Still searching for the parents of William Goodridge born either 1 June 1820 or 1 Feb 1820 allegedly in Salem, MA. Of course he is not listed there!
He married Clarissa Endicott Mayhew in 1838 or 1839 and have 3 kids all of this is in the VR of Danvers,MA. My grand dad is William Newell or Newton Goodridge b. 1843. Clarissa died young in Feb.1845 and he married Jane Andrews Dawson 3 July 1845.They had many children the last named Wesley Goodridge born in 1854. Then he disappears and ends up having a huge family with Abby Ann Nichols b 1837in MA. Jefferson Nichols & Eunice Waymouth are her parents. Abby's 1st child is born in 1856 and Wm & Abby are found in near Roseville at Pleasant Pt, Warren Co, IL under the name of SMITH. Strange that I connected to the Smith family researcher but no one has found his lineage.
The family legend is that his father was a strict and harsh sea captain & 1/2 owner of a many masted ship. Wm Goodridge supposedly was a cabin boy from the age of 10 in 1830.
Do you know how to find the ship owners and or captains that sailed out of Salem or Danversport from 1830-1840?
Please help if you have ideas. Bargd@comcast.net is my current email address. Thanks,
Barbara A Goodridge
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