[revised 4 August 2013]
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Our knowledge of John Good's birth is scanty and derived from
secondary sources. In a settlement document dated 1792, it is
that he was born in Thorncombe
which is a parish in the northwest corner of Dorset. Even today
a small parish of only 5200 acres with a population of about 700,
of whom live in the village and the remainder in surrounding
and farms. We have not yet located a christening record for John.
We have no knowledge of Joan Good, other than her name and the fact that she is the mother of at least the latter four children listed below.
Our knowledge of the family of John and Joan Good comes from a
variety of records and is summarized in the table below
Children of John Good and Joan ?
|Name||Date of birth
||Date of christening||Marriage Information||Date of Death||Place of Death|
||4 March 1784||n/a||buried 12 Jun 1786||Barnstaple|
||4 March 1784|
|10 February 1788||Susan Petherbridge, 1808||after 1861||probably Bedminster, Somerset|
|10 February 1788||Elizabeth Brown, 1808
Priscilla Long, 1849
|26 November 1871||South Norwood, Kent|
 christenings were at the Cross Street Chapel in Barnstaple,
dates of birth were not indicated.
 Devon parish registers.
 Parish Records, Stoke Dameral, Devon, England
 Registry Office, Portsmouth, England, certificate of marriage.
 Census of England, 1851
 Parish Records
 Birth dates were not recorded on the christening records.
 Death registration
 Settlement Examinations (see below)
The Christening Records:
"March 4 1784 Baptized Moses & Sarah Son and Daughter of John & Joan Good"
"Feb 10 1788 Baptized Abraham & Moses Sons of John & Joan Good"
While not explicite in the christening records, we learn
settlement examinations 3054A/PO 8 1783
1799 that Abraham and Moses are twins. The
reads as follows:
"John Good, weaver, born in Thorncombe; also his wife Joan and
children Martha aged 13, Sarah aged 7, Moses and Abraham aged 4
From this we learn of the older daughter Martha, confirm that
is a weaver and, at this time before census records, learn the
composition of the family in 1792. That Moses and Abraham are
leads one to wonder if they were identical twins and also to
Sarah and the first Moses were twins.
The Lives of John and Joan
We know that our John Good was a weaver by trade, as attested to in the settlement examinations and further supported by the declaration on his son Moses' second marriage registration.
Of some interest is the religion of the Goods. They have christened their children in the Independent church and have given them all biblical names. This would indicate that they were caught up in the religious fervor which swept England in the period from about 1750 to 1900 and during which many non-conforming Christian sects sprang into being. At the same time the use of these old testament first names for the children has led to a belief by many fourth generation descendents that the family was Jewish. As discussed in the notes on Moses Good this seems highly improbable -- and, although the belief persists, we have no evidence as yet of any Jewish affiliations of John and Joan or any of their descendents.In the early 1800s there was great concern in England that Napoleon might try to invade. Throughout the country militias were organized to protect the country against this eventuality. In the
|Piece: HO107/294/0 Place:
Blandford Town -Dorset Enumeration District: 1
Civil Parish: Blandford Forum Ecclesiastical Parish: Pimperne
Folio: 4 Page: 3
|Surname||First name(s)||Sex||Age||Occupation||Where Born||Remarks|
There are no other GOOD baptisms in this time period. If these are our John and Joan it would imply a birthdate for John around 1750 or earlier. This would not be consistent with the 1803 militia role and 1841 census records which seem to be in accord. On the other hand this seems to be the only tie of John to Thorncombe per the settlement examination
- 20-Oct-1767; Mary GOOD daughter of John & Joan GOOD
- 18-Jun-1770; Joseph GOOD son of John & Joan GOOD
 we need to trace John and Joan to determine their vital
statistics and ancestry
 trace Sarah Good's life -- is she the Sarah Good that married a Salmon in Portsmouth in
 see if there are any tradesmen lists of the 1788 era in Barnstaple which might mention John Good.
 The IGI of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
 'Joan of Colorado' who emailed me the details of the burial of the first Moses
 Kim Barrett of Australia, a John Good descendant who discovered and reported to me on John Good, as noted above.
 Margaret of the Dorset OPC for a lookup on Thorncombe marriage.
 Kim Parker of the Dorset OPC for her transcriptions of the baptism Registers of Throncombe
modified 7 May 2009
last modified 4 August 2013