Week 12 the prompt is ’12’ so I have chosen to write about a couple of ancestors that are 12 generations up the ladder from me. These two ancestors are the very first immigrant ancestors I studied. They were part of the Great Migration from England to what became America. Their descendants join six generations later to become my 4x great grandparents Reverend Joel Charles Goodell and Elmina Brigham.
Thomas Brigham was born in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in Yorkshire, England in 1603. In 1635 he sailed on the ‘Elizabeth and Ellen’ to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and settled in what became Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1638 he married Mercy Hurd. They had five children.
Robert Goodale/Goodell born in 1601 in Dennington, Suffolk, England, sailed on the ‘Elizabeth’ to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and settled in Salem in 1634 with his wife Kathryn and 3 children. Four more children were born in Salem. No record of any witches for this family.
Both men were planters. Thomas Brigham “made his mark” on the documents granting him land and Robert Goodell signed his name on the documents granting him land. Robert concentrated his efforts on obtaining land as a legacy for his children, gifting then large acreages upon marriage. Although educated Robert was not involved in any part of the governance or development of the communities and towns where he owned land. Thomas Brigham on the other hand settled in at Cambridge where he and his sons and grandsons amassed well over 1000 acres. Thomas served as a ‘selectman,’ and ‘constable’ in Cambridge. Much of the land both Robert and Thomas owned became the home of Harvard University.
The Brigham’s and the Goodell’s become joined 6 generations later when Reverend Joel Charles Goodell and Elmina Brigham marry in 1833 in Cambria, Niagara County, New York. Elmina’s father, Lieut Joel Brigham who served in the War of 1812 when he was 27 years old and his wife, Polly, move with Rev. Joel Goodell and Elmina to Lodi, Ohio about 1834 and Lieut. Joel and Polly Brigham died a few years later. Elmina Brigham Goodell had four children including Lois Emerette Goodell in 1842 before she died in 1843.
Reverand Joel Goodell promptly marries Clarissa Platt and Lois Emerette is sent to Lockport, New York to be raised by relatives because Clarissa, the new wife, apparently did not want the responsibility to raise another woman’s child.
The 1860 census shows Lois Emerette Goodell in Cambria, New York and in 1861 she marries William Totten of Lockport, Niagara County, New York. William and Lois Emerette move to Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, where her brothers live and near her father in Graham, Johnson County, Iowa.
Williams parents James Totten and Mary Adair were immigrants from Ireland and had settled in Cambria, New York. James joined the Union Army in 1862 and dies of disease a few days after the Battle of Bull Run in 1862. He was 44 years old and is buried in the Virginia National Cemetery. In 1861 Milton Totten, Lois Emerette’s brother had joined the Union army and was killed in 1864 at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. One of the “unknown dead” Union soldiers of that fierce battle.
Descendants – Rev. Joel Goodell and Elmina Brigham > Lois Emerette Goodell Totten > Mary Phoebe Totten Brace > Lulu Pearl Brace Hancock Baber > Bernard Hancock