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Goodwin and Allied Families

Source: E.C. Finley, “Goodwin and Allied Families,” Americana 21[1927]:317.


Arms — Gules, a fess chequy or and azure.

Crest — A lion’s head erased.

MottoSapere aude. (Dare to be wise.)

The WITHINGTON and BRYANT families trace their relationship through the marriage of Josiah BRYANT, the fifth in descent from Abraham BRYANT, the immigrant, with Sally WITHINGTON, daughter of Edward and Eunice (TUCKER) WITHINGTON. Edward WITHINGTON was the sixth generation in descent from Henry WITHINGTON, the immigrant ancestor of the WITHINGTON family. The genealogy of the WITHINGTON family is a most interesting one.

I. Elder Henry WITHINGTON, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1558. He settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he became prominent in religious affairs. There is a tablet to his memory, which contains the following: “Elder WITHINGTON was a man that excelled in wisdom, meekness and goodness.”

II. Richard WITHINGTON, the son of Elder Henry WITHINGTON, was born in England, in 1618, and came with his father to America. He took the Freeman’s oath in 1640; became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1646; and was ordained a deacon in 1669. He married Elizabeth ELIOT, a niece of John ELIOT, the noted “Apostle to the Indians.” (See ELIOT III.) She was born at Nasing, England, in 1627, and died in 1714, at the age of eighty-seven years.

III. John WITHINGTON, the son of Richard and Elizabeth (ELIOT) WITHINGTON, was born July 1, 1649, and died in 1690. He leaned towards military life, and became captain of a Dorchester (Massachusetts) Company in PHIPP’s mad expedition to Canada in 1690, from which he never returned. One account says that he and most of his company were supposed to have been lost at sea.

IV. Samuel WITHINGTON, son of John WITHINGTON, was born in 1684, and died in 1726. He married Abigail PIERCE. (See PIERCE IV.) …

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