Dewalt Guth was born in Palatine, Germany, in 1710, but nothing is known about his wife Anna Magdalena Guth. Since at least one son, Theobald Dewalt Guth, was born in Germany in 1735, it is likely Dewalt brought his entire family with him to the colonies when he crossed the Atlantic in 1738. They sailed on the Glasgow from Rotterdam to Philadelphia on 9 Sep 1738.
Dewalt’s son, Theobald Dewalt, changed Guth to Goode (pronounced Gude), and Dewalt to David, and by 1810 moved the family to Franklin County, Virginia. His son, David Gardner Goode, Jr., remained in Franklin County until his death in 1851. He and his wife, Elizabeth Waltz, had at least five children, one son being Samuel Goode. Samuel married Nancy Craig, and fathered Polly Goode, the wife of William Franklin Draper.
Samuel Goode was born in 1797 in Franklin County, Virginia, and he died before 1870 in Lincoln County, West Virginia. Most of the Goodes from the "Valley of Virginia" (Franklin, Craig, Patrick and Henry counties) were of Pennsylvania Dutch origin. On 23 Dec 1822, he married Nancy Craig in Franklin County, Virginia, according Virginia Marriages 1740-1850. Nancy was born in 1803 in Franklin County Virginia, and died in Lincoln County, West Virginia, probably before 1870. Mary, their oldest child, was called Polly, and married William Franklin Draper in Henry County in 1845.
Samuel relocated the family to Henry County between 1830 and 1835. During the 1850s, some of his children (Polly’s sisters and their families) began moving to Cabell County, Virginia, on the western border with Ohio. William and Polly Draper joined them, and were some of the first of the Goode family, and the only Draper family, to migrate there. West Virginia was created in 1863, and Lincoln County was created in part from Cabell County in 1867. By 1870 at least half of the huge family, including Samuel and Nancy, lived in or around Duvall in Lincoln County, West Virginia. But by this time, William and Polly had moved on to Texas.
Samuel first bought Henry County land in 1833 from Littlebury Stone, then additional land from James Dyer in 1836 and Joseph Dyer in 1839. He continues to buy land throughout the 1840s and 1850s, and is last recorded selling land to son-in-law James Madison in 1868, even though James and Elizabeth are recorded in West Virginia in 1870. Samuel died in West Virginia, but his will has not been found.
Goode Family Census Matrix
Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
Henry County Indexed Deed Records