Our Goodchild ancestry has
been traced to Christopher Goodchild who died at Kimmeridge, Dorset in
1732. We were very fortunate to find a wonderful couple in England
who had been researching our Goodchild family and had collected all sorts
of information & photos. In appreciation of their generosity this
page is dedicated to Bill and Rachel.
This painting is believed to
be of a Goodchild who was drowned in one of the floods that they got
fairly regularly in the "West Country" of Dorset. It was painted by
K. Shuter dated 1787or 9.
It may be John Goodchild (1771-1821) grandson of Christopher
The painting was in the possession of Louisa Adelaide Brine (nee Goodchild),
and has been passed down to her grandson. What a fabulous find!
Courtesy of N. Brine
For a larger version of
each photo click on the thumbnail and return via the back button.
Our main photo collection begins 4 generations
from Christopher when William Marks Goodchild (1816-1883) married Elizabeth
Hibbs (1818-1904) in Winfrith Newburgh on 2 Nov 1839. William and
Elizabeth had 10 children. One son, Jacob Hibbs Goodchild (1847 - 1893),
migrated to Australia starting the Australian branch while the youngest child,
Alice Fanny Goodchild (1863-1933) migrated to Canada with her husband Richard
Maddocks (1862-1936) and daughter after their son returned to England to get
them to join him. The remainder of the children stayed in England where
they married and raised their families.
Descendants of William Marks Goodchild's
older brother, Thomas, have shared some of their photographs.