Clarke County Historical Museum

P.O. Box 388
116 W. Cobb Street
Grove Hill, AL  36451
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Monday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Office: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Clarke County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization founded in 1972.




William Goode

(1765-1837) served as a private in the Virginia troops at the siege of Yorktown. He was born in Powhatan County, Va. Died in Clarke County, Al. (DAR Lineage Book, Vol. 158, p. 75)

From the Clarke County Democrat, Oct. 28, 1920: “The grave of this Revolutionary Soldier is located upon a place owned by Mr. Lamar Hamilton about three miles south of Whatley, Clarke County, Ala., in an old field, not now in cultivation. The grave sets east and west and is marked by a flat marble slab which is now broken into four pieces. The inscription reads as follows: ‘In memory of Wm. Goode who died on 4 of March 1839, in the 80th year of his age. Entered upon the Alabama Roster of the Revolution by the Needham Bryan DAR Chapter of Mobile, Alabama.

“His wife sleeps by his side, but her grave unmarked. The land occupied by these two graves was reserved by the Goode family in a deed to Alfred Barnes. At the foot of the William Goode grave is the official bronze DAR marker placed by the Virginia Cavalier Chapter in 1920 with the following inscription: ‘Willliam Goode. Born Powahatan Co., Va., 1765. Died Clarke County, Ala., 1839.

“Our noble women are ever on the alert and mindful of sacred things, as were Martha and Mary.   Such is the case with Mrs. Charles Redwood of  Meridian, Miss., and Mrs. Erwin Vass of Mobile, Ala. On October 21st, 1920, these good ladies, representing the Virginia Cavaliers, Mobile Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with the assistance of M.W. Haskew and myself placed a bronze marker at the grave of Hon. William Goode, born Powahatan County, Virginia, 1759, buried 1839 in the 80th year of his age on his plantation about three miles south of Whatley, Alabama.

“Mr. Goode was a large slave and landholder and prosperous and influential in his time. He was married in Charleston, S.C., to Miss Sarah Jones and reared a large family. His son, Thomas Jefferson Goode, was the grandfather to the above Mrs. Redwood, and his daughter, Elizabeth Carolina Goode Tate, of Wilcox County, was the grandmother of the above Mrs. Vass. Mr. Goode was a first cousin of Thomas Jefferson and Revolutionary War soldier. Mr. Goode was present when Cornwallis surrendered to the dim and distant past of colonial days.

“After placing the marker and erecting Old Glory and a short but impressive prayer, each of us went wending our way homeward realizing it was good to be there.” -- Sam H. Gwin, Editor, Clarke County Democrat, Oct. 28, 1920.

Souces: Alabama Department of Archives & History; Clarke County Democrat

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