When William Henry Goddard was born on 19 October 1860, in Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States, his father, Francis Goddard, was 30 and his mother, Lucinda Morey, was 28. He married Mary Jane "Minnie" Roffey on 31 January 1889, in Warren, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Jamesport Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1910 and Jamesport, Daviess, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 28 September 1930, in Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Jamesport Masonic Cemetery, Jamesport, Daviess, Missouri, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from Godhard, a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’. The name was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Saint Gotthard, an 11th-century bishop of Hildesheim who founded a hospice on the pass from Switzerland to Italy that bears his name. This surname is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
English: perhaps occasionally a variant of the occupational name Gothard . The two surnames may have been much confused.
French: variant of Godard , a cognate of 1 above.