Hole-in-the-Rock Landmarks and People

Hole-in-the-Rock Landmarks and People
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January 12, 2010

Goddard, William Pace and Ann Kirrilla Taylor

William Pace Goddard was born on 16 April 1853 at New Harmony, Washington Co., UT. He was the son of William Pettibone Goddard and Mary Ann Pace.   His father was the son of Percy Amanda Pettibone. Percy was the sister of Rosetta Lenora Pettibone, Lorenzo Snow’s mother.  William Pace Goddard's mother was the daughter of James Edward Pace. Payson, Utah, was named for James Pace. James Pace was a 1st Lieutenant and 2nd in command of Mormon Battalion Company E. (Information from Lee Allen Goddard, great grandson of William Pace Goddard and Anna Kirrilla Taylor)

William Pace Goddard married Ann Kirrilla Taylor on 1 January 1877. William Pace Goddard died on 23 January 1923 at El Paso, El Paso Co., TX, at age 69.

 Ann Kirrilla Taylor was born on 16 August 1859 at Kaysville, Davis Co., UT. She married William Pace Goddard, son of William Pettibone Goddard and Mary Ann Pace, on 1 January 1877. Ann Kirrilla Taylor died on 13 January 1955 at Benson, Cochise Co., AZ, at age 95.

William and Kirilla were enumerated in the 1900 Alma, Socorro Co., NM, federal census. He was a stockman, age 47, she was 40. Children in the household were John E. 19, Dora 17, Lori 16, Effie 14, Sydney C. 12, Alfred A. 8, Jettie L. 6, Gerold A. 4, and Mildred 2. Enumerated next door is William, 22, apparently a son.

William and Kirrilla were also included in the 1910 Mesilla Park, Dona Ana Co., NM, federal census. He was a farmer, age 57, she was 50. Children in the household were Sidney C. 22, Alfred A. 18, Jettie L. 16, Gerald A. 14, and Mildred 12.

Upon the celebration of her 80th birthday, she recalled Hole in the Rock and later pioneering experiences;
Mrs. Goddard recalls that she and her late husband were married on New Year's Day, 1876, at Harmony, Utah. In 1850, the couple joined a wagon train of 99 families to move down to New Mexico. They were on the journey for two years, having to blaze their own trails most of the way. [Hole-in-the-rock was just the first leg of a long trip] The wagon train crossed the Colorado River on improvised rafts made of logs tied together. They had little trouble with Indians, for at that time most of the Indians whose territory they passed through were friendly. They would often go to the wagon camps to beg food and tease and annoy the women, knowing that the women were afraid of them, according to Mrs. Goddard.

The wagon train went to Durango, Colo., where it stopped while the men of the families worked on the D. & R.G. Railroad, which was then under construction. After leaving Durango, they journeyed on to Gallup, N.M., which was nothing more than a blacksmith shop under a tree, she recalls. After going through Winslow, Ariz., the group went to Alma, N.M., arriving there the day after an Indian raid led by the famous chief Victorio. In the raid, the brother of Captain Cooney of the town's little garrison was killed, and Mrs. Goddard remembers that he was buried in a solid rock tomb, which is still a landmark there. From Alma, the wagon train journeyed on to Pleasanton, N.M., where the Goddards decided to make their home. They built a two-room home of solid concrete with small "portholes" for windows, the house being designed to withstand the many raids of Geronimo and his band of Apaches. The house was built in 1882, the year they arrived. Later, after the colony of Mormons there moved to Mexico, Mr. Goddard bought their land, and then bought the land where the soldiers were garrisoned, so that the Goddards acquired nearly all the property in the district, for ranching and farming.

In 1909, the family moved to Mesilla Park so that the seven younger children could attend college at New Mexico A. & M. Finally, in 1918, Mr. And Mrs. Goddard moved to El Paso and Mr. Goddard invested in real estate here. He died in 1923, and Mrs. Goddard now makes her home with a daughter, Mrs. M.W. Maddox, 3601 Lebanon Street. Mrs. Goddard's living sons and daughters are Mrs. A.J. Stockbridge of Duncan, Ariz; J.E. Goddard, New Mexico; Mrs. E.H. Cullom, Quinlan, Texas; Mrs. W.E. Williams, Tucson, Ariz; S.C. Goddard of California; A.A. Goddard of Denver, Col.; Mrs. M.W. Maddox, El Paso; G.A. Goddard, El Paso, and Mrs. L.V. Gardiner, El Paso. (family history)

Children with them on the trek: William Herbert (b. 1877), Maud Anna (b. 1870)
Alfred Allen Goddard (Lee Allen Goddard's grandfather), is not listed because he was the 8th of 11 children.  Only two were born at the time of the trek.

New Mexico Early Birth Records County 25 Jan 1881-12 Nov 1895 show Three children born to this couple in Pleasanton.

Goddard, Alfred Allen Oct 19, 1891 Pleasanton Goddard, 
Effie Sept 10, 1885 Pleasanton Goddard,
Jettie Lloyd July 28, 1893 Pleasanton Goddard, William Pace
In all likelihood the Goddards, Sevys and Paces were traveling together because of their family connections. They were also from Utah County, rather than Iron or Millard counties like most of the other pioneers.

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