Did John GOFF who went to NJ m. 1701, Ann EDWARDS?
I've been trying to reconcile differing accounts.
History of Cambridge, MA, 1630+... (Ancestry.com Card Catalog) says that John, son of Samuel GOFF, was probably the soldier at Piscataqua who had leave from the General court, 4 Nov. 1690, to return home.He died before 1706, as Edmund, when appointed administrator on the estate of their father Samuel GOFF, is the only surviving son.
That would rule out the John of Cape May as being a son of Samuel of Cambridge, MA.Has anyone seen the actual probate for Samuel?
I also think that those who said that John GOFF of New Jersey died in 1705/6 misunderstood the records. John, son of Samuel, must have died BEFORE his father, but John of New Jersey was definitely alive in Jan. 1710/11, when his cattle mark was registered.
Three Hundred Years with the Corson Families in America says that the grandfather of Mary GOFF, who married [by license of] 4 June 1731, John CORSON, sailed from Norwalk, CT, and settled at Tarkill on the Tuckahoe, Cape May Co., NJ.[Could John have been at Norwalk before he married in New York?] If Mary GOFF married in June 1731, she was most likely born about 1713.That would mean she was a daughter of the first John and that John GOFF of Cape May was probably living in 1713.
By water, it's only about 200 miles from Suffolk Co., NY, to Cape May, NJ.There is a marriage of East Hampton, Suffolk (Long Island), NY, 22 May 1701, of John GOFF & Ann EDWARDS. John GOFF had children baptized there, all 23 Apr. 1710: Ann, Hannah, John, Joseph, & Wm. [FamilySearch.org]
I couldn't find any more records of John GOFF of Suffolk, NY, but there was a large EDWARDS family there, descended from Ann & William EDWARDS, whose will of 1681, pr. Oct. 1685, named son John and John's sons Josiah and Wm., & son Thomas & his sons Ephraim and Wm. Ephraim EDWARDS sold land in East Hampton, NY, 8 Sep. 1701, and Ephraim EDWARDS was named tax collector in Cape May, NJ, in 1713.His estate was proved, beginning 2 Jan. 1715/6, but later there are several references to (another) Ephraim and Josiah in Cape May, NJ.
So, did John GOFF actually go to Cape May from Long Island, as did many of the others who settled at Cape May?Did they go back to find godparents for their children or to have them baptized in their mother's church, or were the children baptized before the family actually moved to Cape May?The first proof in Cape May of John GOFF that I've found is the registration of his cattle mark, January 1710/11.
Can anyone solve these mysteries?