March 1718 Swansea, MA to Mary Gladding; m2. Elizabeth A Horton; m3. 8 May 1733 to Anna Horton

iv. Samuel Goff (1694 – 1771) m. Rachel Toogood; In 1715, Samuel Goff was accused of being the father of a bastard child born of Elizabeth Sabin of Rehoboth, and Anthony Goffe was bondsman for the appearance of Samuel in court to answer the charge.” “In 1727 Samuel Goff was appointed guardian of James and Hezekiah Goff, sons over 14 years of Anthony Goff deceased, of Barrington.” (Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records 5:356)

v. Richard Goff b. about 1695 Woburn, MA ; d. 28 Apr 1743 Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA; m. 19 July 1722 Rehoboth, MA to Martha Toogood

vi. Anne Goff (1706 –

vii. Rebecca Goff (1708 –

viii. James Goff b. before 1713; m. 27 Dec 1773 Rehoboth, MA to Mary Ormsbee.

ix. .John Goff m. Sarah Pulle

x. Hezekiah Goff (1712 – 1786) m. Bethiah Morris 31 Oct 1743 Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut

xi. Anthony Goffe Jr. was born at Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He married at Swansea Elizabeth Watts. They may have lived at Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut; at some point, an Antony Goffe was among the 45 persons who “gave bonds, drew lots and were admitted proprietors of Ashford,” on or after 5 March 1718. (Larned, Ellen D., History of Windham County, Connecticut, p. 223) In the 1730s they were “warned out” of Bristol. Anthony was a shipwright. Their three sons all served in the American Revolution.[9]

Birth

Name: Sarah Polly
Father: George Polley
Mother: Elizabeth Winn
Birth Date: 1670
City: Woburn
County: Middlesex
State: MA[10]

Marriage

Name: Sarah Polly
Parents: George Polley, Elizabeth Winn
Birth Place: Middlesex, Woburn, MA
Birth Date: 1670
Marriage Place: Billerica, MA
Marriage Date: 29 Sep 1686
Death Place: Barrington, Bristol, RI
Death Date: 1727[11][12][13][14]

Death

Name: Sarah Polly
Death Date: 1727
City: Barrington
County: Bristol
State: RI
Country: USA[15][16][17]
Elizabeth Wynn ~ North America Family Histories; Cleveland Genealogies page 2422.
One merged profile said: Sarah was born in 1670. She passed away in 1718.
This profile is part of the Goff Name Study.

Sarah Polley of Woburn married Anthony Goff on 29 September 1686, in Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[18]

Sources

  1. https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LDHP-261
  2. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~streeter/goff.pdf
  3. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/637823/person/1851151790/facts
  4. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/6080221/person/-1349308244/facts
  5. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Billerica, Vol. 1, page 301; POLLEY, Sarah of Wooburn, and Anthony Goff, Sept. 29, 1686.* M.R.
  6. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~streeter/goff.pdf?cj=1&sid=725X668088X80c8454d93419b3d9ea904661ea522d9&netid=cj&o_xid=0003662453&o_lid=0003662453&o_sch=Affiliate+External
  7. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/637823/person/1851151790/facts
  8. https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/6080221/person/-1349308244/facts
  9. https://minerdescent.com/2010/07/22/george-polley/
  10. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5769&h=3558620&ssrc=pt&tid=637823&pid=1851151790&usePUB=true
  11. Source number: 24043.003; Source type: Pedigree chart; Number of Pages: 5
  12. See: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Polly-324
  13. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPZV-7LXQ : 31 October 2019), Anthony Goff and Sarah Polley, 29 Sep 1686; citing Marriage, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Boston; FHL microfilm 007009675.
  14. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8979-SSZ9?i=90&cc=2061550
  15. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5771&h=2076267&ssrc=pt&tid=65786870&pid=30141080852&usePUB=true
  16. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHXN-GJT : 17 January 2020), Sarah Gofe in entry for Joseph Gofe, 1687.
  17. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-8979-HYKD?i=172
  18. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Billerica, Vol. 1, page 301; POLLEY, Sarah of Wooburn, and Anthony Goff, Sept. 29, 1686.* M.R.
  • Source: S0000 Title: Import from Barmast10b.GED Author: Steven Henry Barcomb Data Changed: Date: 1 APR 2008 Time: 20:19:15
  • Source: S0125 Title: Woburn Vital Records, 1640-1873 v3 p213. Data Changed: Date: 1 APR 2008 Time: 20:19:15
  • https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LDHP-261?1=1&spouse=MMK2-W15
  • Sarah Goffe in entry for James Goffe, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sarah Polly - Government record: birth: 2 June 1650; Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

Acknowledgments

  • Thank you to Minna Kayser Kayser for creating WikiTree profile Polley-93 through the import of c4ul4n_093333wc4r6w3154u0g65f.ged on Apr 20, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Minna Kayser and others.




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Polly-81 and Polley-93 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband. There are three profiles for her, by my count. I think Polly-81 has the best data, but Polley is the better LNAB, so I choose that for the merge destination. I do not know who her parents were, but I do not believe that John Polley-6 was her father.
posted by Ellen Smith
Polley-261 and Polley-93 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband. There are three profiles for her. As I indicated on a note on Polley-261, I do not think she was a daughter of John Polley-6. Polley seems to be the better LNAB.
posted by Ellen Smith
Conflation Alert: Two girls named Sarah Polley have both been assigned the birth date of 2 June 1650. Polley-41 has parents John Polley and Susanna (Bacon) Polley in the data section, and Polley-261 has parents John Polley VI and mother unknown. The text of the Polley-41 profile has two sets of parents in the text: (1) John Polley and Susanna Bacon and (2) John and Rebecca Polley. One Sarah Polley married Benjamin Sabin as his first wife, apparently in 1668; and the other married Sarah Goff in 1684.
posted on Polley-261 (merged) by Ellen Smith
Based my admittedly limited review of the evidence, I believe that the Sarah Polley who married Anthony Goff cannot be the child of John Polley who was born in 1650. The Sarah who married Anthony was of Woburn (not Roxbury); she married in 1686; and she had children in years after that. Meanwhile, John Polley had a daughter baptized with the name Sarah in 1678, strong evidence that his daughter Sarah born in 1650 had died (this is consistent with other evidence that the Sarah Polley who married Benjamin Sabin died by 1678), so the daughter born in 1650 could not have married in 1686.

Can we disconnect John Polley-6 as father for the Sarah who married Anthony Goff? That should make it easier to deal with the three profiles for her...

posted on Polley-261 (merged) by Ellen Smith
Polly-81 and Polly-398 appear to represent the same person because: Added 398 by mistake due to spelling error
posted on Polly-81 (merged) by Rick DeWolf
Polly-324 and Polly-81 appear to represent the same person because: Same person
posted on Polly-81 (merged) by Ron Gragg (Ret.)