Goodwin-Genealogy Wikia

Tombstone of Abraham Goodwin, 2011

Abraham Goodwin (bapt. July 30, 1699 - January 6, 1771) was one of the first settlers of Litchfield, Connecticut.

Goodwin was born and baptized on July 30, 1699, in Hartford, Connecticut, as the son of Nathaniel Goodwin and Mehetable Porter. When he was nineteen, the General Court of Connecticut, at its session held in May 1719, granted permission for a settlement to be made at Bantam, and incorporated it as a town by the name of Litchfield, Connecticut. Goodwin was one of the first settlers of the new town, and by a deed dated March 17, 1723, he received from his father land lots within the town. The home lot he received was located on the east side of South Street. Abraham became one of the prominent men of the town, being chosen Assessor for two years from 1727; Grand Juror in 1731; Constable for two years, from 1742; Selectman in 1747, 1748, and 1749; and in 1736 was appointed Ensign of the Train Band.

In 1754, Goodwin conveyed to each of his sons a farm of fifty acres, beside leaving considerable estate at his death. He died on January 6, 1771, and was buried in the graveyard on West Street, where his gravestone remained after hundreds of years.


Goodwin married Mary Bird on April 13, 1726. She died on June 7, 1788, at the age of 77.

  • Nathaniel Goodwin - m. Elizabeth Marsh
  • Thomas Goodwin - m. Anna Kilbourn
  • Charles Goodwin - m. Thankful Russell
  • Ozias Goodwin - m. Hannah Vail
  • Jesse Goodwin - m. Rachel Brace
  • Mary Goodwin - m. Theodore Catlin
  • Phineas Goodwin - unmarried.
  • Ruth Goodwin - unmarried.