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Unknown (UNKNOWN) Vangoodenhausen (abt. 1605 - bef. 1662)

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Mrs Unknown "Margaret" Vangoodenhausen formerly [surname unknown] aka Turner, Goodenhouse
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Disputed Origins

There are claims that the wife of Nathaniel Turner was Margaret Leachland, daughter of Roger Leachland and his wife Margaret (Jones) Leachland.

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,"[1].by 1649, when he was called by the court to give security for the portions of his wife's children.[2]

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 _______.[3]

Unfortunately, at least one publication of the National Society Colonial Dames has accepted and published Margaret Leachland as Nathaniel's wife.[4]

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 (Leachland) Turner was anywhere but England. Mrs. Nathaniel Turner had been married to VanGoodenhausen for over 5 years at the time. Certainly in that time, she would have let her mother know that she remarried and was now Mrs. VanGoodenhausen. In addition, Nathaniel Turner and his wife did not name any children Margaret, after Margaret Leachland's mother, or Roger, after her father. Nor is there any indication that Nathaniel came from Somerset.


Mrs. Turner was the wife of Capt. Nathaniel Turner and later the wife of Samuel Goodenhouse or VanGoodenhausen. Although she is mentioned in the New Haven Colony records, she is never called anything but Mrs of Mris, the highest term of respect, for women, in Colonial times. Her maiden name and origins remain unknown and are likely to do so. Her birth has been estimated using the estimated birth of her first child.

Mrs. Turner and Captain Nathaniel Turner, along with some of their older children, immigrated to New England in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet.[5] They settled first at Lynn Massachusetts, where he served in many offices, including Captain of Lynn's military company.

About midnight the 10th of January 1637, an oven caught fire and their house, on Sagamore Hill in Lynn, burned. Fortunately the inhabitants escaped.[6] Two other items occured in 1637, that shaped the family's destiny. Troops from Massachusetts, marched against the Pequot Indians, giving the men a chance to look at the country that would later become the coast of Connecticut.[6] John Davenport and his followers landed in Massachusetts. They chose Nathaniel to be their military leader and he and his family moved to Quinnipiac (later New Haven Colony) in the spring of 1638.[7]

Less than 10 years later, Jan 1646, Nathaniel was lost at sea on Lamberton's ship.[8]

No longer married Mrs. Turner became responsible for her own life.

  • 2 Feb 1646 John Meggs informed the court that Mrs. Turner's cattle had damanged his Hay (about 4 loads). Mr. Gilbert said he had seen them there three times and William Wooden told the court that 3 times he took the cattle out. Mrs. Turner’s reply was that the cattle got in through some down fence, & that dry cattle had been in the meadow 100 at a time. James Till said that he also saw other cattle there. It was determined that 4 loads were destroyed and Mrs Turner was sentenced to pay for 3 loads or 30s equivalent to it.[9]
  • 3 Aug 1647 Mrs. Turners man was absent from watch one night. Mrs. Turner explained that she had 2 oxen that were hurt and in danger of dying. Attending to the oxen, the watch was neglected, which satisfied the court. [9]
  • 2 Nov 1647 Mr. Pery passeth over to Mrs Turner 14 acres and a half of meadow.[9]

7 Dec 1647 Mrs Turner delivered to the court an inventory of the estate of her deceased husband, Mr. Nathaniel Turner. It was read, delivered and was to be recorded. The inventory was taken 3 Dec 1647 by Francis Newman and Richard Miles, and was valued at £457.7.3. He was owed about £20and owed about £48. Also that day, she and Mr Pery chose Mr. Gibbard and Francis Newman to hear and end a difference they had about paying pease for the 14 acres of meadow she bought.[9]

Mrs. Turner believed that her husband left everything at her disposal. “Rebecka Turner saith, that when her father was to goe awaye, her mother dissiered hime to make a will, but hee answered that hee would make no will, but he judged her faithfull and had found her faithfull, therfore left all to her and wished her to bee good to the chilldren, and wished the chilldren to beare wittness.” Abigail Turner testified the same.[9]

Mrs. Turner was assigned, in 1646, to the 3rd row of middle seats in the meeting house. The women with higher status sat in these seats.[9] Later on as Mris. Goodanhouse, she would be in the first place in this pew[10]

By 1649, Mrs. Turner remarried and became Mrs Vangoodenhaus or as seen in the records Mrs. Goodenhouse. February 1649 Mr. Goodenhouse was called to give security for the portions of his wife’s children, which he’d been asked to do several times. This was given at the next court 5 March 1649 for the four children who had not yet received their portion viz Nathaniel, Isack, Abigail and Hannah Turner.[10] The estate took some years to settle and it was not until Jan 1661 after the death of her oldest child Nathaniel, that it was finally settled.[10]

Mrs. VanGoodenhausen died by 11 Nov 1662, on which date her husband remarried.[11]


  1. Mary Turner, m. Thomas Yale[8]
  2. Nathaniel Turner, died without issue before 1662.[8]
  3. Rebecca Turner, m. 1649 Thomas Mix[8]
  4. Abigail Turner, m 1651 John Hudson[8]
  5. Hannah Turner, bpt. 17 Nov 1639; m. Samuel Hopkins[8]
  6. Isaac Turner, bpt 7 Jun 1640; m. Mary Todd[8]


  1. 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
  2. Hoadley, Charles J. Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven from 1638 to 1649. Vol. I. Hartford, Case, Tiffany & Company (printers), 1857.
  3. 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).
  4. Hutton, Mary Louise Marshal. Seventeenth century colonial ancestors of members of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII century, 1915-1975. p. 258
  5. Banks Planters of the Commonwealth
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lewis, Alonzo. The History of Lynn. J. H. Eastburn, 1829. p. 61
  7. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut Meriden, Connecticut: 1902
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 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.p. 1866
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. hay damage p 293; Seats p 303; absent man p 322; land 334; Nathaniel's inventory pp 336/7
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol 1. New Haven Town Records 1649-1662. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1917. Seats p. 272; Mr Goodenhouse security pp 3, 15; 1661 p. 509;
  11. Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917 p. 17

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