Re: Margaret Harbridge of Pennsylvania
I must post this again as I think something went amiss the first time?
I discovered this site over Christmas when I was in England. I was discussing with my mother (87), one of our Goddard family names "Harbridge" on my father's side.
"Harbridge" has a very long tradition in our family, and I did a search on Google to see what I could find.
The name "Harbridge" has been given to the first-born boy in the Goddard family for many generations. My father - born 2.12.1908 - was Ronald Harbridge Goddard.His father (1879) was Frederick William Harbridge Goddard. His father again was William George Harbridge Goddard. This "Harbridge" tradition goes way back and originates in Oxford. My brother Christopher bears "Harbridge", (I do not), his son Robert, and the latest flame is now six-month old Samuel Harbridge Goddard, who hopefully will carry the Harbridge name into future Goddard generations! ALWAYS the first-born boy, who then becomes a "Harbridge".
The name "Harbridge" is certainly uncommon, but in our family probably goes back at least 2-3 centuries? I don't know yet how far back?However, it is of great interest to us to find any common links from the past, and I will welcome any feedback from others who bear the Harbridge name and who feel that this posting is of interest? Whether or not the name "Harbridge" has only one - (or many) - common root(s), it is undoubtedly rooted in Oxford in our family.
My father died (89) just 5 years back, but my mother has still a lot to tell and has old birth and marriage certificates which verify the Harbridge Goddard name and tradition.
Regards, Maurice Goddard. Norway