GOODWIN, John (c.1603-74), of Bletchingley, Surr. and Rowfant, Worth, Suss.
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Family and Education
b. c.1603, 2nd s. of Edward Goodwin of Horne, Surr. by Susan, da. of Richard Wallop of Bugbrooke, Northants.; bro. of Robert Goodwin†. educ. I. Temple 1622, called 1630. m. by 1635, Katherine, da. and coh. of Sir Richard Deane, Skinner, of London, ld. mayor 1628-9, 1s. d.v.p. 2da.2
Commr. for sequestration, Surr. 1643, levying of money, Leics. and Surr. 1643, assessment, Surr. 1643-52, 1657, Jan. 1660-1, London 1652, Glos. 1657, accounts, Surr. 1643, defence 1643, 1645, execution of ordinances 1644, new model ordinance 1645; j.p. Surr. by 1646-53, 1656-July 1660, Glos. 1650-July 1660; bencher, I. Temple 1649-61; commr. for militia, Surr. 1649, Bucks., Glos. and Surr. 1659, Surr. Mar. 1660; steward of Wimbledon manor, Surr. 1649-May 1660.3
Commr. for Great level of the fens 1649, obstructions 1649-51.
The surname of Goodwin occurs on the Surrey-Sussex borders in the Middle Ages; John Godwyn sat for Reigate in 1302 and Hugh Godewyn for Bletchingley in 1432. Goodwin’s ancestry, however, cannot certainly be traced beyond his great-grand-father, who represented East Grinstead in the Reformation Parliament. Goodwin himself, a younger son who became a professional lawyer, married well and acquired property, mostly leasehold, as far afield as Warwickshire and Somerset. He was probably a Presbyterian, like his brother, but less prominent politically. A parliamentary supporter during the Civil War, he conformed after Pride’s Purge and continued to prosper during the Interregnum. He did not sit after the return of the secluded Members in