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The Godby Generations

 

 

 

--- 1st Generation ---

 

1.  Thomas GODBEY (934)

Birth                                 1587

Immigration       May 23, 1610      From England to Jamestown, VA.

Marriage                    abt 1622      Joane ? (935)

    Death                 Feb 08, 1628       Lower Norfolk Co., VA.

 

 

--- 2nd Generation ---

 

2.  Thomas R. GODBEY (932)

Birth                                 1623      Lower Norfolk Co., VA.

Marriage                    bef 1645      Anne BAIN (933)

Death                 abt Feb 15, 1653  Lower Norfolk Co., VA.

 

 

--- 3rd Generation ---

 

3.  Thomas GODBEY (929)

Birth                          abt 1645       Lower Norfolk Co., VA.

Marriage                   abt 1670       Ann JACOB (930)

Death               bef  Feb 21, 1686   Lower Norfolk Co., VA.

 

 

--- 4th Generation ---

 

4.  John GODBY (918)

Birth                 abt Apr 01, 1705   Middlesex Co., VA.

 

 

--- 5th Generation ---

 

5.  Edward GODBY (919)

Birth                           abt 1675

Marriage                    abt 1695      Frances ? (920)

Death                         bef 1708      Middlesex Co., VA.

 

 

--- 6th Generation ---

 

6.  William GODBEY (917)

Birth                        abt  1725        Montgomery Co., VA.

 

 

--- 7th Generation ---

 

7.  William GODBY (884)

Birth                   Sep 29, 1750        Montgomery Co., VA.

Marriage                         1768       Zannah ? (885); Montgomery Co., VA.

Death                       Feb 1833       Montgomery Co., VA.

 

 

--- 8th Generation ---

 

8.  Francis Marion GODBY (902)

Birth                   Jun 24, 1786        Montgomery Co., VA.

Marriage            Apr 03, 1806       Rhoda WHITT (906); Montgomery Co., VA.

    Death                 Sep 17, 1867        Pulaski Co., VA.

 

 

--- 9th Generation ---

 

9.  Amanda M. GODBY (615)

Birth                                1829       Pulaski Co., VA.

Marriage            Feb 12, 1850       James RANKIN (614); Pulaski Co., VA.

Death                        abt 1853       Pulaski Co., VA.

 

 

·        Mary Jane Rankin, daughter of James and Amanda Rankin, married Thomas Baker King in 1866 in Pulaski County, VA. 

·        Thomas and Mary King’s daughter, Cornelia King, married John Chester Roseberry in 1885 in Pulaski County, VA.

 

 

 

The Godbey Family History

 

 

            Thomas Godbey arrived in Virginia from England in 1608 on the ship Delivrance. His wife, Joane, came over in 1621 possibly as part of a program to bring wives for the settlers. In 1622 they survived the Powhatan Indians’ massacre of 350 settlers (app. 1/3 of the Virginians) probably because they lived in Elizabeth City, where many of the settlers were concentrated, rather than in one of the outlying farms.  Thomas Godbey's son, also named Thomas, was born in lower Norfolk in 1623. In 1624, Thomas and Joane Godbey are listed on the census as living in Elizabeth City.

            The Godbeys lived in lower Norfolk for the next 50-75 years until Edward Godbey moved north to Middlesex County. After his death, his wife, Frances, move southwest to Goochland County. Eleven years after Frances’ death in 1739 the records show William Godbey's birth in Montgomery  Co. in what would later be Pulaski Co.

 

 

 

Early Godbey Records including the Census

Godbey Excerpts and the Roster of Confederate Godbey Soldiers

Descendants of Thomas Godbey (1587-1622) of England

 

 

 

 

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