Elizabeth Godfrey

12 April 1747–1805 (Age 57)
Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Godfrey was born on 12 April 1747, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Moses Godfrey, was 44 and her mother, Martha Collins, was 40. She married David Jr Smith on 9 May 1764, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She died in 1805, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

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David Jr Smith
Elizabeth Godfrey
Marriage: 9 May 1764
Sarah Smith
Moses Smith
Martha Smith
Ruth Smith
Marcy Smith
Lendal Smith
David Smith Jr.
Elizabeth Smith
Hannah Smith

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9 May 1764
Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States


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Age 13

Historical Boundaries: 1760: Cumberland, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America 1776: Cumberland, Massachusetts, United States 1820: Cumberland, Maine, United States

Age 29

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 29

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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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  • Elisabeth Godfree, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Elizabeth Godfree, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Elizabeth Godfrey, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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