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Capt. Thomas Goddard

Marriage of Ensign Thomas Goddard and Mary Mullins, 3 Apr 1740, Dingle par records, Co.Kerry.

Capt. Thomas Goddard,
bapt July 1711, North Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Grew up North Tidworth, Wiltshire, where his father was Rector 1708 to 1731.
His mother died 1727.
His father died 1731.
He became an officer in the British Army.
He joined the "Earl of Rothes' Regiment". This was the Regiment commanded 1732-45 by John Leslie, 10th Earl of Rothes, also referred to as the "Edinburgh regiment". It was later numbered as the 25th Regiment of Foot, and later re-named the King's Own Scottish Borderers.
The Regiment had been sent to Gibraltar in Apr 1727 to defend against the 1727 Siege of Gibraltar by the Spanish. ([Maxwell, 1918] is wrong to say this is 1732.)
The Regiment stayed in Gibraltar until 1736. It had a long-standing administrative HQ in Ireland. Goddard may have served in Gibraltar.

Comes to Ireland, 1736:
In 1736, the privates of his Regiment were drafted for use elsewhere (in founding the new colony of Georgia in America). The officers of the Regiment went to HQ in Ireland to raise more men.
This would be how he came from England to Ireland and ultimately met his wife and had Irish descendants.
Though his uncles Richard Goddard and Henry Goddard had gone to Ireland back in 1704-06. Richard had died, but Henry had stayed and lived in Co.Cork and had family in Ireland. This may ultimately be why Capt. Thomas came to Ireland.

He is listed as an Ensign in the Edinburgh regiment in 1739 [Maxwell, 1918].
At marriage 1740 [Dingle par records] he is listed as an Ensign in the Earl of Rothes' Regiment.
He mar 1740, Dingle, Co.Kerry, to Mary Mullins [born est c.1720, descendant of Edward III].
He stayed in the Army.

Regiment history (maybe not relevant):
His Regiment sailed in 1740 to the West Indies as part of the British-Spanish war (the "War of Jenkins' Ear").
[Maxwell, 1918] gives the detailed history and travels of the Regiment after 1740. But first we must establish if Goddard definitely stayed with the same Regiment.

He is listed as Lieutenant, of Dingle, at his infant son's burial at Dingle in Dec 1744.
At some point he became Captain.
Letter of 1806 (from his 1st cousin Henry Goddard) says: "I remember Tom, at my Father's house in Youghale" (Youghal, Co.Cork).

Death, 1756-57:
His will is dated 21 Aug 1756, says he is "now lying sick and weak in the City of Dublin".
He died Dublin, Aug 1756 to May 1757, age 45 yrs.
He was bur 1757 at St. Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin.
His will pr 2 May 1757.
Mary fl 1757.
Capt. Thomas and Mary had issue:

  1. Louisa Goddard, born est c.1742,
    [LDS IGI, unsourced] says born 1743,
    NOT Margaret,
    see notes in [Fuller, 1868],
    mar 1765 to Rev. John Blennerhassett and had issue.

  2. Thomas Goddard,
    died as an infant,
    bur 18 December 1744 ("xbr" is abbreviation for December, NOT 18 Oct) [Dingle CoI par records].

The 1736 orders that meant Goddard came from England to Ireland.
From p.195 of [Maxwell, 1918].

Thomas Goddard listed as an Ensign in the Edinburgh regiment in 1739.
Colonel is John Leslie, 10th Earl of Rothes.
From p.196 of [Maxwell, 1918].

Burial of the infant Thomas Goddard, 18 December 1744, Dingle par records, Co.Kerry.

St. Ann's Church, Dawson St, on 1797 map of Dublin.
See area on 1798 map.
See modern street view.

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