The Tangled Web of Ancestry

by keith on January 13, 2009

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been researching my ancestry. There are so many unanswered questions in my family, so I took it upon myself to try to track down as many answers as I could.

The first question relates to a rumored line of Cherokee blood in my mother’s family. Where did that rumor come from?

The second question that I had was, am I really of Scot-Irish descent, as I’d always been told?

So far, I have revealed some very interesting facts, but no definite answers to these questions. It appears that my ancestors come from Wales, England and Ireland, and they were here in the United States long before the American Revolution. The alleged Scot-Irish background could have been a cover story to fit in with the rest of the families that inhabited the mountains of Western North Carolina, mostly Scots-Irish families that immigrated to get away from English tyranny in their own countries.

I’ve found no evidence of a Cherokee bloodline, but I’ve also run into parts of my mother’s family where the public records don’t exist. This isn’t unexpected. These were very private mountain folk.

Edward Goode marries half-sister Judith Morton

But, as I said, so far I’ve found some great facts about my ancestors. The most interesting facts I discovered were:

  • My great-great-maternal grandfather, Harvey Rush London (1837-?), was a Confederate soldier registered with a regiment out of Jackson County, North Carolina.
  • Many of my relatives came from the UK, including Wales; Ulster, Ireland; Essex, England; London, England; and Cornwall, England.
  • I am not only a direct descendant of John Goode, of Whitestone, Cornwall, England, but I come from the line of the his first son, Samuel the Barbadian.
  • There is an honest-to-goodness case of incest documented in the Goode bloodline. Edward Goode (1720-1796) married his half-sister, Judith Morton. (See image above)
  • There are some terrific names in my family. Some of the best have been:
    • Sadie Holden
    • Noah Goode
    • Eunicia Davis
    • Gabriel Jackson
    • Lord Cummins
    • Ursula Hildyard
    • Abraham Cairnes
    • Celia Elvina Tutt
    • Samuel “the Barbadian” Goode
    • Solomon Jones
  • Sadly, I was able to see the death certificate of my paternal great-grandmother and confirm the story told to me by my grandmother. Apparently, Ursula Corn was accidentally shot in the face by a family member while holding my grandmother’s hand. That must’ve been so traumatic.

An interesting discovering was the following book about the Goode family. Apparently, the Goode family was so expansive in the state of Virginia that in the 1800′s, you could spend just a few minutes with anyone you met there and discover that you were a distant relative in some way.


I know this isn’t really blog-worthy information, but I find it interesting, and it’s my blog. Besides, we’re probably related.

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Siobhan Welch January 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

This is really interesting! Funny all the things you can find out. Thanks for sharing. The names are great!

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keith January 13, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Thanks! I think I’m officially going to change my name to Keith “the Barbadian” Goode.

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Alice August 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

Of course the down side of researching your family history as I discovered when I looked into my family’s past is, if there are no skeletons in the cupboard, no scandal and no baddy villains to brag about you realise how boring your relatives (including yourself!) really are. Fascinating read, thank you.

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borg rudder January 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Hi, I have information that my Edward Goode and you Edward Goode do not come from Samuel Goode. He is a cousin to Samuel. You can find this information in the book “The House Of Goodes” by Louise Goode Shannon , 517 E. 9th Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194-3223

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ella dunn February 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

it seems that we may be related. my grandmother was a goode. my grandfather albert f.b. goode. greatgrandfather george washington goode. great-great-grandfather milton goode and so on back to john goode. ella dunn

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