James Goode and Sarah Peck

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Parents:      Samuel  Goode and Hannah Nicholson Not related        John Peck and Elizabeth Cragg

James Goode (m Sarah Peck 1804 Parson's Drove Cambridgeshire)
Sarah Peck  (b 1781, d 1828 Tydd St Giles)
     Charlotte Goode (b 1805 Parsons Drove, d 1833 Tydd St Giles Wisbech)
     Mary Ann Goode (b 1807 Elm Cambridgeshire, d 1869)
     Martha Goode (b 1810 Wisbech St Mary Cambridgeshire, m James Smalley 1830 Newton, d 1881 N Fitzroy Vic) 
           Thomas Henry Smalley (b 1851 At sea SS Constance, m Emily Marshall 1876 West Melb, Vic, d 1839 Ballarat Vic)
                 Herbert Oscar Smalley (b1878 Brunswick, Vic, m Annie Tippett 1908 North Fitzror, Vic, d  1960  Preston Vic)
     John Goode (b 1812 Wisbech, m Lucy Bute 1831 Tydd St Giles, d 1869 Geelong Vic)
     James Goode (b 1813 Wisbech, m Delilah Scarfe  abt 1834, d 1847 Manitoba Canada)
     Isaac Goode (b 1814 Wisbech, d 1847 Wisbech)
     Susannah Goode (b 1816 Wisbech, d 1871 Cambridgeshire)
     Thomas Goode (b 1818 Wisbech, d 1876 Cambridgeshire)

Goode family background was farming, agricultural labour. John and Lucy arrived in Melbourne 1849
James Junior went to Manitoba Canada (Elaine Proctor is a descendant). Elaine has
    Thomas b 1818, d 1826 Wisbech,
    Isaac b 1814, d 1814 Cold Harbor, Cambridgeshire

We had Martha's parents as James and Martha Goode. This is apparently stated on her death certificate, which I have not seen. But a christening for Martha 8 Oct 1810 at Wisbeach gives Sarah as the mother and ties in pretty conclusively with Martha's 1851 Census return.

Ruth Chancellor supplied the following list of possible children of our James and Sarah):
           Charlotte bap. 1805 christened Parson Drove (parents James Goode and Sarah Peck, who married 1804 Parsons Drove)
           Mary Ann bap 1807 Elm, Cambridgeshire
           Martha bapt 8 Oct 1810 Wisbech St Mary
           John bapt 1812 Wisbech St Mary
           James bapt 1813 Wisbech St Mary
           Isaac bapt 1814 Wisbech St Mary d. 1814 aged 2 mos Cold Harbour.
           Susannah bap 1816 Wisbech St Mary md. Charles MARRIOTT (some info online in Martin Edwards' tree)
           Thomas  born around 1818 d. 1826 aged 8.
            (Our John and a Charlotte, James  and Mary all married in Tydd St Giles
(This far back it is hard to be sure, as there are no census returns to help.)

I had a letter from Betty Trease in 1996 that ties in with the above  picture. She commented that she was not completely sure that John was Martha's brother. As a caution, she points to another Martha Goode baptised 1813 Tydd St Giles Parents William and Jane, who died at eight weeks. A lot of these events don't seem to be in LDS when I look online. Another indication that this is a very lowlying area is that the church at Newton is the church of "Newton in the Isle".

James Goode the son.  b 1813

    James also migrated in search of better prospects. An email from Lloyd Good gives a Canadian Branch to the family
    James Goode .. was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company to come to Canada to work on an experimental Farm in the province of Manitoba. The HBC have a wonderful archive and I was able to find this from them.
     According to these records, HBC's Governor and Committee sought to establish a farm in the Red River Settlement in order to provide tallow, wool hemp and flax for the English market. In the spring of 1836, a letter was sent to Governor George Simpson, detailing these plans and explaining that a Captain George Marcus Carey had been hired to head the endeavour. He was to be accompanied by "12 to 15 English Farm Servants" as well as the families of these men. On 5 June 1836, Cpt. Carey and 12 labourers (along with their families) began a voyage on the Prince Rupert IV (Captain J.C. Grave). They arrived at York Factory on 2 October.
    The Search File contains a list of the men who were hired to work at the Experimental Farm-James Goode is among those listed.  According to some of the correspondence, James Goode came from the Parish of Tidd, St. Giles, in the Country of Cambridge and Isle of Ely. He signed a five-year contract with the HBC that is dated 22 Feb 1836 and affixed with a cross (in place of a signature).  The records show that he brought along with him his wife Delilah (Dalilah) and their son George.  They also mention that James Goode and his family were among the 7 families who chose to remain at Red River after the Experimental Farm was abandoned in 1841.

In addition, the Search File contains information from the Register of Baptisms, Red River Settlement, 1820-1841.  According to the Register, James and Dalilah had at least two more children while at Red River: a daughter, Sarah Ann, and a son, Joseph William. They were both baptised on 28 January 1838.
    It is possible that my James Goode was a sibling to Sarah. the baptismal of 1813 at Wisbech is certainly in the ball park.  The naming conventions follow as well for James and Delilah's children, James, John, Sarah Ann, Mary Ann etc.

In 2012 a query came in from Elaine who is a direct descendant of James Good and Delilah Scarfe

1841 Census

We can find John and family in Tydd St Giles (Fengate), all born in the county
John Goode 30 Farmer, Lucy  30, Thomas 9, Mary 8, James 5, John 4

2021 Update after emails from Austin Brown (Descendant of John and Lucy)

We had wondered if John and Lucy had active genealogist descendants in Australia
John and Lucy arrived in Melbourne 1849. James and Martha arrived in Melbourne on the Constance
The Fens were an unhealthy and not very prosperous place in those days?
It is interesting that James Junior died in Manitoba in 1847, prior to John (1849) and Martha (1851) emigrating to Australia
Austin has supplied an extensive descendant tree for John and Lucy, a bit outside the scope of this page. Similarly he has information about James Good and Delilah Scarfe/Rix. However he has pointed to a burial in the Holy Sepulchre Cambridge of James Goode aged 13 on 18 Dec 1792. No parents given but Church Warden is Samuel Goode.
This looks like Samuel and Hannah’s son (baptised at Holy Sepulchre Church, Cambridge on 5th March 1780), as his age at death ties in (i.e. 12 years, 9 months from baptism to burial and probably 13 years from the birth itself)’, and therefore scuppers that connection
 Quoting Austin:
     "One  wonders how much interaction the families of John/Lucy and Martha/James had. And wouldn’t it be great if a letter from Canada was preserved somewhere and just waiting to be found! You are probably aware that my John had a tragic end, drowning himself in a water-tank at the age of 76, much to the shock of his then wife (2nd marriage), Eliza, who found him. He had become depressed (despondent) through gradually losing his eyesight."
A later update from Austin is of interest:
Just as a teaser, its possible that our James Goode was the son of Richard Gowd of Tydd St Giles. The attached is my working up of Richard’s family but note there are lots of assumptions made and missing data. Essentially, what I have done is to assume that all the records from Tydd St Giles relate to the same family. In doing so, I’ve managed to place almost all the records I can find (FamilySearch and FreeReg) into a draft relationship. In this arrangement, it appears that Richard was married twice, given that the known birth dates of his children separate them into two groups (i.e. prior and post his marriage to Jane). I can’t find any details of his first wife. Richard's speculated children (i.e. those without  birth records, including James), if truely his, may not be placed in the correct order. The arrangement also suggests that James‘ marriage to Sarah Peck was his second marriage and that he possibly lost his first wife soon after marriage (no children appear). Please note that this is a working document only. Maybe in time, further records may prove or disprove parts of what I’ve put together."
Austin's research has found three possible marriages for our James Goode (ie he could have married three times)
(1) Mary b 1773 d 1803 in Tydd St Giles
(2) Sarah Peck b 1781 d 1828 Tydd St Giles, parents John Peck and Elizabeth Cragg
         She is our Marha's mother. (Martha is born in 1810)
(3) Mary Hilliard (Gowler) married in 1835 (Widow and Widower)
Link to Austin's Tree for Richard Gowd

Tydd St Giles

    An interesting name. Tydd is old english for hill. But wikepedia reports the average Tydd St Giles height above sealevel is 0 meters. Which tells us something about the Fens before they were drained. Austin found some Goodes in Tydd St Mary, which is in Linconshire one and a half miles NNE of Tydd St Giles. Tydd St Giles is the northernmost settlement in Cambridgeshire. One wonders what the Goodes thought of their first Austalian summer after cold damp Tydd St Giles. Tydd St Giles is a few hundred yards from the North Level Main Drain

Further comment from Austin re James Goode's death

    I’m still baffled as to why we can’t find a death record for James - if my 3-marriages scenario is correct, then he died between 1835 (birth of Sarah Ann) and 1841 (cannot find him on the census) or, what seems more likely, given that his third wife remarried in 1835 to William Abbey (there are no other Mary Good/es for Tydd St Giles (where the marriage to William Abbey took place), then James died in 1834-1835. I’ve looked through each of the Tydd St Giles burial records (FamilySearch) Apr-Oct 1834, Jan-Dec 1835, Jan-Nov 1836, Jan-Oct 1837, Jan-Dec 1838, Jan-Oct 1839, Apr-Dec 1840, Feb-Dec 1841, which seem to be complete and I can’t find him. Burials of eligible age (FreeReg) over this period, throughout England, include James Good, 1834, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire (age 73, b.c1761); James Goodey, 1835, Bulmer, Essex (age 60, b.c1775); James Good, 1836, Mount Bures, Essex (age 66, b.c1770) and James Goode, 1837, Wroxall, Warwickshire (age 85, b.c1752). Of these, the Lincolnshire record would seem the most likely, even though Norton Disney is 51 miles away from Tydd St Giles. However, I’m not convinced that this is our James's burial. Just in case our James didn’t marry Mary Gowler and wasn’t recorded for the 1841 census, I’ve checked FreeReg from 1842-1851 but can’t find any records for him anywhere in Cambridgeshire. So the only thing I can think of is that James died elsewhere than Tydd St Giles (maybe in a hospice or asylum) and the records have ben lost or not transcribed.

Now it is Sarah Peck

I passed an Ancestry Tree suggestion that Sarah was a widow at marriage to Austin, producing the following response:
Now trying for more information from the Ancestry source


    The town is in the very northeast corner of Cambridgeshire, about ten miles inland from The Wash. There appears to be extensive marshland just to the east. The website proclaims it "Capital of the Fens" and boasts a section on the Port of Wisbech. It  services sizeable ships and has a yacht harbour. This is accessed via the Nene
There is a little cluster of places all within six miles of one another : Wisbech, Leverington, Newton, Tydd St Giles, Elm, Parson Drove


Thanks to Betty Trease for early Goode information.
Thanks also to Ruth Chancellor for input to the above
Input from Vial tree on Ancestry
Thanks to Austin Brown for new light in 2021

Research Notes

Julie Pickering's tree on Genes Reunited has descendants for John Goode and Lucy Bute

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