Sunday, May 9, 2010


John Goode, born Bet. 1620 - 1630 in Parish of Whitstone, Cornwall, England; died Abt. 1709 in Whitby Plantation,Henrico County, Virginia. He married Ann Bennett Bet. 1668 - 1670 in Whitby Plantation,Virginia or Barbados Islands. Ann Bennett, born Abt. 1632 in Holland; died Bet. 1707 - 1708 in Whitby Plantation,Henrico County, Virginia.

Notes for John Goode:

The Will of John Goode, A. D. 1708

In the name of God, Amen! the twenty-ninth day of November, in the

year of our Lord God, seventeen-hundred-and-eight, I, John Goode of the

County and Parish of Henrico, in Virginia, Gent., being sick and weak of

body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it,

do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this to be my last will and

testament, in manner following:-

Imprimis, I resign my soul into the hands of God who gave it, trusting

through the merits of Jesus Christ my blessed Lord and Savior to obtain

free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins; and my body to the earth, to

be decently interred, at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter named.

Item, That my debts and funeral charges be first paid.

Item, I give, bequeath and devise to my son Robert Goode, one hundred

acres of my land, lying next, and adjoining to the river, and north by the

lands of William Byrd, Esq., to him the said Robert and his heirs forever.

Item, I give, bequeath and devise to my son John Goode, one hundred

acres of my land lying next James River, and adjoining the land of my son,

Samuel Goode, to him the said John and his heirs forever.

Item, I give, bequeath, and devise to my sons Thomas Goode, and Joseph

Goode, my tract of land lying in the woods on the north side of Stoney

Creek, and at the heads of the aforementioned lands, estimated to be four

hundred acres, more or less, to be equally divided between them when they

shall come to lawful age; and my will is, that if either the said Thomas or

Joseph shall decease in their nonage; the survivor of them shall have, hold,

occupy, possess and enjoy the aforesaid tract of land, containing four

hundred acres, to him and his heirs forever, But if my two sons shall arrive

to lawful age, then my will is that Thomas enjoy two hundred acres of the

aforementioned land, to him and his heirs forever, and that Joseph enjoy

the other two hundred acres, to him the said Joseph and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Katherine Roberts, two

thousand pounds of tobacco.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Blackman, two

thousand pounds of tobacco.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Goode, two thousand

pounds of tobacco when she comes to age or is married.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Anna Goode, two thousand

pounds of tobacco to be paid when she comes to age or are married.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Goode, two thousand pounds

of tobacco when he comes to lawful age.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Goode, two thousand pounds

of tobacco to be paid when he comes of lawful age.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Robert , two negroes, by name, Jupiter

and Moll, and to his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son John, two negroes, by name, George

and Sabrina, and to his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas, two negroes, by name,

Abraham and Ned, and to his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Joseph, one negro woman, by name

Rose, with her increase, and to his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Katherine Roberts, besides the

two thousand pounds of tobacco already given, one thousand pounds of

tobacco more, to be paid four years after my decease.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel, ten shillings, and a way for

a cart and horse on the outside of the low-grounds by long swamp, during

the term of his natural life.

Item, I give to my daughter Francis, one shilling.

Item, I give to my daughter Mary, one shilling.

Item, I give to my daughter Martha, one shilling.

Item, I give to my daughter Ursula, one shilling.

All the rest of my goods and chattels I give and bequeath to my two sons

Robert and John, and do make my said two sons Robert and John whole and

sole executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former

wills by me made and done.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this the day and

year first written. Item, my will is, that if Thomas and Joseph should die

before they come to lawful age, their estate to be equally divided between

their own brothers.

Signed, sealed delivered and acknow-

edged as his last will and testament

in presence of us, } John Goode, [ seal ]



According to the ENCYCLOPEDIA of VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY, "John Goode married

first in Barbados,a lady named Macharness, who came to Virginia with him, but soon

died leaving a son Samuel.John Goode married second Anna Bennett, who bore him

12 children".



John Goode's descendant, Thomas Goode Jones, served a term as Governor of

Alabama 1890-'94. John moved to Barbados 1643-1650 then on to Virginia in 1660

settling at a site 4 miles from what is now richmond Va. (1887) and named his place

Whithly (Whitby).


FROM VIRGINIA COUSINS, A study of the Ancestry and Posterity of John Goode of Whitby, a VA Colonist of the Seventeenth Century, with notes upon related families, a key to Southern Genealogy and a History of the English Surname Gode, Goad, Goode or Good from 1148 to 1887. Came to America in 1655 from Barbados. John Goode wrote his will in Henrico County on 9 November 1708, naming his fourteen children, The will was proven 1 April 1709.

JOHN GOODE, THE IMMIGRANT: "By far the larger number of the Goodes in America are descendants of JOHN GOODE, son of Richard Goode, of Cornwall, who was born in England, probably either at Whitstone or Whitley, in the north of Cornwall, 1620-1630, and removed to Barbados, one of the Caribbee Islands, 1643-1650, and to Virginia prior to 1660. He settled at a place on the colonial frontier, four miles from the present site of Richmond, which he named Whitby (Whitley) in memory of his English home, and where he died in 1709, the proprietor of a considerable plantation. He married in the Barbados, 1650-1660, a lady named Mackarness, who accompanied him to Virginia, where she soon died leaving one (two) son(s), Samuel (and Robert); subsequently he married Anne Bennet, who died prior to 1708. He had thirteen children:--

SAMUEL GOODE, born in Barbados before 1660. ROBERT, born in Virginia, JOHN, KATHERINE, married Mr. Roberts before 1708. ELIZABETH, married Mr. Blackman before 1708. SUSANNA, ANNE, THOMAS, born after 1687. JOSEPH, FRANCES, MARY, MARTHA, URSULA."


Col. John Bolling, great-grandson of Pocahontas, was a

contemporary and neighbor of John Goode of Whitby,

and the burial place of Powhatan, was very close to

"Winepeck," the plantation of Samuel Goode.


G. Brown Goode, Virginia Cousins (1887), p.33 (52)

RICHARD GOODE, No. 27, son of Richard Goode of Cornwall, No. 21, was an immigrant from England like his brother John. Family tradition states that there were two brothers, who settled first upon the "eastern shore," and afterwards came to the James river.

G. Brown Goode, Virginia Cousins (1887), p.28 (44)

John Goode did not proceed at once from England to Virginia, but went first to the island of Barbados in the West Indies, where there was in the time of Cromwell an extensive colony of loyalists. It is not known how long he remained there, but it is probable that it was for a considerable period of time, since it was there that he became acquainted with and married Miss Mackarness. [or Mackerness]

G. Brown Goode, Virginia Cousins (1887), p.31 (46)

The history of the family for the first half century centers around Whitby on the James River, where John Goode seems to have become established soon after his arrival in America. Having landed at Jamestown he soon made his way to the frontier, where he bought about 500 acres of land from Captain Matthew Gough. Brock, in his historical notes upon Richmond, states that "Whitby" was settled as early as 1620.

G. Brown Goode, Virginia Cousins (1887), p.30 (45)

John Goode, after his arrival in Virginia, soon settled down into the occupation of a tobacco planter, and after the death of his Barbadian wife married Anne Bennet, a recent arrival from Holland, who bore him twelve children, some of whom, including his two sons, Thomas and Joseph, were minors in 1708 when his will was drawn up, and were consequently born after 1687.


from Goode's Virginia Cousins,


Hon'd Sr.-In obedient submission to your honours command directed to me by Capt. William Bird I have written the full substance of a discourse Nath: Bacon, deceased, propos'd to me on or about the 2d day of September last, both in order and words as followeth:

Bacon-There is a report Sir William Berkeley hath sent to the King for 2,000 Red Coates, and I doe believe it may be true, tell me your opinion, may not 500 Virginians beat them, wee having the same advantages against them the Indians have against us.

Goode--I rather conceive 500 Red Coats may either Subject or ruine Virginia.

B.-You talk strangely, are not we acquainted with the country, can lay ambussadoes, and take trees and putt them by, the use of their discipline, and are doubtless as good or better shott than they.

G.-But they can accomplish what I have sayd without hazard or coming into such disadvantages, by taking Opportunities of landing where there shall be noe opposition, firing out-houses and Fences, destroying our Stocks and preventing all trade and supplyes to the country.

B.-There may be such prevention that they shall not be able to make any great progresse in Mischeifes, and the country or Clime not agreeing with their constitutions, great mortality will happen amongst them in their Seasoning which will weare and weary them out.

G.-You see Sir that in a manner all the principall men in the Country dislike your manner of proceedings, they, you may be sure will joine with the red Coates.

B.-But there shall none of them bee (allowed).

G.-Sir, you speake as though you design'd a totall defection from Majestic, and our Native Country.

B.-Why (smiling) have not many Princes lost their dominions soe.

G.-They have been such people as have been able to subsist without their Prince. The poverty of Virginia is such, that the major part of the Inhabitants can scarce supply their wants from hand to mouth, and many there are besides can hardly shift, without Supply one year, and you may bee sure that this people which soe fondly follow you, when they come to feele the miserable wants of food and rayment, will bee in greater heate to leave you, then they were to come after you, besides here are many people in Virginia that receive considerable benefitts, comforts and advantages by Parents, Friends and Correspondents in England, and many which expect patrimonyes and Inheritances which they will by no means decline.

B.-For supply I know nothing: the country will be able to provide it selfe withall in a little time, save ammunition and Iron, and I believe the King of France or States of Holland would either of them entertaine a Trade with us.

G.-Sir, our King is a great Prince, and his Amity is infinitely more valuable to them, then any advantage they can reape by Virginia, they will not therefore provoke his displeasure by supporting his Rebells here; besides I conceive that your followers do not think themselves engaged against the King's authority, but against the Indians.

B.-But I think otherwise, and am confident of it, that it is the mind of this Country, and of Mary Land and Carolina also, to cast off their Governor and the Governors of Carolina have taken no notice of the People, nor the People of them, a long time; and the people are resolv'd to own their Governor further: And if wee cannot prevaile by Armes to make our conditions for Peace, or obtaine the Priviledge to elect our own Governour, we may retire to Roanoke.

And here bee fell into a discourse of seating a Plantation in a great Island in the River, as a fitt place to retire to for Refuge.

G.-Sir, the prosecuting what you have discoursed will unavoidably produce utter ruine and distruction to the people and Countrey, & I dread the thoughts of putting my hand to the promoting a designe of such miserable consequence, therefore hope you will not expect from me.

B.-I am glad I know your mind, but this proceeds from mere Cowardlynesse.

G.-And I desire you should know my mind, for I desire to harbour noe such thoughts, which I should fear to impart to any man.

B.-Then what should a Gentleman engaged as I am, doe, you doe as good as tell me. I must flay or hang for it.

G.-I conceive a seasonable Submission to the Authority you have your Commission from, acknowledging such Errors and Excesse, as are yett past, there may bee hope of remission.

I perceived his cogitations were much on this discourse, bee nominated Carolina, for the watch word.

Three days after I asked his leave to goe home, hee sullenly answered, you may goe, and since that time, I thank God, I never saw or heard from him.

Here I most humbly begg your Honours pardon for my breaches and neglects of duty, and that Your Honour will favourably consider in this particular, I neither knew any man amongst us, that had any means by which I might give intelligence to your honour hereof, and the necessity thereof, I say by your honors, prudence, foresight and Industry may bee prevented. So praying God to bless and prosper all your Councells and Actions I conclude.

Your Honours dutifull servant,

January ye 30th., 1676. JOHN GOODE. ________________

More About John Goode: Emigration: 1643, Moved to Barbados from England

Occupation: Tobacco Planter Probate: April 01, 1709, Henrico County, Virginia

Residence: Whitby Plantation,Henrico County, Virginia Will: November 29, 1708, Signed will in Henrico County, Virginia

Notes for Ann Bennett:

Anne Bennet imigrated from Holand and married John Goode.

She alienated her husband from his two sons by Martha Mackrness

and those two sons became successful in their own right.


More About Ann Bennett: Note: Father may have been Richard Bennett.

Children of John Goode and Ann Bennett are:

309 i. Elizabeth M. Goode, born Abt. 1680 in Henrico County, Virginia; died 1724 in Bertie County, North Carolina; married John Blackman 1699 in Virginia.

ii. Ursula Goode

iii. Joseph Goode

iv. Catherine Goode

v. Susanna Goode

vi. Anne Goode

vii. Thomas Goode

viii. Frances Goode

ix. Mary Goode

x. Martha Goode

xi. John Jr. Goode

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