Mary was born in Connecticut on June 16th 1738, to parents Sarah Updike and Giles Goddard, and as the older sister of William Goddard. Her mother homeschooled both children, teaching them Latin, French, and classic literature. So, even from an early age she and her brother were raised around words which is where their interests in literature and language began. When Mary was just nineteen her father passed away in 1757, leaving behind a valuable estate for the family. In 1752 the family moved to Providence, Rhode Island, which is where Mary began her career in the print industry (“National Women’s History Museum”).
National Women’s History Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved April 01, 2016, from https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/mary-katherine-goddard