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Stephen Goodyear

  • Birth Nov 1598 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Death May 1658 Ludgate, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 28844665

STEPHEN GOODYEAR (possibly my ancestor) is NOT buried here. He died in England*. However, he has been memorialized in this cemetery (Central Burying Ground in Hamden) and also in the Center Church Burying Ground (the picture on the right is a plaque in place on the back exterior wall of the church.

From Mona Rhone..."On the back of the William B. Goodyear stone is the following inscription:
Stephen Goodyear, a merchant of London, came to New Haven in 1638 (?), was chosen magistrate or Deputy Governor of the Colony and thereafter till his death at London in 1658.
He was the ancestor of all in America who bear his name.
John Goodyear, only son of Stephen, was father of Nathaniel, Theophilus and Andrew.
Andrew Goodyear was the father of Timothy and Titus.
Titus Goodyear was father of Andrew, John and Miles, also of Esther and Sybil.
Andrew Goodyear was father of William, Titus, Miles and Andrew, also of Eliza and Polly."

Stephen Goodyear was a merchant, mariner, and West Indies trader. The son of ZACHARY & SUSANNA (BAXTER) GOODYEAR of London, he immigrated to America and settled in New Haven, Conn. In 1643 he was chosen Deputy Governor of the Colony of New Haven and served for many years (1643 - 58) under Gov. Theophilus Eaton. He owned the vessel, SAINT JOHN, which was licensed to carry 250 passengers from England to the Americas.

He was part of the company called "The Ship Fellowship" of New Haven, which built the Phantom Ship that left New Haven Harbor in January of 1648 for London and was never heard from again. Stephen Goodyear's wife, MARY, was lost on this ship as well as another ancestor, THOMAS GREGSON. In 1658, Stephen Goodyear married Margaret (Lewen) Lamberton, widow of George Lamberton who died on the Phantom Ship.

He was administered the Oath of Fidelity by Gov. Eaton in New Haven Colony on July 1, 1644, and he was commissioner to the United Colonies in Oct. 1646. The first iron works in Connecticut were established in East Haven in 1655 by Stephen Goodyear and continued about 25 years. A fur trading post started in 1642 by my ancestor, CAPT. JOHN WAKEMAN, was continued by Messrs. Goodyear and GILBERT.

In 1643, he had a large estate: 72 1/2 acres in the first division, 14 1/2 acres in the neck, 54 and 1/2 acres in the meadow, and 218 acres in the second division. His farm was located north of New Haven and in the neighborhood of Pine Rock. In 1651 he sold Shelter Island, which he had owned for ten years, for sixteen hundred pounds of goods from the West Indies.

His inventory on October 15, 1658 was valued at 809 pounds, 9 shillings, 10 pence in addition to part of the iron works which was not appraised and some debts at Barbadoes and elsewhere.

*Virkus says that he died at sea on the passage to England.


  • Created by: Nareen, et al
  • Added: 7 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28844665
  • Hunter G. Rauhofer
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stephen Goodyear (Nov 1598–May 1658), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28844665, citing Central Burying Grounds, Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Nareen, et al (contributor 46613568) .