When Emeline Godfrey was born on 19 May 1813, in Batavia, Genesee, New York, United States, her father, Elisha Godfrey, was 43 and her mother, Hannah Reynolds, was 33. She married Mica Captain Mudge on 31 May 1830, in Mudge Hollow, Oxford, Upper Canada, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Sodus Township, Berrien, Michigan, United States in 1870 and Pokagon, Pokagon Township, Cass, Michigan, United States in 1880. She died on 5 January 1895, in Pokagon Township, Cass, Michigan, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Sumnerville Cemetery, Sumnerville, Pokagon Township, Cass, Michigan, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from the Norman personal name Godefrei, Godefroi(s), composed of the ancient Germanic elements god, got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also Jeffrey .
Irish: shortened and Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh or Ó Gothraidh, ‘descendant of Gothfrith’, an Old Norse personal name often Anglicized as Godfrey. Compare McGorry , McCaffrey .
History: An Irish family of the name Godfrey originated in Romney, Kent. The first of them to settle in Ireland was Colonel John Godfrey, who was rewarded with lands in Kerry for his services in the 1641 rebellion. Godefroy, Lord of Normanville, from Normandy, was married in Trois-Rivières, QC, in 1636. He was captured by the Iroquois in 1652. His brother, Lord of Linctot, from Rouen, was also married in 1636 in Trois-Rivières, and lived from 1629 to 1632 among the Hurons. Another Godefroy, from Paris, was a trader and interpreter from 1623.