William Stidham Goodley

13 November 1838–23 February 1922 (Age 83)
Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Stidham

When William Stidham Goodley was born on 13 November 1838, in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel Goodley, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth Reynolds Stidham, was 28. He married Matilda B Walter on 30 April 1863, in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 23 February 1922, in Bethel Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Boothwyn, Upper Chichester Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Stidham Goodley
Matilda B Walter
Marriage: 30 April 1863
Horace Greeley Goodley
Charles Pusey II Goodley
Matilda Goodley
Bertha Goodley
Samuel Goodley
George Mancil Walter Goodley

Spouse and Children

30 April 1863
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


    Horace Greeley Goodley



    Matilda Goodley


    Bertha Goodley


    Samuel Goodley


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 25

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 25

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Godley .2 Probably also an Americanized spelling of South German and Swiss German Gütle (or the variants Güttly and Gütler), a status name for a smallholder ( see Goodlin ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William S Goodley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William S Goodley in household of Samuel Barnard, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm S Gordley, "United States Census, 1900"

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