Timothy Baxter Goddard
The Goddard line can be traced back to the 14th century in England. John Goddard (about 1368 to 1451) is Colt’s 16th great-grandfather. For those of you keeping score in the 21st century, that’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great.
What’s also great? Connecting with other members of Ancestry.com to grab great pics like the one above. Timothy Baxter Goddard came to Ohio after the Civil War, when his daughter Esther Bliss Goddard was about 14. It’s a good thing, too, since Esther would go on to marry Franklin Eli Weible a couple years later (she was 17 when first son, Otheo, was born in 1870) and settle with him in Dover, where I guess those of you in the know know how that story developed.
Here’s some more info on her dad, Timothy. This info came from an obituary found tucked in a Bible by one of Esther’s sister’s descendants. It’s transcribed as closely as possible.
Timothy B. Goddard, son of Enoch and Esther Bliss Goddard, was born in Windham, Vermont, November 28, 1823. He departed this life January 17, 1917, aged 93 years, one month and 20 days.
He was the youngest of a family of 11 children, and the last to answer death’s call. His early life was spent on his father’s farm, until 20 years of age when he left for Boston, Mass. where he remained for four years.
On April 19 1848, he was married to Miss Fannie Abbott, and they settled on a farm of his own near South London, Derry, Vermont, where he remained until 1861, when his wife died. In 1863 he was married to Miss Betsy L. Robinson. To his first marriage were born seven children: Fannie A., Lyman B., Esther B., F. A., Laura J., Mary M. and Sarah E. To the second marriage was born three children, Allen T., ??????? and Loni D. But two children of the first marriage and one of the second are living, Frank A., Laura, and Lonia D.
July 8, 1866 Mr. Goddard came to ??? County Ohio and settled on a farm near Amherst, where he resided until November 1867, at which time he came to Defiance county and settled on a farm in Adams Twp., where he lived as a prosperous farmer until April, 1902 when he sold his farm and went to live with his son, Frank, near Brunersburg. In 1906 he came to Defiance where he lived with his daughter Lucia Stutzman, until Jan. 1 1916, when he took up residence with his son Frank, continuing his residence with him until his death.
Mr. Goddard was converted while in Boston, under the ministry of the Rev. Lyman Beecher and united with the Congregational Church. His life was always a consistent one as a Christian. Be it said to his credit that never ////time when his family ??????
As noted in the obituary above, Esther’s mother, Fannie Jane Abbott died before the family moved to Ohio. This was in 1861. She was just 33. Interesting, then, that Colt’s great-grandfather, Robert Ohio Weible, would name his daugther Suzanne Abbott in honor of his mother Esther’s mother, a grandmother he never knew.
Here’s a great pic of Fannie Jane (Abbott) Goddard: