Major James Goodwin

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Major James Goodwin

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: 1678 (56)
Back Creek, York County, Virginia, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Goodwin and Sarah Goodwin (Highlord)
Husband of Rachel Goodwin (Porter) and Elizabeth Goodwin
Father of Peter Goodwin; Matthew Goodwin and Robert Goodwin
Brother of Sarah Goodwin; Elizabeth Goodwin; Susanna Goodwin; Peter Goodwin; Gertrude Goodwin and 3 others

Occupation: Planter
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About Major James Goodwin

James Goodwin was born in London about 1625, son of London salt merchant, Peter Goodwin. James came to Virginia in 1650. He was a justice with a title Major in the militia from 1657 to 1662 and in 1658 he represented York County in the House of Burgesses, also its' Speaker.

He was a plantation owner and grew mostly tobacco and corn. He married Rachel Porter and they had seven children: Robert, Job, Peter, Matthew, Martin, Susannah, and Elizabeth. Rachael was the daughter of John Porter of Norwich County, England.

Their homestead was an imposing two-story structure facing Goodwin Island on the Thorofare in what is known as Dandy. The house was torn down shortly after 1900. It was reported to be located where "Powell Beatty" once lived.


  • Emigration: 15 Oct 1640, Gift of God, Virginia.
  • delegate to the House of Burgesses in 1657-58.
  • Justice of York County from 1657 to 1662.
  • Acquired 1200 acres in York County comprising what is now known as Goodwins Neck and Goodwins Island. He also received grants of 1400 acres in Westmoreland County.


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Major James Goodwin's Timeline

March 12, 1621
London, Middlesex, England
Age 24
Age 34
Back Creek, York County, Virginia
Age 48
Hampton Park, York, York, Virginia
Age 56
Back Creek, York County, Virginia, Colonial America