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EARLY GOODES OF VIRGINIA
AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
EDWARD GOODE of Four Mile Creek
Edward Goode, the immigrant, arrived in Virginia in ca1665 and settled in the Four Mile Creek area of Henrico County, Virginia, on the northeast side of the James River. On 5 January 1664, Edward Goode, of Tempsford, Bedfordshire, England, was listed as a Norfolk Circuit prisoner who was reprieved to be transported to Barbados. Solomon Knibb received a patent for 710 acres on the north side of the James River in Henrico Co, dated 24 Sep 1667, for the transportation of 15 persons including Edward Goode. According to one document, Edward was transported as an indentured servant. Upon being reprieved a person was pardoned from the infraction he was accused of, thus Edward Goode entered the colonies as a free man, with an indentured servant commitment for a certain period of time with Solomon Knibb for paying his passage from Barbados to the colonies.
Edward Goode was born in ca1645 according to the depositions he made in 1677, as he said he was about 30 years of age and in 1684 he said he was about 40 years old. These dates indicate that Edward was around 20 years old when he arrived in the colonies. Edward worked as a servant in the Knibb household as indicated in a deposition given in 1679 in Henrico Co by Samuel Knibb, age 25, son of Solomon Knibb, who stated, “when Edward Goode came first into this country and living at my father’s house”. No document has been found indicating how long Edward served Solomon Knibb, but the usual term was 5 to 7 years. In a deposition given by John Webb in August 1679, and I quote: "That Katharine Johns sayd Edward Good had her tobacco and upon another's reply sayiny that he rather thought Edward Lester had it, she declared that Edward Good was the likelyer of the two for she knew him to be a rogue when he was a servant." This seems to indicate that Edward had been a servant but had finished his indenture before 1679. (from Vol 1 of Early Goodes of VA) 396 pages, every name index.
JOHN GOODE of Whitby
John Goode, merchant, left England when he was about 18 years old and arrived in Barbados around 1650. He stayed in Barbados for several years trading between England and the colonies. In 1659 John Goode received merchandise from England that was shipped by Samuel Eames the elder of London and was being brought by his partner, Samuel Eames, the younger. The younger Eames died at sea on 1 May 1659. John Goode made the move to settle in the Colonies about 1659, after the death of his partner and after his marriage to Mary Mackerness. By 1667 and again in1678 John Goode received merchandise in Virginia. John was recorded shipping goods by the ships REBECCA, HUMPHREY & ELIZABETH and WILLIAM & JOHN of London. John Goode married Mary Mackerness, daughter of his good friend, John Mackerness. The Mackerness family members named in the will of John Mackerness were sons Peter and John Mackerness, daughter Mary Mackerness at (age) 21, father Peter Mackerness, sister Anne Mackerness, brother Jacob Mackerness, sisters Elizabeth and Mary Mackerness, and brother William Mackerness, cooper, of London. The will was signed by John Mackerness, cooper, on 8 Aug 1659 and was proved 24 Sept 1659. At the time of the writing of the will on 8 Aug 1659, Mary Mackerness was not married. Shortly thereafter, on 15 October 1659, there is a listing of John Goode and a Mary Goode on the same headright passenger list coming to the colonies. John Goode, who was named in John Mackarness’ will as a “friend”, would have been 27 years old at the time. Frances Goode Bridgewater, oldest daughter of John Goode, gave a deposition in 1690 stating she was 32 years old, placing her birth in ca1657. Allowing for the marriage of her parents at least one year earlier, John Goode would have been married first by 1656 to an unknown wife. Since John Goode’s first daughter, Frances, was born in 1657 it is reasonable to assume that Frances was not a daughter of Mary Mackerness. (from Vol 2 of Early Goodes of VA) 434 pages, every name index.
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