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Francis Godfrey (abt. 1597 - 1669)

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Francis Godfrey
Born about in Avon, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Godfrey-107 created 13 Dec 2010 | Last modified
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Categories: English Immigrants to America | Duxbury, Massachusetts | Bridgewater, Massachusetts | Carpenters | Puritan Great Migration.

Based upon information in the Great Migration Frances Godfrey-107 had only one surviving child, Elizabeth.

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Peter, Richard, & George are now linked as siblings with Unknown Father Godfrey-1551 as the parent.

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Francis Godfrey migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Francis Godfrey was born about 1599 (based on estimated date of marriage), origins unknown.[1]

GODFREY - Francis Godfrey was an early settler in Bridge water; was a Carpenter d between 1666; the date of his will, and 1669, when it was proved; mentions his D Elizabeth Cary (wife of John) and grandson John Cary.[2]

He married about 1624 Elizabeth _____. She was named in her husband's will on 26 February 1666[/7].

He emigrated in 1638 initially settling in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony. He removed to Marshfield by 1650 and Bridgewater by 1657 where he took the oath of fidelity.[3]

He died after 29 October 1666 (date of will) and before 30 July 1669 (probate of will) (and probably closer to the latter date).

Last Will & Testament

Dated 26 February 1666[/7] and proved 29 October 1669

"Francis Godfrey, aged inhabitant of the town of Bridgwater," made "my wife Elizabeth Godfrey my sole executrix, and Mr. James Browne of Rehoboth and Samuell Edson of Bridgwater my overseers," and bequeathed to my wife Elizabeth Godfrey my whole complete purchase of lands, both already laid out and to be laid out, with all the immunities and privileges belonging thereunto, with my dwelling house and outhouses ..., my lands laid out lying and situate as followeth: forty acres of upland lying at a place ususally called Salsbury Plain running cross the way ususally called the Bay Path, and twenty-four acres of of upland lying upon the river usually called John's River ..., twenty acres of upland lying upon the Town's River ..., ten acres of upland more joining to my meadow land upon the Town's River, two acres of meadow land more or less lying in the meadow called Flaggy Meadow, two acres and an half more ... joining on the one side to Arthur Harris his meadow and on the other side to John Carye Senior, and one share more at the north end of the plain called Salsbury Plain"; to my grandchild John Carye a complete purchase of lands both upland and meadows both already laid out or to be laid out, only I have exchanged six acres of upland with him lying to the lands at my house for six acres lying next to his land at John's River ... the six acres of land at my house belonging now to my house being given the my wife Elizabeth aforesaid"; to my daughter Elizabeth Cary, two cows, two canvas sheets and "my great Bible"; to my grandchild Elizabeth Cary one heifer; to "my wife Elizabeth Godfrey, one broad and one narrow axe, one handsaw, one hatchet, one square, one drawing knife, one adze, one hammer, one pair of chisels, two augers, one mortising auger, one smaller auger, three plains, one jointer, one smoothing plain, one rabbeting plain, all the best I have"; to "my servant John Pitcher one broad axe"; to "my grandchild John Carye," livestock, clothing and "all my working tools not disposed of as abovesaid"; to "my son-in-law John Carye Senior all the rest of my wearing clothes"; residue to "my wife Elizabeth Godfrey"; to "my servant Richard Ginings if he live with my wife Elizabeth Godfrey and carry himself as he ought until he be twenty years of age, ten pounds" [4]

The inventory of the "movable goods and cattle of Francis Godfrey lately deceased being an ancient inhabitant of Bridgwater," taken 30 July 1669, totalled £117 17s. 5d.; included in this total were the "particulars prized at Providence appertaining to the estate of Francis Godfrey," taken 27 July 1669 and totalling £54 4s. 6d.[5]

COMMENTS: Even though a third of his estate was located at Providence, Francis Godfrey has not been found in published Providence or Rhode Island records.[6]


  1. ELIZABETH, b. say 1624; m. [blank] June 1644 John Cary ("John Carew and Elizabeth [blank]" [ PCR 2:79]) [Seth C. Cary, John Cary the Plymouth Pilgrim (Boston 1911), pp. 19-24, 62-63].
NOTE: no other children.


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration series, Boston, MA: NEHGS
  2. Mitchell, p. 172
  3. Plymouth Colony Records 12:163, 206; 8:185
  4. MD 17:155-56, citing PCPR 2:2:57-58
  5. PCPR 2:2:58
  6. Source: #S410

See also:

  • Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County
  • Cary, Seth Cooley, John Cary The Immigrant
  • S42: Title: CARY MEMORIALS
  • S356Settlers of the Beekman Patent: Author: Frank J. Doherty : Publication: Frank J. Doherty, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, ongoing
  • S410 Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33, Edition: [database online], Volume: 1-3: Author: Robert Charles Anderson : Publication: New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995
  • S122Cary Family History: Author: Joiner, Rev. Darrell and Sallyann (

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On 3 Oct 2016 at 14:26 GMT Matthew Fletcher wrote:

Avon was an extremely unpopular artificial county containing Bristol and Bath that was introduced in 1974 and abandoned in 1996.

If Francis was born in Bristol (as some sources claim) then Gloucestershire would be correct, as Bristol was then part of Gloucs. If, however, he was born in Bath then Somerset(shire) would be correct. Avon is anachronistic and wrong in all cases.

On 24 Sep 2016 at 15:21 GMT Kenneth Kinman wrote:

The merge of his wives (Elizabeth Hall into Elizabeth Unknown) has been completed. I hope I did it correctly.

On 8 Feb 2014 at 14:53 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

Peter, Richard, & George are now linked as siblings with Unknown Father Godfrey-1551 as the parent.

On 7 Feb 2014 at 14:12 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

will work on it this afternoon. - having endoscopy done this morn - waiting to be called back (working from phone)

On 7 Feb 2014 at 13:55 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Neither his will (NEHGR 7:179) nor Torrey's NE Marriages before 1700 provide a surname for his wife. So unless someone has something better, I suggest we merge the duplicate wives into UNKNOWN-28295 and put "Hall (unproven)" in Other Last Names for her.

On 7 Feb 2014 at 13:29 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

AND before we merge the wives of THIS Francis Godfrey, do we have confirmation of her maiden name? It looks like Anderson did not identify it.

On 7 Feb 2014 at 13:28 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

NOTE: it's not just a matter of delinking them; their siblinghood should probably be retained, and I believe they are children of ANOTHER Francis Godfrey who was mistakenly merged with this one. Thanks Michelle, for all you are doing on this.

On 7 Feb 2014 at 00:50 GMT Michael Foos wrote:

Michelle, there does seem to be agreement that Peter, George and Richard should be unlinked. It would be great if you would do so. Thank you.

On 6 Feb 2014 at 23:03 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

So who is going to be the one to volunteer to unlink Peter, George, and Richard? and is it unanimous these are not the children of this Francis Godfrey?

I will do the un-linking, just want to make sure all are in agreement.

I have been searching and adding ebook links... there is no mention of children other than Elizabeth.

I adopted George Godfrey and removed as child of Francis.

On 9 Jan 2014 at 12:23 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Two profiles were merged that shouldn't have been. In addition to detaching the extra children, he also needs to be detached from the parents given here.

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