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Tola Godwin Tola Godwin
April 11 @ 10:51am
There are at least two subgroups of Godwins who fits into the Group 2 Godwins of NC based on whether the are positive or negative for the SNP FGC18234. Descendants of Nathan and Joel Godwin are positive for this SNP and at least one other Godwin in the group is negative. I don't think FTDNA offers this single SNP test at this time but it is available from YSEQ at: for $18.00 according to their website. If you do order the test please post your results here, either positive or negative because FTDNA will not post your results on your DNA Results page.
Robert Godwin
May 20 @ 10:16am
Hoping that someone from Group 2 will test for SNP18234 at as noted above. My line is the line negative for this SNP. Would like to find others that are too.
Bevan Morley Bevan Morley has a question!
July 22, 2019 @ 6:07pm
I am administrator for the kit of my brother Bevan. As yet, we have only done Y-37, to which we have not one single match. Our surname is Morley. I am fairly confident, from autosomal testing, that our father's father was not Morley, but Goodwin. Based on that theory, our late father has a living 99-year-old half-sister (actually three-quarter sister as they are both half-siblings and first-cousins). I have made the decision to not make it publicly visible, that my father's father was Goodwin, until after my 99-year-old half-aunt has passed. Therefore, in my visible trees, my father's father now shows as "unknown". Until my half-aunt passes, what is the best way for me to manage my FTDNA tree and my brother's Y-DNA kit and it's linkage to that tree, while causing minimal distortion to this surname project ? I'm wondering if I should make Bevan's FTDNA tree private and correct my father's father to Goodwin ? Or should I withdraw from this project until after my half-aunt passes ? I believe we descend from a Benjamin Goodwin who emigrated as a free settler in 1839 from Smarden, Kent, England, to Tasmania and then New South Wales, Australia. I believe our Goodwins were in Smarden from at least the 1730s. Any Australian Goodwins out there ? Looking forward to advice from project administrators. Robyn Morley Like
Bevan Morley
April 23 @ 12:53am
Since my earlier post of we have upgraded Bevan's kit to Big Y-700.
Kenneth Godwin
April 24 @ 2:21pm
Robyn, what haplogroup does your potential Goodwin line descend from? The Big Y-700 should be lots of help if anyone from that line has done testing. If not you may have to just wait until someone comes along and finds the "trail marker" left by your brother's kit when they test. Good luck!
Shirley Goodwin
May 19 @ 12:24am
Hi Bevan. Can you check your matches and see if a James Goodwin is in your matches? (my uncle) He did the Y, but maybe only to the lowest grade, hes also done family finder. And we are Australian :) Surposedly Birmingham to Sydney NSW. But dna seems to be welsh.
Shirley Goodwin
May 19 @ 12:25am
Sorry im in my mums account :) so Shirley and James are brother and sister.
Patrick Cody McGoodwin Patrick Cody McGoodwin
March 29, 2019 @ 11:06pm
No reason other than to share: I'm Michael Wilson, administrator for my maternal cousin Cody, who is the person whose DNA was tested. Anyway, we're an oddball in that we're part of the McGoodwin family, which only exists in North America, and is all descended from the same person. We're the "Mc" people that don't match the other Goodwins/Godwins/etc. William Goodwin (my 5th great grandfather) was born in 1743 in Derry, Ulster, Ireland (now Londonderry, Northern Ireland). He married Elizabeth Hunter. They had a son named Daniel (my 4th great grandfather), and then he and his wife Elizabeth both died in 1769. Since it appears they died at the same time, we presume it was from a communicable disease, although I am not aware of any kind of epidemic sweeping Ulster that year. This left Daniel an orphan. His maternal aunt, Martha Hunter, had previously emigrated to the Carolina colonies. We're not sure why, but from her writings she was ardently anti-British, so perhaps she was forced to leave her home, because that's the kind of thing the English did to the Irish. She left Charleston and sailed back to Ireland to retrieve her orphaned nephew, Daniel, and brought him back to America. She raised him alongside her own sons in what is now North Carolina, in the area of Charlotte. Somewhere in here, "Mc" was prefixed to his name. Her sons rose to prominence in the area, and the town of Huntersville, North Carolina is named for (one of) them. In 1776 when the Revolution broke out, she exhorted her sons to return home dead rather than cowards. Daniel McGoodwin joined the North Carolina regiment, where they used guerrilla tactics to rout the redcoats several times. He did well in the Continental Army, and in the early decades of the new country, he rose to the level of colonel. Veterans of the Revolution were granted land to settle in Kentucky, and it is there where he had his plantation and is buried, north of Nashville. He did own slaves, and yet he was so concerned about their eternal souls that he made them go to church every Sunday. (The incongruity of this is something I just don't understand as a 21st Century American.) Upon his death, he freed the slave (a woman) he valued most. He married Elizabeth Kerr, who came from a notable family, and they had several sons. One was a personal friend of Andrew Jackson, another was a very prominent doctor in Nashville, and another was a notable attorney. As the American Revolution inspired the the same fights for liberty in Latin America, one of his grandsons, Preston McGoodwin, became the ambassador to Venezuela. There, he was involved in a minor international incident when one of his sons carried on an inappropriate relationship with the prime minister's daughter. Preston appears in the records for Ellis Island. I'm descended from another grandson, Benjamin Preston McGoodwin (my 2nd great grandfather, 1830-1900), who became an itinerant farmer and teacher after the Civil War, leaving Kentucky for the frontier of north Texas. His wife Sally died in a typhoid epidemic, immediately after giving birth to twins, who also died. She is buried near Denton, Texas (where I currently live), although her grave site has been lost (it's probably under one of the several large reservoirs around here). This left my ancestor B.P. as a single father. Despite being a teacher, he did not teach his own children how to read and write. They survived the notorious winter of 1895 (which saw 2 feet of snow at Galveston on the Gulf coast!) on nothing but sorghum molasses and cornbread made from water from the Red River (which is rather salty). The family stories recall the icicles on the horses' noses. The family eventually migrated into Indian Territory, and he is buried in the small country cemetery in southern Oklahoma about 2 miles from where my mother lives. My great grandfather, Jim McGoodwin learned to read and write from his wife, Bessie (she herself descended from a notable family in antebellum Alabama and Mississippi). (Understandably, he vehemently prohibited cornbread and sorghum molasses from being served in his house.) She loved to play the piano, and he said that he would buy for her the next piano he saw. Not just a few weeks later, a covered wagon came by with a piano in it, ... and 27 years ago became my property when I rescued it from a relative who wanted to be rid of it, although it's still at my mother's house. My great grandparents are also buried in the same cemetery. Bessie suffered from extremely debilitating arthritis (she played piano to keep her fingers nimble), which appears to be genetic, as several of her descendants today suffer the disease. Her daughter Quilla had extremely deformed fingers from the same arthritis, which frightened me as a child, but she knitted to keep her fingers nimble. Quilla knitted what was my baby blanket, and I still have this and it's perhaps my most valued possession in the entire world; it's the one thing I'd run to grab in a fire. My grandparents are buried there alongside my great grandparents, and my father is buried there, too. My mother will be buried there, and I and my sisters have staked our claim to spots in that same cemetery. We'll be the fifth generation to be buried there. It's a lovely cemetery, on a hill, with nice views, and located in the absolute middle of nowhere. Of interest in my genetic line is it's deep ancestry. Not knowing for many years that the "Mc" was an artificial addition, various family members over the years searched in vain to determine Daniels parents. It didn't help that he kept appearing with people named Hunter. Eventually a relative found the right documents to get it figured out. However, she also turned up documents that called into question whether he was actually Irish, or not. Additionally, the name Goodwin is actually of Saxon origin, and a contemporary baptismal certificate for a Daniel (Mc)Goodwin was found in Northampton, England. Could he have, in fact, been English and not Irish? (*gasp!*) This led me to turn to genetic testing to answer this question once and for all. The results were both very surprising and satisfying at the same time. My cousin Cody, being a direct, unbroken male-line descendant of Daniel McGoodwin, was the perfect person to test. His results showed that no only was Daniel McGoodwin Irish, he is a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a notorious 5th Century Irish king, who is the father of approximately 21% of all men in northwestern Ireland.
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Kenneth Goodwin
March 31, 2019 @ 1:17pm
Gary Goodwin: My family hails from Drumhillagh, County Monaghan. I am part of Haplogroup A725, downstream of M222. I also carry the Niall badge we were also called McGuigan before Anglicization. Some of my matches are also from PEI, so there must be a common ancestor somewhere back in history.
Gary Goodwin
March 31, 2019 @ 2:17pm
@ Kenneth Goodwin. Nice to finally meet an Irish Goodwin. Do you know anything about your PEI matches? I can't go back very far on there Goodwin side at all. Great grandfather was Oliver who was born on PEI but census records say parents were from Ireland, his mother was a Connelly-not sure of his father's name.
Kenneth Goodwin
June 8, 2019 @ 4:13pm
Gary Goodwin: I am sorry, but I know very little about any family members that immigrated to PEI. DNA offers many matches on several services, but the common ancestor seems to precede available records. Eventually, I think this may be solved by investigating the McGuigan connection. Goodwins of Irish ancestry usually have a family story that the name was once McGuigan. My great grandfather's baptism record actually shows that he was born to a Goodwin, but he was named McGuigan. The two surnames seem to have been interchangeable at the time.
Kenneth Goodwin
January 17 @ 12:02am
Gary Goodwin: What other services have you or other family members used to process DNA? I have also used Ancestry, and I also have uploaded my raw to My tag there is R258F. I also have loaded to kit # A548926 if you want to further search for matches.
Tracey (Sudbay) Hash Tracey (Sudbay) Hash
September 20, 2017 @ 4:55pm
I come from this line.. DANIEL GOODWIN, died before 1713, married first 1654, MARGARET SPENCER, daughter of Thomas and Patience (Chadbourne) Spencer of Berwick, Maine; married second Mrs. SARAH (SANDERS) TURBET, widow of PETER TURBET. GOODIN was a derivative of GOODWIN, But Daniel was a goodwin, he and a brother came to America in 1650 and arrived in Virginia, aboard a boat owned by a relative. Daniel then took what was called a coaster (a ship that plyed the coastline) and arrived in Maine about 1653. . He was a selectman 13 Apr. 1697(2) and signed a Berwick petition 4 Sept. 1697(3), a petition to the general court of Boston 10 Dec. 1662 for aid in discharging the duties of his office in the face of local opposition to that government(4), and a petition to Oliver Cromwell in 1657. In Dec. 1711 he deeded the homestead to his son Thomas for support. The first record of Daniel Goodwin in New England is a grant of land made to him by the town of Kittery in 1652. Daniel Goodwin was a pioneer, a sergeant in the local frontier force, a constable, a member of the church, a tavern proprietor, and a land owner in the parish of Quamphegan, a part of early Kittery that became Berwick and then South Berwick, Maine. He leaves to descendants eligibility for membership in the Piscataqua Pioneers (whose ancestors must have settled on either bank of the river in colonial days), in Flagon and Trencher, Descendants of Colonial Tavern keepers, and in the Goodwin Family Organization. There are several of his blood in all three. Daniel was a surveyor, an innkeeper and a large landed proprietor. He kept a public house with and without a license and at times was in court because of "disturbances" which occured at his establishment. He was in Kittery in 1652 when he signed the submission to Massachusetts. He received his lot by a town grant in 1654(1) and was a constable of Kittery 10 Dec. 1662, a Sergeant in 1659 and a grandjuryman in 1659 and 1678. On 14 July 1683 he gave his sons Thomas and James a tract of land in Berwick where he was living and on 19 March 1696/7 he deeded land to his sons William and Moses and on 21 Aug. 1701 to his son Daniel. He was a selectman 13 Apr. 1697(2) and signed a Berwick petition 4 Sept. 1697(3), a petition to the general court of Boston 10 Dec. 1662 for aid in discharging the duties of his office in the face of local opposition to that government(4), and a petition to Oliver Cromwell in 1657. He was also one of the founders of the church in South Berwick in 1702. In Dec. 1711 he deeded the homestead to his son Thomas for support
Jonathan Goodwin
January 16 @ 11:46pm
Hey! Just saw this myself, and on paper I am a direct descendant of Daniel (1620 Suffolk, UK to 1713 York Co. ME) I will eventually have the YDNA testing done because again, based on paper records, my earliest ancestor is Ralph/Rauf Goodwyne. It becomes murky at that point as his parents on ancestry (Robert Goodwyne & Johanne Swayne) have wills where one references him as a son, and the other does not at all so I am super interested in tracing further back.
Jonathan Goodwin
January 16 @ 11:51pm
From Daniel downward, I descend through his Son William Goodin (Kittery, ME) and Deliverance Taylor. From there it goes to John Goodwin and Patience Willoughby. Their son, Noah (1726, Berwick ME - 1794 Argyle, NS) was the main connection who emigrated to Nova Scotia and settled in Yarmouth County where my family still exists in Yarmouth, Argyle, Woods Harbour.
Jonathan Goodwin
January 16 @ 11:57pm
Noah and Abagail Doane had a son Palatiah (married Sarah Seeley) who had a son Benjamin (married Phoebe Adams) who had a son also named Palatiah (married Hannah Larkin) who had a son Benjamin (Married Sarah Lonagan) who, you guessed it, had a son... My GG Grandfather Millidge Goodwin (Married Bethia Devine) resulting in my Great Grandfather Chester B. Goodwin's birth (Married Fanella Stoddard) who gave birth to my Grandfather Hildredth Kendall Goodwin (Married an amazingly caring and compassionate woman that I had the pleasure of knowing the first 12 years of my life, Hilda Smith of Caledonia, NS) and they had my Father, Harold, his brother Arthur (Passed, lived in North Grafton, MA) and my aunt Shirley (also passed) .... and then of course my father married my mother and graced me with life.
Jonathan Goodwin
January 16 @ 11:58pm
Oh, and one final comment... According to 23andme's very basic Ydna testing I am Haplogroup R-L20
Amber Goodwin Amber Goodwin has a question!
June 13, 2019 @ 5:51pm
So happy to find this group. I descend from the Goodwin's of Virginia/West Virginia. I've been neck deep in our Goodwin family tree for a while now but can't seem to get any further that William B Goodwin born in either Shenadoah County Virginia or what is now Lewis County West Virginia in December of 1797. He passed away in January 1875 and is buried in Tallmansville, Upshur County, West Virginia. I would love to be able to trace the line further back. Hoping someone on here has some info. My dad, Francis Lowell Goodwin, submitted a DNA sample to Ancestry I am sure I could get him to submit one here as well.
Arthur Barfoot Arthur Barfoot
December 26, 2018 @ 6:56pm
We just got the results for the Y-111 marker test for Miles Barefoot in Group 8. It is only 2 markers off the same test of the descendant of Silas Godwin. What do you think, Ginger, Lori? Our test donor is the 6th generation from Miles's father.
Sara Scribner
March 19, 2019 @ 9:17pm
HI Arthur, I'm one of the descendants of Silas Godwin. Have you learned anything more? Are in the the Clan Colla group too?
Gary Goodwin Gary Goodwin
March 17, 2019 @ 6:39pm
Hi. I'm Angela and I'm working on my father's side. Last name is Goodwin but we were once McGuigan. We came to Prince Edward Island from County Monaghan in the 1830s. I just got his Big Y 700 results in and they came back as RBY18352. I haven't found any matches up to 67 markers with him yet when I had up to 67 for him and he was still M222. As of yet, no matches at 111.
Carl Goodwin Carl Goodwin
February 14, 2019 @ 5:18pm
I am reaching out to any Goodwin or Goodin families with possible connections to the Brooks family. The Y DNA indicates that Richard J. Goodwin's father or grandfather could have been a Brooks from somewhere between NC and GA. Our Goodwin family has a brick wall with Richard J. Goodwin. He appears in the 1850 census in Crawford County, GA in the home of Chirt Hinton. He is 13 years old. We can find nothing prior to that. The Hinton nor Newsom families show any relationship to Richard. (Hinton and Newsom families were married.) Richard married Malissa Mitchell in Macon Co., but appear in the Taylor Co, GA census. It is not clear if they moved or if the county line moved. They left Taylor Co and moved to Worth Co. where Richard joined the Confederate Army. Richard died in the war in Jun of 1864. He left one son, James Aden Goodwin and one daughter, Francis E. Goodwin. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Richard Bump
March 6, 2019 @ 10:33am
I am related to William Brooks (abt 1615-1682) of Scituate, Massachusetts, but my Y-DNA follows the Bump Family lines, as expected. My mtDNA appears to lead back to Northern Ireland Healey's.
Allen Godwin Allen Godwin
January 2, 2019 @ 4:22pm
I'd like to reach out to any male descendants of William M Godwin (l) of Escambia County/Conecuh County Alabama who has had their Y DNA tested . My distant paternal ancestor, William M Godwin (my GGGG grandfather), emigrated to the Southwest corner of Alabama, just north of Florida, before 1820 , along with his wife Feriby and at least 7 children (all born in Georgia, although William M may have been born in NC). My line of Godwins is William M Godwin(l, b. about 1775), William M Godwin (II, b. 1807), Nathan Allen Godwin (b. 1836), Thomas J Godwin (b.1864) , Henry Allen Godwin, Marvin E Godwin (my father), all born in either Conecuh County AL or Escambia County (after 1868, their portion of Alabama became Escambia County). I had my Y DNA 111 marker test performed in hopes to find out if there were any connections with Godwins in North Carolina or Virginia or NY. To my surprise, I didn’t find any close matches with Godwin Y DNA results posted in the Goodwin-Godwin group. But I did get several matches very good matches with “Herndon’s”. My haplogroup is R-U198 which also matches with the Herndon’s. In looking at the results on, in particular their “circles” based on autosomal DNA results- there are quite a few William M Godwin II group members, but only a few where we share small portions of common DNA, but I suspect that my match to this DNA circle is from maternal lines or where we share a common Godwin ancestor Thomas J Godwin. I am beginning to suspect that Thomas J Godwin may not have a Godwin as his biological father. A distant cousin said her father had told her that Thomas J was a “woods’ colt” implying that the identity of his father was uncertain. Nathan Godwin married Amanda Stanton, Thomas’ mother, in October 1863; Thomas was born 4 months later. Nathan did spend much of 1863 in the military; on his CSA pension application he stated that during this period, he spent 4 months “under guard” awaiting a medical review; following this review he was discharged- but no dates (other than 1863) are given for his stay. I don’t find any Herndon’s in Conecuh county during this time period- but there were two CSA confederate army camps nearby, a large camp in Pollard, and a smaller camp in Catawaba Springs - both near to their homestead. Makes me wonder if Amanda was doing her best to support the local troops. Anyway, if you are a descendant of William M Godwin (l) of Escambia County Alabama and have completed the Y DNA testing, I’d like to hear from you. Allen Godwin
Robert Godwin
January 4, 2019 @ 4:48pm
Oh, how I wish you were a Godwin. You may have helped us sort out group 2!
Robert Godwin
January 29, 2019 @ 11:15pm
Shirley Bylerly of this project has Wm M Godwin in her tree.
Kerry Goodwin Kerry Goodwin has a question!
December 30, 2018 @ 1:16pm
Hello I'm new here and new to genealogy. I'm trying to find out more about the Goodwin side of my family. I just recieved the test results back to my fathers y dna, he's haplogroup r-m198. We only have a few generations of known males ahead of him. Is there anyone who is able to guide me where to start and how to compare? Thank you!!
Daniel Goodwin
December 31, 2018 @ 3:28pm
Kerry, it would help to join a project that has active Administrators, such as England GB EIJR1. R1a>R-M459>R-M198 formed 14000 years before present, good enough to winnow out Goodwins like me (I-M223) but not much use in finding relatives. Autosomal testing (Family Finder, etc) might be a better bet when trying to find matches within 5-6 generations. Its also helpful to let folks know who your most distant Goodwin was, where, and when.
Kerry Goodwin
December 31, 2018 @ 8:46pm
Thank you for getting back to me, Myself and my father have done family finder. I will check with the other group as well! The most distant Goodwin relative is: James Carroll Goodwin 1818-1900, Born in Tennessee and died in Mississippi.