Note: dale) England. ("Goodman", "Goodwomen", and "Goody" were titles of respect used in the 1600's.) He was a yeoman (farmer) by occupation. He was a member of the Congregationalist [Puritan] Church. He married Elizabeth (Maiden name unknown) about 1632, and they had a total of five children, all born in England (apparently, however, some sources say one or more children were born in Connecticut.) --- Hannah CLOSE b: 1632 in Grinton Parish, Co York, England --- John (Jr?) CLOSE b: 1634 in Grinton Parish-Swaledale, Co York, England (Greenwich city records show that John Close, Jr married Abigail [prob Hardy] and died there 14 Jul 1699.) --- Thomas (Sr.) CLOSE b: about 1636 in Grinton Parish-Swaledale, Co York, England --- Joesph CLOSE b: Between 1638 and 1640 in Grinton Parish-Swaledale, Co York, England --- Mary CLOSE b: 1642 in Grinton Parish-Swaledale, Co York, England NOTE: Some sources have differing numbers of children listed, and widely differing places and dates of birth. The family emigrated to America in about 1642 (various sources claim 1638-1646), and finally settled in Fairfield, Connecticut. The name Goodman Close is mentioned in the will of William Frost of Fairfield, CT, dated 6 Jan 1644. Goodman Close probably died at Fairfield about 1652/53 (some sources say 1642), and his will names his surviving widow, Elizabeth, and their children: Hannah, Thomas, Joseph, and Mary. (Elizabeth later married George Stuckey, and had one child, Elizabeth Stuckey.) NOTE: The surname "Close" probably derives from the Saxon word "cloughes", meaning cliff or valley. Close is a common name in agricultural districts of North Yorkshire, where a close or cloughes can be any piece of ground enclosed with hedge or wall. (The word cloister has the same root.) SOURCES:  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3212080&id=I634420461  Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography (Media: Ancestry.com) Publication: New York and Chicago: The American Historical Society (Inc.), n.d.  U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Media: Ancestry.com)  RootsWeb's World Connect Project .. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=m-magers&id=I10789  Title: Christou, Rev. Christos Christou, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org  Title: Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages p. 315  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=marciamary&id=I78567  Robert A. & Barbara (Venedam) Pumyea Family Tree... http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=pumyea&id=I00163 (email: email@example.com)  Sharrow, Charron, Sharon, et al ... http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=craigsharrow&id=I276193  Manwaring's Abstract of Hartford Wills, volume 1, page 13 (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:805900&id=I332)  "Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich", p. 518; auth: Spencer P. Mead (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:805900&id=I332)  Church Records, Catholic Church. St. Mary's (Rexville, New York) Microfilm of Original records at St. Joseph's Rectory, Wayland, NY Text in Latin and some English. (Date: 26 Dec 2001)  http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=workman_family&id=I00180
Note: Goodman (John?) Close was born about 1600, County York, (Grinton, Swale
Note: # ID: I565601358 # Name: (John) Goodman Thomas Joseph CLOSE # Given Name: (John) Goodman Thomas Joseph # Surname: Close # Sex: M # Birth: Abt 1600 in County York, (Grinton, Swaledale) England # Death: 1652/1653 in Fairfield, Ct # Change Date: 16 Jun 2001 # Note: Event: Comment 1 1646 Came to America Marriage 1 Elizabeth H UNKNOWN b: Abt 1606 * Married: 1631/1633 in England * Note: _UID6A6BDED48F367641B809D5D6778C16C24A51 Children 1. Has Children Mary CLOSE b: 12 Apr 1650 in England 2. Has No Children Hannah CLOSE b: Abt 1632 in England 3. Has No Children Joseph CLOSE b: Abt 1634 in England 4. Has No Children Thomas CLOSE b: Abt 1637 in England 5. Has No Children John CLOSE b: 1642 in England
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