Mahala Godfrey

Female14 August 1820–4 February 1884

Brief Life History of Mahala

When Mahala Godfrey was born on 14 August 1820, in Hancock, Georgia, United States, her father, George Godfrey, was 43 and her mother, Mary Buchanan, was 29. She married William L Swint on 31 December 1840. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Meriwether, Georgia, United States in 1850 and Tallapoosa, Alabama, United States in 1860. She died on 4 February 1884, in Douglassville, Cass, Texas, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Red Hill, Cass, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William L Swint
Mahala Godfrey
Marriage: 31 December 1840
Nancy Swint
George W. Swint
Sara Ray Swint
Eliza Jane Swint
James Polk Swint
Thomas Jefferson Swint
William Littleton Swint
John Franklin Swint
Mattie Ida Swint

Sources (16)

  • Mahaly Swint in household of William Swint, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mahala Godfery, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"
  • Mahaley Swint, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    31 December 1840
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 1

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.


    Age 7

    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Meriwether, Georgia, United States


    Age 26

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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