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Will Book A, Franklin County, North Carolina

Will Book B, Franklin County, North Carolina

Will Book C, Franklin County, North Carolina

The above will books were compiled by Stephen E. Bradley.

Edgefield County, South Carolina, Wills, 1787-1836, by James E. and Vivian Wooley.

Edgefield County, South Carolina, Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12, 1786-1796, Volume One, by Ge Lee Corley Hendrix,C.G.

Edgefield County, South Carolina Records, compiled by Janie Revill.

Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1765, Compiled by Zae Hargett Gwynn.

Abstracts of the Early Deeds of Franklin County, North Carolina, 1779-1797, Compiled by Joseph W. Watson.

Abstracts of Deeds, Edgecombe Precinct, Edgecombe County,North Carolina, 1736-1758, compiled by Margaret M. Hofmann.

Kinfolks of Franklin County, North Carolina, 1793-1844, by Joseph W. Watson.

Warren County, North Carolina Records, by Mary Hinton Kerr.

The Bledsoe Family In America, by Banks McLaurin

Laurens & Newberry Counties, S.C.: Saluda and Little River Settlements, 1749-1775,by Jessie Hogan Motes III and Margaret Peckham Motes.

Laurens County Wills, 1784-1840, by Colleen Elliott.

Union County, South Carolina, Minutes of the County Court-1785-1799, by Brent H. Holcomb.

History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, N.C., 1746-1800, by Thomas McAdory Owen.

The Federal Road through Georgia, The Creek Nation, and Alabama, 1806-1836, by Henry DeLeon Southerland Jr., and Jerry Elijah Brown.

Lowndes County Court House, by Mildred Brewer Russell.

Creek Indian History, by one of the Tribe, George Stiggins.(1788-1845). Introduction and notes by William Stokes Wyman.(1830-1915).

Alabama, The History of a Deep South State, by William Warren Rogers, Robert David Ward, Leah Rawls Atkins, and Wayne Flynt.

Maplesville, The Town and The People, 1820-1989, by Ms.Lorene LeCroy and Ms Blanche Dennis.

The Wills of: George Wyche in Virginia, Peter Wyche in Virginia, John Goodwin in South Carolina, Sampson Goodwin in South Carolina, Bartlett Bledsoe in South Carolina, Young Goodwin in Alabama, Sherod Runals in North Carolina, and Richard Bird, Sr. in Alabama.

Bute County Wills and Inventories, 1760-1800, C.R. 015.801.1, page 52: Inventory of the Estate of Henry Goodwin, 1765.

The Goodwins In America: From 1790-1996. Published by Halbert’s.

The Revolutionary War Pension records  & The estate settlement records of Theophilus H. Goodwin.


The following are the facts, indications, rationalizations, reasoning, etc. which were all taken into consideration in the writing of Theophilus.

Excerpt from the Will of George Wyche, from the Parish of Albemaree in the County of Surry, written on October 5, 1753.---"I give and bequeath to my son-in-law, Abram (Abraham) Green on condition the said Abram (Abraham) Green will pay my son-in-law Theophilus Goodwin eight pounds current money of Virginia within twelve months after my decease, my Negro man, Mingo, but if my said son-in-law Abraham Green shall refuse or neglect to pay the said sum of money within the time aforementioned, then I will desire that the said negro shall be sold by the executor of this, my last will and testament, for the most that can be got for him and eight pounds current money of the money arising by such sale, to be by my said executor, paid to the said Theophilus Goodwin.”

Author: This Will proves that Theophilus married a daughter of George Wyche and was the brother-in-law of Abraham Green.


From Granville County, North Carolina Deed Book D: Page 351 and 352, August, 1761. Theophilus Goodwin and wife Elizabeth sell to William Pearcy, 526 acres on Sandy Creek for 30 pounds (a land grant from Earl Granville in 1760).

Author: This proves that Theophilus married Elizabeth Wyche, and she was still living in 1761.


From Edgecombe County Deed Book One, page 200, March 21, 1737, William Hoggett of Edgecombe Precinct to Theophilus Goodwin of Virginia, planter, for 10 pounds current money, 320 acres being one-half of 640 acres the said Hoggett purchased of Captain Thomas Bryant, etc.

Author: This indicates that Theophilus was a planter and moved his family from Virginia to North Carolina ca March, 1737.


Deed Book Four, p. 189, Surry County, Virginia, October 10, 1743. Theophilus Goodwin of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, to Hugh Davis,....

Author: This indicates that Theophilus and Elizabeth moved from Surry County, Virginia, to Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and eventually sold their Surry County land to Hugh Davis.


Deed Book 1, p. 382, Edgecombe County North Carolina, May 19, 1741. Theophilus Goodwin of Edgecombe County, planter, to Abraham Green, of same, for six pounds current money of Virginia, 120 acres on east side of Conway Creek. Land the said Goodwin purchased of William Hoggett.

Author: This indicates that Abraham Green moved to the same Conway Creek area at or about the same time as the Goodwins.


Deed Book C, abstracts of Granville County North Carolina, 1746-1765, p. 399, 400, December 6, 1757. Theophilus Goodwin to his son, Thomas Goodwin, "a deed of gift for 175 acres in Granville County, North Carolina, which I purchased of William Hill, Witnesses: Hezekiah Terrell and Robert Whitaker."

Deed Book C, abstracts of Granville County, North Carolina, 1757, p. 456, Theophilus Goodwin to son, John Goodwin, a gift of 175 acres in Granville County, North Carolina, on Martin's line, Bledsoe's line, in Granville County, North Carolina. Witnesses: Hezekiah Terrell and Robert Whitaker.

Deed Book C, Abstracts of Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1765, p. 682, June 21, 1760. Theophilus Goodwin his son, Henry Goodwin, 175 acres on north side of Sandy Creek in Hill's line. Witnesses: Robert Whitaker and Theophilus Goodwin,Jr.

Deed Book D, Abstracts of Granville County, North Carolina, p. 43, June 25, 1760, Theophilus Goodwin to his son, Theophilus Goodwin, Jr., a gift of 175 acres in Granville County, North Carolina on north side of Sandy Creek. Witnesses: none.

Author: This proves that Theophilus and Elizabeth had the four sons: Thomas, John, Theophilus Jr., and Henry.


From a petition dated June 28, 1746, regarding the court house location of the new Granville County, taken from Edgecombe in 1746, we find the signatures of Theophilus Goodwin Sr., John Goodwin, Theophilus Goodwin, Jr., and Thomas Goodwin. To sign or witness legal documents, a person had to be age 16 or older.

Author: This proves that these three boys were at least 16 or older in 1746. It also indicates that Theophilus and Elizabeth were married very close to the year 1727, and the boys would have been born before 1730.


From list of tithables for 1762, Granville County, North Carolina, Goodwin's district by Will Johnson, listed under Theophilus was a son, Mark; also Negroes Jim, Jude, Pompey, Jack, and Jeane. From the Bute County tax list in 1771, from a list of taxables taken by Philemon Hawkins, appears Thomas Goodwin and son, Matthew Goodwin, and brother, Mark Goodwin.

Author: This proves that Mark was also a son of Theophilus and Elizabeth and was living with Theophilus in 1762 and brother, Thomas, in 1771 and that Negroes Jim, Jude, Pompey, Jack, and Jeane were owned by Theophilus.


Peter Goodwin was named Clerk of the Court in Franklin County, North Carolina, in 1787, and throughout the records of Bute and Franklin counties was involved in deeds and land sales with Theophilus Goodwin, Sr.

Author: Indicates the probability of Peter also being a son of Theo and Elizabeth.


George Goodwin purchased land in the same areas as Theophilus and witnessed deeds with Theophilus and also lived near Shocco Creek at the same time as Theophilus. In the inventory of Henry Goodwin's estate there was a note concerning a debt owed to Henry Goodwin by George Goodwin.

Author: Indicates that George was probably another son of Theophilus and Elizabeth.


John Myrick bought Henry Goodwin's land, deeded by Theophilus Sr. to Henry in 1760, from Henry's son, Theophilus H. and his wife, Rebecca, on December 17, 1781. John Myrick and Amy moved to the Hancock County, Baldwin County Georgia, area with the David Goodwin and the Young Goodwin families in 1804. John Myrick was one of the two executors of the estate of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr., John and Amy named their first child, Goodwin Myrick. They also named their first daughter, Elizabeth Myrick. Their daughter Lucy, named a daughter Martha Wyche Jackson. These names, and because they were spelled Goodwin, instead of Goodwyn, indicates Amy was indeed the daughter of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr., and his first wife Elizabeth Wyche Goodwin. One of Lucy's boys was named Turner Myrick Jackson, and Young Goodwin and Martha Andrews also named a son, Turner Myrick Goodwin.

Author: All of the above, indicates that Amy Myrick was the daughter of Theophilus and his first wife, Elizabeth Wyche Goodwin, and half-sister to Young Goodwin and David Goodwin.


From the 1750 taxables in Granville County, North Carolina. Theophilus Goodwin and son, John, and negro men, Gimme and Prince. Thomas Goodwin and Negro man, Jo.

Author: This proves that Thomas was on his own by 1750 with at least one Negro, Jo, and that John was still at home with Theophilus.


Deed Book D, Granville County, North Carolina, , August 1761, p. 351, Theophilus Goodwin and wife, Elizabeth, sell to William Pearcy, 526 acres; a grant from Earl Granville on March 11, 1760.

Author: Proves that Elizabeth Wyche Goodwin was living in August 1761.


Deed Book Two, Bute County, North Carolina, July 22, 1766, p. 11, Theophilus Goodwin and his wife, Ann (Nancy/Nanny), sell to John Watkins, one hundred acres on Sandy Creek for 20 pounds. (in some records the second wife is listed as Nanny sometimes Ann and sometimes Nancy)

Author: This proves that Theophilus was married to his second wife by July 22, 1766.


John Myrick and his wife, Amy, lived in the Sandy Creek area. John Myrick was an executor for Theophilus Goodwin, deceased, according to Franklin County Will Book A, p. 92, March 13, 1792, Inventory of Estate of Gabriel Long, deceased. Persons mentioned were Jack Wood, Buckner Abernathy, John Jones, the deceased and John Myrick, listed as executors of Theophilus Goodwin, deceased. Sarah Long, Administrator.

Author: Proves that John Myrick and Gabriel Long were executors for the estate of Theophilus Goodwin Sr.


Deed Book M, Granville County, North Carolina, December 28, 1778. Unity Goodwin (wife of Thomas) and Matthew Goodwin (son of Thomas) sold land given by Theophilus Goodwin, Sr., to Roger Thornton.

Author: This indicates that Thomas was dead by 1778.


From Bute Court records October 1765. Administrators Bond in estate of Henry Goodwin, deceased. Lucy Goodwin, Administratrix, bond dated October 29, 1765. Security: Theophilus Goodwin, Theophilus Goodwin Jr., Peter Kimball. (Henry's son, Theophilus, was four at this time). From Bute County wills and inventories, 1760-1800. “Inventory of the estate of Henry Goodwin, deceased August 16 1765.” This inventory included a debt owed to Henry Goodwin by George Goodwin.

Author: This proves Henry Goodwin’s death occurred on August 16, 1765 and is another indication that George Goodwin was a brother of Henry Goodwin and a son of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr.


Deed Book Five, Franklin County, North Carolina, p. 55, December 14, 1781. Theophilus Goodwin of Franklin County and wife, Rebeck (Rebecca or Becky) Goodwin to John Myrick, a tract of 170 acres on Sandy Creek adjoining Hill. (Land given to Henry Goodwin in 1760) Witnesses: Edward Turner, John Pinnell. (Author: Theophilus Goodwin, son of Henry, married Rebecca Bledsoe, daughter of William and Amey Runals Bledsoe in 1781.)

Deed Book Five, Franklin County, North Carolina p. 61, March 18, 1782. John Myrick of Franklin County to Theophilus Goodwin (son of Henry)...six pounds species money for a tract of 150 acres on the Lick Branch and a small branch adjoining Thomas Zachry. Witnesses: Caleb Dossey, Ashal Noaks.

Deed Book Five, Franklin County, North Carolina, p. 78, August 28, 1782. Theophilus Goodwin, of Franklin County to Peter Case of Warren County, North Carolina fifty pounds of Virginia money...150 acres in Franklin County adjoining Thomas Zachry and the Lick Branch. Witnesses: William Rush and Benjamin Ingram. (Author: This is the same land bought from Myrick.)

Author: Proves that Theophilus H.Goodwin, husband of Rebecca, was the son of Henry and Lucy Goodwin and a grandson of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr. Also indicates that Theophilus and Rebecca moved from the Sandy Creek area to the Lick Branch area closer to Louisburg. The sale of the Lick Branch land was the last transaction recorded for Theophilus and Rebecca in Franklin County. In the 1790 census they were in Wake County, North Carolina.


Author: We know from Bute County, North Carolina deed books that the second wife of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr. was Ann (Nancy/Nanny), and we also know that she was the mother of Young Goodwin. For a statement made by Sarah Goodwin, daughter of Theophilus H. and Rebecca, “Young Goodwin was my father’s uncle and my mother’s first cousin” to be true, reveals to us the following three possibilities for the surname of the second wife of Theophilus, Goodwin, Sr. (1) She was a Bledsoe, sister of William Bledsoe. After extensive study of the Bledsoe family, primary source being Banks McLauren’s books on the history of the Bledsoes, I find that William had a sister, Ann, who married Jeremiah Wooten and died a Wooten and never had a second husband. My conclusion is that Anne was not a Bledsoe. (2) She was a widow of oneof William Bledsoe's brothers. No record was found of an Anne Bledsoe as a wife of any of William Bledsoes brothers, making this very unlikely. (3) She was a Runals, either a sister of Amy Runals Bledsoe or a sister-in-law of Amy Runals Bledsoe, being the widow of one of Amy Bledsoe's brothers. A study of the Reynolds(Runals) family genealogy including careful study of the will of Sherod Runals, Father of Amey Runals Bledsoe, gave no support to this theory.

With more current  information received from research of John D. Goodwin, of Vivian LA. it is now believed that Ann (Nancy/Nanny), the second wife of Theophilus Goodwin, Sr, was indeed a Wyche, even though it dosen't support the above statement of Sarah. She was the daughter of James Wyche and a first cousin of Theo's first wife, Elizabeth Wyche. Ann Wyche was born in 1730 and was unmarried in 1749, when her fathers Will was made. She is a sister of Amy Wyche Jackson, wife of Ambrose Jackson. (See last two paragraphs on this page.)


The Author wishes to point out that the name Anne Wyche Runals Goodwin, given herein as the second wife of Theophilus, Goodwin, Sr., is fictitious.  Peter Wyche did have a daughter, Anne, born on June 4, 1749. She married Colonel Thomas Taylor on January 2, 1767 and died on July 7, 1834.


Deed Book One, Bute County, North Carolina, August 20, 1767, p. 448, Theophilus Goodwin, Sr. and his wife to Samuel Freeman, 310 pounds Virginia money for four hundred acres in Bute County on the north side of the main stream of Sandy Creek. Memorandum: A (teverva??) of 20 feet square at the burying place of said Goodwin's former wife is reserved during his life; at his death to be the property of said Freeman. Witnesses: William Park and Mark Goodwin.

Author: This proves that the first wife of Theophilus Sr. had died, and he had remarried.


Deed Book Four, Franklin County, North Carolina, , January 28, 1771, p. 51, Theophilus Goodwin Sr. of Bute County, deed of gift to his son, Young Goodwin-love and affection-a negro woman named Jeane. Witness: Matthew Thomas.

Author: Proves that Theophilus Goodwin Sr. was the father of Young Goodwin (born April 7, 1766).


Deed Book Six, Franklin County, North Carolina, September 16, 1788, p. 140, Anne (Nancy, Nanny) Goodwin of Franklin County, deed of gift to her son, Young Goodwin-love and affection-two negroes, Fed and Jack. Witnesses: James Teary, Clevears Ransom, Ben Marshall.

Author: Proves Theophilus died prior to September 1788, and that Nancy (Anne, Nanny) his second wife, was the mother of Young.


In Franklin County records(F 17:217) March 9, 1804, David Goodwin deed of Trust to Phillip G. Alston of Warren County, North Carolina.  Wit. William Alston

In Franklin County records(F 17:216)  1805  Philip G. Alston of Warren County, North Carolina, sold his interest in a tract of land in Franklin County Whereon Theophilus Goodwin formerly lived and David Goodwin afterwards lived.

Author: Indicates, David's mother, Nancy Goodwin, was dead and she left the land to her son David. Also proves that David had moved by 1805.


In reference to Young Goodwin, Mary Anne Goodwin and David Goodwin. Goodwin genealogists for generations have proceeded in their research under what seems to be a big misconception; that misconception being that Mary Anne Goodwin and David Goodwin were sister and brother or half-sister and half-brother to Young Goodwin and the children of a Samuel Goodwin; also that Theophilus H. Goodwin migrated from North Carolina through South Carolina, Georgia and into Alabama with his half-uncles, David and Young Goodwin. A part of this misconception is continued in the book, Maplesville, 1820-1989, p. 10 and I quote: "Other members of the Goodwin family; Samuel, two sons, Young and David and their nephew, Theophilus, came to South Alabama about 1818 and settled on land near Maplesville."

Correction: Young Goodwin, David Goodwin, Theophilus Y. Goodwin(Young's twenty-three-year old son), and Richard Bird Sr. did move with their families from Hancock County, Georgia, to then Cahaba County, Alabama, in 1818. There was no Samuel . Theophilus, their nephew arrived there a few years later.

Note: The will of Richard Bird Sr. in Cahaba, signed in Orphans Court , November term,1819. It was witnessed by Young Goodwin, and his son, Theophilus Y. Goodwin. Richard Bird Jr., Young’s son-in-law, was an executor of the Will. The land on which the Goodwins settled was a part of what eventually became Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama. (refer to Alabama records Cahaba County, Alabama, Volume # 200 Gandrud & Jones.)

Young and David were brothers, and Mary Anne was their sister. They were all children of Theophilus, Sr. and Nancy, his second wife. No record of a Samuel Goodwin was found in any of the court records of the North Carolina counties of Granville, Bute, Edgecombe, Warren or Franklin. during the years 1730 through 1800. No record was found of any land purchases or deeds with the name Samuel Goodwin in the Cahaba County land records or in the records of Bibb or Chilton counties in Alabama. The name was not found on any Court Records of that period of time.

In the state census of North Carolina, taken in 1790, only one Samuel Goodwin is listed. He lived in Johnson County with his household consisting of two males over 16; three males under 16; two females and no slaves. In the same census, Nancy Goodwin (widow of Theophilus Goodwin Sr), is listed as head of her own household in Franklin County, with one male over 16, (ca her son David ); one male under 16 (ca son of David); three females, (ca Nancy, Temperance Andrews Goodwin, wife of David, and Mary Ann, younger sister of David); and six slaves, inherited from Theophilus Goodwin,Sr.

Author: These misconceptions or mistakes in the Goodwin genealogy got their roots in an early William and Mary Quarterly article, republished in 1982, in the Genealogies of Virginia Families, Book #2899, Volume II, Appendix W, p. 549. These roots took hold and have held for about one hundred years because unresearched and incomplete information was supplied to the original publishers of this article. To clarify, I will quote from this article in Red and insert corrections in seperate paragraphs and in blue print.

W&M: One account is that this family was living in North Carolina about 1725-50; that the name of the first ancestor is not now known.

Author: The first ancestor was Theophilus Goodwin Sr., and the family lived in the Edgecombe, Granville, Bute, Franklin County area, all being the same location, from ca 1737 through 1804.

W&M: That he was twice married and had by his first wife one son, name unknown and another son named Young and a son, David, by his second wife.

Author: He was married first to Elizabeth Wyche and had several sons, but not Young and David. His second wife Nancy, was the mother of Young, David and Mary Anne.

W&M: The unknown son was the father of Theophilus, born 1744.

Author: Henry was the father of Theophilus, born 1761.

W&M: and Theophilus, with his uncles

Author: half-uncles

W&M: Young and David, they being about his own age or perhaps David was even younger,

Author: Young and David were both younger.

W&M: went south through South Carolina and Georgia to Alabama.

Author: Young was born in 1766 and Theophilus in 1761. They all eventually wound up in Bibb County, Alabama, but not traveling together as indicated. A part of Young's land would eventually become Maplesville, Chilton County, Alabama.


Theophilus Goodwin (son of Henry) is in the 1790 census of Wake County, North Carolina, with one male over sixteen (Theophilus), four boys under sixteen (William, Julius, Wiley, and Harris),and three females (Rebecca, his wife, a daughter, and Lucy, his mother). They appear in the 1800 census of Edgefield, South Carolina with one son under 10 (ca Henry), two sons over 10 but less than 16 (ca Harris and Wiley), two sons over 16 but less than 26 (ca William and Julius), and four daughters 10 or under (Elizabeth, Gillianna, Charity, and Frances). One of these daughters must have been counted in both the 1790 and 1800 census because they only had five daughters and Sarah, the youngest, was born in 1803. Also listed in the 1800 census is one white female over age 46 living with the family, (Lucy, Theo's mother). In the 1810 census of Edgefield, South Carolina, Theophilus as well as his sons, Wiley and Harris,are listed as heads of households.

The 1820 South Carolina census lists William and Julius as heads of households. Theophilus, in this census 1820, is listed as having one son aged 10 to 16 (Thomas Jefferson), one son 16 to 26 (Young G.), and two daughters 16 to 26 (Elizabeth and Sarah). The information in the 1820 census is verified by a letter from Theophilus to the War Department in 1820 concerning his Revolutionary War pension.Theophilus witnessed a land transaction in Edgefield County South Carolina as early as 1793.

Author: This indicates that the family moved from the Wake County area in North Carolina to the Edgefield District, South Carolina between 1791 and 1793.


The Revolutionary War pension records of Theophilus (son of Henry) Goodwin, provides information on him and his family from June 5, 1818- the date of his application - until his death in March, 1837


Was Elizabeth Goodwin, wife of John Goodwin, the daughter of Ambrose Jackson and Amy Wyche Jackson??? No documentation was found that proves John Goodwin married a Jackson. We do know from deed, however that the first name of John’s wife was Elizabeth. In The Virginia Genealogist, Volume 32, Oct.-Dec., 1988, The Jacksons of Lower Virginia, p. 259, we find that Ambrose2 Jackson married Amy Wyche, daughter of James Wyche. They lived in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, in the 1740s and moved to the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina in the late 1740s. The children of Ambrose and Amy Jackson, other than Ephraim, are undetermined in this article. Ambrose’s wife, Amy Wyche Jackson, as daughter of James Wyche, would be a first cousin of Elizabeth Wyche Goodwin, Theo Sr.’s wife. She would also be a first cousin to Elizabeth's sister, Amy Green, wife of Abraham Green.

All these kinfolks, being about the same age and all migrating from the same area in Surry County, Virginia, would very likely be socially connected. John Goodwin married an Elizabeth ca 1750, and their son, Sampson, named one of his son's Wyche, possibly for his grandmother on the Goodwin side or his grandmother on the Jackson side, or both. Sampson also named a daughter Sandal, a frequently used female name in the Jackson family. This Sandal married Daniel Jackson in Union County, South Carolina in 1819. After examining these facts along with the fact that John Goodwin and his wife Elizabeth, settled in the Ninety Six District, South Carolina, on Buffalo and Fairforest Creeks, close to the same area as the Ambrose Jackson family, I have a strong belief that John Goodwin's first wife was indeed Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Ambrose2 and Amy Wyche Jackson.

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