Virginia Cousins

A Study of the Ancestry and Posterity of John Goode of Whitby, a Virginia Colonist of the Seventeenth Century, With Notes Upon Related Families, a Key to Southern Genealogy, and a History of the English Surname Gode, Goad, Goode, or Good, from 1148 to 1887


Author: Goode, G. Brown
Publication Date: 1887
Reprint Date: 2002
Pages: xxxvi 526 pp.
ISBN: 9780806351735


This celebrated volume is a thorough examination of some 5,000 descendants of John Goode, son of Richard Goode of Cornwall, who emigrated first to Barbados and ultimately settled at Whitby, about four miles from Richmond, Virginia, at some point before 1661. Commencing with a chapter on the English origins of the Goodes from 1148, the author, G. Brown Goode, meticulously lays out the story of the Virginia Goodes and their allied families for eight generations in America to 1887. In the process, we see the dispersion of this family from the Richmond environs to Lunenberg, Chesterfield, Prince Edward, and still other counties in Virginia, through much of the ante-bellum South, and ultimately to places to the north and much further west. Special features of the book include a study of the family surname, various conclusions concerning the heraldic claims of the Goodes, lists of family members who served in the armed forces or attended college, and a number of primary source reproductions. However, it is the enormous scale and detail of the family history itself that impresses the researcher most and has caused the work to remain in continued use to this day. In genealogical sketches of varying lengths, we witness the intersection of the Goodes with hundreds of allied families far and wide. What a pity that the limitations of space prevent us from naming more than a mere sampling of them: Adams, Anderson, Andrews, Bacon, Barksdale, Baskerville, Bass(e), Blair, Bolling, Botts, Boyd, Branch, Brown, Campbell, Carrington, Carter, Clarke, Cocke, Cole, Coleman, Collier, Cumming(s), Daniel, Dawson, Finch, Fleming, Garber, Gillett, Green/Greene, Gregory, Guerry, Harris(s), Harrison, Hendrick, Hill, Holt, Horseley, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lemoine, Lewis, Lyle, McCullough, Mason, Maury, Maynard, Megginson, Moody, Moore, Moorman, Morgan, Morrison, Mosby, Murrell, Nelson, Osborne, Parks, Perkins, Pleasants, Poague, Price, Randolph, Robertson, Scott, Sherrod, Shotwell, Simms/Simmes, Slaton, Smith, Spotswood, Steger, Thornton, Tucker, Vaughan, Venable, Walton, Ward, Watkins, Wharton, Wilkerson, Willbanks, Williams, Wingfield, Wooldridge, Wright, and Yarborough.

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