Kenelm Godfrey

Brief Life History of Kenelm

When Kenelm Godfrey was christened on 20 March 1699, in Mathon, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Kenelm Godfrey, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Powell, was 32. He married Sarah Jancey #94 on 18 September 1730.

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Kenelm Godfrey
Elizabeth Lewis
Marriage: 1736
Kenelme Godfrey
John Godfree
Thomas Godfrey
Richard Godfrey
Elisabeth Godfrey

Sources (9)

  • Kenelme Godfrey, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Kenelin Godfrey, "England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963"
  • Kenelm Godfree in entry for Elisabeth Godfree, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

World Events (2)

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.


The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

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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