Note: !Reverend John Goodsell (Yale College, 1724) was the youngest son of Thomas Goodsell, first of the name in America. He was born in East Haven, a parish of New Haven, Connecticut on December 21, 1706. His mother, Sarah Hemingway, was an elder sister of the Reverend Jacob Hemingway, the earliest student of Yale College, and the earliest minister of East Haven. He studied theology, and was ordained, May 18, 1726, pastor of the church gathered on that day in the northwest parish of Fairfield, Connecticut, later known as Greenfield; he was at that time a member of the Church in Stratford, and had been preaching in Greenfield for some months. He continued in this office for thirty years, until oppressed by sickness and infirmity, which occasioned his dismission by the Fairfield West Consociation, April 20, 1756; he had been for a few years partially insane, and the Consociation declared themselves "of opinion that his disorders have of late returned upon him to such a degree, as to render him incapable of performing the duties of his office." He still resided in Greenfield, where he died December 26, 1763, at the age of 57 years. The inventory of his estate amounted to about 600 Pounds. He married, July 20, 1725, Mary, daughter of Captain James Lewis, of Stratford, Connecticut. She was born May 18, 1706, and died December 11, 1769. They were blessed with fourteen or fifteen children, but only six sons survived their father.
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