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Henry Good and Elizabeth Caricofe or Snellin
Posted by: Annette Truesdell (ID *****5938) Date: September 13, 2007 at 11:42:43
  of 1702

Am trying to contact other researchers of this line. Am trying to clarify the name of Henry's wife, Elizabeth.

This family lived in Mossy Creek and Sangersville, Augusta Co., VA. Henry's death record was signed by Samuel Good and states that Henry, who died on Nov 9, 1855 in Augusta County was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Good. It lists his age as 45. Baptismal records from the Friedens Lutheran United Church of Christ in Rockingham Co., VA cite "Johannes Henrich Guth, bp. 28 May 1810, b, 15 Apr 1810", son of Samuel and Elizabeth Guth, wit. Joh. Hen. Schuterman, grandparents. Although transcription records for Henry's headstone in the Emmanuel Cemetery read "Henry Good, Born March 5, 1810, Died Nov. 8, 1855" it is assumed that the Friedens baptismal record is for this Henry. (The transcription may be in error.) Henry's gravesite in the Emmanuel Cemetery is next to Margaret, wife of Henry Karicofe and Susannah, wife of John Karicofe. These men were the brothers of Anna Maria Kiracofe Wilfong.

The confusion comes in deciding what the name of Henry's wife was. Entries to the LDS IGI name her as Elizabeth Caricofe. Previous communications with Kiracofe/Caricofe researchers have not provided any sources.

Recently, marriage records for some of Henry and Elizabeth's children have been found. The marriage certificate for Henry and Elizabeth's daughter, Mary Good to Charles Peterson in 1855 states that Mary’s mother was "Elizabeth Snellon". The marriage certificate for her daughter, Sarah Good to A.J. McCoy in 1856 names her as "Elizabeth Snellin". The marriage record for her son, John Cyrole Good to Sarah Swecker in 1867 names her as "Elizabeth Caricofe".

Further research into the Kiracofe family has turned up the following information from the book "Johannes Friederick Kirshof: Early Settler and Patriarch of Northern Augusta County" by Lula Mae Miller. The book says that Anna Maria, daughter of John Frederick and his first wife, Catherine Wacker Bowman had two children out of wedlock: John/Johannes Kiracofe, b. 4 Sep 1806 and Betsy Karicofe, no birth date cited. Then, per "Augusta County Virginia Marriages 1748-1850", Mary "Karahoof" is married to Henry Wilfong on 26 Aug 1813 by Min: G. H. Riemenschneider.

I have not seen the probate records for John Frederick Kiracofe but according to Miller's book, in John Frederick's will, Mary's daughter is named as Betsy Snelling. The will also specifies that Betsy Snelling, the daughter of Mary Wilfong, was to come in equally with her other children. (This special mention supports the out of wedlock situation.) Betsy was also left bedding and clothing as an outset. (As a point of interest, according to a codicil to John Frederick Kirshof/Kiracofe's will, Mary could not sell her interest in the Kirshof estate while Henry Wilfong was living. Perhaps John Frederick was being cautious about his daughter and grandchildren's inheritance.)

Given this additional information, I think it is credible to assume that Elizabeth Snellon, wife of Henry Good is most likely "Betsy Snelling", daughter of Anna Maria Kiracofe. This may explain why when Henry Good dies in 1845, he is buried in a family plot next to Elizabeth's aunts by marriage. I think that Elizabeth was most likely the daughter of Anna Maria Kiracofe and one of the Snellon/Snelling men who lived in Rockingham or Augusta Co. The most compelling evidence is "Betsy Snellin" being named in John Frederick Kiracofe's will as a daughter of Maria, our Elizabeth Good being named "Elizabeth Snellon/Snellin" in 2 of her children's marriage certificates and then "Elizabeth Caricofe" in another's. We know from the 1850-1880 census that she did not re-marry a Caricofe, and additionally, in the 1860 Rockingham census, she and her daughter's family are living next to a John Caricofe who is most likely her brother. All of this is circumstantial, but would like to compare notes with other Good or Kiracofe researchers.

Annette Truesdell

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