This genetic family likely originated in England. YSNP and YSTR matches indicate that prior to about 1650 a male Wallace took the Goff surname.
There are three branches that need to be connected:
- Henry Goff (born before 1758 Pitt Co., NC) married Patience, who is memorialized in an 1853 NC Supreme Court decision. In January 1817 Patience Goff of Pitt Co., NC executed a deed to her grandchildren Washington and Lewis Dupree, sons of Robert and Rachel (Goff) Dupree. In October 1817 another child of Robert and Rachel Dupree was born and attempted to claim a third of the inheritance. The Court believed Patience Goff would not have wanted to exclude this child from the inheritance, but Washington and Lewis Dupree were under no obligation to give a third to their younger sibling.
- John Goff, b. ca. 1770 in Bertie Co., NC, d. in Greene Co., NC through son Thomas Goff (b. 1802/13 NC) who lived in Greene Co., NC in 1850 and Tyson’s Marsh, Greene Co., NC in 1860
- George Goff b. ca. 1800 Edgecombe Co., NC d. ca. 1870
Edgecombe, Greene and Pitt Counties adjoin each other. Bertie County is to the east.
The Wallace family dominates the YDNA matches to descendants of this Goff family. Considering YSTR, YSNP and atDNA matching, the connection to the Wallace family is estimated as 1650. Since Wallace matches significantly outnumber Goff matches, it seems likely that a branch of the Wallace family adopted the Goff surname.
DNA participants are encouraged to take Big Y 700 to sort out branches of this early Goff family.