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 Descendants of Thomas Godbey (1587-1622) of England

 

 

 

 

Generation One

 

1.  Thomas GODBEY (934);[1],[2] born 1587 in England;[3] married Joane ? (935) circa 1622;[4],[5] died February 8, 1628 in Merry Point, Lower Norfolk Co., VA, murdered by a neighbor, William Bentley, in a drunken brawl.[6]

     He immigrated from England to Jamestown, VA arriving on May 23, 1610.[7],[8] He left from Falmouth, England on June 8, 1609 on the Sea Adventure and arrived in Jamestown, VA on the Deliverance.  The journey was interrupted by a shipwreck in the Bermuda Islands on July 28, 1609.  This adventure was thought to have inspired Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.[9]

     Godbey lived on December 1, 1624 in Kiccoughtan, Elizabeth City, VA, between Newport News and Blunt Point.[10] The land record reads "Thomas Godbye, of Kiccoughtan, in the Corp. of Eliz. Citty, Yeoman & an Ancient Planter, 1 Dec. 1624, p.25. 100 acres, between Newport Newes & Blunt Pt., abutting westward upon land of William Bentlye &c. For his first per. devdt. (Cavaliers and Pioneers)"

The following is the land Record of Godbey’s neighbor who later killed him.  “WILLIAM BENTLEY, 50 acres, Dec. 1, 1624, page 24.  In the Corporation of Elizabeth City, a new planter who came to this country at his own charges in the Jacob in 1624.  As his first dividend, between Newport News and Blunt Point, adjacent Giles Allington and Thomas Godbye.” 

Godbey lived in 1625 in Elizabeth City, VA.[11],[12]

     Joane ? (935)[13],[14] was born in 1579 in England.[15] She immigrated in 1621 to Elizabeth Cittie, VA.[16],[17]

     Children of Thomas Godbey (934) and Joane ? (935) were:

+         2.        i.    Thomas R. (932), born 1623 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA; married Anne Bain (933).

 

Generation Two

 

2.  Thomas R. GODBEY (932);[18],[19] born 1623 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA;[20] married Anne Bain (933), daughter of George Bain (4279), before 1645; died circa February 15, 1653 in Elizabeth River, Lower Norfolk Co., VA.[21]

     Godbey lived between 1647 and 1653 in Elizabeth River, Lower Norfolk Co., VA.[22],[23] He was a planter in 1652 in Elizabeth River, Lower Norfolk Co., VA.[24]

     Anne BAIN (933)[25] was born circa 1625.[26]

     Children of Thomas R. Godbey (932) and Anne Bain (933) were:

+         3.        i.    Thomas (929), born circa 1645 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA; married Ann Jacob (930).

 

 

Generation Three

 

3.  Thomas GODBEY (929);[27] born circa 1645 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA;[28] married Ann Jacob (930), daughter of Captain John Jacobs (931) and Ann ? (4320), circa 1670; died before February 21, 1686 in Lower Norfolk Co., VA.[29], [30]

     He lived between 1649 and 1686 at Gaythers Creek (southern branch of Elizabeth River), Lower Norfolk Co., VA.[31],[32],[33]

 

     Ann JACOB (930)[34],[35] was born circa 1647.[36]

     Children of Thomas Godbey (929) and Ann Jacob (930) were as follows:

+         4.        i.    Edward (919), born circa 1675; married Frances ? (920).

           5.        ii.    Cary (4280);[37] born circa 1675 in VA.[38]

 

 

 

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[1]Virginia Muster Jan 20-Feb 7, 1624-5, Virginia Muster Jan 20-Feb 7, 1624-5, p. 48.  Listed as Thomas Godby. Hereinafter cited as Virginia Muster, 1624-1625.

[2]Lists of the Livinge and Dead in Virginia, Febr: 16th 1623 .

[3]Virginia Muster, 1624-1625, p. 48.

[4]Ibid., Virginia Muster Jan 20-Feb 7, 1624-5, p. 48.  Joane arrived in Virginia in 1621 and her son Thomas was born in 1623.

[5]Lists of Livinge, Lists of the Livinge and Dead in Virginia, Febr: 16th 1623.  Shows that Thomas and Joane had already married and their son Thomas was not yet born.

[6]Colonial Surry-Surry People Before the Council and General Court, Colonial Surry-Surry People Before the Council and General Court, p. 81.  This reports the trial of William Bentley charged with manslaughter in the death of Thomas Godby. Hereinafter cited as Colonial Surry Court.

[7]Virginia Muster, 1624-1625, Thomas Godby Muster.  List 1608 on the Delivrance.

[8]Nell Marion Nugent, compiler, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Vol. 1, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants (Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library and Archives, rep. 1992), p. xxviii.  Gives info from Virginia Muster with date of 1608. Hereinafter cited as Cavaliers and Pioneers, I.

[9]Conway Sams, Conquest of VA, 2nd Attempt    (1929), 713-723. Hereinafter cited as Conquest of VA, 2nd Attempt.

[10]Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, I, p. 5.

[11]Living with presumed wife, Joane.

[12]Virginia Muster, 1624-1625, p. 48.

[13]Ibid.

[14]Lists of Livinge, Lists of the Livinge and Dead in Virginia, Febr: 16th 1623.  Listed as Jone Goodby.

[15]Virginia Muster, 1624-1625, p. 48.

[16]"Joane Godby     age 42     in the Flyinge Hart, 1621."

[17]Virginia Muster, 1624-1625, p. 48.

[18]Notes On The Godbey Family; p. 2.

[19]Brief Abstract of Lower Norfolk County and Norfolk County Wills, 1637-1710, p. 11. Hereinafter cited as Norfolk County Wills.

[20]The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, LDS File, Record of Thomas Godbey (AFN:4K7C-GX).

[21]Lower Norfolk County Will Abstracts, p. 11.

Thomas Godbye of Elizabeth River, in ye County of Lower Norfolke in Virginia, planter...

Book C   f   76.

Dated 8 Aprill 1652.

Recorded 15 Feb. 1653.

...Anne my deere & Lovinge wife...sole Executrix...

witnesses: Tho: Tooker                            The marke of

                                        Lewis ffundermull.            Thomas R. Godbye

                                                                                        With. his Seale.

Codicil Dated 10 Feb. 1653.

...bequeath to my Wives Sister Elizabeth Bearre...

witness: Rich Lee.

                                                                                The marke of

                                                                                         Thomas Godbye. 

[22]Ibid.

[23]Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, I, p. 172.

[24]Notes On Godbey Family; p. 2.

[25]Notes On Godbey Family; p. 2.

[26]The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, LDS File, Record of Thomas Godbey (AFN:4K7C-GX).

[27]Notes On Godbey Family; p. 3.

[28]The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, LDS File, Record of Thomas Godbey (AFN:4K7C-GX).

[29]Norfolk County Wills, pp. 102-103.

Thomas Godby of Elizabeth River...

Book 5   f.   6.

dated 28 Sept. 1671.

proved 21 Feb. 1686/7.

...unto Ann my deare and Loving wife all my Lands & tennyments which I nowe possess att the head of a branch that comes out of the Southerne branch of Elizabeth River in the County of Lower Norfolk in Virginia...my Executrix...

witnesses: Francis Sayer.

                              Richard Whitbe.

                                                                Thomas godby & Seale.

[30]Notes On Godbey Family; Godbey, A. H., Notes On The Godbey Family, p. 3.  His will was "drawn 9-23-1671, was proved 2-21-1686".

[31]Property referred to in Cavaliers and Pioneers bought by the second Thomas Godby in 1649, sold on 1st Aug. 1659, but re-assigned to the second Godby 1 Dec. 1659.

[32]Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, I, p. 445.

[33]Norfolk County Wills, pp. 102-103.

[34]Abstract of Norfolk County Wills , p. 77. Hereinafter cited as Norfolk Co. Wills. It is not proven that Ann Godby is John Jacob's daughter.  It is inferred from Jacob's will which makes Ann his exequetrix and leaves her his chest.

[35]Notes On Godbey Family; p. 3.

[36]The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, LDS File, Record of Thomas Godbey (AFN:4K7C-GX).

[37]Notes On Godbey Family; p. 3.

[38]Ibid.