Goodson, Lockhart and Allied Families



Father: Meeker, Benjamin
Mother: Clark, Phebe


Father: Horton, Azariah W Rev
Mother: Foster, Eunice


a prominent resident of Fordwick

exert from:

It has long been believed by family historians that Ann, the wife of John Woodruff, the Immigrant, was formerly Ann Gosmer, daughter of John Gosmer. John Gosmer had no male heirs, and it was his intention to leave a portion of his wealth to his nephew Richard Gosmer, to carry on the Gosmer name and fortune. However, Richard died as a child, once again leaving him without male heir. An arrangement was made with John and Ann (his daughter)
upon the birth of their second son, that Gosmer should adopt the older boy, that he would go by the name Gosmer, and would inherit his fortune. Gosmer's will dated July 29, 1659 gives to 'my adopted sonne who hath lived with me from a child, all my goods and chattills, house and lands.' To this his wife, Elizabeth, consented, because, after all, it was her grandson as well as Gosmer's.

With this arrangement in mind, John and Ann named their 2nd son John Woodruff, and thereafter he was designated as John, the younger. However, for some unknown reason, John (Jr.) did not assume the name of Gosmer, but
continued with his own surname,Woodruff. he was 22 at the time of his grandfather's death and soon after disposed of considerable property in Southampton.


John Woodruffe's will named 'my only son, John', to whom he made legacies and left the residue of his estate to his wife Elizabeth. The later then married Mr. John Gosmer, a prominent resident of Fordwick

William (Woodruff) WOODROFFE

William's birth two years before reported marriage


By Francis E. Woodruff, _Woodruffs of New Jersey_:

"....during its life time Fordwich, now freed from the restrictions imposed by the Abbot of St. Augustine, was encouraged to rebuild its Cort Hall, and the unpretentious little building of timber and plaster, on the banks of the Stour, remains to-day in much the same condition, both outwardly and inwardly, as when it was completed in 1555. William took an active part in municipal affairs, and became a Jurat. From his generally signing the minutes of the Court, he apparently presided, perhaps as senior Jurat, in the frequent absences of the Mayor. He was also a 'Key Keeper of the Town Chest', a very honorable office conferred upon 'the two best men of the Liberty'.

The 'Chest' was for the safe custody of deeds and other important records, fees being charged for the service. There  is little further mention of him in the annals other than the entry in the Fordwich muster roll of 1573 that 'Willyam Wodruf the elder wt his men Robert Woodrufe and Edward Parker wt his furniture' is credited with 'one calyver furny shed one almon rivett furny shed'. (The caliver was a handgun that wasf ired from the shoulder, the heavier musket of the day requiring a rest)."


Fact 1: Yeoman (freeholder & owner of small amount of property.
Fact 2: Of Saxon blood

Thomas (Woodruff) WOODROVE

Question dates: mother's would have been 52 years at Thomas' birth.


Per Delwood Jackson:

"In 1508, at the end of King Henry VII's reign, Thomas Woodrove was the first Woodruff name to appear on the records of Fordwich, in Kent, England. Fordwich (Forewic) was a quaint little town on the banks of the river Stour, below the city of Canterbury, of which long ago, it was the port.

Now an inland village, Fordwich was a customs station, whose commercial importance declined as silt built up in the river. Thomas Woodrove was a trusted envoy of the town and later a Jurat (judge or legislator) involved in the distribution of the possessions of the St. Augustine monastery."

Per "History of Fordwich-The Ancient Port of Canterbury" at

"In Roman times and up to the Middle Ages, Thanet was an Island, separated from Kent by a channel some miles wide called the Wantsum. an arm of the sea came as far as Canterbury and was navigable as far as Fordwich. Thus Fordwich become the port of Canterbury, very important as water was the only
practical means of transport for goods at the time. Fordwich was described in the Doomsday Book as 'Small Burgh', one of only seven boroughs in Kent. It became self-governing from the eleventh century and received a Merchant Gild Charter from Henry II in 1184. The Mayor was elected in the Church together with twelve Jurats and other officers, on the first Monday after the Feast of St. Andrew, should he refuse the office when elected, the Mayor was fined, or else had his house pulled down to the ground by the populace. The first know Mayor was John Maynard in 1292 and the town remained incorporated until 1886, when the Town property was passed into the hands of the body of Trustees. Fordwich became a corporate limb of the Cinque Port of Sandwich in about 1050, before the Norman conquest, and as such helped to provide ships and men to fight for the Crown as required. In return the Town was allowed self government and freed from many national taxes. Later, the provision of ships was changed to the payment of money, and Fordwich still to this day pays its 'Ship Money' of fort old pence (40d) to its Head Port of Sandwich at a ceremony held annually in the Guildhall."

Sir Richard (Woodruff) WODEROVE

Sir Richard, Knight of Woolley

Sir Richard (Woodruff) WODEROVE

Sir Richard, Knight of Woolley

John (Woodruff) WODEROVE

This was John, of Woolley, Yorkshire. In His will dated 1497, he states that he wishes to be buried at Normanton at the feet of his mother. He and his wife Elizabeth were buried in the Chapel at Wolley and are represented in figures on the windows, on one a man in armor with the Arms of Woodruff on his breast and on another a woman with the Arms of Hammerton. On another window,
inscriptions to their son Sir Richard Woderove.


Elizabeth , of Wooley, Yorkshire