Here is what I have regarding the location of Whitby.
John Goode first landed in America at Jamestown and lost no time in buying 500 acres of virgin land on the upper James River from Captain Matthew Gough, one of the burgesses from Henrico Co. (now Chesterfield Co.) in 1642. Gough had received a grant of land from the Crown earlier, and this is probably what became "Whitby" the seat of the Goode family for more than 200 years (Kentucky Cousins, pp. 35-36, 1).
The location of John Goode's "Whitby" homestead established about 1673 has been established to be in southeastern corner of present day Manchester Twp., Chesterfield Co., Virginia, by way of land patents secured by his son Samuel Goode in 1698.This part of Chesterfield County shares a border with both Richmond and Varina Twp., Henrico Co., VA.
Whitby was firstbuilt and settled when few people lived that far from the established settlements around Jamestown and Williamsburg (Kentucky Cousins, p. 1). It must have been quite a feat to journey up the James River with the necessary supplies and equipment to establish a substantial home in the wilderness.Not long after settling in the new home, John's wife died.The exact date of death is unknown, but perhaps she died giving birth to their second son, Robert (Kentucky Cousins, p. 36).
Whitby was one of, if not the first permanent residence in the area (Kentucky Cousins, p. 36).The site was an eminence on the west bank of the James River and is now located within the Richmond city limits, although John Goode had been dead 28 years before Richmond was founded (Kentucky Cousins, p. 1).This plantation was located around the falls of the James River, which at the time was part of the Indian frontier.
By 1690, John Goode had acquired 688 acres of land in Henrico County and 2270 acres in Chesterfield County. He died at Whitby in 1709. The old home was torn down after 1800. The plantation remained in the Goode family until 1876.
The area around Whitby in Chesterfield County, Virginia has several geographic features and places bearing the name of Goode.Probably one that has been best known for the longest time is Goode's Rock in the James River in front of the place where John Goode built Whitby.This rock was dangerous enough that navigators for three centuries have sought to steer clear of it (Kentucky Cousins, p. 4).
I thought I located the rock near Richmond's Deepwater Terminal (Kentucky Cousins, p. 4).
Goode's Creek runs through what was John Goode's plantation and empties into the James River, but during his time it was called Stoney Creek.Richmond area maps now show it as Goode's Creek (Kentucky Cousins, p. 4).
Also, in the old Whitby area is Goode's Street.It is short, only about one block long, and is in an industrial area of Richmond.Farther west in Chesterfield County is Goode's Bridge, which was named for later members of the family who lived there (Kentucky Cousins, p. 4).