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a. 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: [1] [2] Encyclopedia of Connecticut Biography (Media: Publication: New York and Chicago: The American Historical Society (Inc.), n.d. [3] U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Media: [4] RootsWeb's World Connect Project .. [5] Title: Christou, Rev. Christos Christou, Jr. [6] Title: Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages p. 315 [7] [8] Robert A. & Barbara (Venedam) Pumyea Family Tree... (email: [9] Sharrow, Charron, Sharon, et al ... [10] Manwaring's Abstract of Hartford Wills, volume 1, page 13 ( [11] "Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich", p. 518; auth: Spencer P. Mead ( [12] 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) [13]
Note:   Goodman (John?) Close was born about 1600, County York, (Grinton, Swale
b. 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 is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.