Bartholomew (aka: Bartlett) Goodman of Louisa County, Virginia

ca 1736 – 1799

Bartholomew/Bartellot/Bartlett Goodman, born ca. 1736 in Hanover or Louisa Co., VA.; lived for a time in Campbell Co., VA, died 1799 in Iridell Co., NC where he left a will naming wife Tabitha and some of their known children but not all of them. He married Tabitha Gibson, daughter of Gilbert Gibson, ca 1765 in Louisa County Virginia; She was born ca 1748 in VA; She died after 1800, probably in KY, where several of their children removed to after 1800.

Bartellot Anderson and Bartellot Goodman are listed in a 3 Apr 1784 VA Gazette (Richmond) article, wherein Thomas Johnson, Sheriff, advertises for sale at Louisa Co. court house, land to satisfy the tax thereon (VA Genealogist, v30, p. 108). Bartlett Goodman owned lands in Campbell Co., VA ca 1787-1798, and is mentioned in some Campbell County and Bedford County VA marriage records as father of the bride. Beginning Dec 15 1798, he is referred to in Campbell County records as “Bartlett Goodman of Iredell Co., NC”.

See: Bedford Co., VA, Louisa Co., VA, and Campbell Co., VA pages on this site for additional notes on Bartlett and his family.

Bartlett Goodman’s Early Life

French & Indian War land grants contain many references to Bartlett / Bartellot Goodman, some of which are in regards to his own claims, and others are his oath as to the service of others.In addition, land and other records in several Virginia and North Carolina counties provide evidence of his location in later years.

His name is recorded in several variations in the public records, and I have tried to retain the spelling that occurs in the applicable records. However, the most reliable documents, especially his will, seem to indicate that his full and correct name, and also the name of one of his sons, was actually Bartholomew Goodman, not Bartlett, and that the Bartlett/Bartellot and other name variations were either “nicknames” for his given name, or possibly a middle name he used for many records.

See also this site for more on descendants of this family in Indiana: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/6718/goodman.html

Bartlett and Tabitha Goodman Records

  • Ansolem (sic: Anselm) Clarkson, also of Louisa County, was a soldier in Capt. Sam Overton’s Co. of Rangers in 1755 till legally discharged; served twice as a sergeant in said company in 1756 till properly discharged. Louisa County, Oct 11, 1779. While Bartlett Goodman was not in this same company, their common county origins seems to indicate that the Anselm name could have come into the Goodman lines from this source.
  • The Goodmans of Louisa County could be connected to Capt. Sam Overton’s family. An Overton Goodman married Mary Camp on 07 Feb 1785 in Goochland Co., VA. This Overton Goodman was therefore probably born before 1765, and his family probably lived in Louisa County at one time.
  • Bartlett Goodman was a soldier in Capt. Throgmorton’s Co. of Rangers until 1759 ’till properly discharged, Louisa Co. Court, Feb 14, 1780. (Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776, By William Armstrong Crozier, p. 21)
  • Bartellot Goodman was a soldier in Capt. Thomas Bullet’s Co. of Rangers in 1762, Louisa County Court Nov 8, 1779. (Virginia Colonial Militia, 1651-1776 By William Armstrong Crozier, p. 56) He assigned his 50 ac. grant to John Nelson, then to Charles Smith. Peter Clarkson was in Capt. Sam Overton’s Co. of Rangers, and he also assigned his grant to Charles Smith.
  • Bartellot Goodman lived in Louisa Co. as of 18 Nov 1779, when some of the Fr. & Indian War veteran’s grants were recorded. Those grants may have been in what is now Campbell Co., at that time part of Bedford.
  • Old Home Places of Louisa County“, a book published by the Louisa Co. Historical Society, and that I encountered while visiting their location at the Louisa County courthouse, describes that the “Fontaine/Michie House” was owned briefly by Bartellot and Tabitha Goodman (and others) before it was purchased in 1780 by John Michie.
  • On 3 Apr 1784, VA Gazette (Richmond) publishes an article, wherein Thomas Johnson, Sheriff, advertises for sale at Louisa Co. courthouse, Bartellot Goodman’s land to satisfy the tax thereon (VA Genealogist, v30, p. 108). He may have removed to Campbell Co. before this notice, and failed to pay taxes on some of the Louisa County lands he left behind.
  • In Campbell Co., VA, June 1, 1786, Gibson Goodman married to Elizabeth Crawley, consent by John Crawley. Wit. John Goodman.
  • In Campbell Co., VA, July 14, 1788, Cornelius Carver married to Sally Goodman, consent by Bartlett Goodman, father of the bride. Bond by Cornelius Carver and John Goodman
  • In Campbell Co., VA, Oct 29, 1791, John Goodman married to Elizabeth Howeth, performed by James Kenney, entry also lists bride as Howette.
  • In Bedford Co., VA, Jun. 30, 1794; Matthias Cane & Rhody Goodman, dau. of Bartlett who gives his permission; John Goodman, Surety.

Most of these children of Bartlett and Tabitha Goodman are not mentioned in his Iredell Co., NC will, probably because they had already been given lands and other property before Bartlett and Tabitha removed to NC, or were given dowry when they married, so only their younger children who removed with them to NC were named in his will.

Conclusions and Surmises

If Bartlett was about 19-20 at the time of his initial French & Indian War service, then he was probably born about 1736/37. Recent DNA test results for men who claim Bartlett or one of his sons as ancestors establish that he was NOT descended from the Benjamin Goodman lines of New Kent / Hanover / Louisa Counties VA, even though he did also live in Louisa County about the same time in the middle 1700s. From later records and citations, it seems his home and lands were in the NW part or Louisa that was later part of Albemarle County, while the lands of Benjamin Goodman and his descendants were at the SE corner of Louisa that bordered Hanover County.

For the following, I have kept in mind correspondence and postings from other researchers that these Goodmans may still have been in Louisa County in 1790. However, this timing cannot be certain, as the 1790 Virginia census is not a true enumeration as of 1790, but is actually a reconstructed census, done in 1908, and taken from the earlier 1782, 1783, 1784, and 1785 VA State census and early tax records. Therefore, it can be determined that they were in those counties until 1784/5, but it can only be presumed that they may have been in the same counties as listed in those earlier enumerations.

The records clearly show that Bartlett Goodman was originally in Louisa County with wife Tabitha. From the Louisa Co. Sheriff’s sale notice of April 1784, it appears that Bartlett and Tabitha Goodman may have removed from Louisa to Campbell County before or around that time, and that his name on the 1790 reconstructed federal census of Louisa Co. may have been a result of his earlier enumeration in the 1782/83/84/85 VA census and various county tax lists. He was certainly in Campbell County before June 1, 1786, when son Gibson Goodman married to Elizabeth Crawley. He removed to Iredell County, NC some time after Oct 1795, when his last Campbell County land purchase is recorded, and before Dec 1798, when he sells his Campbell County lands to his presumed son John Goodman and others. According to several posts to GenWeb by other Goodman researchers, this is the Bartlett Bartholomew Goodman who died in Iredell Co., NC in 1799, and whose wife was Tabitha, and she then removed with some of their children first to Logan Co., KY, then some of them went to Knox Co., IN.

The John Goodman in the Campbell Co. records was in Campbell Co. before June 1, 1786, when he witnessed for the marriage of his brother Gibson Goodman to Elizabeth Crawley. He married Elizabeth Howeth/Howette in Campbell Co. in 1791, and may have lived and worked on his father’s lands until his own first land purchase in 1793, when he acquired 198 ac., from Ancil Rogers adjoining Bartlett Goodman’s line. He apparently owned only those lands adjoining his father’s in Campbell Co. as mentioned in those deeds, and none in Bedford Co.. So he was not the same John Goodman, brother of Ansel Goodman, who was in Bedford Co. and on its tax roll in 1787. By Sept 1802, he sells parcels of lands on Flint Stone Creek, and his wife was listed as Betsy. By April 1807, a John Goodman whose wife is listed as Lucy, sells another parcel on Ward’s road. These may however have been three different John Goodmans.

Neither Bartlett or John Goodman appear in any earlier Bedford or Lunenburg Co. recorded deeds, so one could surmise that they came directly from Louisa to Campbell, and that Bartlett/Bartellot was very likely the French & Indian War veteran, b ca 1736/37, who received land granted in Louisa county for that service. The Ward’s Road (now US29) Flat (Rock) Creek area of Campbell County that is described in the Bartlett and John Goodman deeds is shown on this map.

Bartlett Goodman’s Will

Will Book 1799 page 104, Iredell County, North Carolina

In the name of God, Amen. The fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord, 1799, I Bartholomew Goodman of Iredell County State North Carolina, being very sick and weak in body, but perfect in mind and memory, thanks be given unto God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave all; and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching such worldly estates, Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in manner and form following; that is to say
In the first place, I give and bequeath to Tabitha my Dearly beloved wife, the tract of land whereon I now live, with one bay horse, one gray mare, one cow and two yearling, one sow with four pigs, with all moveable property whatforever to me belonging during her widowhood, except one gun and all debt due to me, and after her widowhood to be given to my youngest sons, William Goodman and Micajah Goodman, except the land.
Also, I give to my well beloved Daughter Genny Goodman, one bed and furniture and one cow.
Also, I give to my well beloved son Bartholomew Goodman, one Larrel horse and one gun.
Also, the land before mentioned after her Widowhood to be sold and equally divided amongst all my children and
Also the debts before excepted to be collected and equally divided amongst my children as they become of age,
and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, wills and legacies, bequests and executors, by me in any way before this time named willed and bequeathed notifying and confirming this and no other, to be my Last Will and Testament, in witnessed whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal, the day and year above Written.
I also appoint my beloved wife Tabitha and Thomas Moore to be my Executor.

(signed)Bartholomew Goodman


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