Edward Goode II

Virginia FlagEdward Goode is our generation of Goodes fifth great grandfather. He is the second generation American Goode. He is son of Edward Goode I my immigrant ancestor.

Edward Goode II was born before 1680 in Henrico County, VA, on the north side of the James River in the Four mile Creek area and died there on November 16, 1761(date his will was probated).  He Married Agnes Cole before January 27,1701 (and I have not been able to learn anything about her).  Edward II signed a certificate of acknowledgment of marriage on this date at the Quaker meeting house at Curles. This is evidence that Edward II was a Quaker.

Our British ancestors imported and adapted their native country’s traditions of common law which included the concept that the king was sole owner of land in the colonies.  This necessitated their receiving from the crown a grant to use the land in return for a duty (tax) owed the king. Edward II received three such grants which included 1,125 acres.  There are several records that indicate this ancestor was a man of respect and trust.  In a lawsuit between John Woodson and Edward New, “the sheriff is commanded to impanel a Jury of good and lawful men of this country to try this issue,” and Edward II is named to this Jury. Other records that reflect his respect are those that report his appointment “to survey, to do inventory and make appraisement of all the land between Baily’s Run and Four Mile Creek.”  Surveying was a function of the parish and was required by law to be done every four years and was intended to settle property disputes .

Edward II was an educated man and signed his name on all legal documents.

After the death of his first wife, Agnes Cole (who was the mother of all his children}, Edward II married the widow Elizabeth Woodson Morton in 1740.  Elizabeth was the widow of Thomas Morton and they were the parents of five children including Judith, who will be important in the life of Edward Goode III.  Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Dr. John and Sarah (Winston) Woodson, one of the very first families to establish a home in Virginia.

Edward was a man of ample means, a planter of the old school and his sons were family educated. married into the best of neighboring families and occupied positions of prominence. He was probably one of the first to ship tobacco from Richmond wharves to England

Edward Goode II owned a tobacco plantation, so we assume that he also owned slaves.

The known children of Edward Goode II and Agnes Cole are:

Agnes Goode (b. about 1704)

Margaret Goode (b. about 1706)

Edward Goode III (b. about 1708, maybe as early as 1705)   We are the decendents of this child of Edward Goode and Agnes Cole

Joseph Goode (b. about 1710, maybe as early as 1705)

These four names: Agnes, Margaret, Edward and Joseph have been used through generations in naming Goode Children.

Edward Goode Grant

SAR Edward Goode


Edward Goode l

P500475_121_160My surname is Goode or Good, I find it both ways. I am a descendant from Edward Goode the immigrant. Edward Goode was born in 1647 in Cornwall England. He came to America and arrived in Virginia about 1665 and settled in the Four Mile Creek area of Henrico County, Virginia, on the northeast side of the James River (in what is today known as Varina, near Richmond). He was from Tempsford, Bedfordshire, England. In 1664 he was listed as a Norfolk Circuit prisoner. He was about 17 years old and we dot know what crime he was accused of.  It couldn’t have been very serious because he was reprieved to be sent to Barbados.  Upon being reprieved, he was pardoned of the crime he had been accused of. Edward was transported from Barbados to the colonies as an indentured servant of Solomon Knibb. Mr. Knibb paid his passage and Edward was obligated to be his servant for five to seven years.

Edward was born about 1665 in England and was about 20 years old when he came to Virginia.  He married Margaret Horner. Margaret was the daughter of Havaliah Horner and his wife Margaretta. Havaliah was a minister in Charles County, Virginia, as early as 1664. Havaliah died sometime before 01 Sept 1677 when Margaretta Horner, his wife was appointed executrix of his will. Margaret Horner was an older daughter and had married and left home before her father, Havaliah Horner, died. She did not receive any money from the settlement of his estate.*(Henrico Co, Wills and Deeds 1688-1697, pg 129, dated 2 Jun 1690). In a deposition made in 1678 Benjamin Hatcher was being sued by Margaret Goode for payment for curing his hand. This would lead to believe that Margaret was a healer.

In the court of 1677 Edward made a deposition about tobacco being lost due to a lack of housing. This appears to be a clue to Edward’s occupation. He may have been the manager of a tobacco warehouse or a tobacco farm manager.

Edward died after 1708…this the date of his last known signature.

We do not know who Edward’s parents were, but dna testing confirms that he shared an ancestor with John  Goode who lived on the south side of the James River and arrived in the colonies about 7 years before Edward.

The known Children of Edward and Margaret are John Goode born prior to 1679; and Edward Goode born prior to 1680.

Edward Goode (1647 – 1722)
6th great-grandfather

Edward Goode II (1690 – 1761)
son of Edward Goode

Edward Goode III (1719 – 1796)
son of Edward Goode II

Joseph Goode (1745 – 1828)
son of Edward Goode III

Thomas Goode (1791 – 1858)
son of Joseph Goode

Joshua Goode (1828 – )
son of Thomas Goode

Charles K Goode (1877 – 1946)
son of Joshua Goode

Ben Cates Goode (1909 – 1980)
son of Charles K Goode

                                                             Evelyn Deloris Goode                                                                                                                     Daughter of Ben Cates Goode


Finding My Roots

I now realize that from a seed comes roots for a tree and from that tree come many branches. In this blog I hope to focus on those many branches that have grown through the years down to me and try to realize where I fit into this great tree. It is for sure that my ancestors fought a greater fight for this America that we live in than I have ever considered. Thanks to all members of the branches of my tree, that because of their sacrifice I am able to life in a free society that you fought and died for.

Evelyn Miller