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 Wood-Goff Family Papers

 Family of Pawtucket, R.I.

 Papers, 1836-1934. Bulk, 1883-1934.

 Size: 0.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 783 sg 3

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, March 2000

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Lyman B. Goff (1841-1927) was the son of Darius and Harriet (Lee) Goff, and spent his entire adult life in Pawtucket, R.I. He was the head of the Union Wadding Company of Pawtucket, and was involved with a wide variety of other textile firms. He was also active in the state's Republican Party, and was a major benefactor of the Pawtucket Congregational Church. In 1864, he married Almira Thornton (1842-1921), daughter of Jesse S. Thornton. They had two children: Lyman T. Goff (1868-1900) and Elizabeth L. Goff (1869-1948).

            Elizabeth L. Goff (1869-1948) married Kenneth F. Wood (1873-1925). He was a chemist at the Sayles Bleacheries in Pawtucket. They had two daughters: Eleanor T. Wood (1906-1990), who married John C.B. Washburn; and Ruth G. Wood (1911-1939).


Rhode Island Cemetery Database

Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, 1:21-23.

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Scope and content:

            This subgroup consists of papers relating to the family of Eleanor T. (Wood) Washburn. Of particular interest are travel diaries of Almira (Thornton) Goff and her daughter Elizabeth (Goff) Wood dated 1883 to 1934, and a log book kept aboard the yacht of Kenneth F. Wood. The collection also includes a few family letters, and other papers.

            For the family papers of John C.B. Washburn, the husband of Eleanor T. (Wood) Washburn, see the master finding aid to the Washburn-Abbott-Fessenden-Wood Family Papers.

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            The bulk of the Washburn Papers were given to the Society in 1982 by Mrs. Eleanor (Wood) Washburn, but this accession contained no papers from her own Wood and Goff ancestors. In 1990 a major addendum was donated by Brock D. Bierman, who had received the material from Mrs. Washburn's estate. Much of this 1990 accession consisted of Wood and Goff papers.

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Processing note:

            Harold Kemble gave the original accession a preliminary processing circa 1983. Cindy Bendroth integrated the additional material with the rest of the collection in February of 1992. This was done in separate folders, so that the 1982 accession and 1990-1991 accessions could be easily distinguished. What had been arranged before was not disturbed. A rough finding aid was written at this time, and preliminary cataloging was done. In 2000, about one linear foot of material relating to the Woods family was transferred to the Woods family papers. The remainder was completely reprocessed, and reorganized into series based on family groups. Additional cataloging was done at this time. The 1992 finding aid has been placed in the collection file to show the previous arrangement.

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Goff, Almira (Thornton) (1842-1921). Maternal grandmother of ETWW; wife of Lyman B. Goff; daughter of Jesse S. Thornton.

Folder 1. Diary, 1903

Folder 2. Letters, 1850-1894; Pawtucket Congregational Society certificates, 1875


Goff, Lyman B. (1841-1927). Maternal grandfather of ETWW. Son of Darius Goff, father of Elizabeth (Goff) Wood.

Folder 3. Talk on "Home Rule", undated, after 1897. Identification is uncertain, but talk refers to "the people of Pawt" on page 6. Goff would be the logical person in this family to deliver such a talk.

Wood, Elizabeth L. (Goff) (1869-1948). Mother of ETWW.

Folder 4. Diaries, 1883; 1883; 1903

Folder 5. Diaries, 1904, 1905, 1934

Folder 6. Inventory, undated

Folder 7. Miscellaneous:

                        Agreement re Ladies Soldiers Memorial Association of Pawtucket, 1896

                        List of organizations, 1886-1922

                        Poem, undated

                        Invitation, 1905

                        Notes on classmate Lavinia Vance Rodney ca. 1929

                        Pawtucket Congregational Church pew chart, undated

                        Copy of sermon by Dr. Blodgett, October 1 1858 (marked "Mrs. K.F. Wood")

Wood, Kenneth (1873-1925). Father of ETWW.

Folder 8. Log of yacht Asahi, 1904-1924

Folder 9. Miscellaneous:

                        Approval of Bachelor of Science degree from M.I.T., 1894

                        Yacht itinerary, 1921

                        Bill for yacht repairs and supplies from Herreshoff Mfg. Co., 1923


Folder 10.      Receipt, Samuel Wood to James Smith, 1836

                        Fragment of receipt re Central Falls Manufacturing Company, 1843

                        Letter, Darius Goff to "Friend Conant" [of Pawt. Cong. Church] , 1888

                        Deed of pew in Pawtucket Congregational Church to Jesse Thornton, 1849

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Asahi (yacht)

Diaries - 1883

Diaries - 1903

Diaries - 1903-1905

Diaries - 1934

Europe - Description and travel

Goff, Almira (Thornton) (1842-1921)

Goff, Darius

Goff, Lyman B. (1841-1927)

Log books - 1904-1924

Pawtucket Congregational Church (Pawtucket, R.I.)

Wood, Elizabeth L. (Goff) (1869-1948)

Wood, Kenneth (1873-1925)

Yachts and yachting

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