John Goode (1738-1790) [. . .] was born in Virginia Colony and lived there all of his life. After a long and emotional inner struggle, he became convinced that he must become a Baptist and then a Baptist preacher. He was baptized and then ordained by pioneer Baptist preacher William Hickman (1747-1830/34), who baptized Goode into the membership of Skinquarter Baptist Church in Chesterfield County VA, where Goode was later made the pastor. (The Skinquarter Section of Chesterfield County, Virginia, was so named a century earlier, as the “quarter” where native peoples gathered to skin their animals after a hunt. William Hickman was the founding pastor, in 1778, of the Skinquarter Baptist Church. Goode must have been baptized in 1778 or ’79; he was ordained June 18, 1780. )
Forty years after his death, John Goode was a figure of potent recall in the mind of the aged William Hickman. On reaching ancient years in 1829, Hickman wrote a remarkable memoir, which he titled “A Short Account of My life and travels, by William Hickman For more than Fifty years; a professed Servant Of Jesus Christ. To which is added a narrative of the rise and progress of religion in the early settlement of Kentucky: giving an account of the difficulties – we had to remember.” [. . .]
Of John Goode, Hickman wrote in 1829,
“There was a fast published by Congress during the war, to be observed throughout America; I think it was the 23rd of April, 1777. I appointed a meeting on that day at a neighbor’s house, and there came out a large number of people; I think my text was in Joshua, ‘Neither will I be with these any more, unless you put away the accused thing from among you,’ It was in an orchard; the house could not hold half of the people; I did not think I had spoke with more liberty than common. At the close of the discourse there came up a heavy rain; I led the people to the house, singing ‘Lord, what a wretched land this is’ etc, the hymn being long, all that could crowd in the house did so. Some went in the out houses. I finished the song in the house and spent some time in exhorting from it, and then the meeting broke. There was a middled aged man of the name of John Goode in the yard who applied to Col. Hankins to write his will. The Col. said to him, ‘What is the Matter? John, you’re not sick?’ The reply was, ‘I shall die.’ Col. Hankins laughed him out of it. He wont home, slain by the Sword of the Spirit, his conviction was sharp and severe. He told us afterwards he neither eat, drank nor slept for three days and nights, till the Lord spoke peace to his wounded spirit. . . .
“A remarkable circumstance took place with John Goode, above alluded to; as I went out with my little boys to drop corn, on the roadside, there came a man riding up; he called to me, and when I went up to him the first word he said to me was, to tell how a person felt when he was converted; but instead of my telling him he immediately told me; he got so warm he scarcely would sit on his saddle. I invited him to the house, he said he came on purpose–his soul was alive. He told me I need not mention baptism to him, he said blessed be God, he was baptized with the Holy Ghost, and fire, he needed no more. I told him to search the scripture, and that would teach him his duty. . .
“This was on Saturday morning the Sunday week I had an appointment at Muse school house, a few miles beyond his house. I asked him if he would go with me if I would come by and take breakfast with him, he said he would with pleasure. When I went, he was sitting on his porch with a Bible in his hand; he commenced by telling me I need not say anything about baptism, his Holy Ghost and fire baptism would do for him. I spoke to him as above, for his cup appeared to be running over; I appointed meeting that evening at his house.
“After meeting closed in the day at the school house (it was the first time I had been at that place and there being a large congregation) I missed Mr. Goode till the people were nearly all gone; at last he came out of the woods. I asked where he had been all the time. He told me Mr. Branch, one of his rich neighbors, a church warder, had taken him out to give him some good advice, and it was to take care of the Baptists, for they preach damnable doctrines, and that they will not rest till they dip you. . . . .
“Baptists in those days could be told in any company–they loved one another. The Church was called Skinquarter, and increased, from its origin. Many other circumstances too tedious to mention and great many valuable things have slipt my memory. This Church raised three ministers, James and Josiah Rucks and John Goode, the same mentioned previously, who was baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire. He stood out a long time at last, having received a lashing of conscience, nothing would do but he must be baptized in water, and afterwards he was very zealous for that mode of immersion. . . .
“To return to Chesterfield again, Satan took the advantage of the three preachers alluded to above, and sewed seeds of discord among two of them . . . .”
John Goode’s wife was Sarah Brown (1745-1812), daughter of George Brown (?-1805/07) and ______ Robertson (?-?), daughter of George Robertson (?-abt 1795.)
John Goode was the son of Benjamin Goode (circa 1700-aft. 1764) of Henrico County, Virginia Colony. Benjamin’s mother was Susanna _________ (?-?) and his father was John Goode (1680-aft. 1752), who lived on Four Mile Creek, Henrico County. This John, grandfather of our subject, was the son of Margaret ______ (?-b/f 1679) and immigrant Edward Goode (1647-aft 1708). Born in England, Edward immigrated in 1667 and lived on Four Mile Creek.
This brief biography of John Goode has been taken from Volume II of a book of family history entitled ALL OF THE ABOVE II, by Richard Baldwin Cook. For additional information, visit the contributor profile, #47181028. John and Sarah Brown Goode are Richard’s 4th great grandparents.
Susanna Goode Farmer (1783 – 1864)*
Skinquarter Baptist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Richard Baldwin Cook
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Record added: Jun 08, 2009
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Information about the family Goode
Posted 21 Jun 2017 by EvelynMiller1939
No effort will be made here to carry the family back further than the immigration to Virginia. In “Our Virginia Cousins” there may be found quite a bit of information pertaining to the Goode families in England and since the publication of that book there has been additional information found in England on the Goodes, but none of it connects for certain with our first Edward and until such a connection is definitely proved all reference to the English Goodes will be omitted.
GOODE, Edward, b. 1647, presumably in England, d. after 1708; m. Margaret prior to 1679. Immigrated to Virginia as a bonded servant to Solomon Knibbs in 1667, Settled and lived on Four Mile Creek, a small creek in the eastern end of Henrico Co., Va. See Pat. Book 6, pg 52, Va. Land Office. There are also many references to Edward Goode in the Henrico Co records of that time. Issue:
John, b. about 1689. Apprenticed to John Dawson, 1691. Hen. Recs., b. p. 410. See family below.
Edward, b.——- believed younger than brother John; d. prior to May 4, 1781, . Elizabeth Woodson Morton, 17?? John mentions brother Edward in a deed to his sons. Hen Recs. 1744 -48. p. 290
John Goode, b. about 1680; d. after 1752; m. Susanna ——-. He lived and owned land on Four Mile Creek and its branches. We find a deed from him to his son Benjamin 1727, misc. court records, Henrico County, Vol 3. p. 707; a deed to his sons Thomas and Edward in which he mentions son, Benjamin; Hen Recs. 1744-48 p. 290 and a deed to daughter Susanna; Hen. Recs. 1750-67 p. 184. Issue:
Benjamin, b. about 1700
Thomas b. —-; d. prior to Sept 13, 1788; m. Elizabeth —–
Edward, . b—– d. prior to Jan 9, 185; m. Mary ——
Susanna, b. —- d. —–; m. John Clark prior to 1752
John. It is not certain that this was a son of John jr.
Goode, Benjamin, b. about 1700; d. after 1764; m. ——-. He lived on a tract of land on Four Mile Creek. Part of this land he deeded to his son, John, in 1757; Hen Recs. 1750-67, p. 510, and another part was deeded to John Goode of Dale Parish, Chesterfield Co., in 1764, Hen Recs. 1750-67, p. 867. Later we find that John and Sarah Goode dispose of the land of these two tracts, reserving for the use of Benjamin, during his life time, certain privileges. Issue:
John b. about 1738; see family below
Robert, b. —– d. prior to 1792; m. ——. Issue, Edward
Goode, John , b. about 1738 on Four Mile Ceek. Henrico Co., Va.; d. at Skinquarter, (Dale parish) Chesterfield Co., Va., June 12, 1792; m. Sarah Broun, daughter of George Brown, who was bo. Feb 13, 1745, and d. in 1812. Sarah Brouwn was the graddaughter of George Robertson. His will is in Will Book 3, p. 394. John and Sarah lived most of their lives at Skinquarter, Chesterfield CO. He was ordained a Baptist Minister June 18, 1780, and preached at Skinquarter Baptist Church. Will of John Goode is found in Chesterfield W B 1 p. 251. Neither of his daughters Mary nor Susanna were married when John’s will was written in 1788 but both were married when Sarah’s will was written 1811. Issue:
William b. Oct 25, 1761; d. Sept 27, 1845; m. Phebe Bass
Ann b. Feb 1764; d. Dept 18, 1830; m. David Ford, Mar 13, 1783
Robert, b. June 22, 1766
John b. June 22, 1766; d. after 1814; m. Martha Walthall Cheatham
Margaret, b. July 12, 1770; d.—- ; m. Jesse Butler, Oct 20, 1792
Benjamin , b. Mar 3, 1771; d. July 10, 1830; m. Martha Robertson Dec 8, 1790
Edmund, b Feb 27, 177?; see family below
Joseph b. Apr 4, 1776; d. Oct 13, 1823; m. Judith Watkins Jan 8, 1805
Elizabeth , b. June 9, 1778; d Aug 20, 1821; m. Wm. H Pittman Feb 20, 1798
Mack, b. March 9, 1779; d. about 1840-50; m. Sarah Gates about 1823
Tarpley, b. May 12, 1780; d. Jan 21, 1814; m. Tabitha Cheatham Nov 6, 1809
Mary , b. Jan 10, 1782; d. —; m. Towns Binns
Susanna, b. Dec 1, 1784; d. Nov 1864; m. 6 Benjamin Farmer Nov 21, 1809
Goode, Edmond, b. Feb 27, 177-. d. prior 1841; m. Patience M Rucks, daughter of James Rucks, May 17, 1802. Edmond, like his father and one or two of his brothers. was a Baptist minister, and like his father, he reared a large family. Issue:
Cyrus, b. about 1803; d. before 1870; m. Martha Phaup, Dec 14, 1835
Elishaba, b. about 1803; d. about 1846; m. William Wilkinson, Feb 14, 1825. (Col RH Eanes is descended from this union. They had one son who surrendered a regiment at Appomatox.)
Mary R. b. Aug 24, 1804; d. June 13, 1842; m. Jos G Woodfin, Mar 10, 1828
Orpha, b. —-; d. Apr 27, 1848; m. Jos G Woodfin, Dec 12, 1843.
Margaret, b.—-; d.—; m. Horton or Wharton
Roxanna b.—; d.—; m Sterling S Hillsman OCt 27, 1831
Eunice, b.—;d.—-; m. John Phaup, Dec 19, 1841
Hester Damarius, b.—; d.—;m. Beverly Smith
George W., b. about 1848; d. about 1900; m. Martha Forsee, Nov 24, 1838
Edmund, Col CSA, b. July 17, 1822; d.—-;m. Sarah Stone, Sept 6, 1854
Asenath A, b—; d—;m. William Smith Dec 13, 1850″
End of Col. Eames Letter.
The following information about John Goode, b about 1739, is found in “The Baptist of Virginia” by Dr. Garnett Regland, Pub. 1955 in a chapter on “Imprisonment of Baptist Ministers” In Essex Co., four Baptist preachers came into the county and constituted a Baptist Church in Mar 1774, which is now known as Mount Zion. They were arrested “for praching and expounding the scriptures contrary to law.” They were held in close confinement until the court met seven days after their arrest. They were found guilty and the usual sentence was imposed upon two of them. They gave bond for good behavior for twelve months with John Goode and three other men as their securities.
In another book “Imprisoned Preachers and Religious Liberty in Virginia” by L P Little is the following letter by 9 Dr J E Cook referring to Rev John Goode born 1738. “Please find enclosed my check for $10 to help out on the memorial to Baptist preachers at Chesterfield court house. Besides my interst as a Baptist, I have a personal and family interst in helping to rear this moument. My mother was Susan Goode Farmer, Her great grandfather was Rev John Goode, the first settled pastor of Skinquarter Church, where he died in the pastorate June 12, 1792.
John Good was the first Baptist among my mother’s ancestors. John Goode was the first Baptist among my Mother’s ancestors. John Goode became a Baptist in this wise. In his youth he lost respect for the established Church, having been fined in Henrico Co for failing to support the Church. He moved to Chesterfield Co., married Sarah Brown and settled near Skinquarter Springs. When they imprisoned Baptist preachers for preaching the Gospel, a fellow feeling and curiosity took him to the court house where they were imprisoned to hear them preach.
He fell under conviction, was baptized and later ordained by Rev William Hichman. Since John Goode there have been nothing but Baptists in my mother’s family. Fraternally yours, 9 John Ernest Cook.”
Information on Benjamin Goode
Posted 27 Jun 2017 by EvelynMiller1939
Goode, Benjamin, b. about 1700; d. after 1764; m. ——-. He lived on a tract of land on Four Mile Creek. Part of this land he deeded to his son, John, in 1757; Henrico Recs. 1750-67, p. 510, and another part was deeded to John Goode of Dale Parish, Chesterfield Co., in 1764, Hen Recs. 1750-67, p. 867. Later we find that John and Sarah Goode dispose of the land of these two tracts, reserving for the use of Benjamin, during his life time, certain privileges.