My GGF is elusive! Not a lot of records. He would have been born abt 1870 +/- 10 yrs, but I don't know where. He had to have married my GGM, Elizabeth T Holden (b 1880, White Plains, NY) sometime after 1905, but by the time my GM was 2 yrs old ( in 1915) Elizabeth and her 2 daughters are living with her mother Elizabeth Lynch Holden, and her brother, Joseph Holden.
This particular spelling of Godsill is very uncommon, however.... then again, it could have been changed from any number of spellings: Gotsel, Godsell, Godson, etc. I have found (on ancestry.com) a few that arrived from Ireland in the early 1800's, but so far none have really panned out. Only one, with a single mother, in 189_ census, with a brother named John. Other than that, I can't even find a marriage to my GGM or a death or grave for him.
Irish tradition was to name 1st born sons/daughters after the patriarchal grandparent, and the 2nd born son after the maternal grandparent. After that, it's a lot of mixing and matching other relatives and siblings, sometimes with the same first two names being used repeatedly, even after a deceased child. using the grandparent rule, I've been searching for a James P Godsill who arrived in the early 1800s.
There are a few Thomas Godsills (incl 2, only 4 yrs apart, arriving on the same ship on the same day!), but they don't fit, either.
My grandmother never mentioned her father having an Irish accent, so I can only conclude he is US born (she only said her GF, husband of Elizabeth Lynch, Patrick Holden, had "hopped the pond" from Ireland).
Any help will be greatly appreciated!!