Mahala Godfrey

14 August 1820–4 February 1884 (Age 63)
Walton, Georgia, United States

The Life of Mahala

When Mahala Godfrey was born on 14 August 1820, in Walton, 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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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

Spouse and Children

31 December 1840


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    George Godfrey





    Freeman Godfrey


    Mary Godfrey



    Mahala Godfrey




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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.
1826 · Tuscaloosa Becomes Capital

Age 6

In 1826, the capital of Alabama moved from Cahaba to Tuscaloosa. 
1838 · Orders No. 25 Removes Cherokees

Age 18

A small group of Cherokees from Georgia voluntarily migrated to the Indian Territory. The remaining Cherokees in Georgia resisted the mounting pressure to leave. In 1838, U.S. President Martin Van Buren ordered U.S. troops to remove the Cherokee Nation. The troops gathered the Cherokees and marched them and other Native Americans from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama along what is now known as “The Trail of Tears.” Approximately 5,000 Cherokees died on their way to Indian Territory.

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Mahaly Swint in household of William Swint, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mahaly Swint in household of William Swint, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mahaley Swint, "United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969"

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