Robert Goddard

Author: julie goddard
Date published: 06/04/2022

Grave 32A

Norman Goddard
IARO Norman Goddard of Cold Ash Farm

Who died April 20th 1895 aged 51 years

"In life beloved in death lamented"

Grave in L826
IARO Robert Goddard died June 4th 1870 aged 24 years

"Leaving sorrow here below. Exchanging earth for heaven"

In the same grave
ILMO Ann Goddard

late of Cold Ash Farm

who died March 27 1881 aged 63 years

Born Ann Povey, she was the second wife of Simon Goddard (1792-1872) and married him at Thatcham 7 February 1843. Mother of Norman and Robert.

A Farming Family
Norman Goddard (who was christened William Norman) came from a long line of local farmers. His father was Simon Goddard (1792-1872) by his second wife Ann Povey, from another local family. Norman farmed at Cold Ash, but his family tree can be traced back through various documents to Johannis (John) son of Johannis baptised at Welford on 18 January 1563. A thorough examination of Manorial Court deeds could trace the family even further back to the well established Goddard farming family of Bucklebury. John's grandson Simon was born in 1630 and started a long line with that first name.

Norman did not marry. His brother Henry died aged 8 in 1856. His brother Robert perhaps was not strong enough for working on a farm and worked as a draper's assistant at a shop in Newbury before dying aged 24 probably of TB in 1870. His sister Alice Georgiana, born 1850 appears to have died before Norman made his will because he left everything to his surviving sister Elizabeth who was married to William Bebbington. With such a long association with the Newbury area and so many descendants of the original Johannis Goddard remain in the area. There are several about whom more is known. Ann kept a Berlin Wool shop at 80 Northbrook Street in 1861 & 1871 censuses. John Charles born 1831 left farming and became a master baker. His bride's wedding dress has been given to Newbury Museum.


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