John Goodman of Goochland County VA

In the Douglas Register is recorded the marriage on 26 Mar 1781 of John Goodman, ca. 1751, and Jeannie (Jane) Lawrie (Lowry) b. ca. 1761, in Goochland County VA.

They had at least one son, George, baptized in 1784, also in the Douglas Register, and possibly another, Benjamin Talbert “Bird” Goodman, b. 1802 on Barren Co., KY, who was a well known statesman, senator, and Christian minister, and who d. Apr 1874 in Dubois Co., IN. Possibly another son, inference by name and location: John Lowry Goodman, b. 1796 in KY, who married Amelia Hulen 1823/4 in Davies Co., IN.

John and Jane also had at least one daughter, Mary “Polly” Goodman, b. 1795 in KY, who married Uriah Hart in 1811 in Barren Co., KY. Uriah was born 1792. Oliver Hart, born 1772, was Uriah’s father, and Aaron Hart, born about 1752, was Oliver’s father. Aaron Hart was probably the son of Nathaniel Hart, or one of his brothers, Thomas or David Hart. A Thomas Heart/Hart was also listed in the records, perhaps providing bond for, or as a witness to the wedding of Uriah Hart and Mary “Polly” Goodman.

The George Goodman who married Betsy Flippin 19 Mar 1803 in Barren Co., Ky. and the Jesse Goodman, who married Rhoda Flippin in Barren Co., KY on 20 Apr 1815, may have been sons of John and Jane Goodman of Goochland. According to family tradition, this family were members of the Church of England in VA, and Baptists in KY. (“The Douglas Register” and E-Mails from Lonnie Fink, descendant of John Goodman and Jane Lowry). Jesse Goodman and Solomon Goodman were privates in Capt. Hugh Brown’s Co., First Regiment Kentucky Mounted Militia in the War of 1812. Sgt. Thomas Flippin, William Flippin, and Pvt. James Flippin and John Flippin were also members of that Co.

We are seeking more information and documentary evidence on this family. For example, recent DNA testing of some descendants of this family seems to indicate that this John Goodman was not actually a Goodman at all, but was probably had a Gibson as his father. The Gibsons and Goodmans were both from earlier York and New Kent Counties in VA, and both families also lived in later Louisa County, where Bartholomew / Bartlett Goodman married Tabitha Gibson, d/o Gilbert Gibson, ca 1765. Gilbert Gibson of New Kent, Louisa and Albemarle Co., VA, was born ca 1790 or earlier and died 1764. Bartholomew/Bartlet Goodman was one of the purchasers listed at his estate sale. The Gibson DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA has two members descended from a John Goodman alias Gibson of Louisa Co., VA, with both test results closely matching those of Gilbert Gibson and his known descendants, one almost perfectly. Gilbert Gibson had several sons, born from about 1710 to 1725. He or any one of his sons could have been the father of this John Goodman, born ca 1751. He may have taken the Goodman name later in life, or his true parentage could have been kept from him (and from his presumed Goodman father).

Even though it is still not 100% accurate, probably the best info I have found on this family to date is at:, which says:

“John Joseph GOODMAN was born about 1751 in VA. He died about 1825 in IN. John married Jane LOWRY on 26 Mar 1781 in St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County, VA.

Jeannie/Jane LOWRY was born about 1762 in VA. She died 24 Jun 1848 in Dubois County, IN . Jane married John Joseph GOODMAN on 26 Mar 1781 in St. James Northam Parish, Goochland County, VA.

They had the following children:

M  i     Jesse L. GOODMAN was born about 1794 and died about 1859.
M  ii     George Bishop GOODMAN was born 26 Mar 1781.
M  iii    Amos I. GOODMAN was born 28 Feb 1782. (RG: This is incorrect. He was the son of a totally different couple, John James Goodman and Epharilla Thorpe of Bedford Co., VA, Click his name link to see details.)
M  iv    Anderson GOODMAN was born about 1783.
M  v    William GOODMAN was born 1786.
F  vi    Susanna GOODMAN was born about 1789. (RG: May not be correct?)
F  vii    Nancy GOODMAN was born about 1791.
F  viii   Mary Polly GOODMAN was born 25 Sep 1795.
M  ix   John Lowry GOODMAN was born 11 Oct 1796 and died Oct 1875.
M  x   James M. GOODMAN was born about 1804.
M  xi   Benjamin Talbert GOODMAN was born 5 Jun 1807. “


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