family is one of the oldest of those linked to Mottram-in-Longdendale
in Cheshire and one that is connected in many ways to my
Rhodes family. As with
many long established families, the difficulty is proving
who is linked to whom, and in what way. Nothing is more
frustrating than seeing a Goddard in a Mottram record and
thinking it must be one of mine, but without
being able to prove a link
Mottram St Michael
My research so far indicates that
my earliest Goddard relative was my six times great grandfather,
Thomas Goddard, born about
1711 in Mottram. He had a son, John,
born about 1741, having been baptised at St Michaels
on 18 June that year. He married Betty
Hibbert, daughter of John Hibbert in 1783 and they
had seven children. Each of these takes me along threads
that lead away from mine, so I shall concentrate on their
third child and my four times great grandfather, Miles
was born about 1787. When he was baptised on 20 April
1787, written above the record in the register on the
same date is the word 'Visitation'. This was when the
Bishop would go to the church to ensure that the Vicar
was carrying out his duties correctly. So it is possible
that Miles was baptised by the Bishop, or at least that
the ceremony was overseen by him.
He married Peggy
Shepley on 22 August 1810 at St Michaels. He
could write and the witnesses were John Shaw and it is
interesting to speculate whether he was related to Christopher
John Shaw who married Betty Braddock in 1897.
At the time of the 1841
Census, Miles described himself as a farmer,
although he was then at the Hare
and Hounds public house. (See
tithe map) He became landlord there about 1823, from
the church baptism records for two of his children that
switch from weaver to publican
between these dates. He took it over from his brother
Thomas after he died, leaving
died in 1850, but the Hare and Hounds remained in Goddard
hands for 40 years more, first through his wife, Peggy,
then son John, his widow,
Ellen, and later grandson
Miles. It appears that the
beer was brewed on site from Miles'
will in which he specifically gifts John
his "brewing untensils."
and Peggy had 12 children,
and it is at this point that family lines become a tad
convoluted. Not every detail can be gone into here, so
I shall mention those that appeal to me.
First, Miles first
surviving child and eldest son was John,
born in 1812. He married twice, first to Martha
Hamilton in 1834 and then to Ellen
Yellott in 1850. John was working in the mines as
a banksman in the 1851
Census, but was later describing himself as a farmer
and publican when he took on the Hare and
Hounds on the death of his mother. However, it is his
wife that is of interest.
was born in Wadsley/Ecclesfield, Sheffield, about 1813.
She married Joseph Senior
in 1835, and they possibly had a child, Sarah Jane, in 1841.
There is no indication that the child survived. But Joseph
did not, and in 1850 Ellen married
John Goddard. How she came to
Mottram isnt clear, but they had a son, Henry
Yellott Goddard, and she went on to become publican
after Johns death in 1875.
The White Hart today
So why the interest? In the 1871
and 1881 Censuses, there was an Ellen
Yallott living at the Hare and Hounds, in each case
described as niece and having been born in
Australia. In the 1881 Census for Matthew
Rhodes, husband of John Goddards
there is a Herbert
Yallott, farm servant, born Australia,
and you can begin to sense a connection.
It transpires that Ellen
were brother and sister, children of Henry
Yellott who emigrated to Australia around 1850 arriving
on 30 September 1852 on board the Ascendant which sailed
from Liverpool. He and his wife Ellen
had eight children, of which at least three died young,
more likely five, but three survived. Their parents died
within 18 months of each other in 1865 and 1866, and somehow,
found their way home. How they did it is a mystery, but
all trekked to Rochdale eventually. See the Yellott
John's widow, Ellen, married for a third time in 1881
to Jonathan Hadfield
by civil marriage in Stockport. She was then aged 68 or
69 and died less than two years later.
Miles eldest daughter, Betty,
married Joseph Braddock
in 1833 at St Michaels and All Angels, Ashton-under-Lyne.
The Braddock family originated in Derbyshire and came
to Mottram to run the Mottram coal mine which closed in
the 1860s. Until then, it employed almost exclusively
BraddockS, Rhodes and Goddard family members.
They had eleven children, and the fifth, Mary,
married her cousin, Miles
Goddard Rhodes, brother of my great, great grandfather,
George, and eldest son of George
Rhodes and Margaret
It is Miles fifth child
that is my direct link to the Goddards.
my great, great, great grandfather, George
Rhodes, at All Saints, Glossop, in 1835. They had
seven children, the first son being Miles
Goddard Rhodes mentioned above. Margaret
died in childbirth in 1848 when she and George
were living at Woodhead during the construction of the
second Woodhead rail tunnel, where he ran a beerhouse
and a stone quarry. The child, Margaret
survived, but she never lived with her father.
another of Miles daughters,
in Glossop, and less than three months after Margarets
death. The couple had nine children, giving George
a total of 16! Mention of the two marriages is made in
a later insolvency
case, particularly in terms of some sort of marriage
settlement of £40 for each marriage to the Goddard
girls that has yet to be explained.
Miles ninth child provides
another Rhodes link. Jane
Goddard married Matthew
Rhodes, another of Georges
brothers. Although Matthew
worked much of his life as a miner, as did his brothers,
by the time of the 1881
census, he described himself as a farmer,
living at Lower Mudd, Mottram, and was there in 1891
where he died in 1897 at the age of 73.
The youngest daughter of Miles
Goddard was Fanny and she
connects to the Nuttall family who arrived in Mottram in
the mid-1800s from CrawshawBooth, Lancashire, to work in
the textile printing industry. Fanny
married John Nuttall at St
Michael and All Angels, Ashton-under-Lyne in 1849. He
was Sexton at St Michaels,
Mottram, from the 1870s until the 1890s, and was retired
by the 1901 census.
The Black Bull
Their eldest daughter, Margaret
Ann, was the last landlady of the Black Bulls
Head Inn, built into the side of the churchyard at St
Michaels, before it was eventually closed by the
vicar who disapproved of alcohol on the premises!. John
and Fannys youngest
married Ervin Booth,
local dialect poet, and the couple were pictured
in Mottram in Old Photographs. In 1891, Emily
was living with her sister, Margaret
Ann, at the Black Bulls Head, aged 19.
Here is an example of Charles' poetry,
Th' Owd Village
Green. Also see the extract
from Longdendale and Glossopdale compiled by Bill
All in all, the Goddards are of great
interest to me, and I have managed to find a few modern
day descendants. If you recognise any of the above, please
contact me through the link below.