This family originated in America.


Richard Goff was a Revolutionary War soldier who was born, according to his Revolutionary War pension file, in 1763 in New London, CT. He lived in Chenango Co., NY. His wife was Polly Winchester.


YSTR results are available for descendants of Richard Goff by two of his sons, Harvey Winchester Goff and James Band Goff. Another matching Goff kit appeared in October 2021. This new kit has taken Big Y 700, but his lineage is unknown and the participant is not a member of the FTDNA Goff*Gough*McGough Project. As such, the significance and usefulness of this kit to discovering the origins of Richard Goff are uncertain.

The Richard Goff haplotype is a 64/67 match with the Austin family haplotype. See Austin-Austen DNA Project. The Richard Goff haplotype shares the 12/23 motif at DYS444/DYS 481 with the Jonah Austen b 1598 family. Jonah’s son Jonah Austin d. 1676 in Taunton, MA, which is about 75 miles from New London, CT. It seems likely that Richard Goff, or his father, had an Austen father, but took the Goff surname, perhaps being the maiden name of the mother.


Big Y 700 testing amongst Goff and Austin/Austin kits will help identify the precise line of descent from the Austin family.