About the Godfreys

Thomas
his sons Absolam and Burgess

Note: I was not looking for the Godfreys when I had the actual books in my hands. I photocopied many pages, and on some of them there are mentions of Godfreys as well as Lusks - which accounts for the spotty nature of the documentation.

Thomas
From Chalkley’s Chronicles:
Augusta County Court Records. Order Book No. II - December 2, 1749.
            (302) Thomas Godfrey, a servant of John Bomgardner.
Fee Books of Augusta Court - 1749 - p. 136
      Thomas Godfrey, late servant of Val. Sevear's.
      I am not certain if this means there were two Thomas Godfreys in Augusta in 1749 or if Thomas G had been first a servant of Valentine Servier (all the web-sites I’ve seen say he was) and then a servant of John Bomgardner. I am also not sure that this Thomas is in fact the Thomas who married Susanna Stevenson Lusk - she was only born sometime around 1750.
      There is a website by Brenda Colllins Dillon http://www.angelfire.com/wv2/dillon1944/thomas_godfrey.htm
which says that Thomas was an indentured servant of Servier, and I suppose an indentured servant could be fairly young, so this could be our Thomas, and he could be as little as 15-20 years older than Susanna.  John Stevenson had a lot of trouble with a servant called Henry Netherton or Witherington who was adjudged to be 11 years old at the time of one mention (1747/8) so.

Also from Chalkley:

1746/7 Mar 18
Road ordered from Top of the Ridge to John Terrald's and James Beard's, with these tithables, John Bomgardner, Jacob Harmon, Robert and Saml. Scot, John Stevenson, Robert Hook, Wm. Burk, Mathew Thompson, Charles Duel, Nicholas Noel, John Lawrence, Jacob Pence, Henry Dickens, Valentine Pence, George Scot, John Viare, Jacob Harmon, Sr., Mathew Sharp, John Harmon, Ro. Frazier, James Beard, Mathew Thompson, John Robton, Stiffell Francisco, Wm. Lamb, Samuel Lockard, Ro. Smith. (CO Book 1 - 168)
1750 Aug 29
John Bomgardner (signed Hans Baumgartner) to Patrick Frazier, in Stoney Lick Branch; corner Andrew McConnald, 400 acres, patented 25th September, 1746. John Lynn, Jno. Stevenson, Robt. Hook. (Deed Book 2 - 839)
1750 Aug 29
Hugh Parker's bond as administrator of James Rutledge, Gent., deceased, with sureties Jno. Stephenson, Hans Baumgartner. (Will Book 1 - 262)

1760 - served as scout in French and Indian War
1780 - Buckingham Co, VA - applied for pension based on service in French and Indian war (apparently received a land grant)

This information from a private email from one of Thomas's descendants - 17 May 2012
~1785 - married Patsy LNU
Children: Agnes/Nancy ~1784 - m Archibald Bailey
             Burgess ~1786 - m (1) Polly Shrewsbury (2) Margaret McVey
             Absolam ~1790 - m Polly Bailey - actually Absolam seems to be the older son???

Montgomery County Personal Property Tax 1787
List C Dist of Bird Smith (column 1 is white males 16-21, columns 2 & 3 are blacks, column 4 is horses and mules, column 5 is cattle.)
      p. 448 Luster William      self    10010 not tithable (prob under 21) taken 8/14
                          Samuel      self     00014 taken 8/17
                          Abner        self     00035
               Godfrey Thomas   self     00010 taken 4/16 (also called on that day: David and John McComas)
Sometimes the name Lusk appears as Luster, but there were Lusters and Lesters around as well, so it is not always possible to know for sure who is being listed. I think in this case that at least Samuel Luster is Sam Lusk sr, who was married to Susanna Stevenson (who later married Thomas Godfrey.)

1790 Montgomery County Personal Property Tax
tax list B wm 21+ // wm 16-21 // slaves // horses
      1789, May 19         Godfrey, Thomas      Thomas 0 0 3
      1789, June 29         Luster, Henry            Henry 0 0 6
      1790, Mar 8           Luster, Abner             Abner 1 0 4
                                              Samuel           ----- 1 0 1
In Mont Co List of 1791-2: Luster, Henry, Abner, Samuel

between 1792-1801 - married Susannah Stevenson Lusk

Petition to form Tazewell County (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
      1793 - Thomas Godfrey
      1796 - Absolam Godfrey senior and junior!
      1797
      1798 - Thomas Godfrey, Absolam, Burges
      1799 - Thomas Godfrey, Samuel Lusk, Absalum G, Bird G (they are in order on the list)

Land Speculation (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
(10) - survey completed 26 Nov 1794 - corners of this survey . . . nearly north of Thomas Godfrey on Clear Fork of Wolf Creek

Tazewell Court Order Book 1 (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
4 Mar 1801
      (28) Commonwealth v. Joshua Cecil - Thomas Godfrey on Jury
      (29) Commonwealth v. Samuel Lusk and John Smith - Thomas Godfrey on Jury
                    (Found guilty and sentenced to 1 hour prison and costs)
14 Jan 1802
      (51) Deed from Thomas Godfrey and Susanna, his wife, to Samuel Lusk
11 Feb 1802
     (53) Deed of land from Thomas G and Susanna his wife to Isaac Atkins
            (Susanna’s grand-daughter would marry an Isaac Atkins in 1824)
24 June 1807
      (249) Ordered that Thomas Godfrey be exempted from the payment of County levies and poor rates on account of his old age and bodily infirmity.
           This would fit with him being 20 or so years older than Susanna.

Tax lists (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
1801 Personal (white males over 16, next two columns are for blacks of different ages, then horses etc.)
        Aug 3 - Thomas Godfrey 1001
            this name appeared in the 1800 tax list for Wythe County
1802 Personal
        May 19 - Absolem Godfrey 1000
                      Thomas G 1001
                       Burgess G 1000
1803 Personal
        March 28 - Absolam Godfry 1000
                         Thomas G 1000
                         Bird G 1000
1806 Personal
        Apr 22 - Burgess Godfrey 1000
                     Thomas G 1000
      not on the land tax for that year (for once I have the page with the Gs)
Annotated enumeration of all taxpayers 1801-1820
      - Thomas in on tax lists for 1801, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 09 (no list for 08)
annotation: There is one reference in Chalkley's . . . to a Thomas Godfrey, Vol 2, p 396 - in a fee book for 1749 - "Thomas Godfrey, late servant of Val. Sevear's (Valentine Sevier's)" This is probably this man. On June 15, 1750, Adam Harman, Jacob Harman, Valentine Harman and Valentine Sevier received a grant of 15,000 acres of land on Bluestone Creek and on the first and second creeks below Bluestone in augusta County - Kegley FB - Kegley's Virginia Frontier (Roanoke, Va 1938) p. 129. This would have included the land that Thomas Godfrey settled on on Wolf Creek, and it seems altogether likely that he may have become familiar with the area while in th employ of Valentine Sevier. The above mentioned grant reverted to public domain, no doubt because it was given with the same stipulation that others of that period wer given - to settle one family for every 1000 acres within to years - and they were unable to fulfill that requirement.
1820 Federal Census - Virginia, Tazewell
      Godfrey, Absalom 300102 // 00100 1 (1m 16-26 =1794-1804, 2m over 45 = bef 1775) 1 foreigner
It is possible that one of the older gents with Absalom is father Thomas.

The Sons of Thomas Godfrey

Absalom
born before 1786 (over 16 on 1802 tax list) - died before 1850 (wife Polly listed as widow on census that year)
Petition to form Tazewell County (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
    1796 - Absolam Godfrey senior and junior!
    1797
    1798 - Thomas Godfrey, Absolam, Burges
    1799 - Thomas Godfrey, Samuel Lusk, Absalum G, Bird G (they are in order on the list)
Tazewell County Tax lists
    1802 Personal
        May 19 - Absolem Godfrey 1000
                      Thomas G 1001
                      Burgess G 1000
    1803 Personal
        March 28 - Absolam Godfrey 1000
                         Thomas G 1000
                         Bird G 1000
Tazewell County Court Order Book No 1
    1804 June 14 - Commonwealth v. John Compton & John Powers. Charged with felony. They are discharged from further prosecution. . . . Absalom Godfrey proved one days attendance on behalf of the Commonwealth.
    1804 Aug 17 - John Compton v. John Davidson and Absalom Godfrey. Case dismissed by pltfs. order.
    1808 Nov 23 (318) - John Tony v George Davidson. Debt. Absolom Godfrey witness for deft.
    1809 June 28 - John Toney v. George Davidson. Debt. Absolum Godfrey was witness for deft.
    1810 April 25 (360) - Commonwealth v Absolum Godfrey. As above (ie presentment, informations ordered to be filed)
Tazewell County Marriages 1800-1820 (Archives of the Pioneers. . .)
    Absolum Godfrey - Polley Bailey - 9 July 1811 - John Peery by license
Annotated enumeration of all taxpayers - 1801-1820
     Absolem Godfrey was on the lists for 1802, 03, 04, 05, 07, 09, 10 - and all from 1811-20
Tazewell County Tax Lists
    1820 Personal
        May 1 - Burgis Godfrey 1003 does not appear on 1820 Tazewell census
                    Absolam G 1004
1820 Federal Census - Virginia, Tazewell
      Godfrey, Absalom 300102 // 00100 1 (1m 16-26 =1794-1804, 2m over 45 = bef 1775) 1 foreigner
Tazewell County Will Book 1 (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
    (156) 27 Sep 1821 - estate of John Thompson
            unsettled book accounts - Absolam Godfrey (as well as Samuel Lusk and several other relatives)
    (280) Feb 1823 - Isam Belsher
             purchasers at sale - Absolam Godfrey (as well as Absolam Lusk, Andrew Lusk and other relatives)
    1824 - settled on Huff Creek, Wyoming Co (Reference Book of Wyoming County History)
    1830 - not in Tazewell
    1840 Logan 86
              Absolam Godfrey 01200301 // 0102001 50-60 = b 1780-90
                    next to Archibald & James Bailey
    1850 Wyoming Dist 71 p. 213
          124 Polly Godfrey 59 f Va
                       Armor I 23 / Lewis G 21 / Ausker P / Polly 17
                Henry P Boclehaman 5

Absalom’s children (according to angelfire site):
James B 1812 - bef 1870 m Nancy M - Mercer Co 1850-60; Nancy widow 1870
      1850 Mercer - Dist 42 - 187
          540 - James B Godfrey 38 m farmer 600 Va
                      Nancy 31
                      Mary J 11 / Maryann 7 / Thomas S 6 / Victoria 4
      1860 Mercer 382
          262-242 - James B Godfrey 48
                       Nancy 41 / Thomas S 16 / Victoria 14 / Robert M 10
                       Sini 7 f / Matilda F 3
from the National Park Service Civil War site (http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm)
      Godfrey, James Union Infantry 1st Regiment, West Virginia Infantry
      Godfrey, James Union Infantry 2nd Regiment, West Virginia Veteran Infantry
Thomas (Squire) 1817 - bef 1870 m Margaret Lusk - (Mgt head of household in 1870)
      Settled on Micajah Ridge, Wyoming Co
      Actively promoted formation of Wyoming County in 1850
      1850 Wyoming - Dist 71 p. 213
           125 - Thomas Godfrey esq 30 m farmer 500 Va
                         Margaret 26
                         Augustus 3 / Rebecca 2
                     Henry F Lusk 22 m farming Va
      1860 Wyoming 672
           149-126 - Thomas Godfrey 43
                           Margaret 36 / Augustus 13 / Rebecca 11 / Armer 9 / Eli 7 /
                           Joseph 5 / Thomas 3 Massy 1f

The Reference Book of Wyoming County History lists Thomas as a captain of the Union Home Guards.
       His son Augustus is referred to as a Union soldier although the only Augustus listed in the National Park Service site is a Confederate.
      Johnston (History of Middle New River Settlements) lists a Thomas Godfrey as a member of Company H, 60th Virginia Regiment, Infantry (Mercer County Company) - as does the National Park site.
        Godfrey, Thomas S. Confederate Cavalry 17th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
        Godfrey, Thomas S. Confederate Infantry 60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
                  (3rd Regiment, Wise Legion)
There is also a Thomas in the 151st Virginia Militia (Confederate) and one in the 1st Battalion Regular Infantry (Irish Brigade) (Confederate)

John D 1819 - 1885 m Martha Bailey
      1850 Mercer - Dist 42 - 183
          John D Godfrey 30 m farmer 1000 Va
               Martha 20 / Amayrah 2m / Augustus B 6/12
      1860 Mercer 352
           69-56 John D Godfrey 39 - 1000 - 680 Farmer Va
                 Martha 29 / Amizah 12 / Augustus B 10 / Timecandra M 8 /
                 James M 6 / Rebecca F 2
Civil War Vet
from the National Park site:
      Godfrey, John A. Union Infantry 11th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry
       Godfrey, J.D. Confederate Cavalry 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
Julina ?? m 1833 Hugh T Rinehart
Julia ?? m Rufus Bailey
Margaret (Peggy) ?? m 1835 Jesse Davis
Cosby 1826 - m Gordon C Lusk
      1850 Wyoming - Dist 71 - 213
           123 Gordon Lusk 28 m farmer
                        Cosbi 24
                        Elizabeth 3 / Parvis 5 / Polly 1
Armour Lawson 1827 - m Rebecca Lester
      1860 Wyoming 709
            Armer L Godfrey 33
                Rebecca 32 / Lewis B 8 / Dicey 6f / James R 1
            Joshue Davis 21 farm laborer
from the National Park site (I don’t know if any of these apply to this man)
      Godfrey, A. Confederate Cavalry 2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
      Godfrey, A.L. Confederate Infantry 45th Battalion, Virginia Infantry
      Godfrey, A.L. Confederate Cavalry 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
      Godfrey, A.P. Confederate Cavalry 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
      Godfrey, A.T. Confederate Cavalry Young's Company, Virginia Cavalry
                  (Howitzers, Marine Artillery)
Mary Ellen 1828 (Logan Co) - m 1854 Isaac B Lester
Lewis James 1829 (Tazewell Co) - m 1850 Susan Carnatta/Cornett
                                                    m 1884 Dicey Roberts
from the National Park site
      Godfrey, Lewis Confederate Infantry 49th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
Oscar Paris 1831 - m Elizabeth
      1860 Wyoming - 708 Sunhill
            409-358 Oshar P Godfrey 29
                         Elizabeth 28 / Harriet 4 / Mahala 3 / Absolam 2 / Lucinda 7/12
from the National Park site
      Godfrey, Oscar P. Confederate Cavalry 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
      Godfrey, Paris Confederate Cavalry 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry
William 1833
        There are several Williams listed on the National Parks site; they are all in the Confederate army.

Burgess (Bird)
born before 1786 (over 16 on 1802 tax list)  -  died before 1860?
Petition to form Tazewell County (Archives of the Pioneers . . .)
    1798 - Thomas Godfrey, Absolam, Burges
    1799 - Thomas Godfrey, Samuel Lusk, Absalum G, Bird G (they are in order on the list)
Tazewell County Court Order Books
    1805 March 15 (164) - Commonwealth v Moses Justice - Boid Godfrey on jury.
    1808 Jan 20 (275) Deed from Richard Bailey, sr to Hugh Tiffany - proved by oaths of . . . Burgess Godfrey
    1809 April 27 (329) - David Whitley v Micajah A Thorn. Case. - Burgiss Godfrey on jury
Tazewell County Tax Lists
    1802 Personal
         May 19 - Absolem Godfrey 1000
                       Thomas G 1001
                        Burgess G 1000
    1803 Personal
        March 28 - Absolam Godfrey 1000
                        Thomas G 1000
                        Bird G 1000
    1806 Personal
        Apr 22 - Burgess Godfrey 1000
                     Thomas G 1000
        not on the land tax for that year (for once I have the page with the Gs)
    1810 census - not found
    1811 Feb 11 (Giles County) - married Polly Shrewsbury
Annotated enumeration of all taxpayers 1801-1820
     Burgess is on the lists of 1802, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 09, 10 - and only 1820 afterwards
Tazewell County Tax Lists
    1820 Personal
        May 1 - Burgis Godfrey 1003 does not appear on 1820 Tazewell census
                          Absolam G 1004

   ~1822 - wife Polly died
    18xx - married Margaret McVey     
    1830 - Shelby County, Ohio - Sidney 26
        Burgess Godfrey 0110001 (40-50 = b. 1790-1800) // 20012
    1840 - Greenup County, Kentucky - p. 239 (step- or half-brother Samuel Lusk lived here)
        Burgis Godfrey 01011001 (50-60 = b. 1790-1800) // 210201
    1850 - Auglaize County, Ohio - Duchoquet 355 (709)
        908-908 - Burgus Godfrey 64 m farmer VA (= b. 1786)
                         Margaret 46 (according to angelfire website, this is his second wife, Margaret McVey) Va
                         Nancy 21 / James A 17 / Roda 14 / Margaret 12 / Alexander B 9 / John D 5 - all born Ohio
    1860 Hendricks County, Indiana - Brown 729
        328 - Margaret Godfrey 56 VA
                 James A 17 / Margaret 21 / John 15 - all b. Ohio
        329 - William Olney 31 farmer PA / Rhoda 23 Ind / William A 1 Ind
    1860 - Champaign County, Ohio - Adams 91 (181)
                  Alexander Godfrey 18 Oh farm laborer - with Henry McVeigh

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