Elizabeth Godfrey

12 April 1747–11 August 1805 (Age 58)
Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Godfrey was born on 12 April 1747, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Moses Godfrey, was 44 and her mother, Martha Collins, was 40. She married Capt. David Smith on 12 June 1764, in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 11 August 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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Capt. David Smith
Elizabeth Godfrey
Marriage: 12 June 1764
Sarah Smith
Moses Smith
Martha Smith
Ruth Smith
Marcy Smith
Lendal Smith
David Smith Jr.
Betsey Smith
Elizabeth Smith
Hannah Smith

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  • Marriage
    12 June 1764Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America
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    World Events (7)

    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

    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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    Sources (12)

    • Elisabeth Godfrey, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    • Death date from husband's headstone
    • Elizabeth Smith, "Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980"

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