William Goddard (1784-1835), gift to
Louisa May Goddard (1773-1832), married Benjamin Goddard (1766-1864) of Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1793; by descent to
Eleanor Goddard May, 1916
Frederick May Eliot, married Elizabeth Lee Eliot, 1923; by descent to the current generation
PROPERTY OF A MEMBER OF THE ELIOT FAMILY OF BOSTON
The Goddard Family Silver
The following two lots were originally owned by Benjamin and Louisa (May) Goddard of Brookline, Massachusetts, married in 1792. The connection of the silver to Paul Revere lies not only in their design, but also in the historical connection of Benjamin's father to Paul Revere during the Revolution.
Like Paul Revere, John Goddard was a patriot and key figure in the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. Goddard stored artillery in his barn in Brookline, and the night before Revere's famous ride, he transported cannons and other ammunition to Concord. Goddard was witness to the bloodshed in Lexington, where Minutemen confronted British soldiers on their way to seize the military supplies at Concord. Goddard became officially in charge of artillery for George Washington's army, and after the defeat of the British in Boston in 1776, Washington appointed Goddard Wagon-Master General of the Continental Army.
John's son Benjamin built a large house at 43 Sumner Road in Brookline in 1811, and it is likely that the silver dates to this period. The teapot was a gift from Benjamin's brother William to Louisa Goddard, presumably well after her marriage as it bears her married initials.
IMAGE CAPTIONS: Benjamin Goddard (1766-1864), by George Harvey, circa 1835 Courtesy Massachusetts Historical Society
Benjamin Goddard House, built 1811, Brookline, Massachusetts
Courtesy The Brookline Historical Society
Silver Cream Jug, marked by Thomas Revere, Jr. (c. 1766-1817), Boston, circa 1795
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, H.E. Bolles Fund, 61.197