The will of John Goad of 1771 Bedford County, Virginia names a daughter Ann Risden. William and Ann Risden bought land in Halifax Ciunty, Va in 1763 and sold it the following year. William Risden next appeared on a tax list in Pittsylvania County, Va. It is reported he went to Wilkes County, N.Car. The 1800 census there has a Riston and a Reston (page 59).A 1796 tax list for Wilkes lists Robert Ridsedin.
Ann's brother, Abraham Goad. and several of her siblings went to Anderson County, Tennessee (now Scott) in ca 1804. In 1808 her nephew Ayres/Ayers Goad sold land in Anderson to his brother-in-law Robert Lawson with a witness being J. Roysdon.
By 1823 part of Anderson County was Campbell County and that year's tax list for Campbell listed Abraham Risedon. Seven years later the Campbell census enumerated Nancy Risden, age 30-40.I think a Robert Risdon was there about the same time but I cannot locate that referenvce right now.
Due to the Goad connection, I believe the above all referred to members of the same family.
In addition tax lists in 1797 Sullivan County (where other Goads lived) enumerated Benjamin Ryston and John Rystone. Benjamin was there in 1796 as Rystone.. In Carter County in 1798 was Joshua Ryston and in 1812 Sullivan were Benjamin and Susannah Royston. All of the above were names used in the Goad families except Benjamin.
Ann (Goad) Risden was a half-sister to Joannah(Goad) Sevier, mother of Gen. and Gov. John Sevier, Joannah also was named in their father's will.