The GODFREY Family of Duxbury, Marshfield and Bridgewater in Massachusetts

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FRANCIS GODFREY (d. 1666/9) of Duxbury, Marshfield and Bridgewater m. Elizabeth Unknown
ELIZABETH GODFREY (d. 1680) m. John Cary

First Generation

FRANCIS GODFREY (d. 1666/9) of Duxbury, Marshfield and Bridgewater

Parents: Unknown

Francis Godfrey died after 29 Oct 1666, when he signed his will, and before 30 Jul 1669, when the will was probated. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref]

Francis was a carpenter. [Ref] He came to new England in 1638; resided first in Duxbury; moved to Marshfield by 1650 and was at Bridgewater by 1657. [Ref] He is in the Duxbury section of the 1643 list of those able to bear arms in Plymouth. [Ref] He is on the 1657 list of those who took the oath of fidelity. [Ref]

On "the last of February 1644 Roger Chaundler of Duxborrow" sold Francis Godfrey of Duxbury twenty-five acres "on the northern side of the freshet that runneth into Greene's Harbour where the way to Sittuate crosseth the same being on the upper side the said path" [Ref]. On 26 February 1648 "Constant Sowthworth of Duxbery and Thomas Sowthworth of Plymouth his brother" sold Francis Godfrey of Duxbury, carpenter, one hundred acres of land at the North River [Ref]. On 10 Dec 1650 Francis Godfrey of Marshfield sold 100 acres of land and a dwelling house on the North River to Anthony and Mark Eames for 80 pounds. [Ref]

Francis signed his will with his mark, although his inventory included a bible and three small books. [Ref] In his will, he refers to himself as an aged inhabitant of the town of Bridgewater. He mentions his wife Elizabeth Godfrey, his daughter Elizabeth Cary and his grandchildren Elizabeth and John Cary, as well as "John Carye Senior" - to whom he left. clothes. [Ref][Ref] His property was inventoried at £117 - 17 - 5. [Ref][Ref]

Children of Francis Godfrey and Elizabeth Unknown:

  1. Elizabeth Godfrey married John Cary.

Second Generation


Parents: Francis Godfrey and Elizabeth Unknown

Elizabeth Godfrey died on 1 Nov 1680. [Ref] She married John Cary in June 1664. [Ref]


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Cary, Seth Cooley, John Cary, the Plymouth Pilgrim, Boston, S.C. Cary, 1911. Online:, Provo, UT, The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.

Shurtleff, Nathaniel, B., "List of Those Able to Bear Arms in the Colony of New Plymouth 1643," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 4, 1850, 255-259.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850: New England Historical and Genealogical Society.

Winsor, Justin, "Abstract of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, various issues.