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.


The Richard Goff haplotype is a 36/37 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 most likely that Richard Goff was born an Austen and was given the Goff surname at some point.


Big Y 700 testing will help identify the precise line of descent from the Austin family.