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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Family Time Line

William L Swint
1816–1895
Mahala Godfrey
1820–1884
Marriage: 31 December 1840
Nancy Swint
1842–
George W. Swint
1844–1863
Sara Ray Swint
1846–1928
Eliza Jane Swint
1848–1892
James Polk Swint
1850–1922
Thomas Jefferson Swint
1853–1933
William Littleton Swint
1856–1942
John Franklin Swint
1859–1934
Mattie Ida Swint
1862–1923

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
31 December 1840
children

(9)

+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    George Godfrey

    Male1777–1854Male

    Female1791–1861Female

siblings

(11)

    Freeman Godfrey

    Male1806–1882Male

    Mary Godfrey

    Female1819–Female

    Female1820–1884Female

    Mahala Godfrey

    Female1820–1884Female

    Martha

    Female1822–Female

+6 More Children

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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