The progenitor of the Goodell families in Westminster and Westminster West, Windham County, Vermont was Robert1 Goodell . Robert, his wife, and family came from England on the ship "Elizabeth" in 1634 and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. His wife's name was Katherine Kilham and they had nine children.

One of these children, Zachariah2 Goodell, married Elizabeth Beauchamp and had eleven children. The Goodell family lived in Salem for two generations and then began to seek out other lands.

One of those to leave Salem, was Zachariah's son, Thomas3 Goodell, who moved to Woodstock, Connecticut. Thomas married Sarah Horrell and they had eleven children. Of these children, Jabez moved to Westminster, Vermont along with several of the children of his brothers, Ebenezer and Edward.

We find then that there were three lines of Goodells and twelve families who settled in Windham Co., VT. They were, with the exception of Uncle Jabez, brothers and sisters and first cousins. It appears that the Rev. Jesse Goodell, the son of Edward, was the first to move to Westminster and the others followed later, including Jesse's brother, Edward. Among the children of Jabez, were Abiel, Abner, and Ashahel. Moses, the son of Ebenezer, was the ancestor of most of the people carrying the Goodell name living in Windham County today.