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Rev. Thomas Goddard

Holy Trinity Church, North Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Rev. Thomas Goddard was Rector here 1708 to 1731.
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Rev. Thomas Goddard (see here),
born 1674.
He was educ St Mary Hall, Oxford, and Magdalen College, Oxford. BA 1692.

Rector of North Wraxall, Wiltshire, 1697 to 1708:
Rector of North Wraxall, Wiltshire (see map). Appointed 7 Oct 1697, succeeding Rev. John Beale.
He mar 30 Sept 1700, North Wraxall, to Ann Beale [or Anne, born 9 Nov 1680, dau of Rev. John Beale].
Rev. Thomas got MA from Oxford in 1705.
Canon of Windsor 1707-1731.
He was appointed 26 May 1707 to the 5th stall in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Resigned from North Wraxall 19 May 1708.

Rector of North Tidworth, Wiltshire, 1708 to 1731:
Rector of North Tidworth, Wiltshire (see map) from 1708 to death 1731.
See "Epistle to Mr. Goddard", a poem addressed to him by William King in 1710.
Rector of St Benet Fink, London, 1725.
Ann died 27 Nov 1727, age 47 yrs.

See his will dated 14 Apr 1731.
He died 10 May 1731, or 12 May, age 57 yrs.
Probate 28 May 1731. Probate book has date "vigesimo octavo die mensis maii" (twenty eighth day of the month of May).
Though transcript thought will proved Aug 1731. (Might be a mis-reading of "octavo" as "eighth month".)
Rev. Thomas and Ann had issue:

  1. Thomas Goddard,
    died young, there is another Thomas,
    bur 17 Oct 1702, North Wraxall.

  2. John Goddard,
    died young, there is another John,
    bur 1 Sept 1704, North Wraxall.

  3. Thomas Goddard,
    died young, there is another Thomas,
    bur 1 Apr 1705, North Wraxall.

  4. Thomas Goddard, born must be 1705,
    died young, there is another Thomas,
    died 19 Sept 1710,
    age meant to be 6 yrs, but must be born after Apr 1705, prob. age 5 yrs,
    bur in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

  5. John Goddard,
    mentioned in father's will of 1731.

  6. Capt. Thomas Goddard,
    bapt 19 (or possibly 15) July 1711, North Tidworth, Wiltshire,
    he was the 4th child called Thomas.
    He is mentioned in father's will of 1731.
    No Thomas is listed among the sons in GODDARD in [Burkes LG, 1838].
    However we know a Thomas existed from his baptism and his father's will.
    We are reliant on Fuller for the information that our Capt. Thomas Goddard is the same as the Thomas Goddard, son of Rev. Thomas Goddard. More work could be done to prove this.

  7. Henry Goddard,
    born 20 Nov 1712,
    bapt 27 Nov 1712, North Tidworth,
    mentioned in father's will of 1731,
    had issue:

    1. General Thomas Goddard,
      famed for actions in First Anglo-Maratha War (1775-1782),
      died 1783,
      buried at Eltham, near London.

The family of Rev. Thomas Goddard, as listed in GODDARD in [Burkes LG, 1838].

Arms of Goddard and Beale.
From the arms of the 32 ancestral lines of James Franklin Fuller, made out in 1909 by the Dublin Office of Arms.
Courtesy of Teresa Stokes.
(Left) See full size.
(Right) See full size.

The will of Rev. Thomas Goddard, 1731.
Mentions his sons John, Thomas and Henry.

"Rev. Mr. Goddard, Rector of Tidworth" is listed on p.xix as a subscriber to Twenty-four Sermons by Leonard Twells, 1743.
Would look like Rev. Thomas Goddard but he died 1731. This is unexplained.
Clergy of North Tidworth does not show any other Rev. Goddard.


Canon of Windsor

Rev. Thomas Goddard in 1707-31 was Canon of the 5th stall (out of 12 Canons' stalls) in the choir of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Picture of 1818. See full size. From here.


"Epistle to Mr. Goddard" (1710)


"Epistle to Mr. Goddard".
A poem addressed to Rev. Thomas Goddard by the poet William King in 1710.
This is in the chapter on William King in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets by Samuel Johnson (1779-81).
Above is from p.305 of vol.9 of 1810 edn.

The notes in the 1810 edn.

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