Ben Cates Goode

My father.Ben Cates GoodeBen Cates Goode was borne on July 25, 1909 in Knoxville, Tennessee, his father Charles, was 31 and his mother Martha, was 37. He Married Carletta  Bowman on April 16, 1927 when he was 17 years old and Carletta was 16. They had six children in thirteen years.

Charles Lindburg Goode b.June 5, 1928. He married Eula Bidwell and they had one child together, Sharon Kay Goode b. 1947-1999. He then married Bobbie Lee Brashears on December 29,1951 and they had 5 children together. Charles (Chuck Goode b.1953-2008, Melissa Goode b.1953-, Rick Goode b.1954-,Rhonda Goode b.1959-,Phillip Joe Goode b.1965-1999. Charles d. October 11,1999 In Knoxville, Tennessee and is buried at Highland Memorial Cemetery

Billy Leroy Good .b January 9, 1930. He married  Helen Shaffer on August 5, 1952 and they had three children children together. Jeannie b. May 9, 1953-  Billy b. Jan 28, 1953  Kim b. February 5, 1759-.

Ben Cates Goode, Jr. b. September 9,1931 married Evelyn Townsend November 19, 1949 and they had three children together. Debbie Goode b. June 10, 1951-  Rocky Goode b. January 5, 1953- Mike Goode b. January 1, 1955-.

David Ray Goode b. January 13, 1937 d. January 19, 1937.

Evelyn Deloris Goode b. November 28, 1939 – married James R. Mills on June 6, 1958 and they had one child together. Rebecca Lynn b. July 25, 1966. She then Married James David Miller on April 5, 1975.

Bobby Joe Goode b. September 25, 1941 had one child with Mildred Whaley. Bobby Joe Goode b. June 23, 1969. Joe then had one child with Rebecca Gibson. Amanda Joe Goode b. October 22, 1979. Bobby Joe Goode died on April 6, 2017.

I remember as a child daddy working at Oak Ridge, Tennessee “The Secret City”. Where they built the Atomic Bomb, It was during and after WWI. He had to have a security clearance but his wasn’t high clearance because he did not work in any of the uranium plants. He work on the construction sites where they were building more buildings. He use to take us there and we would have to be cleared through the security gates but we were not able to get of the main road. I knew that something important was happening but I didn’t know actually what.

Oak Ridge

I also remember during the war we would have blackouts where all the street lights would be turned out and mom would put blankets over the windows so no light would show through. It was total darkness, the only thing that you could see were search lights going back and forth across the sky from the airport so that the planes Could see to land. We lived in Knoxville, Tennessee only about 20 or 25 miles from Oak Ridge. There were no TV’s back then so all our news came from the radio, newspapers and the News Reels, when we got to go to the movies.

There were great sacrifices during the war but everyone was willing to do so for the war effort. An example of those sacrifices was the Ration Books.

War Ration BookWorld war II PosterAsk anyone who remembers life on the home front during WWII about their strongest memories and chances are they will tell you about rationing. You see, the war caused shortages of all sorts of things: rubber, metal, clothing, etc. But it was the shortage of various types of food that effected about everyone on a daily basis.

Food was in short supply for a variety of reasons: much of the processed and can foods was reserved for shipping overseas to our military and our allies; transportation of fresh food was limited due to gasoline and tire rationing and the priority of transporting Soldiers and war supplies instead of food; imported foods, like coffee and sugar, was limited due to restrictions on importing.

Because of these shortages, the U.S. government established a system of rationing that would more fairly distribute foods that were in short supply. Every American was issued a series of ration books during the war. The ration books contained removable stamps good for certain rationed items, like sugar, meat, cooking oil, and caned goods. A person could not buy a rationed item without also giving the grocer the right ration stamp. once that person’s ration stamps were used up for a month, they couldn’t buy any more of that type food. I also remember having to give a stamp for buying shoes or nylon hose.

The last Goode reunion October 1015

Goode Reunion














Charles “Charley” Key Goode

My Grandfather

Charles Goode youngCharlie Goode when he was about 23 or 26.

Charles Goode OldCharlie Goode as I remember him. From now forward he will be refered to as “Poppa Goode” He was born in Pickens Georgia in 1877 to Joshua Goode and Angelina  Harris Goode. He and other members of his family worked for the Tate Marble Company in Pickens, Ga. But sometime between the age of 23 to 26 he came to Knoxville TN and I suppose it was to follow the marble. Knoxville had several marble quarry’s and he worked at both Gray Knox Marble and Appalachian  Marble Company until he retired. At age 26 he married Mattie Abbott Whittaker a widow with eight children some of which were old enough to not bring into the marriage.  He had two Children with Mattie. Nora Kay Goode and my father Ben Cates Goode.  Mattie died when my dad was eighteen months old, leaving Poppa Goode to care for all the children. He married again to Minnie Weaver “Momma Goode” in 1911. My memories of him are so vivid. He was a big man (not in weight) but tall and I remember his hands being so big that my hand got lost in his. He was a stern man but also could smile and be gentle with his grandchildren. He had a black and white dog named Bouzer that was always by his side.

Poppa and Momma Goode lived in a beautiful Craftsman house that was next door to my school, West View Elementary.  I was always telling the other children “that’s where my Momma and Poppa Goode live”. We lived about a mile away and mom would walk my brother and I to school of the morning and Poppa Goode would bring us home in the afternoon. After school we would go to their house and I remember Poppa Goode walking on a cane and taking my hand or I would hold to one of his fingers as we walked. I would go with him to the basement to stoke the furnace then we would go to the garden and pick what he called tommie toe tomatoes, which now I know are called grape tomatoes.  I would hold out the skirt of my little dress to carry our bounty. After we did that we would take them to Momma Goode and she would always brag on how many we had. By then it was time to take my brother and I home because our mom and dad had gotten home from work.  He had an A model Ford with a rumble seat in the rear and we would beg him to let us ride back there and if the weather was good he obliged. We waved at everyone if we knew them or not.A model Ford Not many people owned a car back then.

Then my Poppa Goode got sick and when I went there I wasn’t allowed to go in the room because I might disturb him so I sat outside his door. My Momma Goode would always prepare dinner on that cook stove that was very modern. It was black and chrome and had enamel handles and the thing that fascinated me the most was that warming oven on the top. She would put Poppa Goode’s food in there until he felt like eating.

My Poppa Goode died when I was in the third grade I was devastated. I still walked to school and stopped there after school but there was no more stoking the furnace and picking tommie toes, my aunt Mary would be the one to take us home. I so loved my aunt Mary. She took over after Poppa Goode died to make sure that we were taken care of. My Momma Goode lived until I was an adult and lived with her Daughter Mary.  I feel so thankful that we always remained a family, the eight children that were brought into the marriage, my dad and his sister and the two girls that Poppa and Momma Goode had together Ruby and Mary. We are all family never thought anything differentCharles Goode earnings recordMileagge Ration Charles Goode



Joshua Marion Goode

Joshua Goode Civil war FlagWhen Joshua M. Goode was born in 1828 in Pickens, Georgia his father Thomas was 37 and his mother Margaret, was 34. He married Margaret Mary Crye on September,19,1852 when he was 17 years old and they had three children together. Martha A. Goode and Margaret Ann Goode who were twins and born in 1855.                                                                                                                                          John M. Goode born April 23, 1863. He married Martha J. Sanford in 1885 and they had one daughter together, Bertha Margaret Eleanor Goode. John died in 1949 and is buried in Dawson, Georgia.

The Civil War came along and Joshua and Margaret seperated around the end of the war and are living in seperate houses in the 1870 census. Margaret is household # 289 and her daughter Margaret is living with her. Joshua is household # 290 and has Martha and John living with him. Next door to Joshua is Eliza A. Harris household # 291, she has four children living with her. Amanda, William, Thomas and Matilda all with the last name of Harris. It appears that these four children may have been fathered by Joshua and taken the last name Goode after Joshua and Eliza were married on September 19, 1874. The children they had together were

 Amanda V.Goode born 1865 Pickens Georgia and died Knoxville, Tennessee on October 10,1934 and is buried in Middlebrook  cemetery.                                                                                                                                                                                                              William Tate Goode born August 10, 1867. He married Georgia Ann Holloway they had six children together. He died on September 23.1929 in Pickens, Georgia.

Lucinda M. Goode born 1870 in Pickens, Georgia. Death unknown.

   Martha T. Goode born 1872 in Pickens, Georgia. Death unknown

  James A. Goode born   1873 in Pickens, Georgia. Death unknown

 Joshua Goode  born 1874 in Pickens, Georgia. Married Annie M. Morton they had six children together. He died June 2,1933 in Knoxville, Tennessee and is buried in Middlebrook cemetery.

 Annie Lee Goode  born 1875 Pickens, Georgia. She married Charlton Bradley Weaver they had one child together. She died April 26 in Knoxville, Tennessee and is  buried in Middlebrook cemetery.  

Charles Key Goode Born December 13, 1877. Married Martha Elizabeth Abbott  and they had two children together. he then married Minnie Minervia Weaver and they had two children together. He died May 7, 1946 in Knoxville, Tennessee and is buried in Highland Memorial cemetery. This is our ancestor.                        Clementine Goode  born1878 Pickens, Georgia-death unknown.

Mary Goode born Georgia 1879 – death unknown.

Edith Cyre Goode born 1881 Georgia – death unknown.

Mary Goode born 1883 Georgia. Married Alvin Albright in Knoxville, Tennessee together they had five children. died March 27th, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Joshua was land owner and a farmer. He also was a blacksmith for the Tate Marble Company. He and other blacksmiths had to keep the horses and wagons in good shape to haul the marble from the quarry. On March 4th 1862 Joined the 107th Regiment of the Georgia Militia.  He is listed in The 1864 Census for Re-organizing the Georgia Militia. I is a statewide census of all the white males between the ages of 16 and 60 who were not at the time in the service of the Confederate States of America. Based on a law passed by the Georgia Legislature in December 1863 to provide protection of women  and children and invalids living at home. It is a list of some 42,000 men-many of them exempt from service-who were able to serve in local militia companies and to perform such home-front duties as might be required of them.  Here is a copy of the  Georgia’s Reconstruction Act Oath. I don’t have the actual oath that Joshua signed but I do have a copy of the page in the Register Book that he signed in order to sign the oath. You had to sign the oath in order to vote in Georgia’s elections. The one below is signed by John Sanders. 

Reconstruction Oath 001

Return of voters       Although I have searched and searched for many years I have never been able to find when and where Joshua and Eliza Goode died. Hopefully someone will see this post that might be able to shine some light on my brick wall.                                                                                                                                          



Thomas Goode

Thomas Goode War of 1812

Thomas Goode was my 2nd great grandfather and I know very little about, although, I have done a lot of research. I know that several places he lived the courthouse have burned and destroying valuably records I do know that he was born February 8, 1791 to Joseph Goode and Mary Redford Goode. Thomas and his brother Nicholas Goode both married Daughters of William Bibb Key and Mourning Clark Key. Nicholas Goode married Martha Key and Thomas Goode married her sister Margaret Key in 1845 at Oglethorpe. I am sure that later in life there was friction between the two sisters because I their  fathers will he left only $1.00  to five of his daughters besides what else he had already given them. Margaret was one of the five that received only $1.00 but Martha was not listed So she benefited from the inheritance from ther father. ( Oh how I wish I could go back in time and know the real truth) The will was later contested . In  one of the census it list Thomas’s wife Martha instead of Margaret which is a common mistake and I know that sometime Margaret’s are referred to as Martha, however, trying to use this document for application into DAR it was a problem.

Thomas was a land owner and a farmer he also served in the war of 1812               Fold3_Page_1_Index_to_Compiled_Service_Records_of_Volunteer_Soldiers_Who_Served_During_the_War_of_1812 *  Joseph Terrell Goode 1818          *  Listed are the children of Thomas and Margaret

James Clark Goode 1820

John Martin Goode 1826

Joshua Marion Goode 1828   This is our ancesor

Jabez Wootson Goode 1829

William Bibb Goode 1833

Martha Mildred Goode 1835

Thomas Died August 12, 1858 Oglethorpe, GA










Joseph Goode

Joseph GoodeTree Joseph Goode was born in 1745 in Amelia, North Carolina. His parents were Edward Goode III and Judith Morton Goode. When he was about 20 years old in 1765 he married Patsy Redford, she was born in 1740 to John Redford Jr. and Mary Cocke Redford. According to the 1790 census he was living in Rutherford, North Carolina, presumably living close to his bothers, John, Thomas and Richard Goode also his mother Judith. Joseph was a land owner with slaves and at one time they numbered 12. As I search through the records of my ancestors and come to the realization that almost all my ancestors had slaves and it saddens me. I only pray that they were good and generous men and were gracious and kind to the families that worked for them. 

Joseph seemed to be very close to his brother Thomas as they are listed together on bank records and other business dealings He was also a witness to Joseph’s will.

Joseph’s and Martha’s children were:

Abraham Goode 1774-1860

Nicholas Goode 1780-1860

Thomas Goode 1791-1858 Our ancestor

Sarah Goode1788-1870

Below is a copy of a land grant.

Joseph Goode land Grant.jpg

Joseph Goode Pay Revolutionary Voucher

Above is a pay voucher for service in the Revolutionary War.                                          Joseph is my 3rd great grandfather.



Edward Goode lll

American Revolutionary Soilder 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.

Goode's BridgeRev. war veteranSAR Edward Good III

Edward Goode III (1719 – 1796)
4th great-grandfather

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
You are the daughter of Ben Cates Goode

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