m. 21 Sep 1588
Facts and Events
It is unknown where Richard was at the time his father made his will in 1625 since the father did not know if he was living or the names of his two children. Davis speculates he was in Ireland since he had an Irish servant Cornelius Conner. John Goodale's will states "To Richard Goodall, my eldest son by my first wife, if now living, £6 a year for life, on condition that if I die before I have surrendered my copyholds he shall do all necessary acts, otherwise this legacy to be void; also he is not to part with the said annuity. In default of payment he is to have power to distrain on my lands at Ormesby and Scroutby until it is paid. Further I give him £10 when he is 35 years of age...To Richard Goodall my son's two children, 40s. each at 21". Richard did not come to America in 1637 on the Mary Ann, as some state. His step-mother's daughter Susan, her husband Abraham Toppan, two children, and a maidservant did come on the Mary Ann. It is possible that Richard, & his step-mother intended to accompany this voyage, but were delayed by a lawsuit. In 1637, Elizabeth Goodale, the widow of John Goodale, and his son Richard Goodale were defendants in a Chancery suit brought against them by Henry Searles, son and heir to John Searles who had been a legatee in and witness to the will of John Goodale. However, they must have followed soon thereafter for by 1638. Richard Goodale had settled in Newbury where the Abraham Toppans were living. His step-mother & her daughter Elizabeth also settled in Newbury before 1640. Most likely, they all came together in 1638 to Newbury from Great Yarmouth after the lawsuit was concluded. Soon after his arrival, Richard moved to Salisbury, or Colchester as it was then called, where he was an original grantee in 1639, 1643, and 1654. He is called planter and turner. He was a member of the Norfolk grand jury in 1652 and 1654. Tradition says that he was a great hunter. He made his will on 7 June 1666 which was proved on 9 Oct 1666. He left all his goods, housings, lands, orchards, pastures, meadow, either marsh or upland, plow land and any other land and cattle he left to be equally divided between his son Richard Goodell and his daughter ______ Allen, with some exceptions. To his granddaughter _______ Hubberd, a cow named Primrose. To Cornelius Conner, formerly his servant, all his wearing apparel, both linen and woolen. Executor: his son Richard. Overseers: loving brethren (in the church sense) Edward French, John Wheelright, Joseph Stower.
From the inventory it appears that Goodale had let his house to Joseph Lancaster and gone to live with his daughter Ann Allen. There was due to her husband, William Allen, payment for "diet and attendance", at 10s. a week from the 3rd of May to the 16th of September 1666. Also there was an uncertain amount due to the estate from the lessee of "the barq." With the aid of the overseers the property was divided between Richard Goodale the younger and William Allen on 4 December 1666. [Source of above: Davis, Mass. & Maine Families, Vol. 2, pp. 35-36.]
Codicil to the will 8 Sept 1666, inventory taken 4 Oct 1666 [ Brown, Early Settlers, NEHGR 8:82]