AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
In Response To: Goodwyns. ()
Do you have any idea where in VA they were from? I would venture is was the Tidewater area. After Nat Turner's rebellion, many Europeans left the area and travel south with their slaves and servants to GA and AL. Some retruned back to Southampton Co later. I have Goodwyns from that area. My ancestor was Susan Goodwyn born around 1833. I have no other information on her family or ancestors. She married Robert Mason who was a mulatto and a free issue. If your family is part NA, the tribes in that area are Cheroenhaka,( www.cheroenhaka-nottoway.org ) Nottoway, Nansemond, Pamunkey, Chickahominy, Mattapony. In the Greensville and Southampton counties area on the North Carolina border were the Haliwa Saponi. Also on the border of the 2 states were the Tuscarora. I have an 1864 Amry Corp of Engineer map you may want to see of Sussex and Southampton Counties with bits of Prince George, Greensville, Surry and Nansemond Counties. This map shows the location of some residences, business, etc. The Goodwyn surname is on this map. Alternate spellings were Godwin and Goodwin. People in the area also pronounce the name Goodin.
At one point there were also Cherokee in the southwestern part of the state. Other tribes are still active in other parts of the state.
What are some of your other family names?