The family tradition was that the clock was made for Capt. John Goddard, who gave it to his granddaughter, Mary Goddard, when she married Samuel May on July 19, 1809. Actually, in the account book of Mary Goddard labeled "Articles purchased by Mary Goddard with which to set up housekeeping in the year 1809", is listed "My Grandfather a Clock", but in the account book of her husband Samuel May is an entry for July 27, 1809 "paid clock and finish'd compl't....75.0 Rec'd of J G (present to Mary 60 - 15.00" It unfortunately does not say to whom the payment was made. The clock descended in the May family for four generations to Mrs. Paul.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Oglesly Paul
- Simon Willard, American, 1753–1848