Dorothy Goddard

F, (29 January 1758 - 7 June 1845)
Father-Biological*Nathan Goddard b. 18 Jan 1725, d. 12 Feb 1806
Mother-Biological*Dorothy Stevens b. 1718, d. 30 Mar 1808
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Last Edited=21 Oct 2022
Gravestone of Benjamin and Dolly Mayo
     Dorothy Goddard was born on 29 January 1758 at Petersham, Massachusetts.1,2,3,4,5 She was the daughter of Nathan Goddard and Dorothy Stevens. Dorothy Goddard was also known as Dolly for most of her life. Dolly and Benjamin Mayo filed marriage intentions on 1 November 1773 at Warwick, Massachusetts.4

Dolly Goddard married Benjamin Mayo, son of Major Joseph Mayo and Esther Kenrick, in 1773 at Orange, Massachusetts.4,6 She being but 16 years when married, her father, Nathan, built her a large home, which became the "Mayo Tavern." After her husband's death, she maintained the tavern. The following was written in the History of North Orange: "Aunt Dolly was noted for her parties and good cooking. The story is told that at one time a party of soldiers passed through the place and stopped at the house for food. Aunt Dolly had a sheep killed, dressed and cooked for them in short order - they then went on their way.7" Dolly, appeared on the US Census of 1830 at Orange, Massachusetts. The enumeration reads:

1 - Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39:      1
1 - Free White Persons - Females - 70 thru 79:      1
1 - Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:      1
2 - Total Free White Persons:      2
2 - Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):      2.8

According to the Federal Census in 1830, Dorothy was a widow.8 She died on 7 June 1845 at Orange, Massachusetts, at age 87.1,4,9 She was buried at North Orange Cemetery, Orange, Massachusetts. Dolly's epitaph reads:

Benjamin Mayo Esq.
May 2, 1797
Æt 47
Dolly Mayo
His wife
June 7, 1845
Æt 88.4,10,1

Her estate was probated on 15 December 1846 at Franklin County, Massachusetts.11

Compeller's Notes:
Birth: Mayo (1965) gives her birth date as 15 January 1758.4

Children of Dorothy Goddard and Benjamin Mayo


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  4. Mayo, Chester Garst. John Mayo of Roxbury, Massachusetts 1630-1688: A Genealogical and Biographical Record of His Descendants. Rutland, Vermont:: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1965.
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  10. Fiske, Arthur D. Cemetery Records of Orange, Franklin Co., Mass.. Seattle, Washington: Seattle Genealogical Society, 1963.
  11. Massachusetts, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991. Lehi, Utah: Operations, 2015.