Captain Richard Godfrey

20 August 1769–5 October 1827 (Age 58)
Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Richard

When Captain Richard Godfrey was born on 20 August 1769, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Richard Godfrey, was 34 and his mother, Lydia Doane, was 28. He married Mercy Young on 15 February 1790, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 5 October 1827, in Orrington, Penobscot, Maine, United States, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

Captain Richard Godfrey
Mercy Young
Marriage: 15 February 1790
Doane Godfrey
Elisha Godfrey
Richard Jr. Godfrey
Marcy Godfrey
Lydia Godfrey
Alva Godfrey
Phebe Ann Godfrey
David Godfrey

Spouse and Children

15 February 1790
Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States


    Doane Godfrey


    Elisha Godfrey


    Richard Jr. Godfrey


    Marcy Godfrey


    Lydia Godfrey


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Lydia Doane




+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 7

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 9

Historical Boundaries - 1778: Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States; 1816: Penobscot, Massachusetts, United States; 1820: Penobscot, Maine, United States
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 17

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Norman personal name Godefrei, Godefroi(s), composed of the Germanic elements god, got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also Jeffrey .2 Americanized form of Irish Mac Gothraidh or Ó Gothraidh, patronymics from the Irish equivalent of Godfrey (see 1 above), borrowed from the Vikings.3 Americanized form of the French surname Godefroi, of the same origin as 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Richard Godfrey, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Richard Godfrey, "Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910"
  • Richard Godfrey in entry for Richard Godfrey, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"

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