Five members of the Goodenowe family came to America from the
South of England in 1638.  Three brothers, John, Thomas and
Edmund, and their sisters, Ursula and Dorothy.  The brothers had
lived nearby each other in England:  John in Semley, Thomas in
Shaftsbury, and Edmund in Dunhead, in the neighboring shires of
Dorset and Wilts.

In 1638, they sailed from Southampton to Boston aboard the 200 ton
Ship Confidence.  Shortly after their arrival, they joined others to
settle the 19th town in Massachusetts.  To this day the name is well
known there, and the Goodenow Library stands as a tribute to the
descendant of the line of Edmund Goodenow.

The oldest brother, John, had only daughters, thus ending the name
in his line.  Edmund, the youngest, was by far the most distinguished
of the three, being prominent in Sudbury town affairs all his life.
His death in 1688 is still commemorated by an ancient tombstone in the
old Sudbury Cemetery in Wayland, Massachusetts.  Three grandsons by his
son John, has sizable families are are the ancestors of about half the
families in America today.

The remaining brother, Thomas, stayed in Sudbury until 1656, when he
joined a group that pushed westward to settle the town of Marlboro,
Massachusetts.  The name is well known in that area from the loss of
one of his granddaughters.  On the highway west of town stands a marker
in memory of Mary Goodenow.

Edmund's descendents remained in Sudbury for many generations; those of
the family in eastern Massachusetts today are largely descended from his
line.  Abraham, of the 8th generation, was the first of his line to migrate
westward, circa 1795, finally settling in what is today, Tioga County,
New York.  The first of our ancestors to be buried in Appalachin,
Tioga County, is Chauncey Goodenow.  This is a mere seven or eight miles
west of Endicott, New York on the banks of the Susquahanna River.

As the families pushed westward, they left behind them an interesting
heritage.  Goodenow Mountain and Goodenow River in the Adirondacks,
Goodenow, Illinois and Goodenow Hills in Washington stands as mute evidence
of the advance of this family.  A Goodenow founded Maquoketa, Iowa and
another founded Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  Some were
prominent, but most were just plain common folks.