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Hello -And welcome! My roots have grown and branched out through the beautiful region of Southwest Virginia and Surry Co., NC. I have spent years researching and gathering information on my family surnames from Grayson, Carroll, and Smyth County, VA and Surry Co., NC. Some of the tallest branches on my tree are: ANDERSON, James ca 1800 in Grayson Co.,Va.;BAKER, Isaac; Wythe & Carroll Co.; BEDSAUL, Elisha; BRANNOCK, Wm. b abt 1700; CREED, Bennett, Sr. b 1745-1750; DICKENS, Etheldred; GOLDING (Golden),Wm. ca 1826; GOLLEHON, Robert b 1780; GOODSON, Leander b Abt 1787 in Va.; NORMAN, Matthew in Surry Co., NC; SUIT, Ransom b Abt 1798; UPCHURCH, John III 1700's; WILLIAMS, Richard 1700's; WYMER, Charles D. b 1780.
I am also interested in any information concerning the surname KODAK and any info on a male child given up for adoption by Mary Elizabeth Kodak and born on April 1 or 2, 1957 in a home for unwed mothers, possibly Catholic. I welcome queries or correspondance from others researching the same. Thanks And May God Bless You Today!
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Roots And Branches of SW VA and Surry Co, NC
Updated November 6, 2003


Julia Williams Kodak
8712 Hwy. 19-E
Roan Mountain, Tennessee 37687
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  • William Jackson Goodson (41 KB)
    William Jackson Goodson May 28, 1868 - November 19, 1955. Son of Joseph Goodson and Martha Burcham. Picture made abt 1891.
  • Train and Mary Bedsaul Goodson (22 KB)
    Train Goodson, son of Leander and Nancy Brannock Goodson. Mary Jestin Bedsaul, daughter of Peter and Malinda Baker Bedsaul.
  • George Marvin Williams and Shirley Lee Golding (38 KB)
    My Parents: George Marvin Williams, son of Lewis Franklin Williams and Emily Virginia Missouri Suits and Shirley Lee Golding, daughter of John Woodrow Golding and Lavada Mae Creed.
  • Nancy Dickens Goodson (31 KB)
    Nancy Dickens Goodson July 14, 1868 - September 21, 1950. Daughter of Albert Dickens and Jincy Johnson. Picture made abt 1891.
  • John and Nancy Upchurch Golding (Golden) (9 KB)
    John C. Golding, son of William (Bill) Golding and Mary Snow. Nancy Caroline Almeda (Nan)Upchurch, daughter of William B.Upchurch and Emily Caroline Caudle/Cordall.
  • Receipt For Train Goodson, June 1877 (29 KB)
    This is a receipt dated June 1877 for the recording fees when Leander Goodson deeded his son Train, land. Leander and wife, Nancy deeded each of their children land.
  • Benjamin and Edith Virginia Lowe Goodson (26 KB)
    Benjamin Goodson April 6, 1849 - January 25, 1927 and wife, Edith (Eady) Virginia Lowe October 15, 1853-August 29, 1946. Benjamin is the son of Leander and Nancy Brannock Goodson.
  • Malissa Norman Creed, Wife of Hugh B. Creed (18 KB)
    Malissa Norman Creed was born August 7, 1847 in Surry County, NC. She was the daughter of Matthew Norman and Sarah (Sally) Franklin. She married Hugh B. Creed February 2, 1868 and died March 26, 1929 from pnuemonia after falling in to the creek off of a footlog on her property.
  • Receipt From Leander L. Goodson to Train Goodson (56 KB)
    Receipt, not very readable as it is written in pencil, however the signature of Leander can be seen. Reads: Receive of Train Goodson in full clare of all demand in full for my Black Smith tools this the 2n day of September 1872. LL Goodson.
  • Moses Goodson born March 1846 (17 KB)
    Moses Goodson, son of Leander and Nancy Brannock Goodson born March, 1846. Child on the right is granddaughter Hattie Barker. Other child is unknown.
  • John Lewis Williams 1853-1933 (33 KB)
    John L. Williams Oct. 20, 1853-Nov.24, 1933 with children, George Sprinkle, Oscar Leander, Charlotte Lillian Gertrude, and Walter Stayley.
  • 1848 Note Of Peter Bedsaul (102 KB)
    1848 Note owed by Peter Bedsaul to store owner David Graham.
  • George Sprinkle Williams (45 KB)
    George Sprinkle Williams April 15, 1879 - September 2, 1956
  • William J. and Nancy Dickens Goodson (24 KB)
    William Jackson Goodson and Nancy Dickens Goodson. Their children behind them are John, Morgan, Mitchell, and Eda Jane.
  • Emily Williams, Julia Williams Kodak, Joshua Kodak (14 KB)
    This is my paternal grandmother, Emily Suits Williams, myself and my eldest son, Joshua David Kodak in 1984.
  • Lillie Geneva Anderson Williams (44 KB)
    Lillie Geneva Anderson Williams October 4, 1883-August ll, 1946. Daughter of Enoch Franklin Anderson and Mary Adams, Grayson County, VA.
  • George S. & Lillie G. Anderson Williams & Children (41 KB)
    George Sprinkle Williams b 4/15/1879 and Lillie Geneva Anderson b 10/4/1883 with their children. From left to right: Nevada 1/15/1905, Lewis 11/19/1901, Robert b 11/14/1906, Twins Marvin and Mildred b 5/13/1914.
  • George Washington and James Hattie Gollehon Suits (9 KB)
    George Washington Suits and James Hattie Gollehon. Children are unknown however the boy is probably their son Barney and the girl either their daughter, Mary Belle or a child they raised, Virginia Crutchfield.
  • Matthew Edward & Frankie L. Goodson Creed & Family (27 KB)
    Matthew E and Frankie Goodson Creed with family in abt 1925. Back Row, L-R; Lindsey Creed holding Robert Curtis (son of Estil), Leonard and Emma Creed, Middle Row; Estel & Mattie Creed, Matthew & Frankie, Lavona Creed, Front little girls; Lavada Creed and Annie Clyde Creed (daughter of Estil).
  • Jesse Kirby (9 KB)
    Jesse Kirby married Thirsy M Creed November 11, 1865. Thirsy was the daughter of Edward M. and Talitha Cockerham Creed, Surry Co., NC
  • George Washington Suits & James Hatti Gollehon (47 KB)
    George Washington Suits March 15, 1884 - September 29, 1957 and wife, James Hattie Gollehon March 6, 1882 - August 14, 1956.
  • John Woodrow Golding & Lavada Mae Creed (28 KB)
    John Woodrow Golding & Lavada Mae Creed, my maternal grandparents. First picture made abt 1945, second picture made about 1989.
  • Prudence (Prudy) Goodson (25 KB)
    Prudy Goodson, daughter of Leander Goodson. Prudy married David Norman March 4, 1866. Children uknown.
  • Nancy "Nan" Upchurch Golden (13 KB)
    Nancy "Nan" Caroline Almeda Upchurch Golden July 18, 1867-October 25, 1937. Daughter of William B Upchurch and Emily Caroline Cordell/Caudle.
  • Lewis Franklin Williams & Emily Virginia M. Suits (51 KB)
    Lewis Franklin Williams & Emily Virginia Missouri Suits, my paternal grandparents. 1)1922 2)abt 1940 3)1968.
  • March, 1879 Appointed Commisoners For New Road (54 KB)
    Train Goodson, Benjamin Goodson and others are commisioned for a proposed new road.
  • Julia, John and Stephen Williams (9 KB)
    Julia, John, and Stephen Williams, children of George W. and Shirley Golding Williams. Picture is made about 1967.

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