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Descendants of Benjamin Goodman
of
Hanover County, Virginia
Four Generations


NOTE: This is a "Works in Progress"
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Special Note:(from Goodman History)

What We Thought (and has been disproved)
There has been so much speculation about Benjamin Goodman of New Kent / Hanover over the years. As established below, no one really knows for sure exactly where he came from or when, or how he got to Virginia, and we may never know any of that for sure. Indeed, there are documents of a Benjamin Goodman of St Katherine's, in County Middlesex (London) who was ordered transported to Barbados, and (supposedly) a transportation list to Maryland, and IGI files (some user submitted, without supporting proofs), a parish christening registers from Southhill and Goldington, County Bedford, England (which does NOT establish or prove any kind of connection), and the list goes on. All these documents are nice, but none of them establishes a definitive, provable connection to the Benjamin Goodman of New Kent / Hanover, Virginia. The one that was transported in 1672 was presumably 20 years old or more, and therefore born ca 1650 or before, and possibly, but not for certain, could have been the father of the Benjamin Goodman who later married Lucy Blackwell, but almost certainly was NOT the same Benjamin Goodman.

Before January 2010, when evidence to the contrary was discovered, most researchers believed that this Benjamin Goodman's ancestry and family were as follows. This unproven (and now known to be incorrect) ancestry has been posted to many Internet genealogy forums, and uploaded by many people to various genealogy websites, so it will be difficult, if not impossible, to purge those sites of the following incorrect information:

1. Benjamin4 Goodman (Benjamin3, William2, John1) (Source: IGI for Bedfordshire, England.) was christened on 5 March 1662 in Goldington, Bedfordshire, England. That his father, also Benjamin, was somehow in London, then "of St. Katherine's" and a prisoner at Newgate, Middlesex County, when he was ordered transported to Barbados in 1672, and from there he somehow got to Maryland, and somehow got from there to New Kent County, VA, along with his presumed son, the Benjamin Goodman christened in Goldington in 1662, and also presumably with a wife and possibly other family members, who may have come to Virginia later.

Personally, I have always thought that was a lot to swallow, and have been questioning the logical possibility of this scenario since before 2001 for many reasons. My several requests for specific documentation and proofs from the person/persons who put forth this theory to "connect the dots" have so far been unsatisfied.

The above has since been positively disproved by the following: 

In January 2010, I discovered a long overlooked record in Goldington, Bedfordshire, England, that tends to indicate that this Benjamin Goodman's father, supposedly the one christened in Southill, Bedfordshire England on May 12, 1639, and previously believed to be the on later ordered transported to Barbados, was a common laborer residing in Goldington in 1677/78, re: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/A2A/records.aspx?cat=004-...

"Barford Hundred HSA/1678 W/12 1678
Contents:
Barford Hundred: Bedford Assizes, 7 March 1677/8
...
Goldington: Robt Knott & Tho Moakes present John Curtice husbandman, Benjamin Goodman labourer, and Robt Bills for not coming to church 2 Sundayes last past
..."

Therefore, based on the above record, Benjamin Goodman of Southill and later of Goldington could NOT have been the same one ordered transported to Barbados in 1672, and could not have been the one previously presumed to be the one later found and documented in New Kent County VA. His presumed son, the Benjamin Goodman christened in Goldington on 5 March 1662, would have had to have come to the colonies with his father sometime after 1677/78, or on his own after he turned 18, so about 1680 or later. This is within the realm of possibility, but cannot be proved by anything that has been found to date.

What We Do Know

Only the following, of his later life in New Kent / Hanover County VA, is actually supported by proven documentation:

Benjamin Goodman, origins and ancestry unknown and unproved, was married and in Virginia on 27 April 1701 in St Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., where his son Samuel was baptized as stated in the Register of St. Peter’s Parish. Land processioning records in later vestry books of this same parish and its successor, St Paul's Parish, indicate that Benjamin Goodman was living, with his wife Lucy, on James Turner's orphans land, and mentions that James Blackwell is the grandfather of the orphans. They may have been trying to keep the land in the family, so Benjamin Goodman was living on his deceased brother-in-law's land. But this would tend to indicate that he did not own that land. It is difficult to speculate what transpired in the land transactions, but we do know that Benjamin did own quite a bit of land because his will states: “Secondly I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Goodman the plantation whereon he now dwelth and one hundred acres of land thereunto adjoyning being part of the divident whereon I now live joyning on the main road to him his heirs and assigns forever. Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son Robert Goodman his old plantation and one hundred acres of land thereunto adjoyning to him his heirs and assigns for ever. Fourthly my will is that my lovely wife Lucie Goodman shall have and enjoy my plantation whereon I now dwell with all with all houses and orchards thereupon during her natural life and after her decease to be to the only proper use of my son Benjamin Goodman his heirs and assigns for ever.” As can be seen, Benjamin had several hundreds of acres of land of his own that he willed to his family.

Benjamin Goodman wrote his will in 1729 and died before 1 May 1735 (date his widow provided bond for his inventory) in Hanover County, Virginia (Will recorded in Hanover VA and also recorded in Cumberland County VA). He married Lucie (Lucy) Blackwell Bef. 1701, daughter of James Blackwell and Lydia Turner. (Source: Will of Benjamin Goodman, St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., VA. Robert V."Van". Blackwell, 3885 Hadley Farm Dr., Marietta, GA, 30066-2646, also later court and Vestry records) She was born 27 September 1689 (RG: This birth date for her is impossible to highly unlikely, since son Samuel was christened in 17 April 1701 in St Peter's Parish Register, at which date she would have been only 11-1/2 years old! More likely she was born in 1685, per this source.) in New Kent Co., Virginia (Source: Chamberlayne, Register, St. Peter's Parish.). She died after 1750 in St. Paul Parish, Hanover, Virginia (Source: mentioned as mother of Benjamin Goodman, Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., VA, entry for Vestry held 06 Nov 1750).

His wife Lucie, or Lucy, has eluded our research for many years. There are no known records that specifically identifies her heritage. Using other sources, family associations and dates, we can make an educated assumption that her maiden name was probably Blackwell. Because there have been so many records lost from this area from this time period the Processioning list proves very valuable in putting together a complete list of all of the children of James Blackwell as well as additional information about this family.

For more information please read Ron Goodman's site at http://www.goodmanhistory.com/my-ancestors/benjamin-goodman-i-hanover-va.html


DIRECTIONS: To use this list, always start with this page to link to the others. This will keep things from getting confusing. Scroll down the list of names and if there are other generations to this person, the statement (generations continued) will be displayed. Click on this verbiage and it will take you to the connecting area. When your done reading that family line, make sure you click on the (Back to 4 generations) verbiage immediately following, for this will bring you back to where you started. Some names will have special links to wills, etc. Enjoy!


 1   Benjamin Goodman b: Unknown  d: 5 May 1735 in St. Paul Parish, Hanover, Virginia [See His Will]
.  +Lucie Blackwell b: 27 September 1685 in New Kent Co., Virginia m: Bef. 1701 d: Aft. 1750 in St. Paul Parish, Hanover, Virginia
.... 2   Samuel Goodman b: 1701 in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., VA.  d: Bet. 1767 - 1784 in Hanover, Virginia
........... 3   Benjamin Goodman b: Abt. 1732 in Hanover Co., VA  d: 7 October 1781 in Hays Station, South Carolina
..............  +Maria Williams b: 26 July 1733 in Hanover, Virginia m: Bef. 15 November 1759 d: 1802 in South Carolina
.................. 4   Samuel Goodman b: Abt. 1760  d: Unknown (generations continued) [See his Will]
.....................  +Mary Gilliam b: Unknown m: Unknown d: Unknown
.................. 4   James Goodman b: Bef. 1761  d: Bef. 1801
.................. 4   William M. Goodman b: Bef. 1761  d: 1793 in Laurens, South Carolina
.....................  +Mary b: Abt. 1765
.................. 4   Joseph Goodman b: Bef. 1761  d: Aft. 1801
.................. 4   Daniel Goodman b: Bef. 1761  d: Bef. 1801 (generations continued)
.................. 4   Rhoda Goodman b: Abt. 1761
.....................  +John Oliver b: Abt. 1760
.................. 4   Usley Goodman b: Aft. 1761  d: Aft. 1801
.....................  +Bartlett Brooks b: Abt. 1760 m: Bef. 1800
.................. 4   Timothy Goodman b: Abt. 1765  d: Abt. 22 May 1805 (generations continued)
.....................  +Nancy b: Abt. 1770 m: Unknown d: Unknown
.................. 4   Benjamin Goodman b: Abt. 1767  d: Unknown
.................. 4   Charles Goodman b: Abt. 1768  d: Unknown
.................. 4   Claiborne Goodman b: 11 February 1769 in Culpeper, Virginia  d: 16 June 1850 in Wilson, Tennessee (generations continued)
.....................  +Sarah H. Banton b: 12 May 1768 in Virginia m: 12 March 1792 in South Carolina d: 14 February 1848 in Wilson, Tennessee
........... 3   Samuel Goodman b: Abt. 1733 in Virginia  d: 1806 in Hanover, Virginia
........... 3Charles Goodman b: Abt. 1740 in ,Hanover, Virginia  d: December 1826 in ,Albemarle, Virginia [See his Will] (generations continued)
..............  +Elizabeth Horsley b: Abt. 1744 in ,Hanover, Virginia m: Abt. 1760 in ,,Virginia d: Bef. 1802 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.................. 4   Horsley Goodman b: 9 April 1760 in ,,Virginia  d: 14 February 1827 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.....................  +Elizabeth Rodes b: 20 June 1762 in ,Albemarle, Virginia m: 8 May 1783 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: 26 November 1852 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.................. 4   Elizabeth Goodman b: Abt. 1762 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: Aft. 1827
.....................  +Charles Anderson b: Abt. 1760 in ,,Virginia m: November 1797 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.................. 4   Susannah Goodman b: Abt. 1764 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: Aft. 1827
.....................  +John Rogers b: 1767 in ,,Virginia m: 29 August 1789 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: 4 June 1838 in near Keswick, Albemarle, Virginia
.................. 4   William Goodman b: Abt. 1765 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: Bef. March 1827
.................. 4   Joseph A. Goodman b: Abt. 1766 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: 16 June 1826 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.....................  +Nancy Michie b: Abt. 1768 in ,Albemarle, Virginia m: 2 December 1786 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: Aft. 1855 in ,Campbell, Virginia
.................. 4   Nathan Goodman b: 1768 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: May 1840 in ,Bourbon, Kentucky
.....................  +Mildred Clarkson b: Abt. 1772 in ,Albemarle, Virginia m: 1 December 1795 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: Abt. 1851 in ,Bourbon, Kentucky
.................. 4   Rowland Goodman b: Abt. 1769 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: Aft. 1820
.....................  +Elizabeth Rothwell b: 1785 in ,Albemarle, Virginia m: 5 February 1798 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: Aft. 1850 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.................. 4   John Goodman b: Abt. 1770 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: Abt. 1840 in ,Fluvanna, Virginia
.....................  +Frances Dickerson b: Abt. 1768 in ,,Virginia m: 13 December 1790 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: 13 August 1860 in ,Fluvanna, Virginia
.................. 4   Jeremiah Augustus Goodman b: 1780 in ,Albemarle, Virginia  d: February 1857 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
.....................  +Mary Clarkson b: 1781 in ,Albemarle, Virginia m: 17 January 1804 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: 1861 in ,Albemarle, Virginia
...........  *2nd Wife of Charles Goodman:
..............  +Sarah Tallcock  m: 30 January 1802 in ,Albemarle, Virginia d: Bef. 1810 in ,Albemarle, Virginia

........... 3   Joseph Goodman b: Abt. 1750 in Hanover Co., VA  d: Abt. 1791 in Hanover Co., VA
..............  +Caroline Elizabeth Terrell b: Unknown in Virginia m: Unknown d: Unknown
.................. 4   Elizabeth Goodman b: Abt. 1770 in Virginia  d: 15 April 1848
.....................  +James Burnley b: Abt. 1766 in Virginia m: 28 May 1794 in Louisa, Virginia d: 26 July 1819 in Virginia
..................  *2nd Husband of Elizabeth Goodman:
.....................  +Anthony Waddy b: Unknown in Virginia m: 15 April 1823 in Virginia d: Unknown
.................. 4   Thomas Goodman b: 10 December 1771 in Virginia  d: Bef. 7 February 1816 in Cumberland, Virginia (generations continued)
.....................  +Elizabeth Street b: Abt. 1779 in Virginia m: 4 April 1796 in Virginia d: Bet. 1867 - 1873
.................. 4   Noton Goodman b: 1774 in Cumberland, Virginia  d: 7 July 1829 in Cumberland, Virginia [See his Will]
(generations continued)
.....................  +Mary Walton b: 23 June 1779 in Cumberland, Virginia m: 4 August 1796 in Cumberland, Virginia d: 26 November 1863 in Cumberland, Virginia
.................. 4   Ann Goodman b: 9 August 1778 in Virginia  d: 2 August 1854 in Louisa, Virginia (generations continued)
.....................  +Henry Mills Burnley b: 28 October 1775 in Virginia m: 6 November 1806 in Louisa, Virginia d: 8 June 1848 in Louisa, Virginia
.................. 4   Zachariah Goodman b: Bet. 1780 - 1790 in Powhatan Co., VA  d: Bef. 7 September 1846 in Powhatan Co., VA  [See his Will]  (generations continued)
.....................  +Elizabeth Ann Ballou b: Bet. 1780 - 1790 in Cumberland Co, VA m: 27 March 1807 d: 1853 in Powhatan Co, VA
.................. 4   Josiah Goodman b: Abt. 1783 in Virginia  d: Aft. 1850 (generations continued)
.....................  +Susanna Hatcher b: Abt. 1797 m: 29 June 1811 in Cumberland, Virginia d: Aft. 1860
.................. 4   Mary Goodman b: Abt. 1785 in Virginia  d: Unknown
.................. 4   Richard Goodman b: Abt. 1755 in Hanover, Virginia  d: Aft. 1799 (generations continued)
.....................  +Mary Molly Baughan b: Abt. 1754 m: Unknown d: Unknown
.................. 4   Joseph Terrell Goodman b: Unknown in Virginia  d: Bef. 9 March 1840 in Louisa, Virginia
.................. 4   Edmund Goodman b: Unknown in Virginia
........... 3   Goodman b: Unknown  d: Unknown
(generations continued)
..............  +Hill b: Unknown m: Unknown d: Unknown
.................. 4   Mordacai Hill b: Unknown  d: Aft. 1785
........... 3  Timothy Goodman b: Unknown in Virginia  d: Abt. May 1805 in Hanover, Virginia [See His Will] (generations continued)
..............  +Tabitha Towles b: Unknown m: Unknown d: Aft. 1805
........... 3   William Goodman b: Unknown in Virginia  d: 1808 in Hanover, Virginia
..............  +Elizabeth b: Unknown m: Unknown d: Unknown
....2 Ann Goodman b: Unknown in Hanover Co., VA d: Aft. 1792 in Hanover Co., VA . 
.....+John Turner b: Unknown m: Unknown d: Unknown
 .......... 3 Benjamin Turner b: Bef. 1784
*2nd Husband of Ann Goodman: . 
.....+Andrew Castlen b: Unknown in Hanover Co., VA m: 11 November 1783 in Hanover Co., VA. d: Unknown in Hanover Co., VA
 .......... 3 Andrew Castlen b: Abt. 1792 d: Unknown
.... 2   Benjamin Goodman b: Unknown  d: Aft. 1735
.... 2   Robert Goodman b: Abt. 1703 in VA d: Abt. 1760 in VA (brother of Benjamin & Samuel Goodman of Hanover / Louisa Co.) (generations continued)
.......... 3  Bartelot Bartholemew Goodman b: Bef. 1730 in Hanover or Louisa Co., VA d: 1799 in Iridell CO., NC (generations continued)
........... +Tabitha b: Abt. 1735 in VA m: Abt. 1760 in Louisa Co., VA d: Aft. 1800 in KY or IN
................. 4  Gibson Goodman b: Abt. 1766 in Louisa Co., VA
..................... +Elizabeth Crawley b: Abt. 1768 m: June 01, 1786 in Cambell Co., VA
................. 4  Sally Goodman b: Abt. 1768 in Louisa Co., VA
..................... +Cornelius Carver b: Abt. 1765 in VA m: July 14, 1788 in Cambell Co., VA
................. 4  John Goodman b: Abt. 1770 in Louisa Co., VA
..................... +Elizabeth Howeth or Howette m: October 29, 1791 in Cambell Co., VA
................. 4  Micajah Goodman b: Abt. 1774 in Louisa Co., VA
................. 4  Rhody Goodman b: Abt. 1776
..................... +Matthias Cane m: June 30, 1794 in Bedford Co., VA
................. 4  William Wesley Goodman b: Abt. 1778 in Louisa Co., VA
................. 4  Jane Goodman b: Abt. 1780 in Campbell Co., VA
..................... +Edmund Nanny b: Abt. 1775 m: 1805 in Logan Co., KY
................. 4  Bartelot Goodman b: 1783 in Louisa Co., VA
..................... +Alelelda Black b: Abt. 1786 m: 1804 in Logan Co., KY
................. *2nd Wife of Bartelot Goodman:
..................... +Lovinia Page m: 1817 in Knox Co., IN
................. *3rd Wife of Bartelot Goodman:
..................... +Esther Burt m: 1838 in Knox Co., IN
....... 3  Robert Goodman b: Abt. 1725 in Hanover Co., VA d: Abt. 1790 in VA
................. 4  Ansel Goodman b: Abt. 1752 in Hanover Co., VA d: 1840 in Wilson Co., TN
..................... +Edith m: Bef. 1777 in Bedford CO, VA
................. *2nd Wife of Ansel Goodman:
..................... +Polly Walton m: December 27, 1832 in Wilson Co., TN, by Thos. P. Holland, Lic. 12/22
................. 4  John James Goodman b: Abt. 1750 in Hanover Co., VA d: Aft. 1791 in TN or KY
..................... +Epharilla Thorpe b: Abt. 1755 in by family tradition, on ship to America from Ireland m: Abt. 1772 in VA d: Aft. 1810 in KY Father: Francis Thorpe Mother: Elizabeth Callaway
.......... 3  Benjamin Goodman b: Abt. 1727

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