Edward Goode III was born about 1708 on his father’s plantation Located on Four Mile Creek. There Edward grew up and experienced the grief of losing his mother (Agnes Cole Goode)
In 1744 Edward III was married to his Step-Sister Judith Morton. Judith born about 1726 in Henrico Virginia was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Morton. In 1731, at the tender age of five, Judith experienced the trama of her father’s death.
By the time her mother married Edward Goode II, Judith was 14 years old. In time she and her step-brother Edwaed III were drawn to each other and were married in 1744. Now the blood of the Virginia bluebloods–Woodson, Morton, Ferris and Smith –mingled with the blood of the Goode’s in the birth of their Children. (It is through Judith’s mother that we claim a family relationship to Dolly Madison and Jesse James.)
After the marriage of Edward III and Judith , they settled on the acreage Judith inherited from her dad in Amelia County , Virginia. Edward III built a toll bridge over the Appomattox River named “Goode’s Bridge” which was important during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. (This Bridge now has a historic marker and is located on route 360 near the boarder of Amelia and Chesterfield counties, not far from Richmond).
In 1748 Judit and Edward III sold this land and moved south to Lunenburg County, Virginia. Edward III received a King’s Grant of 1,000 acres located on Kitts Creek near the Meherrin River. Lunenburg County later became Mecklenburg Countyin 1765. He bought slaves, using some in the fields and some to help Judith, he grew tobacco, became an established planter and enjoyed a comfortable living. He is on the list of tithables taken in 1752 by Field Jefferson (uncle of Thomas Jefferson).
in 1780 Edward III and Judith and their family entered a period when neighbor was pitted against neighbor, brother against brother, father against son. The Revolutionary War was on the horizon. The Goode’s had to choose up sides. Would they be divided? Would some declare themselves Loyalists and other Patriots? NO. The Edward Goode III family stood united. Edward Goode III is listed as a patriotin the list of Revolutionary War Records and provided beef, saddle and rifle gun as his support. But that is not all, two of Edward III and Judith’s sons, John and Thomas proudly fought with the Continental Army.
Edward III died before February 1, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. He and Judith were married for 51 years. Edward III and Judith had 10 children.
Joseph b. about 1745 This is our ancestor
Jane b. about 1747
Edward b. about 1749
Judith b.about 1752
Agnes b. about 1753
Richard b. about 1754
Mary pauline b. about 1756
Thomas Jefferson born 1760
John b. about 1761
Robert b, about 1765
Elizabeth b. about 1766
For nearly 200 years the childred of Edward Goode III and Judith Morton have been prominent in the history of Virginia. Churches, politics, farming, professional,and military.