Descendants of John Hughes

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

        1.  John2 Hughes  ((probably) William1) was born Abt. 1802 in Camden Co., NC, and died Abt. 1866 in Camden Co., NC.  He married Patsy Humphries, daughter of ?Isaac Humphries? and (possibly) Nancy.  She died Unknown.

 

More About John Hughes:

Census: 1830, Living in Shiloh section of Camden County1

       

Children of John Hughes and Patsy Humphries are:

+      2                 i.    Chloe3 Hughes, born Abt. 1828 in Camden Co., NC; died Bef. 1868.

        3                ii.    Lydia Hughes, born Abt. 1832 in Camden Co., NC; died Unknown.  She married Nathan D. Berry 1866 in Camden Co., NC; died Unknown.

+      4               iii.    Sarah Ann Hughes, born 1834 in Camden Co., NC; died 1898 in Camden Co., NC.

+      5               iv.    Joseph Hughes, born Abt. 1836 in Camden Co., NC; died 01 Feb 1915 in Camden Co., NC.

+      6                v.    Isaac H(umphries?) Hughes, born Aug 1840 in Camden Co., NC; died Mar 1913.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

        2.  Chloe3 Hughes (John2, (probably) William1) was born Abt. 1828 in Camden Co., NC, and died Bef. 1868.  She married Samuel Gregory Garrett, son of William Garrett and Mary Gregory.  He was born Abt. 1827 in Camden Co., NC, and died Apr 1887 in Belcross, Camden Co., NC.

       

Children of Chloe Hughes and Samuel Garrett are:

+      7                 i.    Durant4 Garrett, born 24 Apr 1858 in Camden Co., NC; died 16 Nov 1922 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        8                ii.    Chloe E. Garrett, born Abt. 1862; died Abt. 1895.

 

 

        4.  Sarah Ann3 Hughes (John2, (probably) William1) was born 1834 in Camden Co., NC, and died 1898 in Camden Co., NC.  She married Samuel Godfrey 28 Aug 1858 in Camden Co., NC, son of Manliff Godfrey and (Mrs.?) Portlock?.  He was born Aug 1828 in Camden Co., NC, and died Dec 1906 in Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Sarah Ann Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Cancer

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Residence: Camden Co., NC

 

Notes for Samuel Godfrey:

The following information on Samuel Godfrey was compiled by his great-great-grandson, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) of Williamsburg, Virginia, based partly on interviews of his maternal grandparents, Loyal Berry Godfrey (1884-1968) and Luna Stevens Godfrey Godfrey (1887-1987) of Shiloh, North Carolina. Loyal was Samuel's grandson.

 

Samuel Godfrey was born in 1828 and died in December 1906. He was 78 when he passed away. He was the son of Manliff and Hester (             ) Portlock Godfrey of Camden County, North Carolina. His mother had been married before. His father died when he was young. His mother's will was probated in 1843 when he was 15 years old.

 

Young Sam Godfrey is said to have been raised by Edmund Dozier in a house on the North River which was near or the same one occupied by Doris and Johnny Williams in 1963. Two of his children, Nancy and Chloe, are buried in unmarked graves, originally paled in, in the Williams' yard.

 

Sam was married three times.

 

On August 3, 1856, he married Mary Dozier, daughter of Edmund Dozier, in what is said to have been a shotgun wedding. His first child was Manliff Godfrey (1856-1920), named after his (Manliff's) grandfather. Sam's wife Mary caught the measles, so it is said, put out a wash one morning, and died before the day was over.

 

[Information on Manliff Godfrey II: He was born January 24, 1856 in Camden County, where he died November 14, 1920 at Shiloh. He married Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Sivils Bray, a widow with one daughter, who was born June 10, 1856 and died March 20, 1920. Manliff and Sarah had two children, Eva Godfrey Terry, who was a school teacher at Raleigh, North Carolina, and Paul "Vernon" Godfrey (1888-1950), who was a pharmacist at Charlotte, North Carolina and married Virginia Thompson Stanbeck (1890-1981). Vernon and Virginia had one son, Paul Vernon Godfrey, Jr. (1922-2001), who resided at New Orleans, Louisiana and was  very helpful to me after I tracked him down in 1998. He only had two daughters, so the Godfrey surname is extinct in this branch].

 

Samuel's second wife was Martha Collins, whom he married on June 1, 1858. She must have died soon afterwards because he married a third time in late August of that same year. She had been married before and had a son, Jehu Collins. Jehu Collins continued to live with the Sam Godfrey family until he was grown.

 

On August 28, 1858, Sam Godfrey married for the third and last time. He was 30 years old and had already outlived two wives. His third wife was Sarah ("Sally") Ann Hughes (1834-1898), daughter of Johnny and (             ) Hughes. They were married for forty years.

 

Sally and Sam Godfrey had eight children.

 

Sam Godfrey was a farmer and a shipwright. After he was first married he left Camden County and went to work in Norfolk, Virginia. In Norfolk he lost everything and within one year returned home with all of his possessions and his family in a cart. The year is not known. The return journey took him three days. 

 

He and his family probably returned to Youpon and he worked for his father-in-law, Edmund Dozier. Mr. Dozier built boats behind the present Camden County courthouse.

 

Sam had grown up around the creek known as Mill Dam (now First Mill Dam) and he lived on the Mill Dam Road for a long time in a house still standing in 1963.

 

During the Civil War Sam moved to the Jarvis Farm on the Pasquotank River to keep the "Yankees" from burning the house down. He was crippled in one of his legs from "The white swelling" and it was thought that this crippling handicap would help him in protecting the house. He only lived at the Jarvis House for a short while.

 

Where Sam and Sally lived during the next 35 years is not known. At the time of Sally's death in 1898, they were living at a place beyond Shiloh near the present Betty McPherson house. Sally died of cancer soon after they moved there.

 

Sam, now 70 years of age, went to live with his daughter Lovey and her husband, Jim Sanderlin, who were living at the Burgess Place/The Jordan Place. Loyal and Luna Godfrey visited the old gentleman often during the fall following their marriage in 1906. They sat on the porch and talked. Sam admonished the newlyweds to "pull together" of they wouldn't make it. By this time his son John lived across the 'big ditch' and woods below Billett's Bridge, which separated the Burgess Place from the Jarvis Farm. Each time Sam visited John he said that it would be his last visit. Shortly before his death in December 1906 he made a visit and this time, they noted later, he did not mention it being his last visit.

 

He was buried in the cemetery of Shiloh Baptist Church beside his third wife. Tombstones were erected over both of the graves.

 

Sam was a small man--low in stature like many of his line, but stouter. He was a very devout man, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

His tombstone reads:

 

         Father

   Samuel Godfrey

       1828-1906

Gone but not Forgotten

 

This ends Mr. Cannon's information. There are at least two extant photographs of Sam taken by Zoeller at Elizabeth City, North Carolina. One was inherited by his great-granddaughter Mary Tatem Johnson (1911-2005) of Newport News, Virginia, and another was inherited by his grandson, Samuel Gallop Godfrey (1919-2002) of Camden County, North Carolina. I am indebted to Mrs. Johnson for allowing me to borrow and make copies of her photograph and several other Godfrey photographs in 1995.

 

Addenda by Bryan Godfrey after some discoveries in 2007: Samuel, Sarah, and children were listed in the 1870 Census as living at Kempsville in Princess Anne County, Virginia, now the City of Virginia Beach. According to the census, Nancy (age 7), Talmon, and Lovie were all born in Virginia, whereas John and Robert were born in North Carolina. The post office address for the Kempsville locality was listed as Norfolk. This corroborates part of Mr. Cannon's information, except that Sam appears to have lived in the Norfolk area for at least seven years instead of one, and it was after his third marriage that he went to Norfolk. Nevertheless, it is possible that Sam went to the Norfolk area twice. He was listed as a farmer in this census. I do not know when they returned to Camden, but it was before 1880 as he was listed in the 1880 census as living there. According to this census, all the children were born in North Carolina, yet census takers were usually not meticulous about states of birth of the enumerated persons. Also, the death certificates of Talmon and Lovie list their birthplaces as Camden County, North Carolina, but it is likely this was a mistake and the informants simply assumed Camden since they were not in Virginia very long. Discovering Samuel Godfrey in the 1870 census as living in Kempsville helps explain why his youngest and last-living grandchild, Samuel Gallop Godfrey (1919-2002), told me that he heard that his Godfreys came from around Kempsville, even though Samuel was actually from Camden and only lived in Princess Anne for several years. Hearing this for the first time in 1993 convinced me that my grandfather's Godfreys of Camden County, North Carolina, were probably descended from the John Godfrey family of Norfolk County, Virginia, rather than the Francis Godfrey family of Perquimans County, North Carolina, from which my grandmother was descended. I claimed the Norfolk Godfreys as my patrilineal ancestors until 2006, when I learned that my Y-DNA does not match a fairly well-proved descendant of the Norfolk family, and subsequently learned that my Y-DNA does match the Perquimans Godfreys, which will be explained in more detail under my biography of Samuel's father, Manliff Godfrey. I am grateful that I finally discovered this record after purchasing a one-year subscription to ancestry.com, as it helps reconcile the Kempsville/ Princess Anne origin tradition in face of the Y-DNA results suggesting descent from the Francis Godfrey family of Perquimans County, North Carolina.

 

 

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nccamden/Military/miscsoldiers.htm

 

Samuel Burfoot  served as a private in NC.  Transferred H Co. 32nd Inf. Reg. NC discharged 2 April 1862 ( source: NC Troops 1861-65 A roster. pub. 1993.

He was born Nov 1840 & died 2 April 1884 Married Chloe Godfrey 6 Jan 1866 in Camden Co., NC

 

 

 

More About Samuel Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Census 1: 15 Jul 1870, Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA. Was a farmer at that time. His children Lovie and Nancy were listed as having been born in Virginia, the rest in North Carolina. Value of personal estate--$100.

Census 2: 1850, His presumed half-brother, Charles Portlock, listed as age 22 (same age as Samuel?) in household of Malachi Bell, age 47, and Elizabeth Portlock, age 18, listed in household of Mary Ferrell, age 41. Perhaps Hester was Samuel's stepmother.

Census 3: 22 Jul 1850, Listed in Camden Co., NC in the household of Ed L. Dozier, age 44, and Emily Dozier, age 42. Occupation--mechanic. Also in household were Sarahann Godfrey, age 8, and Margaret Godfrey, age 4.

Census 4: 13 Jun 1860, Listed in Camden Co., NC, age 30, occupation--mechanic, with Sallyann, age 25, Manlef, age 3, John, age 8/12, and an unidentified Wm. Godfrey, age 14. Mahaly Aydlett, age 45, and Margaret Aydlett, age 20, also in household.

Census 5: 1870, Samuel Godfrey's household is listed on page 41 of the Kempsville Census, while his possible sister Chloe Dozier is listed on page 48. There are 82 pages total. Black households take up more than 2 full pages in between these pages.

Census 6: 1880, According to the Camden Co., NC census, taken 1 Jun 1880, neither he nor his wife Sarah could read or write. They and all their children were listed as being born in North Carolina, but at least two children were probably born in Princess Anne Co., VA.

Census 7: 1900, Was listed erroneously as Samuel Gregory. He was living with daughter Lovie and son-in-law, James B. Sanderlin, in Camden Co., NC. This gives his date of birth as Aug 1828, the only known source listing the month.

Comment 1: Information about his life and moves was told by his grandson Loyal Berry Godfrey (1884-1968) and wife Luna Stevens Godfrey Godfrey (1887-1987) to their grandson Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) in 1963 and 1976. Mr. Cannon typed Sam's biography.

Comment 2: Notes of his great-great-grandson, Carl F. Franklin, Jr., suggest he was Manliff Godfrey's only son. However, he probably had a sister Chloe, for Samuel S. Godfrey witnessed her 1856 marriage to Willoughby Dozier in Currituck Co., NC.

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Event 1: Aft. 1843, Was said to have been raised by Edmund Dozier after his mother died. The Doziers lived on the North River in Camden Co., NC.

Event 2: Abt. 1856, Went to work in Norfolk, VA after he was first married; lost everything and returned home within one year with all possessions and his family in a cart, which took him three days. Afterwards worked for his father-in-law, Edmund Dozier, who built boats.

Event 3: 03 Aug 1856, He married his first wife, Mary Dozier, daughter of Edmund Dozier, in what is said to have been a shotgun wedding. By her he had one son Manliff Godfrey II (1856-1920), and she died of measles shortly thereafter.

Event 4: 01 Jun 1858, Was married very briefly to Mrs. Martha Collins who had a son named Jehu Collins. She died immediately thereafter, and Sam and his third wife Sally, whom he married two months later, helped raise Jehu.

Event 5: Bet. 1861 - 1865, During the Civil War, he moved to the Jarvis farm on the Pasquotank River. Because he was crippled in one of his legs, it was believed this would prevent the Yankees from burning the house down.

Occupation: Shipwright and farmer

Property: It is likely that he never owned his own home or farm and was a tenant farmer most of his life. He and his family moved around the Youpon and Shiloh areas of Camden Co., NC. In his later years he lived with his daughter Lovey and her husband Jim Sanderlin.

Residence: Camden Co., NC; grew up around Mill Dam Creek and lived many years on Mill Dam Road in a house still standing in 1963. In 1870 was living with his third wife and children at Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA, but sometime before 1880 came back to Camden.

       

Children of Sarah Hughes and Samuel Godfrey are:

+      9                 i.    John Hughes4 Godfrey, born 27 Oct 1859 in Camden Co., NC; died 02 Aug 1934 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.

        10              ii.    Robert Hughes Godfrey, born 30 Nov 1860 in Camden Co., NC2; died 25 Dec 1946 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.  He married Mary Matilda Stevens 18 Dec 1887 in Camden Co., NC; born 18 Oct 1870 in Camden Co., NC; died 19 Apr 1947 in Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Robert Hughes Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Endocarditis2

Comment: He and his wife had no children, but they raised Nathan Arnold, who predeceased them

Occupation: Owned store at Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Personality/Intrst: He was highly regarded by his nephews and nieces, possibly because he left his estate to family members because he had no children. His great-nephew, Thomas Loyal Godfrey, was adamant that his son William David Godfrey name a son after his Uncle Robert.

Residence: Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

 

More About Mary Matilda Stevens:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Comment: Because she and her first cousin both had the same name Mary Matilda Stevens Godfrey, and were both known as Mane or Manie, she was known as "Miss Manie Robert" and her cousin was known as "Miss Manie Tom," as her husband was Robert Hughes Godfrey.

Residence: Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

 

        11             iii.    Nancy Godfrey, born Abt. 1863 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA; died Aft. 01 Jun 1880 in Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Nancy Godfrey:

Comment: died young

 

+      12             iv.    Talmon Berry Godfrey, born 12 Nov 1865 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA?; died 08 May 1947 in Albemarle Hospital, Providence Township, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        13              v.    Chloe Godfrey, born Abt. 1866 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA?; died Unknown in Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Chloe Godfrey:

Comment: died young

 

+      14             vi.    Lovie Godfrey, born 16 Mar 1869 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co. (present-day City of Virginia Beach), VA; died 03 Jun 1954 in Camden Co., NC.

+      15            vii.    Huldah Godfrey, born Aft. 1870 in Camden Co., NC; died Bet. 1895 - 1899 in Camden Co., NC?.

+      16           viii.    Samuel Hughes Godfrey, born 06 Mar 1877 in Camden Co., NC; died 19 Sep 1965 in Camden Co., NC.

 

 

        5.  Joseph3 Hughes (John2, (probably) William1) was born Abt. 1836 in Camden Co., NC, and died 01 Feb 1915 in Camden Co., NC.  He married (1) Mary Gibson Bef. 1862, daughter of Nancy ?.  She was born Abt. 1838 in Currituck Co. or Camden Co., NC, and died Bef. 1872.  He married (2) Martha Sawyer Abt. 1872.  She was born Feb 1848 in Camden Co., NC, and died Unknown.

 

Notes for Joseph Hughes:

From ancestry.com:

 

 

Joseph Hughes -- Civil War service

 

 

According to verbal family history, Joseph Hughes "was captured by the Yanks at Hatteras and returned home a year later."

 

Civil War records show that Joseph Hughes enlisted as a Private in Capt G G Luke's Independent Company (formed in Camden, NC), belonging to the North Carolina Regiment, sometime between June and August of 1861.

 

In late August of 1861, Joseph Hughes, serving as a North Carolina Confederate enlisted infantry soldier, participated in the Battle at Fort Hatteras, North Carolina.  On August 29th, after an intense battle, the Confederate troops surrendered and the Union experienced its first victory of the Civil War.  Joseph Hughes was among the 691 Confederate soldiers captured at Hatteras and taken as Union prisoners.

 

Union records document Joseph Hughes as a prisoner with the rank of Private belonging to the Confederate regiment known as the North Carolina Defenders.  He is recorded as having been captured on August 29, 1861 at Hatteras, North Carolina.  As a Union prisoner, Joseph was received at Fort Warren (located on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor, Massachusetts) on November 1, 1861.  Union records also show that Joseph Hughes was scheduled to be released and exchanged on December 11 or 17, 1861 and sent to Fort Monroe, Virginia where he was turned over to General Wool on orders from the Adjutant General's Office.

 

On September 15, 1861 (while a Union prisoner) Joseph Hughes was officially transferred out of Capt Luke's Independent Company and into Capt Luke's 1st Company H of the 32nd Regiment, also known as the North Carolina Defenders.  This transfer was probably just a re-organization of the Confederate troops. 

 

Records show that Joseph was paroled at Fort Warren and transferred for exchange to Fort Monroe on Dec 11th or 17th, 1861.  Sometime thereafter, he returned to his unit, the 1st Company H, 32nd Regiment of North Carolina and was present and accounted for until the company disbanded on April 2, 1862 at which time he was officially discharged.

 

Luke Godfrey Hughes, Joseph & Polly Hughes' first child, was born on April 7, 1862.  According to verbal family history, Luke was "named for a school teacher who was also a Colonel in the Civil War", Col G. Gratiot Luke.

 

 

Jane Scribner McCrary

jane@janemccrary.com

November 2010

 

 

More About Joseph Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Sandy Hook, Camden Co., NC

Census: 1870, Listed in Crawford Township, Currituck Co., NC

 

More About Mary Gibson:

Nickname: Polly

       

Children of Joseph Hughes and Mary Gibson are:

+      17               i.    Luke Godfrey/Gibson4 Hughes, born 09 Apr 1862 in Camden Co., NC; died 17 Dec 1959 in South Norfolk, part of present-day Norfolk, VA.

        18              ii.    John Hughes, born Abt. 1865; died Unknown.

+      19             iii.    Joseph Gibson Hughes, born 23 Oct 1865 in Camden Co., NC; died 27 Feb 1948 in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        20             iv.    William Hughes, born Abt. 1869; died Unknown.

 

       

Children of Joseph Hughes and Martha Sawyer are:

        21               i.    Charles4 Hughes, born Abt. 1878 in Camden Co., NC; died Unknown.

+      22              ii.    Malachi Sawyer Hughes, born 02 Nov 1880 in Camden Co., NC; died 15 Jun 1959 in Belcross, Camden Co., NC.

        23             iii.    William Hughes, born Oct 1889; died Unknown.

        24             iv.    Charles Hughes, born Aug 1891; died Unknown.

 

 

        6.  Isaac H(umphries?)3 Hughes (John2, (probably) William1) was born Aug 1840 in Camden Co., NC3, and died Mar 19134.  He married Lydia Burgess, daughter of Isaac Burgess and Abby ?.  She was born Oct 1845 in Camden Co., NC, and died Bef. 1911.

 

More About Isaac H(umphries?) Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Hughes family plot, Wickham Road, 1.1 miles west of Rt. 343, Camden Co., NC4

       

Children of Isaac Hughes and Lydia Burgess are:

+      25               i.    Mary E.4 Hughes, born 30 May 1870 in Camden Co., NC; died 22 Dec 1934 in Riddle, Camden Co., NC.

+      26              ii.    Abner Brockett Hughes, born 18 May 1872 in Camden Co., NC; died 01 Feb 1941 in Camden Co., NC.

        27             iii.    Clotilda Hughes, born Abt. 1875 in Camden Co., NC; died Unknown.

+      28             iv.    Sarah F. Hughes, born 05 Dec 1877 in Camden Co., NC; died 18 Mar 1953 in Riddle, Camden Co., NC.

        29              v.    Aby Hughes, born Abt. 1880; died Unknown.

+      30             vi.    Maggie Hughes, born 29 Nov 1881 in Camden Co., NC; died 28 Jun 1962 in Belcross, Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.

        31            vii.    Ada Hughes, born Mar 1882; died Unknown.

+      32           viii.    William Ferebee Hughes, born 08 Aug 1886 in Camden Co., NC; died 30 Nov 1928 in Court House Township, Camden Co., NC.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

        7.  Durant4 Garrett (Chloe3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1)5 was born 24 Apr 1858 in Camden Co., NC, and died 16 Nov 1922 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married (1) Harriet Evans 1879 in South Mills, Camden Co., NC.  She died Unknown.  He married (2) Lucy Ann Stockley 05 Feb 1888 in South Mills, Camden Co., NC.  She was born Abt. 1867, and died Unknown.

 

More About Durant Garrett:

Cause of Death: Angina pectoris5

       

Children of Durant Garrett and Lucy Stockley are:

        33               i.    Lillie Mae5 Garrett, born Abt. 1897; died Unknown.

        34              ii.    Charlie Garrett5, born 14 Jun 1897 in Camden Co., NC; died 06 Jul 1955 in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About Charlie Garrett:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

Cause of Death: Myocardial infarction due to coronary thrombosis

Occupation: Finisher for Kramer Brothers Lumber Company

Residence: 703 Center Street, Elizabeth City, NC at time of death

 

        35             iii.    Eva Mena Garrett, born Abt. 1902; died Unknown.

 

 

        9.  John Hughes4 Godfrey (Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 27 Oct 1859 in Camden Co., NC, and died 02 Aug 1934 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.  He married (1) Mary Bray Forbes 02 Jan 1884 in Camden Co., NC.6, daughter of Evan Forbes and Elizabeth Bray.  She was born 01 Nov 1859 in Old Trap, Camden Co., NC, and died 31 Oct 1900 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.  He married (2) Sarah Stevens Wright 28 Apr 1901 in Camden Co., NC6, daughter of John Wright and Elizabeth Stevens.  She was born 03 Apr 1875 in Camden Co., NC7, and died 24 Mar 1927 in Camden Co., NC7.

 

Notes for John Hughes Godfrey:

The following information on John Hughes Godfrey and his two wives is quoted from information compiled by his great-grandson, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) of Williamsburg, Virginia:

 

John Hughes Godfrey, second son of Samuel Godfrey and his third wife, Sarah Hughes, was born on October 27, 1859, and died on August 2, 1934. His birthplace was Yeopon Nursery on Bell Cross Road, near Shiloh, North Carolina. He was raised there and belonged to Sawyer's Creek Baptist Church, later transferring to the Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

He married twice. His first wife was Molly Forbes (October 30, 1859-November 1, 1900). His second wife was Sally Wright (April 3, 1875-March 25, 1927).

 

By Molly he had three children: Loyal Berry, Charlie Forbes, and Maude. There were no children by the second marriage.

 

Molly Forbes was the daughter of Evan and Elizabeth Bray Forbes.

 

Loyal was born on November 10, 1884, and married a neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Luna Stevens Godfrey, at the age of 21 years. They had two children, Thomas Loyal and Eula. Loyal died April 2, 1968.

 

Maude was born on October 1, 1888 and married Edgar Tatem, from whom she was subsequently divorced. They had three children, Mary, Robert, and Marvin.

 

Charlie was born November 16, 1886. He married Rebecca ("Beck") Stevens, by whom he had one son, Garland. Charlie died March 11, 1962.

 

John Hughes Godfrey married second Sally Wright, daughter of John and Betty Stevens Wright, who was born in 1875 and died March 24, 1927.

 

John and Molly lived for five years in a white frame house on the corner of Daley Road and the Camden-Shiloh Highway (Route 343). This was where all three children were born. The family then moved to the Jarvis place, where John lived for 24 years. Here Molly died on November 1, 1900, after a long period of illness.

 

On April 28, 1901, John remarried, this time Sarah Wright. They had no children (she had one miscarriage), but they took a boy, Carol Thompson, and raised him. He was never legally adopted but took the name Godfrey and lived at Camden, North Carolina.

 

The family moved to Daly Road to a small house, newly-built by Joe Walston, owner of the land where John farmed for eleven years. Grandmother died there. Aunt Betty Wright lived there with Grandpa John.

 

John Hughes Godfrey is buried at the Shiloh Baptist Church in the graveyard across the highway (Route 343) from the present church. Tombstone inscription:

                                J.H. Godfrey

                                Oct. 27, 1859

                                Aug. 2, 1934

        

                     Precious in the Sight of

                      the Lord in the death of

                       his Saints--Ps. 116:16

 

At the bottom of his typed biography quoted above, Carl Cannon handwrote the following note:

 

There used to be a graveyard between the Jarvis house and the nearby woods where some of the Jarvis children were buried. Old hickory trees are still around the house (1976). Maude (Godfrey) Tatem could tell by the shape of the individual hickory nut from which tree it came. The "new" school house, once located on the woods lane, leading to the Jarvis House, was later moved to the Jarvis House where in 1976 it was used as a storage house. This was the new school which consisted of a vestibule going all the way across the structure and one large room entered by two doors, one on each side, from the vestibule. One of the teachers in the new building was Miss Genievive Pugh, later to be Mrs. Lank (?) Walston. She was mean and once struck Mollie Forbes, a half-grown girl, sharply across the knuckles. Mollie had red hair and a temper and shouted that she didn't allow anyone to beat on her. (She had been known to whip boys her age). She fought with Miss Genievive and later almost pulled her shirtwaist off. The boys in the class stopped the fight.

 

The following information on John Godfrey's second wife, Sally Wright, is also quoted from Carl Cannon:

 

Sarah (Sally) Wright, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Betty) Stevens Wright, married John Hughes Godfrey on April 28, 1901. She was born April 3, 1875 and died March 24, 1927, at the age of 52.

 

Her parents lived at a place in Camden County called "Gumberry" beyond Bell Cross on the North River. When her father died, her mother moved to the old Clarkson house near Billetts Bridge, halfway between Camden and Shiloh, North Carolina. She had four brothers, Cornelius, Columbus, John, and Bill, and two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) and Matilda.

 

Cornelius lived in the Gumberry area on the North River. Nothing is known of him. Columbus cut off his big toe and died of blood poisoning before the move to Shiloh. John Wright married Jenny Wilder, and they lived in the Camden-Shiloh area. (They had Herman (1902), Everett (Dec. 1905), and Evelyn). Betty married John Bell, and Matilda married Walter Barco. Bill married Hettie Wright, his cousin.

 

Sally married John Hughes Godfrey in 1901, his second wife. His children were 15, 13, and 11. They were married in the old Clarkson home. They lived at the Jarvis house, later moving to Daly Road.

 

(Sally) died March 24, 1927 at 52, of a series of strokes. She was "crippled up" by the first stroke and did not recover from the last.

 

She was a big woman with a large frame. She was taken with her first illness at a revival meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church in the afternoon. Her mother, Aunt Betty Wright, and Miss Susie Duncan (were with her). She got better, walking around but had another stroke from which she (never?) recovered.

 

John and Sally had no children of their own, she losing one by miscarriage. They took Carol Thompson from an orphanage in Charlotte. He arrived by train and later took the name Godfrey, although he was never legally adopted.

 

Sally was buried in the church burial ground across from the Shiloh Baptist Church with the following tombstone:

                            Sally

                          wife of

                         J.H. Godfrey

                         March 24, 1927

                          age 52 years

                            at rest

 

More About John Hughes Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Endocarditis, chronic nephritis, and arteriosclerosis8

Census 1: Jan 1920, Living at Shiloh, Camden Co., NC. Rented his home. Worked as a farmer. Could read and write. His second wife's mother, Elizabeth Stevens Wright, was listed in his household. Also listed was foster son Carroll Godfrey.

Census 2: 1910, Listed as living at Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, age 50. Farmer. Able to read and write. Rented his farm.

Comment: It is likely that he never owned his own home or farm and was a tenant farmer most of his life. He and his family moved around the Youpon and Shiloh areas of Camden Co., NC.

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-first a member of Sawyer's Creek Baptist Church, Camden Co., NC; later transferred to Shiloh Baptist Church at Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

Occupation: Farmer

Residence 1: Camden Co., NC--born and raised at Yeopon Nursery on Bell Cross Road; children were born while living in a house on the corner of Daley Road and the Camden-Shiloh Highway; then moved to the Joe Walston farm on Daley Road.

Residence 2: 1870, As a child, he lived with his parents for a short time at Kempsville in Princess Anne Co. (present-day City of Virginia Beach), VA.

 

Notes for Mary Bray Forbes:

Comments by Bryan S. Godfrey, great-great-grandson:

 

From 1992 until 2009, I listed her maiden name as Mollie Bell Forbes, as I had found her name listed as such in an LDS genealogy record. However, LDS records are notoriously inaccurate unless they are copies of primary sources, and it appears that this may have been a mix-up with her niece Mollie Bell Forbes, daughter of Stephen Bray Forbes and Henrietta Bell. In Camden County, North Carolina, and the Forbes family in particular, it is commonplace for every child in a family to have the same middle name, which is the mother's maiden name. This seems to have been the case with Mollie's father, as he and his siblings had the middle name Ross, Mollie's siblings, as they had Bray for their middle name, and her brother Stephen's children, as several had the middle name Bell. One online source lists her as Mollie Bray Forbes, very likely since all of her brothers appear to have had their mother's middle name of Bray as their middle name. Since Mollie is normally a nickname for Mary, and she is listed as Mary in the 1870 census, after 2009 I listed her  maiden name as Mary Bray Forbes. On her tombstone she is simply listed as "Mollie, wife of J.H. Godfrey."

 

More About Mary Bray Forbes:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Census: 23 Jun 1880, Mollie Forbes boarding with brother Jonathan in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC. Brother Marshall also living in household. Listed below them was the family of William and Otelia Godfrey, of unknown kinship to Mollie's future husband John Hughes Godfrey.

Comment: In the only known photograph of her, Mollie looks like she may have American Indian features, indicating possible Indian ancestry.

Nickname: Mollie or Molly

 

More About Sarah Stevens Wright:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: strokes

Comment: had a miscarriage; she & John raised Carol Thomson who took Godfrey name

       

Children of John Godfrey and Mary Forbes are:

+      36               i.    Loyal Berry5 Godfrey, born 10 Nov 1884 in near Shiloh, Camden Co., NC; died 02 Apr 1968 in Carrollton, Isle of Wight Co., VA.

+      37              ii.    Charles Forbes Godfrey, born 16 Nov 1886 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.; died 11 Mar 1962 in 316 Pearl Street, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

+      38             iii.    Maude Forbes Godfrey, born 01 Oct 1888 in Camden Co., NC; died 16 Apr 1976 in Newport News, VA.

 

 

        12.  Talmon Berry4 Godfrey (Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 12 Nov 1865 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA?, and died 08 May 1947 in Albemarle Hospital, Providence Township, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married (1) Laura Eliza Burgess 11 May 1890 in Camden Co., NC, daughter of Dempsy Burgess and Mary Gregory.  She was born 06 Sep 1872 in Camden Co., NC, and died 29 Jul 1940 in Camden Co., NC.  He married (2) Nancy Brown Aft. 1940.  She was born 1874, and died 1950.

 

More About Talmon Berry Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Highland Park Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC

Cause of Death: Uremia8

Comment: His death certificate states he was born in Camden Co., NC, but this is most likely incorrect since he was listed in the 1870 census in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co., VA, as having been born in Virginia. His parents lived there a short time.

Residence: Belcross, Camden Co., NC at time of death

       

Children of Talmon Godfrey and Laura Burgess are:

        39               i.    Sally Anne5 Godfrey, born Abt. 1892 in Camden Co., NC; died 27 Sep 1897 in Camden Co., NC.

        40              ii.    Ethel Burgess Godfrey, born 31 Jul 1892 in Camden Co., NC; died 27 Dec 1972 in Winfall, Perquimans Co., NC.  She married Howard Grandy Etheridge; born 06 Jun 1894 in Camden Co., NC; died 28 Dec 1949 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC.

 

More About Ethel Burgess Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Calvary Episcopal Church, Fletcher, NC

Comment: no children

Event: member of Daughters of the American Revolution

Occupation: Educator

Residence: Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC

 

More About Howard Grandy Etheridge:

Burial: Unknown, Calvary Episcopal Church, Fletcher, NC

Cause of Death: Coronary thrombosis8

Military: World War I

Residence: Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC

 

 

        14.  Lovie4 Godfrey (Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 16 Mar 1869 in Kempsville, Princess Anne Co. (present-day City of Virginia Beach), VA, and died 03 Jun 1954 in Camden Co., NC.  She married James Berry Sanderlin 17 Jun 1894 in Camden Co., NC, son of Caleb Sanderlin and Louie Berry.  He was born 27 Apr 1868 in Camden Co., NC, and died Sep 1950.

 

Notes for Lovie Godfrey:

Below is Aunt Lovie's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk, Virginia:

 

Mrs. Lovie G. Sanderlin

 

Elizabeth City, N.C.--June 3--Mrs. Lovie Godfrey Sanderlin, 86, died today at 5:45 p.m. at the family residence in Camden County after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Camden, a daughter of Samuel and Mrs. Sallie Hughes Godfrey, and the widow of James Berry Sanderlin. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Duncan, of Camden; two sons, Curtis Sanderlin, of Belcross, and Irvin Sanderlin, of Elizabeth City; a brother, Sam Godfrey, of Camden; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Toxey, Berry, and Lynch Funeral Home by the Rev. J. Samuel Johnson, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial will be in New Hollywood Cemetery.

 

More About Lovie Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Residence: Camden Co., NC

 

More About James Berry Sanderlin:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Residence: Camden Co., NC

       

Children of Lovie Godfrey and James Sanderlin are:

+      41               i.    Curtis Godfrey5 Sanderlin, born 08 Oct 1895 in Camden Co., NC; died 13 Jan 1983 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

+      42              ii.    Bertha Sanderlin, born 09 Jun 1899 in Camden Co., NC; died 21 Apr 1990 in Edenton, Chowan Co., NC.

+      43             iii.    Irvin Godfrey Sanderlin, born 26 Nov 1904 in Camden Co., NC; died 18 Mar 1990.

 

 

        15.  Huldah4 Godfrey (Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Aft. 1870 in Camden Co., NC, and died Bet. 1895 - 1899 in Camden Co., NC?.  She married Andrew G. Dozier9, son of Malachi Dozier and Lenora Gilbert.  He was born Abt. 1872, and died 22 Jun 1938 in Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Andrew G. Dozier:

Census: 1910, Camden Courthouse district of Camden Co., NC. He and his second wife Wilkie had been married 11 years at that time. so Huldah must have died between her son Wallace's birth in 1895 and then.

       

Child of Huldah Godfrey and Andrew Dozier is:

+      44               i.    Wallace Godfrey5 Dozier, born 03 Oct 1895 in Camden Co., NC; died 15 Oct 1985 in Ahoskie, Hertford Co., NC.

 

 

        16.  Samuel Hughes4 Godfrey (Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 06 Mar 1877 in Camden Co., NC, and died 19 Sep 1965 in Camden Co., NC.  He married Betty Gallop, daughter of William Gallop and Mary Whitehurst.  She was born 24 May 1885 in Camden Co., NC, and died 14 Oct 1965 in Camden Co., NC.

 

Notes for Samuel Hughes Godfrey:

Below is Uncle Sam's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk, Virginia:

 

Samuel A. [incorrect--H.] Godfrey

 

CAMDEN, N.C.--Samuel Hugh [incorrect--Hughes] Godfrey, a retired farmer, died Sunday morning in his residence.

A lifelong resident of Camden County, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Godfrey and the husband of Mrs. Bettie Gallop Godfrey. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Besides his widow, surviving are a son, Samuel M. [incorrect-Samuel Gallop] Godfrey; a granddaughter, Bettie Jane Godfrey; and a grandson, Dennis Godfrey, all of Camden.

A funeral service will be conducted today at 2:30 p.m. in M. N. Toxey Funeral Home on West Main Street. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens with Twiford Funeral Home in charge.

 

More About Samuel Hughes Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Memory Gardens, Elizabeth City, NC

 

Notes for Betty Gallop:

Below is Aunt Bettie's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk, Virginia:

 

Mrs. Bettie Godfrey

 

CAMDEN, N.C.--Mrs. Bettie Gallop Godfrey, 80, the widow of Samuel Hughes Godfrey, died Thursday at 12:50 p.m. in the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. S.G. Godfrey.

She was a daughter of William and Mrs. Mary Gallop and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Sam G. Godfrey of Camden; a sister, Mrs. Sallie Jones of South Norfolk Borough, Chesapeake; and a granddaughter, Miss Betty Jane Godfrey, and grandson, Dennis Godfrey, both of Camden.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in M.N. Toxey Funeral Home by the Rev. Aubrey McLellan of Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial will be in Memory Gardens with Twiford Funeral Home in charge.

 

More About Betty Gallop:

Burial: Unknown, Memory Gardens, Elizabeth City, NC

       

Child of Samuel Godfrey and Betty Gallop is:

+      45               i.    Samuel Gallop5 Godfrey, born 14 Jan 1919 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC; died 22 Mar 2002 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

 

        17.  Luke Godfrey/Gibson4 Hughes (Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 09 Apr 1862 in Camden Co., NC, and died 17 Dec 1959 in South Norfolk, part of present-day Norfolk, VA.  He married Jane Roberts 23 Dec 1881 in Camden Co., NC, daughter of Thomas Roberts and Elizabeth Morrisette.  She was born Abt. 1864, and died Unknown.

 

Notes for Luke Godfrey/Gibson Hughes:

Comment on ancestry.com:

 

 

The birth records of daughters Polly and Florence identify their father as Luke Gibson Hughes. I consider those facts are information HE provided. Others identifying his middle name as "Godfrey" presumably are based on his death certificate. Regrettably, Luke was not available to correct the apparent error.

 

More About Luke Godfrey/Gibson Hughes:

Census: 1910, Washington, Norfolk Co., VA

       

Children of Luke Hughes and Jane Roberts are:

        46               i.    Polly Roberts5 Hughes, born 03 Jan 1883 in Camden Co., NC; died 21 Oct 1965 in Chesapeake, VA.

        47              ii.    Florence Elizabeth Hughes, born 22 Nov 1885 in Camden Co., NC; died 06 Mar 1977 in Norfolk, VA.

        48             iii.    John Robert Hughes, born 06 Sep 1888 in Camden Co., NC; died 13 Dec 1971 in Norfolk, VA.

        49             iv.    Lillie Sue Hughes, born 03 Apr 1893 in Camden Co., NC; died 06 Oct 1894.

        50              v.    William Frank Hughes, born 25 Mar 1896 in Virginia; died 25 Dec 1983 in Chesapeake, VA.

+      51             vi.    Charles Henry Hughes, born 05 Jul 1898 in Norfolk, VA; died 09 Jan 1973 in San Patricio, Lincoln Co., NM.

        52            vii.    Dorothy Jane Hughes, born 01 Jul 1901 in South Norfolk, part of present-day Norfolk, VA; died 31 Mar 1988 in Virginia Beach, VA.

        53           viii.    Anna Belle Hughes, born 06 Dec 1904 in Virginia; died 29 Feb 1992 in Virginia.

 

 

        19.  Joseph Gibson4 Hughes (Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 23 Oct 1865 in Camden Co., NC, and died 27 Feb 1948 in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married (1) Jane Berry.  She died Bef. 1900.  He married (2) Maggie Hughes, daughter of Isaac Hughes and Lydia Burgess.  She was born 29 Nov 1881 in Camden Co., NC, and died 28 Jun 1962 in Belcross, Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Joseph Gibson Hughes:

Name 2: Joseph Godfrey Hughes10

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

 

More About Maggie Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

       

Children of Joseph Hughes and Jane Berry are:

+      54               i.    Willie Berry5 Hughes, born 23 Oct 1889 in Camden Co., NC; died 04 Mar 1982 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        55              ii.    Charles Berry Hughes, born 29 Apr 1891 in Camden Co., NC; died 28 Sep 1973 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.  He married Margaret Forbes Barco 20 Dec 1916 in Pasquotank Co., NC; born 12 Aug 1897 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC; died 22 Jun 1981 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Charles Berry Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Westlawn Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

Occupation: Retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, VA

 

More About Margaret Forbes Barco:

Nickname: Maggie

 

       

Children of Joseph Hughes and Maggie Hughes are:

+      56               i.    Clyde Cartwright5 Hughes, born 21 Sep 1906 in Camden Co., NC; died 24 Mar 1977 in Pasquotank Co., NC.

        57              ii.    Marvin Vann Hughes, born 27 Feb 1916 in Camden Co., NC; died 27 Aug 1986 in Camden Co., NC.

 

 

        22.  Malachi Sawyer4 Hughes (Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 02 Nov 1880 in Camden Co., NC, and died 15 Jun 1959 in Belcross, Camden Co., NC.  He married Addie Forehand, daughter of Lemuel Forehand and Martha Gregory.  She was born Jul 1885 in Camden Co., NC, and died 27 Mar 1952 in Belcross, Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Malachi Sawyer Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Highland Burial Park, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

Nickname: Mack

       

Children of Malachi Hughes and Addie Forehand are:

        58               i.    John5 Hughes, born Abt. 1903; died Unknown.

        59              ii.    Carrie Hughes, born 09 Oct 1905 in Camden Co., NC; died 07 Jan 1974 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  She married William Felix Lamb; born 02 Nov 1904 in Camden Co., NC; died 18 Apr 1957 in Court House Township, Camden Co., NC.

        60             iii.    Nora Virginia Hughes, born 13 Apr 1908 in Camden Co., NC; died 04 Sep 1996 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        61             iv.    Ruby Alline Hughes, born 17 Jul 1915 in Camden Co., NC; died 15 Sep 1980 in Pasquotank Co., NC.  She married ? Sawyer; died Unknown.

 

More About Ruby Alline Hughes:

Residence: Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

 

        62              v.    Melvin Forehand Hughes, born 07 Jan 1919 in Camden Co., NC; died 29 Nov 2003 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About Melvin Forehand Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, Highland Park Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

 

        63             vi.    Martha Jane Hughes, born 01 Sep 1921 in Camden Co., NC; died 01 Nov 1994 in Pasquotank Co., NC.

+      64            vii.    David Henry Hughes, born 07 Apr 1934 in Norfolk, VA; died 28 Nov 2010 in Barco, Currituck Co., NC.

        65           viii.    ? Hughes, born Private.

 

 

        25.  Mary E.4 Hughes (Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 30 May 1870 in Camden Co., NC, and died 22 Dec 1934 in Riddle, Camden Co., NC.  She married Simeon Wright Williams Aft. 1903.  He was born 17 Apr 1841 in Camden Co., NC, and died 20 Nov 1917 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.

       

Children of Mary Hughes and Simeon Williams are:

        66               i.    Caleb5 Williams, born 02 Oct 1908 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC; died 27 Jul 1963 in Shawboro, Camden Co., NC.

        67              ii.    Carroll V. Williams, born 27 Sep 1910 in Camden Co., NC; died 25 Jul 1911 in Camden Co., NC.

 

 

        26.  Abner Brockett4 Hughes (Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 18 May 1872 in Camden Co., NC, and died 01 Feb 1941 in Camden Co., NC.  He married Sallie Irene Pritchard 1911 in Pasquotank Co., NC.  She was born 16 Jan 1877 in Camden Co., NC, and died 11 Mar 1961 in Virginia.

       

Children of Abner Hughes and Sallie Pritchard are:

        68               i.    Katherine5 Hughes, born Private.

+      69              ii.    Sally Irene Hughes, born 14 Jul 1913 in Camden Co., NC; died 15 Jan 1959 in Camden Co., NC.

        70             iii.    Maud Hellin Hughes, born 28 Jan 1915 in Pasquotank Co., NC; died 27 Jun 1915 in Mount Hermon Township, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

 

        28.  Sarah F.4 Hughes (Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 05 Dec 1877 in Camden Co., NC, and died 18 Mar 1953 in Riddle, Camden Co., NC.  She married Noah S. Squires.  He was born 29 Mar 1864 in Camden Co., NC, and died 11 Apr 1940 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.

 

More About Sarah F. Hughes:

Nickname: Sadie

       

Child of Sarah Hughes and Noah Squires is:

        71               i.    Marjorie A.5 Squires, born 05 Sep 1918 in Camden Co., NC; died 16 Jul 1996 in Camden Co., NC.

 

 

        30.  Maggie4 Hughes (Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 29 Nov 1881 in Camden Co., NC, and died 28 Jun 1962 in Belcross, Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC.  She married Joseph Gibson Hughes, son of Joseph Hughes and Mary Gibson.  He was born 23 Oct 1865 in Camden Co., NC, and died 27 Feb 1948 in Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About Maggie Hughes:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

 

More About Joseph Gibson Hughes:

Name 2: Joseph Godfrey Hughes10

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

       

Children are listed above under (19) Joseph Gibson Hughes.

 

        32.  William Ferebee4 Hughes (Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 08 Aug 1886 in Camden Co., NC, and died 30 Nov 1928 in Court House Township, Camden Co., NC.  He married Mary Belle Ferrell, daughter of William Ferrell and Mary Divers.  She was born 05 Mar 1889 in Camden Co., NC, and died 23 Jan 1938 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About William Ferebee Hughes:

Cause of Death: Accidental burn

Nickname: Wiley

       

Children of William Hughes and Mary Ferrell are:

+      72               i.    Mary Lou5 Hughes, born 22 May 1911 in Camden Co., NC; died 18 Sep 1987 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

        73              ii.    Lydia Ann Hughes, born 29 Aug 1912 in Camden Co., NC; died 06 Sep 1966 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  She married Thomas Gaither Onley; born 14 Mar 1907 in Gates Co., NC; died 25 Sep 1967 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About Thomas Gaither Onley:

Burial: Unknown, Westlawn Memorial Park, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

 

        74             iii.    Margaret Bell Hughes, born 16 May 1915 in Pasquotank Co., NC; died 11 Oct 1976 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  She married James Edward Forehand; born 14 Oct 1910 in North Carolina; died 02 Aug 1975 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

        36.  Loyal Berry5 Godfrey (John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 10 Nov 1884 in near Shiloh, Camden Co., NC11, and died 02 Apr 1968 in Carrollton, Isle of Wight Co., VA11.  He married Luna Stevens Godfrey 01 Aug 1906 in Camden Co., NC12, daughter of Thomas Godfrey and Mary Stevens.  She was born 17 Jun 1887 in near Shiloh, Camden Co., NC13, and died 10 Jan 1987 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC14.

 

Notes for Loyal Berry Godfrey:

Below is Uncle Loyal's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk, Virginia:

 

Loyal Godfrey

 

CARROLLTON--Loyal B. Godfrey, 83, formerly of Shiloh, N.C., died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carl F. [Eula] Cannon, Sr. of Carrolton, after a long illness.

Other survivors include one son, Thomas Godfrey of Tabb; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. [The obituary failed to list his wife Luna as a survivor].

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Shiloh Baptist Church.

Burial will be in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

More About Loyal Berry Godfrey:

Burial: 04 Apr 1968, Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Complications from a broken hip

Comment: 04 Apr 1968, Was buried on the same day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, exactly five years before the birth of me (Bryan Scott Godfrey) on April 4, 1973

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist--member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Camden Co., NC

Fact: Loyal and his brother Charlie married first cousins, granddaughters of Noah and Sally Gregory Stevens. Luna's mother was a sister of Rebecca's father.

Occupation: Farmer

Residence: Camden Co., NC; lived his last years with daughter Eula and son-in-law, Carl F. Cannon, Sr., at Carrollton, Isle of Wight Co., VA.

 

Notes for Luna Stevens Godfrey:

The following is a partial biography of Aunt Luna typed by her grandson, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) of Williamsburg, VA. Unfortunately, when I photocopied his notebooks in 1992, I could not find the remaining pages of this biography, only the first two pages which cover her early life.

 

Luna Stevens Godfrey, eldest child and only daughter of Thomas Burgess Godfrey and Mary Matilda Stevens Godfrey, was born on June 17, 1887, in the old Clarkson house near Billett's Bridge, two miles west of Shiloh, North Carolina. Her father was a farmer and was renting the Clarkson farm. The house was a large wooden structure with four rooms downstairs and four rooms upstairs. One bedroom was downstairs. (This house was later moved away from the Shiloh-Camden highway and Willie Burgess built a new house on the property about 1909).

 

When Luna was about a year old, her parents moved to the old Warren place on the Shiloh-Camden highway closer into Shiloh. This was where her brother Will was born in August 1889. Later the Godfreys moved to the Walston place nearby--a later name.

 

After Sally Stevens Sanderlin died in January, 1892, Tom and Mannie [the nicknames of Luna's parents] inherited the old family house and a small amount of land, because Mary Matilda was the youngest (a local custom). Her brother [John Gregory Stevens'] share was purchased by his uncle, Billy Stevens. Later, Mannie and Tom also purchased her brother Sam's land which he had given to his half-brother "Nuck" Sanderlin.

 

Harry Godfrey was born on October 29, 1901, in the old home place. Luna was 13 years old.

 

Luna went to school in a one-room school at Billett's Bridge on the Camden side. There were two sessions: three months in the winter and three months in the summer. Luna also attended a private school held in the old Masonic Hall across from the present-day Shiloh Baptist Church, in the summer. She walked the long distance through the little village of Shiloh to the school. Luna attended this school until shortly before she was married August 1, 1906. Charlie Garrett was the teacher at the Shiloh School.

 

Luna dated George Wilder a few times. The two youngsters lived across the road from each other, he in the house later occupied by the Walston family and where she had lived earlier. The boy she was later to marry, Loyal Godfrey, also lived across the road on the river in the Jarvis house.

 

Loyal and Luna were friends from the time they were eight or nine years old. They would often write notes to each other on their slates at the little Billet's Bridge School.

 

The Wilders, John and Henrietta, were special friends of the Thomas Godfrey family. The Wilders made a great deal of young Luna and she later said that she did everything to love George Wilder but love just wasn't there. A photograph taken of the family shows George Wilder standing with the Godfreys (the cat was "Tom"; the dog was "Fitz"). There is a grey-blue bisque ladies boot, now (1976) in the possession of Eula Godfrey Cannon, which was one of a pair given to Luna by George Wilder at Christmas. He had already given some insignificant trinkets to Betty and Matilda. Luna, not knowing he had purchased two expensive boots, and thinking he would have a cheap trinket for her, called out "Christmas gift" as he came into the yard at her home, and he handed over the beautiful boots. She always knew that she had a special place in his affections, even after they were old.

 

Luna said at the age of 89 (1976) that she had never loved anyone but Loyal Godfrey. Loyal was always timid. He came one Sunday morning to ask for Luna's hand from her father although everyone already knew that the two planned to marry. Loyal tied his horse to the gate, intending to join Luna at church. Little Harry called out that "Sis isn't here. She's gone to church." Young Loyal and Luna's father talked a long time on the porch before Loyal could bring himself to broach the subject. Luna's mother was inside the house. When Loyal finally asked for Luna, her father called out: "Mane, come out and face the music." She would not come out but called out through the open window, "I'm not going to give her away." Loyal always said that he would never ask for another.

 

Loyal and Luna were married at home on August 1, 1906 by Rev. S.F. Bristow. There was a large crowd ("a house full and a yard full"). Ice cream was served and there was a supper afterward. The service was held about 7 PM in the parlor by lamplight. Luna wore a white dress, all tucked and gathered. Her mother, who was a professional seamstress, also had made a blue silk mulled dress which she wore to church the following Sunday.

 

Loyal and Luna stayed with her parents until the first of December. Loyal was helping his uncle, Robert Godfrey, farm at what was later the Whaley farm on the Shiloh-Camden road, on the right beyond Perkins Road. The couple moved in December 1906 to Mill Town Road (later Elizabeth City Beach Road and even later Texaco Beach Road). They stayed only one year because the Toxeys' daughter was returning and came to live in the little house which had only four rooms and the kitchen. On December 12, 1907, Loyal and Luna moved to the "Pouting House" of the Jordan farm beyond Billett's Bridge. Their daughter, Eula, was born the next morning, even before the unpacking was finished. Aunt Betty Wright came and the doctor was Dr. W.W. Sawyer from Shiloh. The baby was born at 7 A.M.

 

Loyal and Luna never liked the new place. They always said that Mr. Jim Sanderlin [husband of Lovie Godfrey, Loyal's aunt] "overpersuaded" them so as to have them near him. They were badly dissatisfied. ... [rest of biography missing]

 

 

Some more information on Loyal and Luna's early adult life was found in a biography Mr. Cannon typed on his mother, Eula Godfrey Cannon:

 

Loyal Godfrey was a farmer and never worked at any other occupation until late in life. At the time that Eula was born, the young couple had just moved the day before to the Jordan Farm where Loyal was going to help Mr. Jordan. The family did not live there long, because the house was isolated up a long dirt lane from the Jordan Lane. It was near the banks of the Pasquotank River. Luna and Loyal both always said that Jim Sanderlin, a relative, "over persuaded" them to come there so as to be near him. Loyal worked someone else's rented property for most of his life, moving many times during Eula's early childhood until at last they settled near Shiloh on the main road in a large framed house on the outskirts of the settlement. The house had once been a Masonic Lodge and belonged to "Cousin Mark" Gregory.

 

Eula was joined by a brother when she was about ten years old, Thomas Loyal Godfrey, born in 1918. All the family participated in farming activities. At critical times all the members of the family worked in the cotton fields, gathering crops. There is a photograph of Eula, Thomas, Luna, and Loyal, in working clothes, just returning from the fields. Eula is grown (perhaps just before her marriage). Her father was not proud of that photograph because he did not see himself as a poor, dirt farmer. Later, he destroyed all copies of the photograph except one.

 

 

Later on in his biography of his mother, Mr. Cannon continues:

 

 

Each summer Carl Jr. spent two weeks with Loyal and Luna Godfrey on their farm in Camden County. The Cannons and the Godfreys were very close and visited often. It was the usual to have Luna Godfrey appear in Newport News, having decided on the spur of the moment to visit. She had taken a bus to Norfolk, a streetcar to the ferry landing, the ferry, and a bus or cab from Newport News' Boat Harbor. Eula and the kids went down often in warm weather to visit, sometimes with Carl Sr., but more often than not, alone. Carl Jr. was active in the Boy Scouts and often went to Camp Okee.

 

 

In 1956, Loyal and Luna celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at "Miss Neppie's" house across the street from a home they were renting in Shiloh. They were married nearly 62 years.

 

Aunt Luna's niece, Bess Tillitt Godfrey Sawyer of Camden Co., NC, relates that Luna was one of the few women of her generation to drive an automobile. Apparently Loyal never drove, but rode with Luna, a very unusual role reversal of that time. Since a grandson does not remember this, they must have gotten rid of the car before he came along in the 1940s. This grandson, William D. Godfrey of Hampton, VA, recalls that his Grandmother Luna often hitched a ride to the amusement park at Norfolk, VA's Ocean View with her family. Aunt Luna was very strong-willed and seemed to provide the leadership role in the household, possibly because Loyal was timid and shorter than she!

 

In the last ten to fifteen years of her life, Aunt Luna had a pacemaker and lived in a duplex in Elizabeth City for a time before finally moving to Winslow Memorial Nursing Home, becoming one of the longest residents there before her death at age 99 in 1987. Her family visited her often, and she especially enjoyed her daughter Eula taking her out to eat at the Marina Restaurant in Elizabeth City. Her niece, Bess Tillett Godfrey Sawyer (Will's only child by his second marriage), was especially devoted to her. Mrs. Sawyer fondly recalls Aunt Luna's peas.

 

 

 

Below is Aunt Luna's obituary prepared by her grandson:

 

LUNA S. GODFREY

 

Shiloh, N.C.--Luna Stevens (Godfrey) Godfrey, 99, grandmother of Carl F. Cannon, Jr. of Williamsburg, died Jan. 10, 1987 in the Winslow Memorial Nursing Home of Elizabeth City. Mrs. Godfrey was the widow of Loyal B. Godfrey and the oldest living member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Eula G. Cannon, of Hampton, VA; a son, Thomas L. Godfrey of Newport News, VA; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, N.C., by the Rev. Steve Wilson. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Godfrey was active in church and Women's Club affairs in Camden County for most of her life. Her family settled in the area in 1665 and her 7th generation great-grandfather, William Burgess, established the first "Baptist Society," the Burgis Meeting House or Down River Chapel, the progenitor of all the Baptist churches in North Carolina. She was a 6th generation granddaughter of General Isaac Gregory of Revolutionary War fame and of Colonel Dempsey Burgess, the Camden County regimental leader.

Mrs. Godfrey was noted for her genealogy research and was considered the institutional memory for the Shiloh-Camden area until her death. The details of her family's history have been recorded by her grandson, Carl F. Cannon, Jr., of Williamsburg, Command Historian for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps at Fort Eustis.

 

It is a safe assumption that Great-Great-Aunt Luna was the earliest-born relative I ever saw. In October, 1986, having found some old photographs in my grandparents' house, I expressed an interest in identifying who they were, so on one of our trips to Elizabeth City to visit my grandmother's mother, my dad, brother, grandparents,  Aunt Bobbie, and I visited Aunt Luna whose nursing home was less than half a mile from my great-grandmother's nursing home. I am glad we did so, for it was the last time my grandparents saw my grandfather's Aunt Luna. Unfortunately, even though her mind was very clear then at age 99, she was unable to identify many of the pictures. She died in her sleep three months later just five months before reaching the age of 100.

 

Aunt Luna's eldest grandson, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994), who was a historian, preserved his grandmother's family history. I first made contact with him in the summer of 1992, as I was a student at the College of William and Mary and he lived at 102 John Tyler Highway (Route 5) just one mile away. He and his wife, Ruth Eggleston Cannon, were most gracious in allowing me to borrow and photocopy their family photographs and notebooks several times. Several months after meeting them, I learned that my mother is also an Eggleston descendant, and hence a distant cousin of Mrs. Cannon, as their closest common ancestors were Joseph Eggleston (1678-1730) and Anne Pettus Eggleston (1702?-1736), who lived at "Powhatan Plantation" near Williamsburg. Because Mrs. Cannon has a well-traced ancestry which goes back to many prominent families of Virginia, she is actually related to my mother through several other families, such as the Kennons, Floods, and Cockes.

 

Aunt Luna's family suffered the tragedy of several deaths within eight years of hers. Her son, Thomas Loyal Godfrey (1918-1987), died of lung cancer and pneumonia nearly a year later. He had four children. Her daughter Eula had two children, Carl. Jr. and Eula Anne. Eula Anne Cannon Gardner, who lived at Hampton, Virginia, died of liver cancer at the age of 60 in June, 1993. Carl, Jr. was diagnosed with multiple myeloma several months later and died in his home at Williamsburg March 31, 1994 at the age of 65. Their mother, Eula, outlived both of her children, dying one year after Carl, Jr. on May 22, 1995 at the age of 87. At the time of Eula's death, she already had one great-great-grandchild; thus, Aunt Luna was a great-great-great-grandmother within eight years of her death! Carl Cannon, Jr. was most gracious to me, and his death was a great shock to me as I was busy with college at the time and did not know he was ill. I am grateful that I made contact with him less than two years before his death. Mrs. Cannon was most gracious in allowing me to borrow and photocopy her Eggleston family notebooks after his death.

 

More About Luna Stevens Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Comment 1: Even though she and Loyal were both Godfreys, they always claimed they were not related because her grandfather came from Perquimans Co., NC and her father claimed he was not related to the other Godfreys in Camden.

Comment 2: In spite of the claim that Loyal and Luna were from unrelated Godfrey families, YDNA results indicate Loyal was related to the Francis Godfrey family of Perquimans Co., NC and not the John Godfrey family of Norfolk Co., VA.

Comment 3: Very interested in genealogy; had a photographic memory of Camden families

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-oldest member of Shiloh Baptist Church at time of death

Fact: She always used Stevens as her middle name, even after she was married, since Godfrey was both her maiden and married name. Her mother was Mary Matilda Stevens Godfrey (1864-1949), known as Mane.

High School: Attended an academy near Billet's Bridge, Camden Co., NC

Residence 1: Bef. 1977, Camden Co., NC

Residence 2: Abt. 1968, Luna and Loyal lived with their daugher Eula and son-in-law, Carl F. Cannon, at Carrolton, Isle of Wight Co., VA, after Loyal's health declined, where he died. She returned to the Elizabeth City and Camden Co., NC, area after his death.

Residence 3: Aft. 1977, Winslow Memorial Nursing Home, Ehringhaus Street, Elizabeth City, NC, where she died

       

Children of Loyal Godfrey and Luna Godfrey are:

+      75               i.    Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, born 13 Dec 1907 in near Billet's Bridge, Camden Co., NC; died 22 May 1995 in Hampton, VA.

+      76              ii.    Thomas Loyal Godfrey, born 14 Mar 1918 in Billet's Bridge, Camden Co., NC; died 30 Dec 1987 in Hampton, VA.

 

 

        37.  Charles Forbes5 Godfrey (John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 16 Nov 1886 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.15, and died 11 Mar 1962 in 316 Pearl Street, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC15.  He married Rebecca Irene Stevens 23 Mar 1913 in Camden Co., NC16, daughter of John Stevens and Rebecca Kellam.  She was born 10 Feb 1888 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC17, and died 14 Nov 1963 in John Umstead Hospital, Butner, Granville Co., NC18.

 

Notes for Charles Forbes Godfrey:

The following information on the early life of Charlie Forbes Godfrey is quoted from his great-nephew, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) of Williamsburg, Virginia:

 

Charlie Forbes Godfrey, second son of John Hughes Godfrey and his first wife, Molly Forbes, was born on November 16, 1886 , in a white-framed house in Camden County, North Carolina, on the corner of Daly Road and the Camden-Shiloh Highway (now N.C. Highway 343). Charlie was the middle child. His brother, Loyal Berry Godfrey, was born in November, 1884; Charlie followed 24 months later in November, 1886; his sister, Maude Godfrey, was born on October 1, 1888. The children were all born in the white framed house, where the family lived for five years.

 

His father was a farmer, as were most of the men in this rural post-Civil War community. John Hughes Godfrey was also a second son, being born at Yeopon Nursery on Bell Cross Road, near Shiloh, North Carolina, being raised there and belonging to the Sawyer's Creek Baptist Church. He later transferred to the Shiloh Baptist Church in the village of Shiloh. He married twice. His first wife (and the mother of his children) was Molly Forbes (1859-1900).

 

The family then moved to the Jarvis farm on the Pasquotank River, just east of Billet's Bridge, closer to Shiloh. Ironically, during his early marriage, Charlie Godfrey lived just opposite his father's place on the highway. John Godfrey remained at the Jarvis farm, and it was here that Charlie Godfrey lived until his early manhood.

 

Charlie's mother Molly died on October 31, 1900, one day short of her forty-first birthday, leaving 15-year-old Loyal, 13-year-old Charlie, and 12-year-old Maude. John Hughes Godfrey had just celebrated his 41st birthday, for he was three days older than his wife. They had been married since January 2, 1884, a period of 16 years. Mollie died after a long period of illness.

 

On April 28, 1901, John Godfrey remarried, this time to Sally Wright, who lived in the old Clarkson house, west of Billet's Bridge. She was about 25 years of age, being born in 1875. She was 16 years younger than her husband, but proved to be an excellent and much-loved (step)mother to his children. Loyal remembered his tiny, delicate-appearing mother with love and affection, but also loved his stepmother and his step-grandmother, "Aunt" Betty Wright, as well. Charlie must have cared for her, as well.

 

Charlie Forbes Godfrey married Rebecca Stevens on March 24, 1913. A year later, on March 17, 1914, their only child, Garland Stevens Godfrey, was born.

 

This ends Mr. Cannon's information. The rest is based on my own knowledge of my Great-Grandfather Godfrey:

 

It seems that since the Civil War, these Godfreys had been sharecropping tenant farmers, and it is doubtful that Charlie's father or grandfather ever owned their own farm. Charlie continued this tradition, moving from place to place in the Shiloh vicinity of Camden County throughout the 1920's and 1930's as he worked various farms. At the time of my grandfather Garland's birth in 1914, Charlie and Beck were living in a small cabin at Texaco Beach on the Pasquotank River near Shiloh. It seems Charlie lacked ambition and was content as a sharecropper.

 

He moved to Pasquotank County and later to Elizabeth City, working at a boatyard in the harbor where he lived on a barge for a time, and later boarding with a family, where he was living at his death.

 

Charlie became very ill during the infamous Ash Wednesday storm of March, 1962, in which the ice and snow were so severe that power lines were down throughout the region. My grandmother's parents, Gilbert and Mattie White Godfrey, stopped in town to check on him during the storm and upon realizing he was dying, they drove to Newport News in the storm to tell my grandparents, since phone service was down. My grandfather immediately went to see him. In the last few hours of his life, Charlie was breathing very fast, a sign that he was suffering from congestive heart failure. He died March 11, 1962 at the age of seventy-five. His funeral was held at Elizabeth City, and he was buried in the cemetery across from Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden County. Shortly afterward, Granddad Godfrey drove to Camp Butner, North Carolina, where Beck was living in John Umstead Hospital, to tell her Charlie was dead. She died about twenty months later, also at the age of seventy-five,  and was buried beside him.

 

Below is Great-Granddad Godfrey's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk:

 

Charlie F. Godfrey

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.--Charles Forbes Godfrey, 75, of 316 Pearl St. died Sunday at 2:15 a.m. in his home after a short illness.

A native of Camden County, he was a son of John H. and Mrs. Mollie Forbes Godfrey and the husband of Mrs. Rebecca Stevens Godfrey. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Garland S. Godfrey of Newport News; a sister, Mrs. Maud Tatem of Newport News; a brother, Lloyd [incorrect--Loyal] B. Godfrey of Shiloh; and three grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. in Twiford Funeral Home. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Shiloh.

 

There was some question as to whether his legal name was Charles or Charlie. I remember my dad asking his father in 1986 whether his father's real name was Charles or Charlie. Granddad's reply was "Just Charlie." His name on his headstone is shown as Charlie Forbes Godfrey; however, his death certificate and obituaries show his name as Charles Forbes Godfrey.

 

 

Another obituary prepared by Twiford's Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, NC:

 

 

Mr. Charles Forbes Godfrey, age 75, died Sunday morning at 2:15 o'clock at the residence 316 Pearl Street after an illness of two weeks. He was a native of Camden County and resided in Elizabeth City, N.C. for the past five years. He was the son of the late John H. and Mollie Forbes Godfrey and husband of Mrs. Rebecca Kellam Stevens Godfrey [incorrect--Rebecca Irene Stevens Godfrey]. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

Besides his wife he is survived by one son Garland S. Godfrey of Newport News, Virginia, one sister, Mrs. Maud Tatem of Newport News, Virginia, one brother Loyal B. Godfrey of Shiloh, N.C., three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

A funeral service will be conducted Monday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home, The Rev. C. Aubrey McLennan, Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church, will officiate.

 

Burial will follow in the family cemetery at Shiloh, N.C.

 

 

Later:

 

Funeral services for Charles Forbes Godfrey who died Sunday were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 P.M. in the chapel of the Twiford Funeral Home by Rev. C.A. McLennan, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

The casket was covered with a pall of white and salmon glads. "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" and "I Wont Have to Cross Jordan Alone" were sung by the Shiloh Church choir accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Dorr Willey.

 

Pallbearers were John J. Walston, Rupert Barco, Walter Forbes, Willie Hughes, Billy Forehand, and Will Godfrey.

 

Burial followed in the family cemetery at Shiloh.

 

 

 

 

More About Charles Forbes Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Camden Co., NC

Medical Information: Believed to have had a thyroid problem because his eyes bulged.

Nickname: Charlie

Occupation: Tenant farmer in Camden Co., NC; later worked at a boatyard in Elizabeth City, NC

Residence 1: near Shiloh, Camden Co., NC; later lived at Elizabeth City, NC

Residence 2: Bef. 1940, Lived in various locations around Shiloh in Camden Co., NC; never owned his own farm because he was a tenant farmer.

Residence 3: Aft. 1940, Elizabeth City, NC--lived in boarding houses or boarded with families off and on; lived on a houseboat in the harbor at Elizabeth City, NC for a time in the 1950's.

Residence 4: 1962, 316 Pearl Street, Elizabeth City, NC at time of death

 

Notes for Rebecca Irene Stevens:

 

 

Below is Great-Grandma Godfrey's obituary from "The Virginian-Pilot" of Norfolk:

 

Mrs. Rebecca Godfrey

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.--Mrs. Rebecca Stevens Godfrey, 75, died Friday at 10:30 a.m. in John Umstead Hospital, Durham, [incorrect-Butner], after a long illness.

A native of Shiloh, she was the widow of Charlie Forbes Godfrey and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Stevens.

She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Garland S. Godfrey of Newport News; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Cox and Mrs. Hazel Hooper of Norfolk and Mrs. Helen Evans of Shiloh; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The family will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Godfrey of Route 1, Elizabeth City.

A funeral service will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in Twiford Funeral Home with burial in the family cemetery at Shiloh.

 

 

Obituary prepared by Twiford's Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, NC:

 

Funeral services for MRS. REBECCA STEVENS GODFREY who died Thursday was conducted Saturday at 2:00 P.M. from the chapel of the Twiford's Funeral Home by the Rev. Aubrey McClellan, pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

The casket was covered with a pall of White Mums. The choir of Shiloh Baptist Church sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be."

 

Pallbearers were John J. Walston, Rupert Barco, Guy Gregory, Willie Hughes, Mack Stevens, and Jethro Jordan. Burial was in the Family cemetery in Shiloh, N.C.

 

 

 

 

 

More About Rebecca Irene Stevens:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Cause of Death: Bronchopneumonia; uremic coma (resulting from a stroke)

Comment 1: Having grown up hearing stories of her mother's wealthy plantation upbringing in Virginia, but marrying into the Godfrey family who had to rely on tenant farming in the hard times following the Civil War,  could have caused her depressive tendencies.

Comment 2: Her life as a sharecropper's wife contrasted with her parents who had their own small farm in Shiloh and especially her mother's family who before the Civil War were very prominent plantation owners on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Camden Co., NC

Nickname: Beck

Residence 1: Shiloh area of Camden Co., NC until about 1940; Elizabeth City, NC; committed to Dorothea Dix (mental) Hospital at Raleigh, NC in 1942; transferred to John Umstead Hospital at Butner, NC in 1948.

Residence 2: Bef. 1940, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

Residence 3: Bet. 21 May 1948 - 14 Nov 1963, John Umstead Hospital, Butner, Granville Co., NC.

       

Child of Charles Godfrey and Rebecca Stevens is:

+      77               i.    Garland Stevens6 Godfrey, born 17 Mar 1914 in Texaco Beach, Camden Co., NC; died 27 Nov 1996 in James River Convalescent Center, Newport News, VA.

 

 

        38.  Maude Forbes5 Godfrey (John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 01 Oct 1888 in Camden Co., NC19, and died 16 Apr 1976 in Newport News, VA20.  She married Edgar Albert Tatem 20 Dec 1908 in Camden Co., NC21, son of Thaddeus Tatem and Barbara Berry.  He was born 07 Sep 1889 in Grandy, Currituck Co.,  NC22, and died 30 May 1965 in Albemarle, Stanly Co., NC23.

 

Notes for Maude Forbes Godfrey:

Below is Aunt Maude's obituary from "The Daily Press" of Newport News, Virginia:

 

Mrs. Tatem

 

Mrs. Maude Godfrey Tatem, 87, 7310-B River Road, Newport News, died Friday in Riverside Hospital after a long illness.

A native of Shiloh, Camden County, N.C., she had been a Peninsula resident for the past 60 years, and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church and its Sunday School Extension Department.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mary T. Johnson of Newport News; a son, Robert E. Tatem of Suffolk; one brother, Carol Godfrey of Camden; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Peninsula Funeral Home by the Rev. Jack Hamilton.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.

 

Comments: Aunt Maude was preceded in death by another son, Thomas "Marvin" Tatem (1909-1967), of Hampton, who choked to death while eating. A firefighter for the City of Hampton, Marvin had previously worked for the Newport News Shipbuilding and was the one who persuaded and helped my grandfather, Garland Stevens Godfrey, his first cousin, obtain employment there.

 

Carol Godfrey was actually not a brother of Aunt Maude's. Originally named Carol Thompson, he was a foster son of her father and stepmother, having been taken from an orphanage in Charlotte, North Carolina as a child. Although he was never legally adopted by John Hughes Godfrey and Sallie Wright Godfrey, he took the Godfrey surname.

 

More About Maude Forbes Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2700 Parish Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Riverside Baptist Church at Newport News, VA

Residence: Camden, NC; Newport News & Hampton, VA

 

Notes for Edgar Albert Tatem:

Below is Uncle Edgar's obituary from "The Daily Press" of Newport News, Virginia:

 

Edgar Tatem

 

Edgar A. Tatem of Oakboro, N.C., father of Mrs. Louis B. [Mary] Johnson of 1337-25th St., Newport News, and M.T. [correction--Thomas "Marvin"] Tatem Sr. of 236 Greenbriar Ave., Hampton, died at noon Sunday at the Stanley County Hospital in Albemarle, N.C.

He also is survived by another son [Robert Elray Tatem], a brother, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was a former resident of Hampton and a retired employee of Citizens Rapid Transit Co.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle.

 

More About Edgar Albert Tatem:

Burial: 01 Jun 1965, Mineral Springs Church, Stanly Co., NC

Cause of Death: Bronchogenic carcinoma24

Occupation: Streetcar conductor-Citizens Rapid Transit Company, Newport News, VA

Residence: Camden, NC; Newport News (1139 27th St.) & Hampton, VA; after his divorce from Maude, he moved to Oakboro, NC. His second wife was Anna Burris.

       

Children of Maude Godfrey and Edgar Tatem are:

+      78               i.    Thomas "Marvin"6 Tatem, born 16 Oct 1909 in Camden Co., NC; died 11 Oct 1967 in Hampton, VA.

+      79              ii.    Mary Elizabeth Tatem, born 06 Jul 1911 in Camden Co., NC; died 17 Mar 2005.

+      80             iii.    Robert Elray Tatem, born 10 Jul 1920 in Newport News, VA; died 12 Jun 2006 in Newport News, VA.

 

 

        41.  Curtis Godfrey5 Sanderlin (Lovie4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 08 Oct 1895 in Camden Co., NC, and died 13 Jan 1983 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married (1) Mattie Perry 1923, daughter of James Perry and Hattie Manry.  She was born 12 Dec 1899 in Perquimans Co., NC, and died 27 Jan 1934 in Court House Township, Camden Co., NC.  He married (2) Lillie Robertson Aft. 1923.  She was born 11 Oct 1906, and died 20 Jan 1991 in Barco, Currituck Co., NC?.

 

Notes for Curtis Godfrey Sanderlin:

Obituary--"The Virginian-Pilot," Norfolk, VA:

 

 

Curtis Sanderlin

SHILOH, NC--Curtis Godfrey Sanderlin, 87, a native of Camden County, died Thursday in a hospital.

 

He had retired as a farmer and gristmiller and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

Survivors include his wife, Lillie Robertson Sanderlin; two sons, Philip Sanderlin of Shiloh and Larry Sanderlin of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Bertha Duncan of Camden; a brother, Irvin G. Sanderlin of Elizabeth City; and a grandchild.

 

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Shiloh Baptist Church by the Rev. Steve Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with Berry Funeral Home in charge.

 

The body will be in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.

 

 

More About Curtis Godfrey Sanderlin:

Burial: Unknown, Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC (unmarked grave)

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Occupation: farmer & gristmiller

Residence: Shiloh, Camden Co., NC

 

More About Mattie Perry:

Burial: Unknown, Cemetery across from Shiloh Baptist Church, Route 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC (unmarked grave)

Cause of Death: Drowned in well (suicide?)24

       

Children of Curtis Sanderlin and Lillie Robertson are:

        81               i.    Phillip Robertson6 Sanderlin, born Private.

        82              ii.    Claude "Larry" Sanderlin, born Private.

 

 

        42.  Bertha5 Sanderlin (Lovie4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 09 Jun 1899 in Camden Co., NC, and died 21 Apr 1990 in Edenton, Chowan Co., NC.  She married Vernon Duncan24, son of Marshall Duncan and Lillian Dowdy.  He was born 18 Feb 1902 in Camden Co., NC, and died 21 May 1952 in old Albemarle Hospital, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

Notes for Bertha Sanderlin:

Obituary--"The Virginian-Pilot," Norfolk, VA:

 

BERTHA S. DUNCAN

 

Bertha Sanderlin Duncan, 90, of Route 3, a retired self-employed seamstress, died April 21, 1990, in Edenton.

 

Mrs. Duncan, a native of Shiloh, was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church. She was the widow of Vernon Duncan.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca D. Gregory of Camden; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

The graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in New Hollywood Cemetery by the Rev. Joe Brewer. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Church Street, is handling arrangements. Friends may join the family at Rebecca D. Gregory's home.

 

 

More About Bertha Sanderlin:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

Residence: Camden, NC

 

More About Vernon Duncan:

Burial: Unknown, New Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC

Cause of Death: Acute coronary thrombosis

Occupation: Sawmill superintendent

Residence: Camden Co., NC

       

Children of Bertha Sanderlin and Vernon Duncan are:

        83               i.    Alice Sanderlin6 Duncan25, born 28 Jun 1938; died Bef. 02 May 1940.

 

More About Alice Sanderlin Duncan:

Burial: Unknown, Smith's Corner Cemetery, corner of Smith's Corner Road and Bartlett Road (Rt. 1116) on northwest side

 

        84              ii.    Rebecca Joyce Duncan, born Private.  She married ? Gregory Private; born Private.

 

 

        43.  Irvin Godfrey5 Sanderlin (Lovie4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 26 Nov 1904 in Camden Co., NC, and died 18 Mar 199026.  He married Kathryn Alice Doxey27 11 Jul 1931, daughter of Christopher Doxey and Ola Belangia.  She was born 20 Nov 1911 in Currituck Co., NC, and died 30 Aug 199728.

       

Children of Irvin Sanderlin and Kathryn Doxey are:

        85               i.    Shirley6 Sanderlin, born Private.  She married C.W. Brinson Private; born Private.

        86              ii.    Julia Sanderlin, born Private.

        87             iii.    Carlton Sanderlin, born Private.

        88             iv.    James L. Sanderlin, born Private.

        89              v.    Irvin Sanderlin, born Private.

        90             vi.    Betty Sanderlin, born Private.

 

 

        44.  Wallace Godfrey5 Dozier (Huldah4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 03 Oct 1895 in Camden Co., NC, and died 15 Oct 1985 in Ahoskie, Hertford Co., NC.  He married (1) Mary Starboard Bef. 1919.  She died Unknown.  He married (2) Alma Sue Jernigan Private.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Wallace Godfrey Dozier:

Obituary--"The Virginian-Pilot," Norfolk, VA:

 

 

Wallace G. Dozier

 

CHESAPEAKE--Wallace Godfrey Dozier, 90, of 1209 Chesapeake Ave., a native of Camden County, N.C., died Tuesday in a nursing home.

 

Mr. Dozier had retired as a pumper with Texaco Inc. after 43 years. He was a member of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church.

 

Survivors include his wife, Alma B. Dozier; three sons, Wallace V. Dozier of Windsor, N.C., and John M. Dozier and Mack V. Dozier, both of Chesapeake; several stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildre

 

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk, by the Rev. Joseph Savinsky. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park.

 

The family will be at the residence.

 

 

More About Wallace Godfrey Dozier:

Burial: Unknown, Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk, VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Member of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church

Occupation: Employed as a pumper for Texaco, Inc. for 43 years.

Residence: 1985, 1209 Chesapeake Avenue, Chesapeake, VA

       

Children of Wallace Dozier and Mary Starboard are:

+      91               i.    John "Melvin"6 Dozier, died Unknown in Chesapeake, VA.

+      92              ii.    Wallace "Vernon" Dozier, born 17 May 1919; died 18 Sep 2004 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC?.

+      93             iii.    Mack Vinson Dozier, born 17 Jan 1922 in Norfolk Co., VA; died 31 May 2002 in Chesapeake, VA.

 

 

        45.  Samuel Gallop5 Godfrey (Samuel Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 14 Jan 1919 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, and died 22 Mar 2002 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married Beatrice Meads Private, daughter of John Meads and Janie Luton.  She was born Private.

 

More About Samuel Gallop Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Westlawn Memorial Park, Elizabeth City, NC

       

Children of Samuel Godfrey and Beatrice Meads are:

+      94               i.    Betty Jane6 Godfrey, born Private.

+      95              ii.    Claude "Dennis" Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        51.  Charles Henry5 Hughes (Luke Godfrey/Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 05 Jul 1898 in Norfolk, VA, and died 09 Jan 1973 in San Patricio, Lincoln Co., NM.  He married Nina Cecilia Nash 28 Jun 1920 in Norfolk, VA.  She was born 08 Jul 1894 in Virginia, and died 03 Jun 1977 in Costa Mesa, Orange Co., FL.

       

Children of Charles Hughes and Nina Nash are:

+      96               i.    Ann Hart6 Hughes, born 08 Aug 1921 in Norfolk, VA; died 28 Jan 2006 in Ruidoso, NM.

        97              ii.    infant girl Hughes, born 15 Jun 1923 in South Norfolk, part of present-day Norfolk, VA; died 15 Jun 1923 in South Norfolk, part of present-day Norfolk, VA.

        98             iii.    Nina Hughes, born 13 Aug 1924 in Virginia; died 21 Mar 1995 in Orange Co., CA.

 

 

        54.  Willie Berry5 Hughes (Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 23 Oct 1889 in Camden Co., NC, and died 04 Mar 1982 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married Sarah Dozier Stevens 02 Jan 1911, daughter of Walter Stevens and Mary Dozier.  She was born 29 May 1886 in Shiloh Township, Camden Co., NC, and died 30 Apr 1968 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

More About Sarah Dozier Stevens:

Nickname: Sallie

       

Child of Willie Hughes and Sarah Stevens is:

+      99               i.    Geneva Stevens6 Hughes, born 04 Aug 1913; died 11 Dec 2000 in Climax, Guilford Co., NC?.

 

 

        56.  Clyde Cartwright5 Hughes (Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 21 Sep 1906 in Camden Co., NC, and died 24 Mar 1977 in Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married Lillie Virginia Sanderlin 1932, daughter of John Sanderlin and Roxie Pierce.  She was born 08 Sep 1912 in Currituck Co., NC, and died 21 Oct 2005 in Camden Co., NC.

 

Notes for Lillie Virginia Sanderlin:

Lillie Sanderlin Hughes, age 92, of 346 Trotman Road, Camden, NC, died Friday, October 21, 2005, at her residence. She was a native of Currituck, NC, daughter of the late John Wesley Sanderlin and Roxie Pierce Sanderlin, and was wife of the late Clyde C. Hughes. She was a former member of Perkins United Methodist Church, and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by one daughter, Jo Ann Trueblood of Camden, NC; two grandchildren, Todd Trueblood of Camden, NC, and Joey Tirak of Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Hughes was the thirteenth child of nineteen children. She was predeceased by ten sisters and eight brothers.

 

       

Child of Clyde Hughes and Lillie Sanderlin is:

        100             i.    Jo Ann6 Hughes, born Private.

 

 

        64.  David Henry5 Hughes (Malachi Sawyer4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1)29 was born 07 Apr 1934 in Norfolk, VA, and died 28 Nov 2010 in Barco, Currituck Co., NC.  He married Nelson Leigh Nixon 1956 in Pasquotank Co., NC, daughter of Gus Nixon and Annie Bryant.  She was born 11 Dec 1929 in Chowan Co., NC, and died 01 Mar 1995 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

 

Notes for David Henry Hughes:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvb63/Baker/p34374.htm

 

 

Deceased Name: David H. Hughes

Shiloh resident

David Henry Hughes, 76, of 120 Milltown Road, Shiloh died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at Sentara Barco Nursing Home in Barco. Born in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of the late Mack Sawyer Hughes and the late Addie Forehand Hughes, and was the husband of the late Nelson Nixon Hughes.

Mr. Hughes was a retired jailer at Albemarle District Jail. Following retirement, he went to work for the Perquimans County Sheriff's Department as a Bailiff. Mr. Hughes was a member of the National Guard from 1952 to 1964, and a charter member of South Camden Volunteer Fire department from 1956-1997. Also, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Shawboro, NC, and a past Master of Widow's Son Lodge # 75 AF & AM.

Along with his son, Stephen Nixon Hughes, of Spearsville, La., he is survived by a grandson, William Henry Hughes, of Walton, Okla.; a sister, Nora Virginia Smithson, of South Mills; a great- granddaughter, Skylar Hughes of Spearsville, La.; a brother, Cecil G. Speight, of Elizabeth City; and a special friend, Edna O. Anderson.

Funeral Services with Masonic Rites will be conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Twiford's Memorial Chapel with Rev. Charles M. Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and also in the lobby of the funeral home immediately following the service. Burial will take place in New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City is serving the Hughes family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

Daily Advance, The (Elizabeth City, NC)

Date: November 30, 2010.

 

       

Child of David Hughes and Nelson Nixon is:

+      101             i.    Stephen Nixon6 Hughes, born Private.

 

 

        69.  Sally Irene5 Hughes (Abner Brockett4, Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 14 Jul 1913 in Camden Co., NC, and died 15 Jan 1959 in Camden Co., NC.  She married John Wesley Burgess.  He was born 07 Jul 1910 in Camden Co., NC, and died 26 Jul 1964 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.

       

Children of Sally Hughes and John Burgess are:

+      102             i.    William Hughes6 Burgess, born 24 Mar 1935 in Camden Co., NC; died 11 Oct 1981 in Camden Co., NC.

        103            ii.    A.B. Burgess, born 25 Nov 1936 in Camden Co., NC; died 26 Jan 1952.

 

 

        72.  Mary Lou5 Hughes (William Ferebee4, Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 22 May 1911 in Camden Co., NC, and died 18 Sep 1987 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  She married Nathan Lee Wood 1928 in Pasquotank Co., NC.  He was born Abt. 1910 in North Carolina, and died Unknown.

       

Child of Mary Hughes and Nathan Wood is:

        104             i.    Wiley "Frank"6 Wood, born 24 Sep 1929 in Pasquotank Co., NC; died 02 Sep 2010 in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., NC.  He married Nora Lou Sawyer Private; born Private.

 

Notes for Wiley "Frank" Wood:

http://www.twifordfh.com/wiley-wood/

 

 

Wiley Frank Wood, Sr., 80 of 449 Crooked Run Road, Elizabeth City, NC, died Thursday, September 2, 2010 at his residence.  A native of Elizabeth City, he was the son of the late Nathan Lee Wood and Mary Hughes Wood and the husband of Nora Lou Sawyer Wood of the residence.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War.

 

Frank was a member of Newland United Methodist Church, Treasurer for over forty years, member of the Administrative Board, and Past President of Methodist Men. He was a member and Master of New Lebanon Lodge #314 and District Deputy Grand Master; member and Worthy Patron of South Mills Chapter 270 Order of the Eastern Star and Commissioned District Deputy Grand; member and High Priest, Life Member and Recorder of the Elizabeth City York Rite Bodies; a Life Member and Recorder of Tyrian Council No. 19; a Life Member, Commander and Recorder of Griggs Commander No. 14, Grand Commander; a member of the AF & AM Scottish Rite Bodies of New Bern, NC, Elizabeth City Scottish Rite Club, Past President and served in the Cast of the 29th Degree; a charter member of Joseph Montfort York College and Ananias Dare Council; a Past Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degree, endowed with the Degree of Royal Arc Mariner, a Knight of the Royal Order of the Red Branch of Eri, and received the Degrees of Architect and Grand Architect; a Knight of the U. S. A. and member of Harp Cross and Eagle Council; a member of Lily of the Valley Priory, Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honor; a member of Newland Providence Ruritan Club and Past President and Governor of the District.

 

Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Susan W. Sabiston and husband Jim of Rocky Mount, NC; a son Frank Wood, Jr., and wife Darnell of Elizabeth City, NC; three grandchildren, Kristen Sabiston, Christy Morris and husband Leigh, and Christina Sabiston; and four great grandchildren.  The family would like to give a special thanks to Carolyn Scott for the love, support, and care she gave to them during this difficult time.

 

A funeral service will be Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Toni Wood officiating.  Burial will be in Koen Cemetery.  The family will receive friends immediately after the funeral service in the funeral home lobby and at other times at the residence.  Memorial donations may be made to Newland UMC, 1686 Morgan’s Corner Road, Elizabeth City, NC  27909 or to Albemarle Hospice, PO Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC  27907-0189.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is in charge of arrangements.

 

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http://www.rockymountchamber.org/cwt/external/wcpages/wcnews/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=229

 

 

The Wiley Frank Wood Memorial Technology Scholarship was recently established at Nash Community College by his daughter, Susan W. Sabiston, and her husband, Jim of Rocky Mount to honor the life of Frank Wood and his service to his fellow man.  A native of Elizabeth City, Mr. Wood enjoyed helping others and was devoted to lifelong learning of technology.

 

After serving his country in the United States Army and the Korean War, Mr. Wood returned to his hometown of Elizabeth City and began his career of community service.   As a procurement officer with the United States Coast Guard, Mr. Wood embraced technology and especially learning about the interworking of the personal computer. 

 

It brought him great fulfillment to share his skills and expertise with family and friends in need of assistance with their computers.  This often included repairing computers utilizing his technical abilities.

 

Due to Mr. Wood’s enjoyment of computers and technology, priority for scholarship consideration is given to students enrolled in the Computer Information Technology Program.  The first Wood Scholarship will be awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year.  “We are grateful for the establishment of the Wiley Frank Wood Memorial Technology Scholarship to help prepare students for technical careers,” said NCC President Bill Carver.  “His legacy will make a difference for those students who share a passion for technology.”

 

 

Mr. Wood was a dedicated member of Newland United Methodist Church and gave unselfishly of his time and talents in many leadership positions.  As an active Mason, his life exemplified the principles of high ethical and moral standards as reflected in his love for his family, charitable activities and brotherly love for his fellow man. 

 

 

Mr. Wood was a member and  Master of New Lebanon Lodge #314 and District Deputy Grand Master; member and Worthy Patron of South Mills Chapter 270 Order of the Eastern Star and Commissioned District Deputy Grand; member and High Priest, Life Member and Recorder of the Elizabeth City York Rite Bodies; a Life member and Recorder of Tyrian Council No. 19; a Life Member Commander and Recorder of Griggs Commander No. 14, Grand Commander; a member of the AF & AM Scottish Rite Bodies of New Bern, NC, Elizabeth City Scottish Rite Club, Past President and served in the Cast of the 29th Degree; a charter member of  Joseph Montfort York College and Ananias Dare Council; a Past Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degree, endowed with the Degree of Royal Arc Mariner, a Knight of the Royal order of the Red Branch of Eri, and received the Degrees of Architect and Grant Architect; a Knight of the U.S.A. and  member of Harp Cross and Eagle Council; a member of Lily of the Valley Priory, Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honor; a member of Newland Providence Ruritan Club and Past President and Governor of the District.

 

 

 

The NCC Foundation was established in 1983 to increase community awareness, raise funds for the student scholarship program, and to help meet the needs of Nash Community Colleges.  These resources ensure that deserving students have the financial capability to take advantage of the quality instruction and higher educational opportunities the College provides.  For further information on the Wiley Frank Wood Memorial Technology Scholarship, please contact the NCC Foundation at 252.451.8329.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Generation No. 5

 

        75.  Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey (Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 13 Dec 1907 in near Billet's Bridge, Camden Co., NC, and died 22 May 1995 in Hampton, VA.  She married Carl Franklin Cannon 03 Nov 1926 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, son of William Cannon and Katie Smith.  He was born 02 Nov 1905 in Swansboro, Onslow Co., NC, and died 09 Dec 1979 in Newport News, VA.

 

Notes for Eula Godfrey Godfrey:

Obituary--"Daily Press":

 

Eula G. Cannon

HAMPTON

 

Eula G. Cannon, 87, died Monday, May 22, 1995, in Northampton Convalescent Center. A native of Camden County, North Carolina, she had been a Peninsula resident for 70 years. She was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church.

 

Mrs. Cannon was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Cannon, Sr., and her two children, Carl F. Cannon Jr. and Eula G. Gardner. She is survived by four grandchildren, Larry D. Gardner, Jr. of Poquoson, James L. Gardner of South Carolina, Debra Nuckles of Grafton and Dr. Anne Spencer Cannon of Richmond; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchil

 

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Funeral Home by Rev. James Doyle. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Cemetery.

 

More About Eula Godfrey Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, St. Luke's Memorial Park beside St. Luke's Church near Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist

Residence: Newport News, VA; Hampton, VA; Carrolton, VA; Hampton, VA

 

Notes for Carl Franklin Cannon:

Obituary--"The Virginian-Pilot," Norfolk, VA:

 

 

HAMPTON--Carl Franklin (Joe) Cannon, Sr., 74, of 14 Turner Terrace, died Sunday in James River Convalescent Center, Newport News. He was a native of Swansboro, NC, and the husband of Eula G. Cannon.

 

He was a retired assistant electrical foreman of Newport News Shipyard and a former deacon of Smithfield Baptist Church and a member of the Baraca Class. He was a member of Newport News Shipyard Progressive Club and Retired Mens Club of Newport News, a life member Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department, and a charter member of the Engineer's Club of the Virginia Peninsula.

 

Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. L. Donald [Eula Anne] Gardner of Hampton; a son, Carl F. Cannon, Jr. of Williamsburg; a sister, Mrs. Mary C. Monroe of Durham, N.C.; a brother, William B. Cannon of San Francisco; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

 

A funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, by the Rev. Warren Taylor. Burial will be in St. Luke's Memorial Park.

 

More About Carl Franklin Cannon:

Burial: Unknown, St. Luke's Memorial Park beside St. Luke's Church near Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist

Miliary Service: U.S. Army--Private

Occupation: Electrician-Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company

Personality/Intrst: In spite of having only a grammar school education, he was smart financially and worked his way up in the Shipyard. He was very self-made, resourceful, and had a knack of building and selling his homes and making profits from them.

Residence: Newport News, VA; Hampton, VA; Carrolton, VA; Hampton, VA

       

Children of Eula Godfrey and Carl Cannon are:

+      105             i.    Carl Franklin7 Cannon, Jr., born 21 Aug 1928 in Newport News, VA; died 31 Mar 1994 in Williamsburg, VA.

+      106            ii.    Eula Anne Cannon, born 22 Mar 1933 in Newport News, VA; died 08 Jun 1993 in Hampton, VA.

 

 

        76.  Thomas Loyal6 Godfrey (Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 14 Mar 1918 in Billet's Bridge, Camden Co., NC, and died 30 Dec 1987 in Hampton, VA.  He married Lillian Bernard Kemp.  She was born 09 Mar 1920 in Stevensville, King and Queen Co., VA, and died 28 Oct 2000 in Hampton, VA.

 

Notes for Thomas Loyal Godfrey:

Obituary--"Daily Press," Newport News, VA:

 

 

T.L. Godfrey

 

NEWPORT NEWS--Mr. Thomas Loyal Godfrey, 69, of 733 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Apt. C, died Wednesday at Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center.

 

He was born in Camden County, N.C., and had been a Peninsula resident since 1941.

 

He retired from 1340 V.B.E.W. union as an electrician.

 

He was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport News and was an Army veteran of World War II.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillian K. Godfrey; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Ann Robinson of Portsmouth; three sons, Thomas L. Godfrey of Newport News, and William D. Godfrey and John B. Godfrey, both of Hampton; a sister, Mrs. Eula Cannon of Hampton; eight grandchildren; and a great- grandchild.

 

Arrangements are incomplete.

 

R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home is in charge.

 

 

More About Thomas Loyal Godfrey:

Burial: Unknown, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist

Military: U.S. Army-World War II

Occupation: Electrician for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.

Residence: 733 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Apt. C, Newport News, VA

 

Notes for Lillian Bernard Kemp:

Paper: Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

Title: LILLIAN B. GODFREY

Date: October 30, 2000

Section: Obituaries

Page: C6

 

Lillian Bernard Godfrey, 80, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28 at home. The widow of Thomas Loyal Godfrey Sr., she was a native of King & Queen County, who made the Peninsula her home for 60 years. She was a member of West Hampton Baptist Church.

 

Mrs. Godfrey was a dear friend to her children and their friends, as well as, her grandchildren and their friends, who all knew her as Mema. She enjoyed taking care of children and watching them grow up. She made her home with Tommy Jr. until she became too ill and then William, and his wife, Maria (Pili), became her primary care givers, along with the other children. She was a No. 1 Mom who always stood by her kids.Survivors include one daughter, Patricia A. Robinson (Gary); three sons, Thomas L. Godfrey Jr., John B. Godfrey (Linda), and William D. Godfrey (Maria); nine grandchildren, Laura A. Campbell, John R. Campbell, Thomas L. Godfrey III, Robert R. Godfrey, David L. Godfrey, Jennifer G. Norman, Michael K. Godfrey, Michael B. Robinson and Amy E. Robinson; two great-grandchildren, Raven Godfrey and Julie Hirt; and a host of friends.

 

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

 

A special thank you to the Dialysis staff at Riverside Hospital.

 

Section: Obituaries

Page: C6

 

Copyright 2000  Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

 

 

 

More About Lillian Bernard Kemp:

Burial: Unknown, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

       

Children of Thomas Godfrey and Lillian Kemp are:

+      107             i.    Thomas Loyal7 Godfrey, Jr., born 09 Apr 1942 in Newport News, VA; died 19 Aug 2008 in Newport News, VA.

+      108            ii.    John Bernard Godfrey, born Private.

+      109           iii.    William David Godfrey, born Private.

+      110           iv.    Patricia Ann Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        77.  Garland Stevens6 Godfrey (Charles Forbes5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 17 Mar 1914 in Texaco Beach, Camden Co., NC30, and died 27 Nov 1996 in James River Convalescent Center, Newport News, VA31.  He married Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey 15 May 1937 in South Mills, Camden Co., NC32, daughter of Gilbert Godfrey and Mattie White.  She was born 11 Jan 1920 in Nixonton Township, Pasquotank Co., NC33, and died 17 Jun 2010 in Lovingston Healthcare Center, Lovingston, Nelson Co., VA.

 

Notes for Garland Stevens Godfrey:

Garland Stevens Godfrey, my paternal grandfather, was born March 17, 1914 at Texaco Beach, located on the Pasquotank River near Shiloh in southern Camden County, North Carolina. He was the only child of Charlie Forbes Godfrey and Rebecca Stevens Godfrey, who were tenant farmers most of their lives and lived on various farms around the southern portion of Camden County. Granddad came into the world with little, as his parents were poor, like many agrarian families in the South in the half-century following the Civil War. Camden County is part of the Albemarle region of Northeastern North Carolina, so named because most of the rivers and creeks in that area flow into the Albemarle Sound. Granddad grew up within sight of the sound, surrounded by swamps and marshes. A short distance up the Pasquotank River, and on the other side, was the town of Elizabeth City, the county seat of Pasquotank County. Just eleven years before Granddad's birth, the Wright Brothers of Ohio made history at Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, only about thirty miles from where he was born and raised, by making the first known airplane flight.

 

Approximately three-fourths of Granddad Godfrey's ancestors had lived in the Albemarle region of North Carolina, mainly in Camden and Pasquotank Counties, since the early 1700's. Until 1777, when it was created as a separate county east of the Pasquotank River,  Camden was part of Pasquotank County. More than likely, most of Granddad's ancestral families of Camden County originally settled in Norfolk County (now the City of Norfolk) and Princess Anne County (now the City of Virginia Beach), Virginia. It was in the early 1700's that many families of those counties moved just across the Virginia-North Carolina border into the Albemarle area of North Carolina. Unfortunately, many of Camden County's courthouse records were destroyed by fire in the 1860's, including several will books and marriage record books, making it difficult to trace with certainty several families from which Granddad was descended, including the Godfreys.  Granddad's direct male ancestry is traceable with certainty only back to his great-great-grandfather, Manliff Godfrey of Camden County, who was born between 1800-10 and died about 1840. Manliff named his only child Samuel, so this makes it very probable that Manliff's father was a Samuel Godfrey who served in the War of 1812 from Camden County, who might have been a Junior as there appear to be two Samuel Godfreys of that time period in Camden. Previous to that generation there was probably a William Godfrey, perhaps one or two generations of Williams. The earliest Godfreys I have found in present-day Camden are John and Joseph Godfrey, who in the 1730s owned land on the northeast side of the Pasquotank River, which until 1777 was part of Pasquotank County. Whether these are ancestors of Granddad I do not know, but it is likely that one of them was, and it is probable that they were brothers, sons of William Godfrey (ca. 1658-ca. 1726) of Perquimans County, North Carolina, who was a son of Francis Godfrey (died circa 1675), the presumed immigrant. Although Granddad's father had a first cousin who claimed having heard that their Godfreys came from the Kempsville area of present-day Virginia Beach, Virginia, suggesting they descend from John Godfrey who settled in what was then Norfolk County, Virginia, in 1635, my Y-DNA, which I obviously inherited from Granddad Garland Godfrey, matches the Perquimans County descendants of Francis Godfrey and does not match a descendant of John and Warren Godfrey of Norfolk County, Virginia. However, soon after I undertook the Y-DNA testing, I discovered on ancestry.com census records that Granddad's great-grandfather, Samuel Godfrey, was living in the Kempsville section of Princess Anne County, Virginia in 1870. I already knew that he lived in Norfolk for a short time when he was a young adult, but this was a surprise, and it probably explains why Samuel's grandson Sam Godfrey had heard the Godfreys came from Kempsville, when in actuality his grandfather and family only lived there a short time before returning to Camden County. More information on this can be found under the biography of Granddad's great-great-grandfather, Manliff Godfrey, and the biography of Francis Godfrey. Granddad's uncle, Loyal Berry Godfrey (1884-1968), apparently traced the patrilineal genealogy back beyond Manliff Godfrey, showing Manliff's father and grandfather as Samuel Godfrey, then two generations of William Godfreys preceding the first Samuel, then two generations of Thomas Godfreys preceding the first William. Uncle Loyal's grandson, Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr. (1928-1994) of Williamsburg, Virginia, an avid genealogist, showed this on a family chart, but he died before I got a chance to question him on where he or his grandfather obtained this information. If the lineage is correct, then the Thomas Godfreys probably were not the two generations of Thomas Godfreys who followed the generation of William Godfrey of Perquimans (ancestors of my grandmother who was also a Godfrey which will be explained below). I have found a reference to land of Thomas Godfrey in a 1699 Perquimans will, suggesting there could have been a Thomas Godfrey of the generation of Francis Godfrey who is presumed to be the immigrant ancestor of nearly all Godfreys in that area and was related to him somehow. Perhaps Granddad's immigrant ancestor was a Thomas Godfrey who was closely related to Francis Godfrey, but much research is needed here. Current speculation focuses on the likelihood that this Francis was the same Francis Godfrey found as a resident of the island of Barbados, along with a John Godfrey, in the 1660s and 1670s, and that these Godfreys were probably of the Joseph Godfrey family of Lincolnshire, England, which was descended from the Willoughby family. Because Francis Godfrey of Perquimans was a deputy to Lord Proprietor Sir Peter Colleton and a member of the Governor's Council, and Col. John Godfrey of Charleston, South Carolina also had dealings with Colleton and was a Deputy, they were probably close relatives, but Y-DNA tests are needed to establish a relationship.

 

Although it is unfortunate that three of Granddad Godrey's four grandparents were from a burned record county, his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Kellam Stevens (1856-1931), was from Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which has the oldest continuous, undestroyed court records in the country. Her ancestry is very well-traced due to this and  the fact that  her family was relatively aristocratic and had been settled in Virginia since the 1600's. Granddad's Grandma Stevens was born and raised at "Evergreen" plantation near the Chesapeake Bay in lower Accomack County, and came to North Carolina to visit her older brother who was practicing medicine at Shiloh, where she met Grandpa Stevens. Grandma Stevens enjoyed reminiscing with her eight grandchildren about her plantation upbringing and the wealth her family enjoyed before it all had "gone with the wind" following the Civil War and they lost "Evergreen" due to the high taxes. The granddaughters became fascinated by these stories, in particular Cousin Evelyne Cox (later Evelyne Cox Sherbondy of Virginia Beach, Virginia), to whom I was deeply indebted for passing down to me this family history, and Cousin Wilhelmina ("Mina") Coppersmith (later Mrs. Charles Marion Adams of Elizabeth City, North Carolina), who was stricken by Alzheimer's disease by the time I got interested in the family history. Cousins Evelyne and Mina inherited many antiques and portraits from the Stevens and Kellam families, including family Bibles and letters, which I have had the privilege of copying. The grandsons, especially Granddad, apparently payed little attention to Grandma Stevens' stories. Her wealthy upbringing was of no consequence to my grandfather, who was so poor growing up that he spent many days as a youth plowing fields and hunting geese down by the Pasquotank River just so he and his parents would have something to eat for dinner. In fact, Granddad never mentioned his Grandmother Stevens' Eastern Shore background to his children or grandchildren, as shown by the fact that none of them knew about it, including myself, until I began tracing his family in 1991. By this time my grandfather's health and mind had started declining, and he never answered my questions in detail, but my grandmother does recall having heard some family stories mentioned.

 

Granddad's earliest memory was the 1918 influenza epidemic, and although he was very disinclined toward conversation in his later years, he did reminisce about his memories of this tragic period. The Spanish flu raged especially strongly in cities along the east coast such as Norfolk. Granddad's uncle, George Coppersmith, who married his mother's sister Helen, died in October, 1918 while he and Aunt Helen and their children were living at Berkley, then a suburb of Norfolk. Granddad remembered vividly his Uncle George's burial at Shiloh Baptist Church, to which his body had been shipped from Norfolk after being in cold storage for several weeks due to the large number of deaths which put a large burden on funeral services. Granddad remembered that once the undertakers or pallbearers tried to lower Uncle George's coffin into the ground, they realized the hole was not wide enough, but since the ground was frozen, they had to wait until the ground thawed before he could be buried. Granddad also came down with the flu but recovered.

 

There were pictures taken of Granddad as a baby, and one of the only other pictures of him as a child was one taken with his parents in 1927 as they stood behind the small farm house where they were tenants at that time. Granddad looked somewhat unhappy in this picture. No doubt, as the only child of tenant farmers, he struggled greatly helping his parents on the farm. At an early age he learned the necessity of hard work, self-reliance, and frugality to survive. Supposedly by the time he was a teenager, Granddad decided there was no way he would want to continue the family tradition of farming. He never enjoyed school and was disinclined toward learning throughout his life. Once he told his parents he wanted to quit school, so his father allowed him to do so for a very short time and instead made him walk behind a mule as it plowed the fields. This was a wake-up call for Granddad about the importance of getting an education, and thereafter he preferred going to school. Many of his peers never graduated high school, as they had to quit school, get odd jobs, or help out their parents on the farms during the Depression, so in this regard Granddad was fortunate. He played basketball for Shiloh High School, which was built in 1923, and graduated from there in 1931. This high school was later restored, and contained within the building now is a country store and the Topside Restaurant upstairs, where I have enjoyed delicious southern cooking while sitting in Granddad's former classrooms.

 

Following his graduation from Shiloh High School, Granddad held several odd jobs around Camden County and Elizabeth City during the early 1930's. He worked for a while for Clifton Stevens, a distant cousin, who owned a logging outfit in Camden County.  Because of the difficulty in finding satisfactory employment, Granddad tried to join the United States Marines around 1936, but was rejected because demand was low for servicemen at that time. His first major job was working as a truckdriver for the Rosso family, who owned a supermarket in Elizabeth City and soon expanded to Norfolk. One of the Rosso brothers, Oliver, married Alma Godfrey, Grandma's eldest sister, in 1938. The Rossos later founded Giant Open Air supermarket in Norfolk. Granddad's main job working for the Rossos was hauling produce. He went as far as Louisiana on one occasion, driving across the long Lake Ponchartrain Bridge. His main route, though, which he dreaded, was from Elizabeth City to Winchester, Virginia and back two or three times a week. He left the Rosso firm and then worked for another trucking company out of Hertford near Elizabeth City, mainly delivering produce to New York City.

 

Granddad met his future wife, Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey, while on a double date with Hallett and Eula Owens in Elizabeth City. They were married several months later by a justice of the peace at South Mills in northern Camden County on May 15, 1937. Granddad was twenty-three years old, and Grandma was seventeen. When he met Grandma, Granddad had been renting a room in the YMCA building at Elizabeth City. For the next four years, they either rented or boarded at various locations in downtown Elizabeth City. Their first child, Barbara Jean Godfrey, known as Bobbie, was born in 1939 in one of the upstairs bedrooms of the home of Grandma's parents south of Elizabeth City on present-day Body Road in Pasquotank County.

 

Although Granddad and Grandma were both Godfreys from neighboring counties in the Albemarle region of Northeastern North Carolina, having grown up within ten miles of one another separated by the Pasquotank River, they never knew or cared how or even if they were related. Godfrey is a fairly common surname in that area, but not as common as the Sawyer surname, and they were both descended from Sawyers also but we do not know how or if they connect through that family either. I seem to be the first one in the family who really wanted to answer this question of whether they were descended from the same Godfrey family, and in February, 2007, shortly before Grandma and Granddad's 70th wedding anniversary (which Granddad was not alive to celebrate and Grandma was not mentally aware enough to realize), I obtained genetic proof of a patrilineal kinship when I learned that my Y-DNA matches that of Grandma's brother Marvin, and then a month later upgraded to a 67-marker Y-DNA test and learned there are only two mismatches between Uncle Marvin and me.

 

In 1941, at the recommendation of his first cousin, Thomas "Marvin" Tatem (1909-1967), who was already living in Newport News, Granddad obtained employment as a burner for the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, Virginia, where he would make his career until his retirement about 1977. His original pay rate was fifty cents an hour. This was shortly before America entered World War II. On his first day of work there, he witnessed the crushing death of a coworker in an accident in which a load was dropped from a crane, and felt very discouraged about returning to work the next day. Grandma encouraged him to persist though, and perhaps felt war seemed imminent, at which time his only other choice might be the draft. Grandma and Granddad moved into the Ferguson Park apartments and housing project near the shipyard in downtown Newport News. During this time, he served as an air raid warden for Ferguson Park, patrolling the neighborhood to ensure all residents had low lighting in their houses. At this time residents were required by law not to burn lights unless they had curtains completely closed so that lights were barely visible from the outside. This was so German airplanes, in the event of a night attack, would only see darkness below and not be able to tell where cities were. Another regulation during the war years was that all residents with oil furnaces in their homes were required to keep a bucket of sand and a shovel beside the furnace to minimize fires caused by furnace explosions in the event of bombings.

 

The war tested the Godfreys' endurance. For nearly four years during the war, Granddad worked as a burner in the ship repair department and often worked a double shift, only having time to sleep and eat once he was home.  If he were absent from work, he had to provide a very good excuse of a documented illness, or else the draft board would soon recruit him into the military. Wartime rations greatly limited accessibility to gasoline and household goods.  Grandma always got up very early to fix him breakfast. One now wonders how Grandma and Granddad could survive such a rigorous life for four years, but surprisingly Granddad maintained a positive attitude throughout the entire ordeal. His optimistic reply was that at least he had a bed to go to at night instead of a foxhole, was able to eat a hot breakfast each morning, and although the work environment was very hazardous, he believed it was much better than facing gunfire. Granddad's work wore out his boots very frequently, but because shoes were rationed, he could not always obtain new ones, so Grandma tried to fix them as best she could or did without new shoes for herself or Bobbie. During the war, gasoline rations and the long work schedule prevented Granddad and Grandma from visiting their folks in Elizabeth City often, even though it is only an hour away. The end of the war in August, 1945 was a great relief for the Godfreys, as Granddad's work schedule subsided somewhat. Their second child and only son, Gilbert Wayne Godfrey, my dad, was born two months later at the old Riverside Hospital in downtown Newport News, and has always been known by his middle name. 

 

In the decade following the war, work at the shipyard was intermittent, and because Granddad's work hours were drastically reduced, he took a second job working at Horn Brothers, a smaller shipyard in downtown Newport News. For the majority of his career in the Newport News Shipbuilding, however, Granddad prided himself on working a lot of overtime and being readily available whenever he was called in to work at a time other than his regular schedule.

 

While living in Ferguson Park, Grandma and Granddad were neighbors of Al and Mildred Wrenn Woodliff, who were from Louisburg, North Carolina. Several of Mrs. Woodliff's siblings lived in Newport News temporarily also, and they quickly became close friends of Grandma and Granddad. Soon after the war, the Wrenns and Woodliffs all returned to Louisburg. Mr. Woodliff was killed in a car accident in 1953, and his widow later married Joe Smith. They remained friends of the Godfreys and visited one another often.

 

In 1948, Granddad and Grandma purchased their first brand-new house at 636 Sterling Street in the Hilton Homes subdivision of Newport News, located near the intersection of present-day Jefferson Avenue (Route 143) and Mercury Boulevard (Route 258). At that time this was near the upper city limits of Newport News, but in 1958 when Newport News was consolidated with Warwick County, the city limits stretched much further north, such that this neighborhood is now considered near downtown. When the neighborhood was built following the war, the surrounding area was mainly woods and ditches, but in the early 1970's, Newmarket North Mall was built just across the ditch which separates Hampton from Newport News, and is in view of Grandma's house. This house and most of the other houses in the neighborhood was two-bedroom with a driveway and no garage. Granddad built a detached garage in 1951 after laying the concrete himself. As an illustration of his frugality and self-sufficiency, he insisted on saving money and not buying new timber for the garage. Instead, he found a pile of discarded lumber while visiting in North Carolina and brought it home. Granddad prided himself on self-sufficiency and was generally too stubborn to hire anything to be done for him, whether it was home improvement or automobile repair. He eventually expanded the back porch of the house to make way for a dining room. While trying to wire the new room, he became frustrated trying to figure out how to wire it such that the light switch controlled the desired lights. My dad recalls his father once getting so frustrated with himself in figuring out how to wire the room that he took off jogging around the neighborhood and shortly afterward experienced the so-called Eureka phenomenon and was able to wire it correctly without understanding why it worked. As a working-class man with only a high school education who was not very interested in intellectual subjects, Granddad prided himself in using common sense and intuition to solve problems, and he often showed resentment toward educated people who seem to possess "book smarts" but not enough common sense. He took pride in several instances in which he was able to outsmart someone who was college-educated.

 

In 1954, Grandma and Granddad had their third and last child, Luanne. This made their two-bedroom home rather cramped, but when Luanne was three years old, Bobbie married Buddy Newton at the age of 18 and left home.

 

Through their tendency to question the judgement of others, including those more educated than themselves, Granddad and Grandma probably saved Luanne's life. When she was a baby, they brought her home a prescription for cough syrup. Upon opening the bottle, they became suspicious that the prescription might be wrong because the syrup smelled especially strong for an infant dose. They took the medication back to the pharmacist, who said that this was an adult medication and may have killed their baby had they fed it to her. It is not recalled whether the pharmacist or the doctor made the mistake.

 

Granddad was a very devout Southern Baptist all his life and did not drink alcohol or dance.  If he had a bad habit at all, it was smoking. He smoked a pack of cigarettes about every two days. Although I personally have never smoked, I do not hold it against Granddad, for his generation knew little about the dangers until later in life.

 

He was raised as a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden County, to which his Godfrey forebears had belonged for at least three generations, but shortly after moving to Newport News, Grandma and Granddad joined Calvary Baptist Church on Huntington Avenue, located a couple of blocks away from the shipyard. The church soon became Grandma and Granddad's main social activity and the means by which they acquired many fine friends whom they met in Sunday school. Granddad served as a deacon for many years. The long-time minister of this church, Reverend Samuel W. Tatem (1920-1995), who preached there for thirty years until his death in 1995, became a good friend of the Godfreys, and he was distantly related to Granddad's Aunt Maude's husband, Edgar Tatem, who also lived in Newport News.

 

In spite of his own poor upbringing  in a childhood characterized by hard work and little fun, Granddad was never one of those stereotypical "old school" parents who stressed that children should be seen and not heard. His children admired him because he was not strict and was very approachable and easygoing as a father. In spite of how tired he usually was whenever he returned home from work, Granddad was always friendly to his children and never minded their having  friends over for slumber parties.

 

Because of Granddad's demanding work schedule, he was generally exhausted and dirty whenever he returned home from work and therefore not inclined to take up hobbies or become active in civic affairs except his church. His work as a burner was extremely hazardous, and his work stations in the repair department ranged from ships to submarines. Once while he was burning inside a steam boiler of a ship, he had climbed down into the steamlines when he heard the approaching sound of roaring steam coming through the pipes, indicating a leak had occurred through a valve, so he quickly climbed out and barely escaped being fatally burned. 

 

Granddad's skill as a burner became very pronounced and eventually attracted a lot of attention from the upper management in the ship repair department. He was regarded highly for his ability to keep his arms still while holding the torch, even though it was extremely difficult for him not to flinch since sparks and molten metal were often being flung toward him. He was also able to burn off the desired piece without damaging the surrounding area.

 

Perhaps Granddad's career highlight was in September, 1976, when a job he completed was so risky but he nevertheless saved the company a lot of money by not causing damage as was easy to do. This accomplishment is best described by quoting the memorandum dated September 15, 1976 from L.R. Sorenson, Jr. to J.B. Davidson, supervisors in the shipyard:

 

While attempting to remove the Propeller Nut from the Shaft of NN (Newport News) Hull-600, the nut became gauled and froze on the shaft. The X18 department was called at 1:00 p.m. to determine the feasibility of burning the nut from the shaft. Mr. H. Sawyer, Ship Repair X18 General Foreman was consulted and his recommendation was to get Mr. G.S. Godfrey S.S. 237-03-0602 to burn the nut off.

Relying on the experience of Mr. Sawyer and the Skill of Mr. Godfrey, the X18 department was able to accomplish this feat, completing the job by 6:00 p.m. with no apparent damage to the shaft.

                                     (Signed) J.B. Davidson, X18 General Foreman

 

This task was so important that when his supervisor called him at home and requested he come to work, he gladly offered to send a chauffeur to his house to pick him up, but Granddad insisted he did not mind driving himself. Soon after this feat, Granddad received a Certificate of Merit from the Peninsula Shipbuilders Association, and was also offered a position as a supervisor or foreman. However, he declined the promotion for several reasons. He was close to retirement, and also he believed he may not have the necessary skills to be a supervisor.

 

Granddad retired from the shipyard in 1978 after nearly 38 years of service, mainly because his age was making it more difficult for him to climb down ladders into small spaces. Following his retirement,  he stayed home for about three weeks, and since he did not have any hobbies, he became so restless and bored that he immediately decided to work part-time. His first job, which only lasted several hours, was manning the reception desk at the bus terminal, and he was so bored sitting down that he walked off the job. So he then became a gas station attendant, working for Aaron Talton's Exxon on Jefferson Avenue for about eight years. When I was attending Dunbar-Erwin Middle School in the seventh and eighth grades, my schoolbus always rode past this gas station on our way home, and each day I generally saw Granddad outside providing full service at the gas pump and felt grateful he was able to enjoy good health after having worked in very hazardous conditions for nearly 40 years.

 

Because their daughter Bobbie and her husband Buddy enjoyed traveling in their van and camper, Granddad and Grandma became interested as well and joined the Good Sam Club after his retirement. They enjoyed the fellowship of other campers as they travelled together to various campgrounds, mainly in Virginia and North Carolina, and shared potluck meals. One of their favorite camping destinations was Green Acres Campground at Williamston, North Carolina. Their longest trip was to Disney World at Orlando, Florida twice. On many of these trips, Grandma and Granddad enjoyed the company of their youngest grandchild, Luanne's daughter Kimberly, who as a baby was the apple of Granddad's eye.

 

In May, 1987, my dad and his two sisters gave a golden wedding anniversary to Grandma and Granddad at Calvary Baptist Church. What was most remarkable is the fact that Great-Grandma Mattie, Grandma's mother, lived to see it. She celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday in Elizabeth City the day before her daughter's 50th anniversary celebration. Grandma's brother Raymond and his wife Alma surprised her by bringing Great-Grandma to Newport News for the event.

 

Granddad was diagnosed with glaucoma more than twenty years before his death and took eye drops each day for the rest of his life. His eyesight became especially bad at night, which was the main reason he decided to sell his camper and van around 1991 and give up camping.

 

Granddad's motivation and energy showed signs of decline in the late 1980's, an indication that his years of exhaustion were finally taking their toll. Once he decided to quit working at the gas station around 1988, he became sedentary, and his lack of hobbies and interests worried his family that he would lose the will to live. He and Grandma continued going to church, and also spent many weekends in Elizabeth City visiting Grandma's mother after she went into a nursing home at the age of ninety-four in 1986. She lived seven more years. To keep Granddad active, Grandma unsuccessfully tried to persuade Granddad to get involved in the local retired mens' clubs, offering to help cook potluck dinners, but he did not seem interested in activities other than church and the Good Sam Club.

 

While camping in May, 1992, Granddad suffered his first known ministroke, and he apparently had many more for the last four years of his life, as he got increasingly confused and lead many to wonder if he was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia. One of Granddad's first symptoms of dementia was his tendency to take a nap in the afternoon and wake up shortly after dinner time thinking it was the next morning and expecting breakfast instead of dinner. He also lost sense of the value of money. Although it became tougher as he grew more dependent on Grandma after he turned eighty in 1994, she was able to keep him at home until after he was hospitalized for pneumonia and congestive heart failure in March, 1996. He was much weaker and more confused after this event, so she placed him in the James River Convalescent Center on Aberthaw Avenue in Newport News. He had a second bout of CHF a month later and a third one in May. The last time it became apparent that his heart had been damaged, and his mental state was very bad until July. In August he improved so much that the other patients at the nursing home dubbed him "the miracle man," and Grandma brought him home again in September. He did well for several weeks but was losing weight and getting weak because he did not want to eat much. He fell twice, and the last time he broke his hip, which required surgery. He was unable to lift one of his hands following the surgery, indicating he had probably suffered a more severe stroke during the surgery, and a CT scan showed much scar tissue from numerous mini-strokes he had suffered. He remained bedridden following the surgery, was placed back in the nursing home, and died two weeks later following a night of heavy breathing and more strokes. His death occurred around 7:15 A.M. on Wednesday, November 27, 1996, the day before Thanksgiving.

 

Hopefully this is a fitting tribute to the righteous, hardworking, and responsible life of Granddad Godfrey. He was a very simple man by the standards of those of us who have enjoyed much greater educational advantages and other opportunities, but it is readily apparent that Granddad braved incredible odds throughout his life. He was never a wealthy man, but he saved well for his retirement and has left Grandma comfortable. He prided himself in doing the kind of work that no one would want to do, but that someone had to do, work that was extremely labor-intensive and hazardous to one's health. In spite of that, he lived to the age of eighty-two and had not been hospitalized for any serious illnesses until within the last nine months of his life. He also enjoyed ten years of part-time work following his retirement from the shipyard, and eight years of retirement after that. Granddad was of average intelligence, and although he was a high school graduate, his educational level would probably classify as below-average by today's standards. Through persistence and a stubborn tendency to challenge the judgements of others, Granddad was able to overcome frequent frustration in accomplishing a desired task.

 

Below is Granddad's obituary from the "Daily Press" of Newport News:

 

Garland S. Godfrey

 NEWPORT NEWS

Garland Stevens Godfrey, 82, a native of Camden, N.C., and a resident of Newport News since 1941, died Nov. 27, 1996, in James River Convalescent Center.

He was born Mar. 17, 1914, the only child of the late Charlie Forbes Godfrey and Rebecca Irene Stevens Godfrey.

From 1941 to 1978, he was employed as a burner for Newport News Shipbuilding. After his retirement he worked as a gas station attandant at Aaron Talton's Exxon in Newport News. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon for many years. He and his wife were also members of the Good Sam Club.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mrs. Katherine Godfrey Godfrey; two daughters, Barbara G. Newton of Newport News and Luanne G. White of Hampton; a son, G. Wayne Godfrey of Charles City; four grandchildren, David G. Newton of Newport News, Bryan S. Godfrey of Charles City, Jason P. Godfrey of Radford University, and Kimberly N. White of Hampton....

Friends may call at Riverside Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and at all other times at the residence, 636 Sterling Street, Newport News. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Stephen Crane officiating. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

 

On what would have been Granddad's 90th birthday, March 17, 2004, his and Grandma's home of 56 years, 636 Sterling Street, was sold, one year after Grandma decided to move into Mayfair House Assisted Living in Hampton.

 

More About Garland Stevens Godfrey:

Burial: 30 Nov 1996, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

Cause of Death: Coronary insufficiency; strokes; complications from hip surgery; had CHF

Comment 1: After  retirement-member of Good Sam Club until health declined

Comment 2: It can be said that he was the son of a sharecropper who never owned his own farm or home. Several generations of his Godfrey ancestors were tenant farmers, so it was a step forward that he bought his own home in 1948 where he lived the rest of his life.

Comment 3: Abt. 1939, Produce truck driver for Rosso family supermarkets out of Elizabeth City, NC

Comment 4: Abt. 1950, Worked part-time for Horn Brothers shipyard, Newport News, VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Bet. 1941 - 1996, Baptist-brought up in Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, NC after 1941 became a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Newport News, VA, where he served as deacon many years

High School: 1931, Graduated from Shiloh High School, Camden Co., NC

Medical Information: Suffered from glaucoma  in later years; showed symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's disease last 4 years of life probably resulting from mini-strokes; had 3 bouts of congestive heart failure at age 82.

Occupation 1: Bet. 1941 - 1977, Burner in ship repair department-Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company-acquired great ability as a burner, for which he received accolades from the Peninsula Shipbuilders Association

Occupation 2: Bet. 1941 - 1945, Served as a neighborhood air raid warden during World War II while living in Ferguson Park Apartments in downtown Newport News-conducted lights out drills

Personality/Intrst 1: Very hard-working and persistent; simple; easygoing as a father and grandfather; not inclined toward conversation; enjoyed camping after retirement; was a do-it-yourselfer; very frugal; not inclined toward hobbies or intellectual subjects.

Personality/Intrst 2: Was not quite a Fundamentalist religiously but did exhibit Fundamentalist virtues--did not consume alcohol. Was a smoker however. Believed in paying one's debts and living within one's means, good lessons for the current generations.

Residence: Grew up in Camden Co., NC; lived in Elizabeth City, NC abt 1937-1941; moved to Newport News, VA in 1941, where he moved to 636 Sterling Street, Newport News, VA 23605-1508 (Hilton Homes subdivision) in 1948

Social Security #: 237-03-0602

 

Notes for Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey:

Grandma was born January 11, 1920 while her parents were living in Nixonton Township in lower Pasquotank County, North Carolina. She was the third of seven children. Her older siblings were Alma and Carlton, and the younger ones were Raymond, Hazel, Marvin, and Roy. Shortly before her birth, her parents lived in town at Elizabeth City, the seat of Pasquotank County. Around 1925, they finally settled down, after twelve years of marriage, on a farm on present-day Body Road in Pasquotank County, located about two miles south of Elizabeth City and a few miles north of the townships of Nixonton and Weeksville. This was Great-Granddad's home for the last forty years of his life and Great-Grandma's for the next sixty years, until she was placed in a nursing home at the age of 94 in 1986. It is believed that Great-Granddad bought this 200-acre farm using money inherited from his parents' estate. 

 

Great-Grandma named Grandma for her father's sister, Elizabeth Catherine White Sawyer Nichols Walston (1863-1954), who was known as Aunt Kate to the family and had been married three times. Grandma never knew any of her grandparents, as her maternal grandmother, the last one, died when she was two years old, so Aunt Kate was like a grandmother to the children of Gilbert and Mattie White Godfrey. She lived off and on with Great-Grandma and Great-Granddad, but died while living with her son in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is buried in Norfolk.  Actually, the names Catherine and Elizabeth had been passed down through Great-Grandma's family for several generations. Aunt Kate was named straight after her own mother, Elizabeth Catherine Whitehead White, known as Catherine, who was Grandma's great-grandmother. Grandma's first name began with a K instead of a C however, and her mother also reversed her first and middle name from her Aunt Kate's and her grandmother's names.

 

Grandma and her parents endured a lot of health hardships throughout the 1920's. She had diptheria as an infant, believed to have been caused by  milk poisoning because her mother was nursing her not knowing she was pregnant with Uncle Raymond. Shortly before Grandma's birth, when her parents were still living on a farm within the Elizabeth City town limits, Carlton wandered into a pasture at age two when his parents were not looking and was stepped on by a horse. Great-Grandma thought he was dead, but he survived. He was somewhat mentally slow and suffered from speech impediments throughout his life, which was probably caused by this accident. He also suffered a lot of other health ailments as a child, including asthma, and Grandma recalls her mother often holding him outside the window as a small child so he could get some fresh air during his asthma spells when he had difficulty breathing. Then in the late 1920's, both of Grandma's parents had typhoid fever one summer, and Great-Grandma nearly died. She had to learn how to walk up stairs again. It is very remarkable that in spite of these near misses with death, Great-Grandma would live to be 102 and Uncle Carlton would live to be eighty-one. Grandma's father died of prostate cancer at the age of 76 in 1965, and of her six siblings, all have lived to old age except Hazel, her younger sister, who died of cancer at age 58 in 1983. Hazel and Carlton are the only ones who are deceased as of the year 2003.

 

Grandma and her siblings attended Central High School at Elizabeth City. During harvest time and hog-killing time, their parents required them to miss school so they could help them on the farm. Grandma quit school in the tenth grade, but in those days, one only needed to complete the eleventh grade to graduate. Carlton also did not graduate. Alma graduated and went to business school at Charlotte, North Carolina for a time. Marvin was the only one who graduated from college.

 

Not only did Grandma and her siblings help out their parents on the farm, but they also frequently accompanied their mother to town, where she sold chickens, biddies, and other farm products at the Pasquotank Curb Market in Elizabeth City.

 

Grandma was raised in the Methodist Church. Her parents attended both Hall's Creek and City Road Methodist Churches. After marrying Granddad, she became a Baptist.

 

After she quit school, Grandma worked in the hosiery mill at Elizabeth City and also continued helping her parents on the farm.

 

Grandma and Granddad were introduced on a blind date by Hallett and Eula Owens. They dated a short while and were married May 15, 1937 by a justice of the peace at South Mills in Camden County, North Carolina. Grandma was seventeen, and Granddad was twenty-three.

 

Surprisingly, even though Grandma and Granddad were both Godfreys and were from neighboring counties, they never knew whether they were related. For a while I claimed they were apparently from two different sets of Godfrey families. Granddad was from Camden County, across the Pasquotank River from where Grandma was born and raised in Pasquotank County. At one time I believed his Godfreys were descended from John and Sarah Dadford Godfrey, who settled in Norfolk County, Virginia in 1635, but as many of Camden County's records were burned, one could not be certain of this descent, as it is based on tradition and conjecture thus far in the generations preceding Granddad's great-great-grandfather, Manliff Godfrey, who was born about 1800 and died about 1840. However, in 2006-07, I had my YDNA tested and also asked a well-proved descendant of the Norfolk Godfreys and my grandmother's brother Marvin to do so. I did not match the John Godfrey descendant, but I did match my Uncle Marvin, proving my grandparents were related patrilineally and biologically and that my grandfather was, like my grandmother, probably descended from the Francis Godfrey family of England, Barbados, and Perquimans County, North Carolina.  My grandfather was not the first in his family who was a Godfrey and married another Godfrey, as his Uncle Loyal Berry Godfrey married Luna Stevens Godfrey, whose grandfather, David Godfrey, came from Perquimans County to Camden County and her family claimed they were not related to the rest of the Godfreys in Camden. Because Grandma's and Aunt Luna's Godfreys were descended from a Francis Godfrey, who settled in Perquimans County, North Carolina before 1668, the claim that Uncle Loyal and Aunt Luna were not related and other traditions of the Camden Godfreys coming from Norfolk or Kempsville made me believe Granddad was descended from John Godfrey of Norfolk. The records of Perquimans County never burned and are very complete, which has made it possible to establish Grandma's direct male ancestry fairly well back to Francis. Perquimans County adjoins Pasquotank County to the west, and Grandma's father was born there but came with his parents to Pasquotank as a teen. From 1993 to 2005 I believed that unless the Norfolk and Perquimans Godfreys are related, perhaps through a common English  ancestor, Grandma's and Granddad's Godfrey families are apparently not the same.  Evidence in favor of my grandfather being related to my grandmother's Godfreys is the fact that my dad claims one of my grandmother's first cousins resembled my grandfather, and I believe my grandmother's brother Raymond resembled the late Samuel Gallop Godfrey of Camden, a first cousin of my grandfather's father. According to noted Perquimans County genealogist Raymond Winslow, the Godfreys are probably the oldest continually resident family in Perquimans County.

 

Grandma and Granddad were probably related other ways in addition to the Godfrey connection, in particular the Sawyers, which are difficult to trace since this is a prolific family throughout the Albemarle region of North Carolina. There may even be several unrelated Sawyer families in this area. Grandma's Great-Grandmother Godfrey was a Sawyer from Perquimans, and one of Granddad's great-great-grandmothers was a Sawyer from Pasquotank.

 

Although her childhood was not as rough as Granddad's, mainly because she had many siblings and her parents were more functional,  Grandma learned the importance of self-sufficiency and frugality at an early age, which she has never failed to exercise in her role as housewife for the past sixty years. Granddad believed it was best for wives lacking educational advantages or special skills to stay home, realizing the small amount of money they would otherwise earn would not be worth the effort. So he urged Grandma to stay home after they were married. Her mother taught her to cook good meals from scratch, and she also learned to sew well and knit many of her own clothes. To this day, Grandma is highly regarded for her southern-style cooking, and I especially enjoy her roast beef meals served with creamy mashed potatoes, cabbage, and Carolina cornbread. The only problem is that being more health-conscious, I realize I cannot enjoy such fat-laden and grease-laden meals everyday, yet this is the way most families cooked in the South before weight-watching, low-fat meals, and vegetarian fare became the fashion. It is encouraging that in spite of this being the staple diet of Grandma and her immediate predecessors, most of them have lived to a ripe age, especially Grandma's mother. Grandma has always suffered from obesity, yet she is nearly eighty-one years old and has never had heart trouble, strokes, or diabetes. Granddad always liked his iced tea especially sweet, so much so that my dad, who prefers unsweetened tea, always jokingly dubbed it liquid sugar.

 

Grandma and Granddad had always been regarded as extremely frugal, as shown by their determination to do as much for themselves as possible and to fix items instead of replacing them. Grandma often collects rainwater in buckets to wash her hair. To save on their electric bill, Grandma and Granddad avoided keeping lights on as much as possible, so much so that it is not uncommon for her to sit in the dark in her living room, saying she does not need light at night unless she is reading.  When my dad was in the Coast Guard and needed sewing alterations on his uniform, rather than hiring it done, Grandma encouraged him to let her do the work on her own sewing machine.

 

Nevertheless, Grandma and Granddad always gave generously to their church. They tithed at Calvary Baptist Church many years. Grandma continues to be an active member of this church and attends both Sunday school and morning worship nearly every week. Since Granddad's death in 1996, she has gone with her Sunday school group on several van trips.

 

The sacrifices made and hardships endured by all of my grandparents are the reason why Tom Brokaw dubbed their generation "The Greatest Generation," which he named his documentary movie and book. I have seen the movie and intend to read the book. The present-day "give me" generation, of which I admit  belonging to, could learn many lessons from the perseverance exemplified by our grandparents' generation in surviving the Great Depression and a world war, and afterwards living through the ordeals of the Cold War and Vietnam. In these present days of a slowing economy in 2001,  I have benefitted from hearing Grandma reminisce about how she and Granddad and her parents were able to exercise self-sufficiency by getting by on as little as possible. One of Grandma's favorite aphorisms is "what goes around comes around," an admonition I have taken to heart because my own generation has had much fortune compared with hers, yet she makes me realize we should not exercise too much complacency, because we could also be affected by war and/or a depression. While I have much greater educational and experiential qualifications in finding a job than did my grandparents, and have received reassurance that my company is not nearly as likely to lay off workers as others are doing, I have realized the need recently to cut corners.  I feel thankful that I am gainfully employed and do not have the same worries my grandparents did. In addition, unlike them, I am able to enjoy several hobbies (such as genealogy and travel), and do not feel pressured to get married and have children at an age at which most did in their days. The greatest lesson Grandma and Granddad have taught me is the importance of integrity and stability, whether it pertains to one's career, marriage, financial status, place of residence, or family status. As shown by the alarming increase in divorces, out of wedlock births, alternative or dysfunctional families, bankruptcies, job changes, and relocations among my generation, Grandma's example is one to admire.

 

I take great enjoyment in recording the accomplishments and praising the ideals of past generations. If I did not, this web page would never have been created. Also because of this, one of my favorite television series has long been "The Waltons." Not only do I enjoy it because I relate to the narrator, John Boy, and his interest in writing, but also because it idealizes the values of a Depression-era family in rural Virginia. However, I have heeded Grandma's statement that life as depicted in this show is not exactly that of everyday real life among country folks when Grandma was young. She has remarked that it portrays a false picture of families during that time, but nevertheless the themes and values that each episode evokes make it an inspiring show relative to present-day television.

 

Granddad feared airplanes and even airports, yet Grandma flew once around 1990 when she went with her daughter Bobbie to California to visit her brother Roy.

 

2000 update: Now 80 years old, Grandma has remained independent since becoming a widow four years ago. She still drives her 1990 Pontiac Bonneville, which she has owned since 1998 when she had an accident and totaled her previous car, in town only, but relies on her children and grandchildren for longer trips. I have enjoyed taking her to the Godfrey family reunions in North Carolina the past five years, to Elizabeth City to visit her immediate family, and to Nelson County in the mountains of Virginia to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Buddy Newton, who have retired to a farm there. Grandma has suffered from arthritis for many years and has had two knee replacements and orthoscopic surgery. She uses a cane often for this reason. In her spare time she enjoys reading historical and romance novels. She has lived in the same two-bedroom home at 636 Sterling Street in the Hilton Homes subdivision of Newport News which she and Granddad bought in 1948.

 

March, 2003 update--Grandma has been getting increasingly confused, withdrawn, and bored the past year, mainly due to fluctuating blood pressure which could have deprived her brain at times of sufficient oxygen. Her appetite has also diminished, and she has been losing weight rapidly. A pacemaker was recently installed in her to better regulate her blood pressure and heart rate, after which she gave up driving and insisted on not living alone anymore. She was feeling guilty about becoming more of a burden on her children. On Friday, March 14, 2003, a week after her pacemaker was put in, Grandma moved into the Mayfair House Assisted Living facility at 1030 Topping Lane, Hampton, VA 23666, Room 305. This is near the intersection of Todd's Lane and Big Bethel Road in Hampton, only about four miles from where she had lived in Newport News and very near where her daughter Luanne lives.  I visited her the following day and was worried she would be even more depressed after leaving her home of 55 years, but she was actually very optimistic and excited, conversing often with the staff and other residents. I think she had been getting lonelier in the house in the past six years since Granddad died and was ready for a change. Her appetite and energy are slowly improving. That Saturday I took her to Norfolk to visit her 88-year-old sister Alma, who is recovering from a broken hip from six months ago. In the extremely minute chance some crook stumbles across my website and reads this information, may I remind them that Grandma's house has been emptied of all its valuables, so they won't benefit from breaking and entering, and alarms have also been placed there!]

 

Coincidentally, two days after going to Newport News/Hampton to visit both of my grandmothers and my mom and stepdad just after Grandma Godfrey moved into Mayfair, my Grandma Overstreet was involved in a minor traffic accident after visiting a friend in Riverside Regional Medical Center at Newport News and her car was totaled, a good excuse for her to finally give up driving at the age of almost 82 as Grandma Godfrey has just done at 83. Even though the accident was minor, we are extremely fortunate because had she been a few feet farther in the road when her car was struck, she probably would have been sideswiped. So now both Grandmas have lost some independence, but we will make the adjustments! Unlike Grandma Godfrey, who is more content than ever being in the company of others in her retirement/assisted living facility, Grandma Overstreet is very adamant about remaining in her home of 30 years as long as possible because she enjoys her yard, her neighbors, and walking around her neighborhood. Hopefully they will make their new adjustments, and we all feel better they are no longer driving at their ages and Grandma Godfrey is no longer alone.

 

2004 update--On March 17, 2004, what would have been Granddad's 90th birthday, his and Grandma's home of 56 years, 636 Sterling Street in Newport News, was sold for about $83,000, one year after Grandma moved into Mayfair House. Grandma is getting increasingly confused, moody, and depressed over being there. I took her to the annual Campbell-Godfrey Family Reunion in Raleigh, NC, in October, 2004, and she seemed to enjoy it but as usual misplaced her pocketbook and sunglasses while there.

 

Early summer 2006 update: Grandma's dementia has gotten worse in the three years since she moved into Mayfair. She has difficulty recognizing her own children and grandchildren and is often depressed and confused. She shows symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. She has fallen several times but not broken any bones. Her family takes her out of Mayfair to Norfolk to visit her sister Alma whenever possible, and she still seems to enjoy every chance she gets to get away.

 

August, 2006 update: Grandma has been hospitalized twice for falling spells and minor infection. She was eating and drinking very little. It was recommended she needs greater nursing care than Mayfair House is able to provide as her dementia has gotten worse, so she was moved into Coliseum Park nursing facility in Hampton. She has stabilized there as of November, 2006, but walks very little and is largely confined to a wheelchair, still eating or drinking very little and losing weight.

 

June, 2008 update: Ever since Grandma went into the nursing home nearly two years ago, she has not left it and has not been hospitalized any more, but her weight has gradually decreased and her dementia increased. She now weights 91 pounds but is eating reasonably well, confined to her wheelchair. I have visited her about once every two months. My dad did not think she would last until Spring 2007, yet she is still alive one year later at age 88.

 

January, 11, 2010 update: Miraculously, Grandma lived to celebrate her 90th birthday, but there was no celebration. Her health has not declined much in a long time, and her weight has remained stable between 95-120 pounds for the past three years. All she does is mumble all the time in her wheelchair, and she has recently been placed on a pureed food diet. Who knows how much longer she can live in this pitiful state. On a whim, I decided to drive down to Hampton after work to see her and have a picture taken, to celebrate one of my grandparents living to 90. But admittedly, had Grandma been in a better mental state, and had my Grandma Overstreet still been living, it would have been a happier occasion for me, but at least I can be thankful Grandma O did not live long enough to get like thi

 

March 2, 2010 update: After being unsatisfied with the care Grandma was receiving in Coliseum Park, and wanting daughter Bobbie to have a turn at having Grandma closer to her for a change, Grandma's children decided to transfer her to the Lovingston Healthcare Facility at Lovingston, Virginia, about twenty minutes away from the farm to which daughter Bobbie and husband Buddy retired in Nelson County. My dad and his sister Bobbie took her in Bobbie's car from Hampton to Lovingston, and I met them there. Grandma improved somewhat for the first couple of months she was there, gaining some weight and being more understandable in the mornings.

 

June 10, 2010 update: Grandma has fallen out of her bed several times this week and stopped eating today. Today she became a great-grandmother with the birth of my brother Jason's child, Ella Finley Godfrey in Newport News.

 

June 14, 2010: Grandma was put on morphine to help with the pain caused by her falls. Daughter Bobbie is with her constantly.

 

June 17, 2010: Grandma died about 10:00 A.M. in the Lovingston Healthcare Center with daughter Bobbie at her side. The funeral home in Lovingston picked her up, embalmed her, and then she was taken to Riverside Funeral Home in Newport News, who held a simple graveside service in Peninsula Memorial Park on Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:00 A.M.

 

With the timing of Grandma's rapid decline on the day of her birth, and Grandma's death exactly one week later, it seems as though baby Ella became the reincarnation of Grandma Godfrey, although she was named Ella in memory of Jason's and my maternal grandmother, Ella Pearson Overstreet.

 

Below is the email I sent out to friends and relatives upon learning of Grandma's death that night:

 

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM, Bryan Godfrey <bryangodfrey@msn.com> wrote:

 

I just found out that Grandma Godfrey passed away around 10:00 this morning with daughter Bobbie at her side. We're probably only going to have a very brief obituary, so I'll write a longer one for the sake of relatives below. Apparently she stopped eating early this week (had I known I would have gone to see her after work every night this week), and of course she had been confined to a wheelchair and weighing less than 120 pounds for over three years, so it should not be shocking news, but it is an historic day for me since I no longer have grandparents. 617 days after Grandma Overstreet's death, I can now say that my family tree is balanced again; I never thought Grandma G would be my last grandparent (except for the fact than a gene for extreme longevity must run in her family for her mother lived to be 102 and sister Alma is living at 96), but life is full of ironies....

 

I haven't even finished replying to all the emails I received in response to my email about the birth of my niece last week!

 

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Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey Godfrey, 90, a native of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and resident of the Virginia Peninsula since 1941, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010, in the Lovingston Healthcare Center at Lovingston, VA, where she was moved three months ago to be closer to her eldest child Bobbie, after battling Alzheimer's disease for the past seven years.

 

Born January 11, 1920 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, she was the third of the seven children of the late Gilbert Godfrey (1889-1965), a native of Perquimans County, North Carolina, and Mattie Elizabeth White Godfrey (1891-1993), a native of Pasquotank. On May 15, 1937, she married Garland Stevens Godfrey, a distant cousin, a native of Camden County, North Carolina, who was born March 17, 1914 and died November 27, 1996 after nearly 60 years of marriage.

 

Katherine and Garland made their home at 636 Sterling Street, Newport News, after 1948, where he was a burner for Newport News Shipbuilding and she a dedicated homemaker, and where she lived until moving to Mayfair House Assisted Living at Hampton, VA in 2003. In August 2006 she was upgraded to nursing home care at Coliseum Park in Hampton, where she resided until transferring to Lovingston three months ago. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church until the past few years, and she and Garland were active members of the Good Sam Camping Club in his retirement.

 

Katherine is survived by her daughters, Barbara Jean ("Bobbie") Godfrey Newton and husband, Clarence P. ("Buddy") Newton, Jr. of Tyro, Nelson County, VA, and Luanne Godfrey White and husband Charles F. White of Hampton; by her son, Gilbert "Wayne" Godfrey and partner Jerri  of Sandy Point, Charles City County, VA; by her grandchildren, David Glenn Newton of Newport News, Bryan Scott Godfrey of Henrico, Jason Paul Godfrey and wife Jessica Abbitt Godfrey of Newport News, and Kimberly Nicole White of Hampton;  a great-granddaughter, born exactly one week before her death, Ella Finley Godfrey of Newport News; a sister, Alma Godfrey Rosso of Norfolk, VA; two brothers, Marvin Ralph Godfrey of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Roy Fearing Godfrey of California; six nieces, and seven nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth "Hazel" Godfrey Procopio (1925-1983) of Warren, RI, two brothers, Carlton Gilbert Godfrey (1917-1998) and Raymond Myers Godfrey (1921-2006), both of Elizabeth City, NC, and a niece, Lynn Rosso Buechner (1952-2007), of Norfolk, VA.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 21, at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News.

 

The family is grateful to the staffs of Mayfair House, Coliseum Park, and Lovingston Healthcare Center for their care of Katherine the past seven years. She "waited for God" long enough!

 

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Below is the last picture I had taken of Grandma Godfrey on her 90th birthday:

 

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/g/o/d/Bryan-S-Godfrey/PHOTO/0360photo.html

 

I want Grandma to be remembered for her down-to-earth personality, her and Granddad's thrift and determination to do for themselves, and her great southern cooking (though not healthy but it didn't seem to hurt her family). She was born into a family with superior work ethics and would have worked outside the home had Granddad encouraged her to. Grandma could be opinionated, but as working-class folks who made their own way in the world without benefit of college education, she and Granddad did not have the advantages most of us have. Every time I drink iced tea (unsweetened though) from the glasses I inherited from Grandma, I am reminded of her very sweet tea and the iceflakes I would scrape from the ceiling of her freezer with which to drink the tea, and I am also fondly reminded of her pot roast, lumpy mashed potatoes, and sweet corn bread. I last saw her on April 7, and assisted my dad and his sister Bobbie when they moved her to Lovingston in March. Many in my generation, and especially my students, say that my tendency to save things, and not purchase new items all the time, is symptomatic of having inherited my grandparents' Depression-era frugality. I am proud to say that I have recently lost enough weight that I will be able to wear to her funeral the same black suit that I wore to Granddad's funeral 13 1/2 years ago (but would not have been able to do so from 2004-09). As Ben Franklin said, "a penny saved is a penny earned." That's the best lesson both Grandmas could have taught. Even though Grandma and Granddad often resented educated people as a defense mechanism so common among the working class (and I too often admit looking for excuses to berate those more educated or better off than me), I'll never forget the day they showed up at the grocery store where I was working at age 17 to congratulate me for making National Honor Society. Grandma also had a good sense of humor and could tell a good joke.

 

I am glad Grandma lived long enough to become a great-grandmother one week earlier when my brother's baby Ella was born. Strangely enough, Ella was born two weeks after her last great-grandfather (on her maternal side) died at age 84, and exactly one week before her last great-grandmother died at 90. I'm also glad three of my grandparents lived beyond the age of 82 and that I had both Grandmas when I turned 35, but I'm not as lucky as my dad who had a grandmother until he was nearly 48!

 

Many of you don't even know Grandma, but I just thought I'd let all of my dad's relatives, and even some on my mom's side, know so you can keep your records updated if you do so.

 

Grandma's actual obituary:

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey, 90, departed this life on June 17, 2010 at Lovingston Health Care Center in Lovingston, Va. She was born to the late Gilbert and Mattie Godfrey in North Carolina. She was a Peninsula resident for 70 years.

Katherine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Garland S. Godfrey.

She is survived by her Children, Barbara Newton and husband, Buddy, Luanne White and husband, Charlie, and Wayne Godfrey and wife, Jerri. Katherine had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be a graveside service held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 21, 2010, at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Calvary Baptist Church in Newport News.

Arrangements are under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 7415 River Rd., Newport News, VA 23607 www.altmeyer.com to sign the guestbook. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

 

 

Published in Daily Press from June 20 to June 21, 2010 

 

 

More About Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey:

Burial: 21 Jun 2010, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

Cause of Death: Complications from advanced Alzheimer's--stopped eating 1 week before death

Comment 1: Until 2007 it was not known whether she and her husband were related through the same Godfrey family until her grandson Bryan Scott Godfrey was a perfect Y-DNA match with her brother Marvin Ralph Godfrey.

Comment 2: It is likely that William Godfrey (1658?-1726) of Perquimans Co., NC was probably the closest common patrilineal ancestor of Garland Stevens Godfrey and his wife Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey. William was the  son of Francis Godfrey, the presumed immigrant.

Comment 3: Katherine was eight generations removed from William Godfrey, and more than likely Garland was at least nine generations removed; thus, they were probably about seventh cousins once or twice removed.

Ethnicity/Relig.: Raised Methodist; became a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Newport News, VA after moving to Newport News in 1941.

Event: Aft. 2002, Began showing signs of dementia in 2002; decided to go into assisted living in Mar 2003, where she lived until Aug 2006 when her senility became advanced and she was moved to a nursing home.

High School: Attended Central High School, Pasquotank Co., NC

Occupation: Aft. 1937, Housewife

Personality/Intrst: Cooking; was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church and Good Sam Club; Democrat; talkative and down-to-earth; adept at remembering illnesses and deaths.

Residence 1: Pasquotank Co., NC before marriage; Elizabeth City, NC 1937-1941; Newport News, VA 1941-2003; Hampton, VA 2003-10; Lovingston, VA last 3 months of life.  Lived at 636 Sterling Street, Newport News, VA from 1948-2003, which was sold in Mar 2004.

Residence 2: Bet. 1920 - 1927, Her parents lived at various locations in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank Co., NC

Residence 3: Bet. 1927 - 1937, Lived with parents on their farm on Body Road in Pasquotank County, two miles south of Elizabeth City, NC

Residence 4: Bet. 1937 - 1941, Elizabeth City, NC--she and her husband rented an apartment on Burgess Street for the first three years after they were married.

Residence 5: Bet. 1941 - 1948, Lived in Ferguson Park Apartments on Randolph Avenue in downtown Newport News, VA; these apartments were later demolished.

Residence 6: Bet. 1948 - 2003, 636 Sterling Street, Newport News, VA 23605-1508 (Hilton Homes subdivision)

Residence 7: Bet. Mar 2003 - Aug 2006, Mayfair House Assisted Living, Room 305, 1030 Topping Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.

Residence 8: Aft. Aug 2006, Coliseum Park nursing home, Hampton, VA

       

Children of Garland Godfrey and Katherine Godfrey are:

+      111             i.    Barbara Jean7 Godfrey, born Private.

+      112            ii.    Gilbert "Wayne" Godfrey, born 22 Oct 1945 in (old) Riverside Hospital, (downtown) Newport News, VA; died 15 Jan 2012 in Sandy Point, Charles City Co., VA.

+      113           iii.    Luanne Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        78.  Thomas "Marvin"6 Tatem (Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 16 Oct 1909 in Camden Co., NC, and died 11 Oct 1967 in Hampton, VA.  He married Annie Mae Spencer.  She was born 31 May 1914, and died May 1980.

 

Notes for Thomas "Marvin" Tatem:

Obituary--"The Daily Press," Newport News, VA:

 

 

T.M. Tatem, Sr.

 

Thomas Marvin Tatem Sr., 57, of 236 Greenbrier Ave., Hampton, was pronounced dead on arrival at Dixie Hospital Wednesday night after becoming ill at his home.

 

He was an engineer for the Hampton Fire Department, a member of the Wythe Volunteer Fire Department, and a former 23-year employee of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. He had been with the Hampton Fire Department for 16 years.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Annie M. Tatem; a daughter, Mrs. T.C. [Shirley] Hill, Jr. of Newport News; a son, Thomas Marvin Tatem Jr. of Hampton; his mother, Mrs. Edgar [Maude] Tatem of Newport News; a sister, Mrs. Louis [Mary] Johnson of Newport News; a brother, Robert Tatem of Crittenden, and three grandchildren.

 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

 

 

More About Thomas "Marvin" Tatem:

Burial: Unknown, Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA

Cause of Death: choking

Occupation: firefighter-Hampton, VA Fire Department; previously worked for Newport News Ship

Residence: 236 Greenbriar Avenue, Hampton, VA at time of death

       

Children of Thomas Tatem and Annie Spencer are:

+      114             i.    Shirley7 Tatem, born Private.

        115            ii.    Thomas Marvin Tatem, Jr., born Private.

 

 

        79.  Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem (Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 06 Jul 1911 in Camden Co., NC, and died 17 Mar 2005.  She married (1) Walter L. Keffer Abt. 1927.  He was born 11 Jul 1905, and died Dec 1983 in Newport News, VA?.  She married (2) Louis Baley Johnson Abt. 1938.  He was born 30 Jun 1913 in Newport News, VA, and died 05 Jul 1963 in Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News, VA.

 

Notes for Mary Elizabeth Tatem:

Paper: Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

Title: MARY TATEM JOHNSON

Date: March 19, 2005

Section: Obituaries

Page: C7

 

Mrs. Mary Tatem Johnson, 93, died Thursday, March 17, 2005. She retired from Noland Company and was a member of Northside Christian Church.

 

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis B. Johnson.Survivors include two sons, L. Douglas Johnson and his wife, Sandra, and R. Wayne Johnson and his wife, Ann, all of Newport News; her brother, Robert Tatem and his wife, Beaulah Rae, of Suffolk; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 

   The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home by Mr. Larry Jones followed by burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

 

   Memorial donations may take the form of contributions to Northside Christian Church Building Fund.

 

Section: Obituaries

Page: C7

 

Copyright 2005  Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

 

 

More About Mary Elizabeth Tatem:

Burial: Unknown, Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, VA

Occupation: retired from Nolan Company at Newport News, VA

Residence: 1995, 800 Daphia Circle, Newport News, VA 23601

 

Notes for Louis Baley Johnson:

Obituary'--"The Daily Press," Newport News, VA:

 

 

Louis B. Johnson

 

Louis Baley Johnson, 50, of 1337 25th St., Newport News, died Friday morning in Mary Immaculate Hospital after an illness of 18 years. He suffered from multiple sclerosis and founded the local MS chapter in 1954.

 

He had received two citations of merit for his work to help combat the disease.

 

A former Newport News motorcycle patrolman and assistant police secretary, he was a member of Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church, Everyman's Bible Class, Peninsula Lodge No. 278 of AF&AM, Woodmen of the World and Macabees. He was a Sunday school teacher in the junior department No. 2.

 

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson; two sons, L. Douglas Johnson and Wayne Johnson, both of Newport News; sister, Mrs. Louise Bush of Miami, and a brother, Sam Johnson of Newport.

 

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. H.T. Stevens, pastor emeritus.

 

Burial with Masonic rites will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

 

 

More About Louis Baley Johnson:

Burial: Unknown, Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA

Cause of Death: multiple sclerosis

Comment 1: received 2 citation for efforts to combat multiple sclerosis

Comment 2: member of AF&AM, Woodmen of the World, and Macabees

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, VA

Event: founded Newport News multiple sclerosis support group in 1954

Medical Information: suffered from MS for 18 years

Occupation: motorcycle patrolman & assistant police secretary-Newport News, VA

Residence: 13337 25th Street, Newport News, VA at time of death

       

Children of Mary Tatem and Louis Johnson are:

+      116             i.    Louis "Douglas"7 Johnson, born Private.

+      117            ii.    Robert "Wayne" Johnson, born Private.

 

 

        80.  Robert Elray6 Tatem (Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 10 Jul 1920 in Newport News, VA, and died 12 Jun 2006 in Newport News, VA.  He married Beaulah Rae Cutler Private.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Robert Elray Tatem:

Robert E. Tatem  

SUFFOLK - Robert E. Tatem, 85, passed away at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Monday, June 12, 2006. Robert was born in Newport News on July 10, 1920, the son of Edgar and Maude Godfrey Tatem. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1939, and went to work at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. He served in the U.S. Army, Airborne Division, during World War II, as a machine records technician. He was proud to have served his country and spoke often of his years in Europe. Robert was discharged from the Army with honorable medals and returned to Newport News to resume his responsibilities at the shipyard in the tabulating/computer department. He worked at the shipyard for 46 years and retired in 1986. During those years, Robert met Beaulah Rae Cutler of Washington, N.C., and they married in 1947. They had two children, Robert Miles Tatem of Gloucester, Va., and Karen Rae Tatem Braswell of Littleton, N.C. Robert and Beaulah spent 58 wonderful years together and had resided in Suffolk for the past 44 years. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his son-in-law, Harvey V. Braswell, and his grandchildren, Meagan Rae Braswell and Lauren Rebecca Braswell. He adored Meagan and Lauren and they adored him. His sweet little kitty, Nubby, always brightened his day. Robert loved the Lord and served as a deacon in his church. He was a giving and caring person; he was a loving husband, dad and grandaddy. He helped many neighbors and was loved by them. He will be sorely missed; we love him so much. Robert had a passion for wood and he loved good music. We think our sweet guy is with God sanding a beautiful piece of wood, while listening to a great song. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, officiated by The Rev. Charles A. Robinson. Entombment will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Suffolk, Va. Published in Daily Press from June 13 to June 14, 2006

 

More About Robert Elray Tatem:

Burial: Unknown, Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Suffolk, VA

Military: World War II-European Theater

Residence: 1508 Reynard Road, Suffolk, VA 23433

       

Children of Robert Tatem and Beaulah Cutler are:

        118             i.    Robert Miles7 Tatem, born Private.

+      119            ii.    Karen Rae Tatem, born Private.

 

 

        91.  John "Melvin"6 Dozier (Wallace Godfrey5, Huldah4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) died Unknown in Chesapeake, VA.

 

More About John "Melvin" Dozier:

Burial: Unknown, Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk, VA

       

Children of John "Melvin" Dozier are:

        120             i.    Sharon7 Dozier, born Private.

        121            ii.    Debbie Dozier, born Private.

        122           iii.    Scott Dozier, born Private.

        123           iv.    Dorothy Dozier, born Private.

 

       

Children of John "Melvin" Dozier are:

        124             i.    John Melvin7 Dozier, Jr., born Private.

        125            ii.    Patricia Dozier, born Private.  She married ? Brown Private; born Private.

 

 

        92.  Wallace "Vernon"6 Dozier (Wallace Godfrey5, Huldah4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 17 May 1919, and died 18 Sep 2004 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC?34.  He married (1) Imoneta Jean ? Private.  She was born Private.  He married (2) Dolores Maria Matthews Private.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Wallace "Vernon" Dozier:

http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/bertie/obits/sept04.txt

 

WALLACE V. DOZIER

 

WINDSOR - Wallace Vernon Dozier, 85, died Sept 18, 2004.

A graveside service will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Edgewood

Cemetery.  Walker Funeral Home is in charge.

 

More About Wallace "Vernon" Dozier:

Burial: Unknown, Edgewood Cemetery, Windsor, NC

       

Children of Wallace Dozier and Imoneta ? are:

        126             i.    Vernon Lee7 Dozier, born Private.

        127            ii.    Scott Dozier, born Private.

 

 

        93.  Mack Vinson6 Dozier (Wallace Godfrey5, Huldah4 Godfrey, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 17 Jan 1922 in Norfolk Co., VA, and died 31 May 2002 in Chesapeake, VA.  He married Marjorie ? Private.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Mack Vinson Dozier:

MACK V. DOZIER

Published: June 2, 2002

Section: LOCAL, page B6

 

© 2002- Landmark Communications Inc.

 

CHESAPEAKE - Mack Vinson Dozier, 80, of the 1200 block of Chesapeake Avenue, died May 31, 2002 in Portsmouth.

 

A native of Norfolk County, he was the son of the late Wallace G. and Mary Starboard Dozier. He was retired from Texaco Oil Company after 42 years of service and was an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjorie P. Dozier; seven daughters, Dorothy Brown of Chesapeake, Joyce Frazier and her husband, Mark, and Marjorie Kelly and her husband, Wayne, both of Virginia Beach, Fay Cleveland and her husband, Brian of Portsmouth, Phyllis Jones and her husband, Bailey, of Norfolk, Elizabeth Bailey and her husband, Donald of Maryland, and Mary Minnick; one brother, Vernon Dozier of Windsor, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris L. Dozier and a brother, John M. Dozier.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Rosewood Memorial Park with the Rev. Richard E. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5040 Corporate Wood Drive, Suite 150, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Friends may sign the guest register at www.grahamfuneralhome.com 

 

More About Mack Vinson Dozier:

Burial: Unknown, Rosewood Memorial Park

       

Children of Mack Dozier and Marjorie ? are:

        128             i.    Dorothy7 Dozier, born Private.

        129            ii.    Joyce Dozier, born Private.  She married Mark Frazier Private; born Private.

        130           iii.    Marjorie Dozier, born Private.  She married Wayne Kelly Private; born Private.

        131           iv.    Faye Dozier, born Private.  She married Brian Cleveland Private; born Private.

        132            v.    Phyllis Dozier, born Private.  She married Bailey Jones Private; born Private.

        133           vi.    Elizabeth Dozier, born Private.  She married Donald Bailey Private; born Private.

        134          vii.    Mary Dozier, born Private.

        135         viii.    Doris Dozier, born Private.

 

 

        94.  Betty Jane6 Godfrey (Samuel Gallop5, Samuel Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married (1) Douglas Swain Private.  He was born Private.  She married (2) Carl Elbert Heath Private, son of Elbert Heath and Louie Pierce.  He was born Private.

       

Child of Betty Godfrey and Douglas Swain is:

+      136             i.    Tammy Lynne Swain7 (Heath), born Private.

 

       

Child of Betty Godfrey and Carl Heath is:

+      137             i.    Paul Elbert7 Heath, born Private.

 

 

        95.  Claude "Dennis"6 Godfrey (Samuel Gallop5, Samuel Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Linda Carol Barco Private, daughter of William Barco and Ada Overman.  She was born Private.

       

Children of Claude Godfrey and Linda Barco are:

        138             i.    Megan Nicole7 Godfrey, born Private.

        139            ii.    Daniel Keith Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        96.  Ann Hart6 Hughes (Charles Henry5, Luke Godfrey/Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 08 Aug 1921 in Norfolk, VA, and died 28 Jan 2006 in Ruidoso, NM.  She married Robert Gordon Scribner.  He was born 01 Dec 1923 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, and died 26 Jan 2006 in Alto, Lincoln Co., NM.

 

Notes for Ann Hart Hughes:

Obituaries from Midland Reporter Telegram – 3rd week of Feb., 2006, taken from ancestry.com:

 

 

Scribner, Robert Gordon and Ann Hart Hughes

 

Robert Gordon "Bob" Scribner, 82, died Jan. 26 and Ann Hart Hughes Scribner, 84, died Jan. 28. A memorial service for the Scribners was held Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan.

 

He was born Dec. 1, 1923, to Henry and Theresa Scribner in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Brooklyn and Huntington, Long Island. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now called Virginia Tech) and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years. He served in World War II and the Korean conflict, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

 

Ann Hart Hughes Scribner was born Aug. 8, 1921, to Charles and Nina Hughes in South Norfolk, Va., and was raised in the Norfolk area. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and later worked at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk.

 

They were married Aug. 6, 1949, in Norfolk, Va., and had resided in the Alto, N.M., area since 1963 and established and operated High Mesa Ranch.

 

Survivors include sons, Robert Scribner Jr. of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jeff Scribner of Boca Raton, Fla., and David Scribner of Dallas; daughters, Jane McCrary of Midland and Mary Ann Scribner of San Antonio; and ten grandchildren.

 

Memorials may be directed to Santa Rita Catholic Church, P.O. Box 727, Carrizozo, N.M., 88301, or another charity of one's choice.

Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/15/2006.

 

 

 

Notes for Robert Gordon Scribner:

From ancestry.com:

 

 

Distinguished Flying Cross

 

ROBERT G. SCRIBNER For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Plane in Marine Fighter Squadron THREE HUNDRED ELEVEN during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 13 February 1952. Participating in a close air support flight in the vicinity Tosan, First Lieutenant Scribner carried out a series of devastating bombing and strafing attacks in the face of intense automatic-weapons fire against a concentration of enemy trucks and troops shielded by revetments and surrounded by automatic-weapons positions, personally scoring three direct hits and contributing materially to the damage or destruction of twenty hostile trucks. Diving repeatedly through the enemy fire, he persisted in his attacks until all ordnance was expended and neutralization of the staging area was assured. By his marked courage, skilled airmanship and devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Scribner was greatly instrumental in dealing a damaging blow to the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the Untied States Naval Service.

 

       

Children of Ann Hughes and Robert Scribner are:

        140             i.    Robert Gordon7 Scribner, Jr., born Private.

        141            ii.    Jeff Scribner, born Private.

        142           iii.    David Scribner, born Private.

        143           iv.    Jane Scribner, born Private.

        144            v.    Mary Ann Scribner, born Private.

 

 

        99.  Geneva Stevens6 Hughes (Willie Berry5, Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 04 Aug 191334, and died 11 Dec 2000 in Climax, Guilford Co., NC?.  She married William Whitehurst Forehand 04 Aug 1935 in Perquimans Co., NC, son of William Forehand and Martha Whitehurst.  He was born 14 Oct 1912 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, and died 29 Apr 2003 in Portsmouth, VA.

 

Notes for William Whitehurst Forehand:

http://www.funeralplan.com/twifordfh/archive?id=9979

 

William "Billie" Forehand

 

 

William ?Billie? Forehand, age 90 of Shiloh, NC died Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at Maryview Hospital. He was born in Camden County, NC; son of the late William Gregory and Elizabeth Whitehurst Forehand and was the widower of Geneva Hughes Forehand. He was a retired independent insurance agent; a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and Hall Lodge # 53, a charter member of the South Camden Ruritan Club and the Camden Historical Society, Camden County Historian, a former chairman of the Camden Board of Elections, former member of the Camden County School Board, and served on the State Insurance Board.

 

Mr. Forehand is survived by a daughter, Billie Faye Beavers and her husband, Glen, of Shiloh, NC; a son, Brian Forehand, and his wife, Ann, of Shiloh, NC; two sisters, Elizabeth Hall of Newark, DE and Ellen Garner of Norfolk, VA; a brother, Winfred Forehand of Norfolk, VA; two grandchildren, Jackie Beavers of Spindale, NC and Thad Forehand of Statesville, NC; and two great grandchildren, Faith Beavers and Geneva Blair Forehand.

 

A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Shiloh Baptist Church with Rev. Dave Combs officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Twiford?s Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, NC Thursday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 PM, immediately following the service at the church, and at other times at the residence of Brian Forehand, 104 Beech Tree Dr., Shiloh, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, P. O. Box 31, Shiloh, NC 27974 or the Camden Courthouse Restoration Fund, P. O. Box 190, Camden, NC 27921. To sign the online register, please visit www.twifordfh.com

 

 

 

http://www.ncbaptist.org/

 

Oldest NC Baptist church celebrates 281 years

By: Melissa Lilley

 

 

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< > SHILOH (BSCNC Communications) – “I wish my father could be here. He left me the greatest legacy that could be left – the love of this church.” Brian Forehand’s father, Billie, spent nearly 40 years collecting documents and artifacts that tell the story of the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina – Shiloh Baptist in Camden County. When Billie Forehand died he left his son a historical collection including photos; years worth of bulletins with personal notes indicating Sunday attendance and special occasions such as weddings; hymn books; church records; and the will of Shiloh’s first pastor, William Burgess.

 

Shiloh Baptist Church in the Chowan Association celebrated its 281-year anniversary Sunday, Oct. 5, with special services and events. Forehand could not contain his excitement as he moved from one photo, one document to another, walking church members and visitors through Shiloh’s history – or rather, through his family history. Holding a photo of the congregation from the early 1930s, Forehand pointed out relative after relative: uncles, aunts, grandparents and great-grandparents. At age 94, Forehand’s aunt is the oldest church member at Shiloh. Forehand is like most of the Shiloh congregation in that he can look back to generations of family members who were members of Shiloh, and he now looks out into the congregation every Sunday and rejoices, knowing he is worshipping with family.

 

1727 Beginning

The first worship service in the Shiloh area was held in 1717 and at the time, the population in what would become North Carolina totaled about 30,000. According to Forehand and historical documents, Baptist missionary Paul Palmer organized the Shiloh church and William Burgess was its first pastor. The church began meeting monthly every Saturday at Burgess’ home. In 1736 a meetinghouse was built on Burgess’ land and about 30 people attended the church. Though additions and renovations have been made, such as a fellowship hall in 1992, the sanctuary that stands today is the same one built back in the mid 1800s. After four name changes the church settled on the name Shiloh in 1812.

 

Throughout the late 1700s and 1800s, Shiloh organized nine churches in areas such as Elizabeth City, Camden and Shady Grove in North Carolina and Princess Anne County in Virginia. Notable Shiloh pastors include Henry Abbott, who was elected to the State Congresses meeting in 1776 and is credited with the authorship of Article 19 of the Bill of Rights, and Charles Bray Williams, who served as dean of Southwestern Seminary and president of Howard College, and translated the New Testament.

 

Remembering the past

The anniversary celebration included a morning and afternoon service worship service Sunday, Oct. 5, and a colonial festival Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival featured exhibits with artifacts about life during colonial times, such as weapons and tools, children’s toys and everyday life; a display outlining the church history and a quilt display. Festival goers also enjoyed games, a puppet show, pony rides and a contest for the best colonial costume, as church members dressed in colonial attire for both the festival and the Sunday services. A church member carrying a “tithing pole” roamed throughout the congregation during the Sunday services. During colonial times a feather was tied to the end of the tithing pole and was used to tickle the noses of members nodding off to sleep.

 

Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Executive Director-Treasurer, preached at the morning worship service. Hollifield used 2 Timothy 2:2 as his text and reminded Shiloh members that while they have a rich history, “you also have a bright future,” he said. Hollifield said the voices of the past, virtues of the present and future victories promised by the Lord Jesus Christ should motivate Shiloh members to continue telling the story of Jesus.

 

A Christian’s words and behavior tell a story to the world, Hollifield said, and he asked those present to consider if their lifestyle is such that those around them are imitating their words and behavior. Referring to research by the Barna Group, Hollifield said that 80 percent of Christians see no need to share their faith and tell the story of Jesus. “Someone shared that story with you,” he said. “Are you sharing it with others?

 

The afternoon service featured special music, a historical skit and testimonies from church members about what Shiloh Baptist Church has meant to them throughout the years. One after another they stood or came to the pulpit, eager to share how the Lord Jesus Christ changed their life at Shiloh and unashamed to tell of His grace and mercy. The first member to stand said she grew up in Shiloh Baptist, participating in youth group, and thanked the church for the “solid foundation” she now has in Christ, as well as a Christian marriage. One member shared that he was baptized at Shiloh, his three sisters were all married at Shiloh and “the Gospel was preached every week.” Another member thanked all the saints – the grandparents and great-grandparents who still serve faithfully at Shiloh and who will see that “their legacy will last forever in other people.”

 

Moving forward

Mike Perry grew up about 20 miles from Shiloh, in South Mills, and for the last 20 years has called Shiloh Baptist Church his home. As much as Perry enjoys history and telling of Shiloh’s beginning, when asked about the church’s past he is quick to say the church must “not dwell on it” but “look to the future.” Perry wants the church to continue moving in a direction that will afford the present congregation opportunity to leave its own legacy.

 

Tommy Roach, 78, first sat in the Shiloh pews nearly 35 years ago. His wife of 47 years was raised in the area and they live less than a mile from where she grew up. What Roach loves most about the church are the people. “A lot of love comes from this church,” he said. “You can feel the Spirit.” Roach spoke to every person who came by his lunch table and said, “I missed seeing you yesterday” to a friend who had to work during the festival. Roach said the love of his church family has never wavered and in the future, that is what is needed to carry on with the proclaiming of the Gospel and the discipling of church members. Whatever the future holds for Shiloh Baptist Church, pastor Dave Combs said the church must “stand on the fundamentals of the Gospel.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More About William Whitehurst Forehand:

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Camden, NC

Personality/Intrst: avid Camden Co., NC historian and genealogist

Residence: 108 Hawkins Lane, Shiloh, NC 27974

       

Children of Geneva Hughes and William Forehand are:

+      145             i.    Billie Faye7 Forehand, born 07 Dec 1942 in Pasquotank Co., NC; died 01 Apr 2011 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

+      146            ii.    Winfred "Brian" Forehand, born Private.

 

 

        101.  Stephen Nixon6 Hughes (David Henry5, Malachi Sawyer4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Linda ? Private.  She was born Private.

       

Child of Stephen Hughes and Linda ? is:

        147             i.    William Henry7 Hughes, born Private.

 

 

        102.  William Hughes6 Burgess (Sally Irene5 Hughes, Abner Brockett4, Isaac H(umphries?)3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 24 Mar 1935 in Camden Co., NC, and died 11 Oct 1981 in Camden Co., NC.

       

Child of William Hughes Burgess is:

        148             i.    William Hughes7 Burgess, Jr., born Private.

 

 

Generation No. 6

 

        105.  Carl Franklin7 Cannon, Jr. (Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 21 Aug 1928 in Newport News, VA, and died 31 Mar 1994 in Williamsburg, VA.  He married (1) Diane Barrett Wooley Private.  She was born Private.  He married (2) Ruth Monroe Eggleston Private, daughter of Sam Eggleston and Ruth Monroe.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr.:

Obituary—“Daily Press,” Newport News, VA:

 

 

Carl F. Cannon, Jr.

WILLIAMSBURG

 

Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr., 65 years of age, died Thursday, March 31, 1994.

 

Mr. Cannon was born in Newport News and had been a Williamsburg resident since 1978. He was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and the Virginia Chapter of the Special Library Association.

 

He was the command historian at Fort Eustis from 1988 to 1992.

 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Eggleston Cannon; one daughter, Anne Spencer Dugan of Richmond; and his mother, Eula Godfrey Cannon of Hampton.

 

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

 

Contributions may be made to St. Martin’s Building Fund, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23185.

 

Bucktrout of Williamsburg is handling arrangements.

 

 

 

More About Carl Franklin Cannon, Jr.:

Burial: Unknown, (remains cremated)

Cause of Death: Multiple myeloma

College: B.A. and M.A. in History

Ethnicity/Relig.: Episcopalian-member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church at Williamsburg, VA

Medical Information: Had Lyme disease

Occupation: History teacher; librarian; command historian at Fort Eustis, VA 1988-92

Residence: 102 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

       

Child of Carl Cannon and Diane Wooley is:

        149             i.    Anne Spencer8 Cannon, born Private.  She married (1) Dennis Paul Dugan Private; born Private.  She married (2) Richard Ronald Doran Private; born Private.

 

 

        106.  Eula Anne7 Cannon (Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 22 Mar 1933 in Newport News, VA, and died 08 Jun 1993 in Hampton, VA.  She married Larry "Donald" Gardner Private.  He was born Private.

 

Notes for Eula Anne Cannon:

Obituary—“Daily Press,” Newport News, VA:

 

Eula C. Gardner

NEWPORT NEWS

 

Eula Cannon Gardner, 60, a native of Newport News and a lifelong Peninsula resident, died Tuesday, June 8.

 

Mrs. Gardner was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church where she was nursery director and director of children’s choirs. She was a member of the chancellor choir and served on the music, finance, and ordinance committees.

 

She was co-owner of Don Gardner Photography of Hampton.

 

Survived by her husband, Don Gardner; a daughter, Debra Nuckles of York County; two sons, Larry D. Gardner of Poquoson and Jimmy Gardner of Decatur, Ala.; her mother, Eula Cannon of Hampton; a brother, Carl F. Cannon Jr. of Williamsburg; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation from 7 to 8:30 tonight at W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. Funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at Orcutt Baptist Church by the Revs. James M. Doyle and Kenneth D. Trinkle. Burial in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton.

 

Memorials to Set Free To Serve Fund, Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Oyster Point Road, Newport News 23602; or Mary Immaculate Hospice Unit, 800 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News 23602.

 

More About Eula Anne Cannon:

Burial: Unknown, Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, VA

Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptist-member of Orcutt Baptist Church, Newport News, VA

Occupation: Coowner of Don Gardner Photography at Hampton, VA

Residence: 10 Omera Place, Hampton, VA 23666

       

Children of Eula Cannon and Larry Gardner are:

+      150             i.    Larry Donald8 Gardner, Jr., born Private.

+      151            ii.    James Lee Gardner, born Private.

+      152           iii.    Debra Anne Gardner, born Private.

 

 

        107.  Thomas Loyal7 Godfrey, Jr. (Thomas Loyal6, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 09 Apr 1942 in Newport News, VA, and died 19 Aug 2008 in Newport News, VA.  He married Joanne Evans Private.  She was born Private.

 

More About Thomas Loyal Godfrey, Jr.:

Burial: Unknown, N/A--cremated

Cause of Death: Complications from emphysema and a broken hip suffered two days before

       

Child of Thomas Godfrey and Joanne Evans is:

        153             i.    Thomas Loyal8 Godfrey III, born Private.

 

 

        108.  John Bernard7 Godfrey (Thomas Loyal6, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married (1) Yvonne Boyette Private.  She was born Private.  He married (2) Linda ? Private.  She was born Private.

       

Children of John Godfrey and Yvonne Boyette are:

        154             i.    Laura Ann8 Campbell, born Private.  She married Robert R. Coggsdale Private; born Private.

        155            ii.    John Randolph Campbell, born Private.

 

       

Child of John Godfrey and Linda ? is:

        156             i.    Jennifer8 Godfrey, born Private.  She married Brett Norman Private; born Private.

 

 

        109.  William David7 Godfrey (Thomas Loyal6, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married (1) Bonnie Jean Barnes Private.  She was born 22 Feb 1948 in Bedford Co., VA, and died 28 Jul 2001.  He married (2) Maria Del Pilar Gomez Private.  She was born Private.

 

More About Bonnie Jean Barnes:

Comment: Listed as Bonnie J. Sain in Social Security Death Records.

       

Children of William Godfrey and Bonnie Barnes are:

+      157             i.    Robert Raymond8 Godfrey, born 12 May 1965 in Hampton, VA; died 16 Dec 2010 in Hampton, VA.

        158            ii.    David Loyal Godfrey, born 29 Oct 1966 in Hampton, VA; died 07 Nov 2007 in Norfolk, VA.

 

Notes for David Loyal Godfrey:

David Loyal Godfrey  

HAMPTON - David Loyal Godfrey, 41, died Nov. 7, 2007. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Fordham Baptist Church, 1272 Old Buckroe Road, Hampton.

 

 

HAMPTON - David Loyal Godfrey, 41, died Nov. 7, 2007, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

David was born on Oct. 29, 1966, in Hampton, Va. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the Oakland Raiders, and was a member of the Raider Nation. He was an artist and worked in the tattoo industry.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Jean Sain; and his grandmother, Lillian Godfrey. He was a kind and loving person who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his father, William David Godfrey, of Hampton; his mother, Maria Pilar Godfrey, of Hampton; four brothers, Robert R. Godfrey, Michael K. Godfrey, Ricardo B. Solis, and Eusebio B. Solis; sister, Jennifer L. Tobin; aunts, Patricia A. Robinson, and Sandra L. Barnes ; uncles, Thomas L. Godfrey Jr., and John B. Godfrey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at Fordham Baptist Church, 1272 Old Buckroe Road, Hampton, with Pastor Don Phelps officiating. A gathering of friends will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to a charity of one's choice. Cremation Society of Virginia, Newport News, is assisting the family.

 

 

Published in the Daily Press from 11/11/2007 - 11/14/2007. 

 

 

 

 

 

More About David Loyal Godfrey:

Cause of Death: Was taken off life support following auto accident 10 days earlier.

 

        159           iii.    Michael Kenneth Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        110.  Patricia Ann7 Godfrey (Thomas Loyal6, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Gary Robinson Private.  He was born Private.

       

Children of Patricia Godfrey and Gary Robinson are:

        160             i.    Michael Bryant8 Robinson, born Private.

        161            ii.    Amy E. Robinson, born Private.

 

 

        111.  Barbara Jean7 Godfrey (Garland Stevens6, Charles Forbes5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Clarence Preston Newton, Jr. Private, son of Clarence Newton and Dorothy Lloyd.  He was born Private.

       

Child of Barbara Godfrey and Clarence Newton is:

        162             i.    David Glenn8 Newton, born Private.

 

 

        112.  Gilbert "Wayne"7 Godfrey (Garland Stevens6, Charles Forbes5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 22 Oct 1945 in (old) Riverside Hospital, (downtown) Newport News, VA35, and died 15 Jan 2012 in Sandy Point, Charles City Co., VA.  He married Janet Lee Overstreet Private, daughter of Melvin Overstreet and Ella Pearson.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Gilbert "Wayne" Godfrey:

It is too soon after his death, and too painful, for me to write a thorough biography of my dad, so instead I have copied and pasted the email I sent out to many people the day of his death:

 

Subject: My dad, G. Wayne Godfrey, has passed away

 

 

It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my  father, Wayne Godfrey, at about 9:15 this morning, less than 2.5 months after being diagnosed with the worst kind of brain tumor, a glioblastoma, and only two weeks after a rapid decline in speech and movement ability. On Christmas Day, he was still driving and able to walk and talk, but began declining rapidly by New Year's Day, when a celebration of his life and of the sale of his business was held at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Chester, VA, a very sad day for all of us in attendance. He had been under hospice care in his home since January 4, and my stepmother Jerri and her sister Sandi were at his side each day but my brother and I came to see him on weekends and after work several times during the week.

 

Although I, unlike some of my immediate family, have always opted for traditional funerals, burials, and obituaries, I am thankful Dad wanted none of these, for they would be too painful for me to plan and attend.

 

I am doing the best I can to get through this as I experience a wide range of emotions, ranging from relief that the worst is over and so is his suffering the past two weeks as his "mind had been trapped inside his body," to a sense of shock that I began the school year in September not even aware anything was wrong with Dad and less than five months later he is already gone. I also dread the fact that unlike most cancers that have struck my family members, glioblastoma cannot be prevented or detected early yet, but I am relieved that most sources state it is not known to be hereditary and is hopefully due to all the workplace hazards Dad had been exposed to over the years. However, as many of you have heard me say the past ten years, my concern about various mental conditions among my close relatives, including myself, had made me reluctant to ever have children, and this latest misfortune compounds that and makes me prefer keeping my life simple and organized in the event I too experience a similar misfortune. In other words, I plan to live my life as if I will not even live as long as my dad, traveling as much as possible, and never planning to retire (but hoping to find a career that I will never want to leave). Most of all, I mourn the fact that Dad spent his entire life working hard from age 12 onward, with little handed to him, starting a business shortly before reaching age 30, yet never seemed to earn a living appropriate to his knowledge, educational credentials, integrity, entrepreneurial initiative, hard work, long work hours, and workplace risks. He still lived a full life, but I regret that he did not live to enjoy a full retirement, and because my Granddad Overstreet had the same misfortune by dying of prostate cancer at only 64, I feel Dad's death is yet another case of history repeating itself in my family. It will be a long time before I feel normal again, and for now I will be seeing a psychologist regularly. I have tried to do my job as well as I can, and will be taking one class towards my Master's at the University of Richmond, which I plan to complete in December. To get through this, it will also be therapeutic for me to visit various close relatives or friends more often than I had in the past, to take other trips, to resume going to church(es) more regularly, to join other civic pursuits and support groups, to continue my genealogy hobby, and to resume my hobby of bicycling. I had become more reclusive in the past few years, especially the past three months, compared to how socially active I was for the first few years I lived in the Richmond area.

 

I am grateful to have my friend Meredith who has spent much time helping me get through this, and my mother and stepdad have also offered to stay with me in my condominium for the next few days while I am out of work on bereavement. In a way, I began missing my dad the week after Christmas, when he could no longer talk on the phone, for even though I have only lived an hour from him for the past 14 years, it has not been unusual for 2-3 months to pass without my seeing him, yet we had talked on the phone at least once or twice per week.

 

My dad and Jerri were not the type to pose for formal pictures, and this link below will show the best picture I have of them, taken nearly four years ago:

 

 http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/g/o/d/Bryan-S-Godfrey/PHOTO/0335photo.html

 

Although Dad never wanted an obituary, below is a biographical tribute I prepared in advance:

 

 

Gilbert Wayne Godfrey, 66, a native of Newport News, VA, and resident of Sandy Point, Charles City County, VA since 1993, passed away at his home on  Sunday, January 15, 2012, less than 2 1/2 months after being diagnosed with and operated on partially for a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor.

 

Born October 22, 1945 in Newport News, he was the son of the late Garland Stevens Godfrey (1914-1996), a native of Camden County, NC and 38-year employee of Newport News Shipbuilding, and Katherine Elizabeth Godfrey Godfrey (1920-2010), a native of Pasquotank County, NC. On June 22 1968 in Newport News, he married his high school sweetheart, Janet Lee Overstreet, by whom he had two sons before their divorce in 1982, and he is survived by his current wife, Jerri.

 

Wayne was a 1964 graduate of Warwick High School in Newport News, a 1969 Pattermaker Apprentice graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School, and a 1973 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering after putting himself through college while working for Central Foundry, having lived for four years in Tuscaloosa, AL where his son Bryan was born in 1973. Wayne served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves from 1969 to 1973, assigned as an engineman on patrol boats.

 

Following college, Wayne was employed as a technical manager for Clow Corporation at Coshocton, OH for nearly two years, but returned to Virginia in 1975 to go into business for himself in the Petersburg-Hopewell area. For the first five years after relocating to the Petersburg area, where his son Jason was born in 1978, he alternated between self-employment and working as a plant manager and foundry castings salesman. Lamenting the decline and outsourcing of the foundry industry in America in the 1970s, Wayne realized early on the necesssity of diversifying his manufacturing and repair skills. In 1980, he founded Diversified Manufacturing, Inc. in Hopewell, which originally specialized in patternmaking and compressor parts and service, but shortly thereafter began to encompass machine shop work, plant maintenance, foundry work, metal fabrication, welding, and in recent years much work for various paper mills. Renting a building on Hercules Road for the first decade, in 1990 Wayne relocated his business to 938 East Randolph Road on the outskirts of Hopewell, having constructed the buildings himself with the help of his employees.

 

Having come from working-class parents and from grandparents who were farmers, Wayne was working various jobs from age 12 onwards, and he was highly regarded for his hard work ethic, his determination to do for others with unfailing integrity, his self-sufficiency, his thrift, and for his can-do attitude as a do-it-yourselfer who was talented at building and fixing many things. He emphasized the value of a well-rounded education and was unusual in his credentials as both a trained craftsman and engineer. He served on the Hopewell Vocational Education Advisory Board. Known for his nonconformist tendencies such as wearing a cowboy hat, he had a reputation in local companies, especially DuPont and Anheuser-Busch, as "the man with the cowboy hat who can solve many different types of problems." An avid reader, he believed in the importance of being well-informed, having subscribed to the Wall Street Journal and local newspapers from early adulthood, and in recent years had expressed a desire for more political activism. With 7/8 of his ancestry rooted in the Albemarle region of Northeastern North Carolina and 1/8 rooted on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and having grown up within one mile of the James River with a father who was a burner in the Newport News Shipbuilding, Wayne exemplified a lifelong fondness for nautical or maritime pursuits. His lifelong love of the James River and boating in general resulted in him and Jerri purchasing a home on the river at Sandy Point in 1993, where, assisted by his sons, he had constructed a magnificent garage in recent years. He also enjoyed travel, never having travelled abroad but having been throughout the United States, including a trip to visit his inlaws in Alaska in 1988, three trips to Hawaii between 2000 and 2005, and a three-week RV trip to the Northwest in 2008.

 

Coming from a long-living family overall, it is hoped that Wayne's terminal brain tumor and two other milder cancers for which he had been operated on in the past seventeen years were due to the many industrial hazards he was exposed to over the years. But he always remarked that "you can't live life in a bubble" and that "not everyone can sit in a comfortable office all day; someone has to do the dirty, dangerous work." He was a firm believer in taking risks and initiative.

 

At his request, his remains will be cremated and scattered at a later date, with no memorial service or obituary planned.

 

In addition to his widow Jerri, Wayne is survived by his two sons, Bryan Scott Godfrey of Henrico, VA, and Jason Paul Godfrey and wife Jessica Abbitt Godfrey of Newport News; Jason and Jessica's toddler daughter Ella Finley Godfrey; his sisters and their husbands, Barbara Jean ("Bobbie") Godfrey Newton and Clarence Preston ("Buddy") Newton, Jr. of Tyro, Nelson County, VA, and Luanne Godfrey White and husband Charles French ("Charlie") White of Hampton, VA; his nephew, David Glenn Newton of Newport News; his niece, Kimberly Nicole White of Hampton; two maternal uncles, Marvin Ralph Godfrey of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Roy Fearing Godfrey of California; 13 maternal first cousins (one more having preceded him in death); and his former wife and mother of his two sons, Janet Overstreet Watkins and her husband, Nelson Cornell Watkins, Jr. of Newport News.

 

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charlie Forbes Godfrey (1886-1962) and Rebecca Irene Stevens Godfrey (1888-1963) of Shiloh and Elizabeth City, NC; his maternal grandparents with whom he was very close and devoted, Gilbert Godfrey (1889-1965) and Mattie Elizabeth White Godfrey (1891-1993) of near Elizabeth City, NC; maternal aunt Ruth "Hazel" Godfrey Procopio (1925-1983) of Warren, RI; maternal uncles Carlton Gilbert Godfrey (1917-1998) and Raymond Myers Godfrey (1921-2006) of Elizabeth City, NC; and most recently, his maternal aunt Alma Marie Godfrey Rosso (1914-2011) of Norfolk, VA, for whom he shared a special affection and only outlived by 47 days...

 

 

 

More About Gilbert "Wayne" Godfrey:

Appointed/Elected: Has served on the Hopewell, VA Public Schools Vocational Education Advisory Board

Burial: Unknown, N/A--cremated

Cause of Death: Glioblastoma brain tumor--died 2 months after diagnosis and partial surgery

College: Patternmaker Apprenticeship certificate-Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School (1968); B.S.-Metallurgical Engineering-University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (May 1973)

Comment: He is the fourth person in his lineage to be named Gilbert. It began with his great4-grandfather, Gilbert Colson (born abt 1770), then his great-great-grandfather and maternal grandfather who were both named Gilbert Godfrey. He has always been called Wayne

Cremation: Cremation Society of Virginia

Ethnicity/Relig.: Baptized and raised as a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Newport News, VA

High School: 1964, Graduated from Warwick High School, Newport News, VA

Medical Information: He had 2 other operations for cancer--carcinoid lung tumor removed in January 1995 and tumor outside kidney removed in March 2007, both of which were caught early as a result of work-related falls.

Military: Bet. 1968 - 1972, U.S. Coast Guard Reserves-Honor Man in boot camp at Cape May, NJ

Occupation 1: 1980, Established  Diversified Manufacturing, Inc. at Hopewell, VA-specializes in machine shop work, patternmaking, plant & compressor maintenance, etc. Built shop at 938 East Randolph Road, Hopewell, VA aft 1989 where business has been located ever since.

Occupation 2: Bet. 1964 - 1969, Employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, VA while serving apprenticeship as a Patternmaker; graduated from Apprentice School there in 1968 and worked for shipyard one more year prior to moving with Janet to Tuscaloosa, AL

Occupation 3: Bet. 1969 - 1974, Worked at Central Foundry, Tuscaloosa, AL while in college; after graduation was Technical Manager for Clow Corporation at Coshocton, OH from May, 1973 until January, 1975, after which he resigned and decided to move to Petersburg, VA to go into business.

Personality/Intrst: Very self-taught; was a do-it-yourselfer; frugal; believed strongly in hard work; mechanically gifted; enjoyed building, foundry work, reading, boating; traveling; Republican

Residence 1: Aft. May 1993, Sandy Point, Charles City, VA

Residence 2: Bet. 1948 - 1968, Lived with his parents at 636 Sterling Street, Newport News, VA

Residence 3: Bet. 1968 - 1969, Lived in College Court Apartments at Newport News, VA the first year of his marriage

Residence 4: Bet. 1969 - 1973, He and wife Janet rented basement of the home of Mrs. Ethelle Bowden Whigham (1912-2007) at 5 The Highlands, Tuscaloosa, AL while he was in college at the University of Alabama. During this time Janet taught elementary school.

Residence 5: Bet. 1973 - 1975, Lived at 1726 Evergreen Park Drive, Coshocton, OH while he worked for Clow Corporation

Residence 6: Bet. 1975 - 1983, Moved from Ohio back to Virginia to go into business for himself in Petersburg; lived at 2765 Homestead Drive in the Battlefield Park subdivision of Petersburg, VA until after he and Janet were divorced and the home was sold.

Residence 7: Bet. 1983 - 1988, Lived at Hopewell, VA

Residence 8: Bet. 1988 - 1992, Lived in Prince George Co., VA

       

Children of Gilbert Godfrey and Janet Overstreet are:

        163             i.    Bryan Scott8 Godfrey, born Private.

+      164            ii.    Jason Paul Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        113.  Luanne7 Godfrey (Garland Stevens6, Charles Forbes5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married (1) Steve M. Roper Private.  He was born Private.  She married (2) Charles French White Private, son of John White and Lucy Tillage.  He was born Private.

       

Child of Luanne Godfrey and Charles White is:

        165             i.    Kimberly Nicole8 White, born Private.

 

 

        114.  Shirley7 Tatem (Thomas "Marvin"6, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Thurman "Cary" Hill, Jr. Private, son of Thurman Hill and Fay Williams.  He was born 12 Feb 1937, and died 26 Oct 2000 in Newport News, VA.

 

Notes for Thurman "Cary" Hill, Jr.:

Thurman Cary Hill Jr.

October 27, 2000

Compiled by NORMAN TIPPENS Daily Press NEWPORT NEWS — Thurman Cary Hill Jr., after a courageous battle with cancer, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, in his home. He was a lifelong resident of Newport News and son of the late Thurman Cary Hill Sr. and Fay Williams Hill.

 

Mr. Hill was a lifelong member of Northside Church of Christ where he had served as deacon. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1994.

 

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Tatem Hill; three daughters and their husbands, Lisa and Kirk Puterbaugh of Roanoke, Julie and Kelvin Haynes, Diana and Robert George, all of Newport News; seven grandchildren and other family, including a special aunt, Myra Soter of Newport News and uncle, Walter E. Williams of North Carolina.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Northampton Church of Christ, 1409 Todds Lane, by Minister Larry Jones with interment in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Peninsula Funeral Home.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Northside Church of Christ Building Fund, 1213-E. George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693.

 

 

 

 

 

More About Thurman "Cary" Hill, Jr.:

Burial: Unknown, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

       

Children of Shirley Tatem and Thurman Hill are:

        166             i.    Lisa8 Hill, born Private.  She married Kirk Puterbaugh Private; born Private.

        167            ii.    Julie Hill, born Private.  She married Kelvin Haynes Private; born Private.

        168           iii.    Diana Hill, born Private.  She married Robert George Private; born Private.

 

 

        116.  Louis "Douglas"7 Johnson (Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Sandra Diane Nesbitt Private, daughter of Carlyle Nesbitt and Audrey ?.  She was born 10 Feb 1941 in Old Fort, NC36, and died 27 Jan 2009 in Newport News, VA.

 

Notes for Sandra Diane Nesbitt:

Obituary from Newport News, VA "Daily Press":

 

 

Sandra Nesbitt Johnson

January 30, 2009

NEWPORT NEWS — Sandra Nesbitt Johnson died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, after a short illness.

 

A native of Old Fort, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Audrey and Carlyle Nesbitt.

 

The family moved to Newport News when she was an infant and she spent the rest of her life in the city. Sandra was educated in the Newport News public schools and graduated from Newport News High School. She spent many years teaching three and four-year-olds, primarily at the preschool program at First United Methodist Church in Hilton. She was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church.

 

Sandra is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 47 years, Louis Douglas Johnson; son, Douglas Blaine Johnson and his wife, Jennifer Looney Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Harriet Johnson Cook and her husband, Christopher L. Cook of Newport News; grandchildren, Brooks and Sutton Johnson and Carly and Claire Cook; brother, Marion Wallace Nesbitt and his wife, Betty L. Nesbitt.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Sandra Johnson to Faith Presbyterian Church, 657 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

 

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

More About Sandra Diane Nesbitt:

Burial: Unknown, Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, VA

       

Children of Louis Johnson and Sandra Nesbitt are:

+      169             i.    Douglas Blaine8 Johnson, born Private.

+      170            ii.    Harriet Marie Johnson, born Private.

 

 

        117.  Robert "Wayne"7 Johnson (Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Ann Livesay Private, daughter of James Livesay and Lucille Bousman.  She was born Private.

       

Children of Robert Johnson and Ann Livesay are:

+      171             i.    Nancy Dianne8 Johnson, born Private.

        172            ii.    Kathy Lynn Johnson, born Private.

        173           iii.    Robert Wayne Johnson, Jr., born Private.  He married Lisa Private; born Private.

        174           iv.    Amy Elizabeth Johnson, born Private.  She married Douglas Hathaway Private; born Private.

 

 

        119.  Karen Rae7 Tatem (Robert Elray6, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Harvey B. Braswell Private.  He was born Private.

       

Children of Karen Tatem and Harvey Braswell are:

        175             i.    Meagan Rae8 Braswell, born Private.

        176            ii.    Lauren Rebecca Braswell, born Private.

 

 

        136.  Tammy Lynne Swain7 (Heath) (Betty Jane6 Godfrey, Samuel Gallop5, Samuel Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Scott Samuel Wentz Private.  He was born Private.

       

Children of Tammy (Heath) and Scott Wentz are:

        177             i.    Ashley Dawn8 Wentz, born Private.

        178            ii.    Samuel Ryan Wentz, born Private.

 

 

        137.  Paul Elbert7 Heath (Betty Jane6 Godfrey, Samuel Gallop5, Samuel Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.

       

Children of Paul Elbert Heath are:

        179             i.    Colby8 Heath, born Private.

        180            ii.    Kristyn Heath, born Private.

 

 

        145.  Billie Faye7 Forehand (Geneva Stevens6 Hughes, Willie Berry5, Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born 07 Dec 1942 in Pasquotank Co., NC, and died 01 Apr 2011 in Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.  She married Glen Gene Beavers Private.  He was born Private.

 

Notes for Billie Faye Forehand:

Billie Faye Forehand Beavers, 68, 113 Shore Drive, Shiloh, NC died Friday, April 1, 2011 at her residence.   Born in Pasquotank County she was the daughter of the late William W. Forehand and Geneva Hughes Forehand the widow of Glen Gene Beavers.  She was a retired public school teacher and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by a son, Jackie L. Beavers and wife Margie of Forest City, NC; a brother W. Brian Forehand and wife Ann of Shiloh, NC; a granddaughter, Faith D. Beavers; fiancé William G. Mancos; special aunt, Jane Younkman; nephew Thad Forehand and wife Lisa; great niece, Blair Forehand; great nephew Blaze Forehand; and caregiver and sister-in-law Karen Laney.

 

 A funeral service will be Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Twiford’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roland Cooper officiating.  Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately after the service in the funeral home lobby.  At other times the family will be at the residence.  Memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, PO Box 31, Shiloh, NC  27974.  Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Beavers family.  You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.

 

More About Billie Faye Forehand:

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

       

Child of Billie Forehand and Glen Beavers is:

+      181             i.    Jackie L.8 Beavers, born Private.

 

 

        146.  Winfred "Brian"7 Forehand (Geneva Stevens6 Hughes, Willie Berry5, Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Margarette Ann Baker Private.  She was born Private.

       

Child of Winfred Forehand and Margarette Baker is:

        182             i.    William "Thad"8 Forehand, born Private.

 

 

Generation No. 7

 

        150.  Larry Donald8 Gardner, Jr. (Eula Anne7 Cannon, Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Sandra Watts Private.  She was born Private.

       

Children of Larry Gardner and Sandra Watts are:

        183             i.    Bridget Anne9 Gardner, born Private.

        184            ii.    Larry Donald Gardner III, born Private.

 

 

        151.  James Lee8 Gardner (Eula Anne7 Cannon, Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Teresa Private.  She was born Private.

       

Children of James Gardner and Teresa are:

        185             i.    Jennifer9 Gardner, born Private.

        186            ii.    Kristen Gardner, born Private.

        187           iii.    Rachel Gardner, born Private.

 

 

        152.  Debra Anne8 Gardner (Eula Anne7 Cannon, Eula Godfrey6 Godfrey, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married William "Kevin" Nuckles Private.  He was born Private.

       

Child of Debra Gardner and William Nuckles is:

        188             i.    Heather9 Nuckles, born Private.

 

 

        157.  Robert Raymond8 Godfrey (William David7, Thomas Loyal6, Loyal Berry5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born 12 May 1965 in Hampton, VA, and died 16 Dec 2010 in Hampton, VA.  He married Tracy ? Private.  She was born Private.

 

Notes for Robert Raymond Godfrey:

NEWPORT NEWS - Robert R. Godfrey, 45, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.

A native and lifelong Peninsula resident, he enjoyed playing cards, throwing darts, pitching horseshoes, boating and fishing on the James River.

Preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Jean Sain and his brother, David Loyal Godfrey; survivors include his son, Raven Godfrey; his wife, Tracy Godfrey; his father and stepmother, William D. and Maria Godfrey; his brother, Michael Godfrey; two stepbrothers, Dr. Ricardo Solis and his wife, Kim, Eusebio Solis and his wife, Laurie; and his stepsister, Jennifer Epps and her husband, Dean.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions, by Pastor Don Phelps.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

 

Published in Daily Press from December 17 to December 19, 2010

       

Child of Robert Godfrey and Tracy ? is:

        189             i.    Raven Tyr9 Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        164.  Jason Paul8 Godfrey (Gilbert "Wayne"7, Garland Stevens6, Charles Forbes5, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Jessica Taylor Abbitt Private, daughter of Randolph Abbitt and Sue Singletary.  She was born Private.

       

Child of Jason Godfrey and Jessica Abbitt is:

        190             i.    Ella Finley9 Godfrey, born Private.

 

 

        169.  Douglas Blaine8 Johnson (Louis "Douglas"7, Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  He married Jennifer Leeca Looney Private, daughter of Larry Nelson Looney.  She was born Private.

       

Children of Douglas Johnson and Jennifer Looney are:

        191             i.    Brooks9 Johnson, born Private.

        192            ii.    Sarah Johnson, born Private.

 

 

        170.  Harriet Marie8 Johnson (Louis "Douglas"7, Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Christopher L. Cook Private.  He was born Private.

       

Children of Harriet Johnson and Christopher Cook are:

        193             i.    Carly9 Cook, born Private.

        194            ii.    Claire Cook, born Private.

 

 

        171.  Nancy Dianne8 Johnson (Robert "Wayne"7, Mary Elizabeth6 Tatem, Maude Forbes5 Godfrey, John Hughes4, Sarah Ann3 Hughes, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.  She married Douglas Wayne Carter Private.  He was born Private.

       

Children of Nancy Johnson and Douglas Carter are:

        195             i.    Douglas Wayne9 Carter, Jr., born Private.

        196            ii.    Janie Elizabeth Carter, born Private.

        197           iii.    Robert Philip Carter, born Private.

 

 

        181.  Jackie L.8 Beavers (Billie Faye7 Forehand, Geneva Stevens6 Hughes, Willie Berry5, Joseph Gibson4, Joseph3, John2, (probably) William1) was born Private.

       

Child of Jackie L. Beavers is:

        198             i.    Faith D.9 Beavers, born Private.

 

 

 

Endnotes

 

1.  W.W. Forehand and S.F. Sawyer, Federal Census Camden County, North Carolina,  (First printing 1967; second printing 1994 by Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina), p. 16.

2.  Death certificate.

3.  grave.

4.  Gloria Twiddy Wesner of Camden, NC, Camden County Cemeteries Volume I,  (Copyright 2001), p. 85.

5.  Death certificate.

6.  Marriage record in Camden Co., NC Courthouse.

7.  death certificate; grave at Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

8.  Death certificate.

9.  http://genthreads.com/Dozier.htm.

10.  Death certificate.

11.  death certificate; grave at Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

12.  Marriage record in Camden Co., NC Courthouse.

13.  Bible of Mary Matilda Stevens Godfrey; grave at Shiloh Baptist Church, Camden Co., NC.  This Bible is (2000) in the possession of Mrs. Bess Tillitt Godfrey Sawyer of Taylor's Beach, Camden Co., NC.

14.  death certificate; grave at Shiloh Baptist Church, Rt. 343, Shiloh, Camden Co., NC.

15.  Death certificate.

16.  Marriage certificate.

17.  Birth record in Thomas Hatton Kellam Family Bible; death certificate; grave at Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, NC.

18.  Death certificate.

19.  death certificate; grave in Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA.

20.  Obituary in "The Daily Press-Times Herald," Newport News, VA; grave in Greenlawn Cemetery, Hampton, VA.

21.  Marriage record in Camden Co., NC Courthouse.

22.  Death certificate.

23.  death certificate; obituary in "The Daily Press-Times Herald," Newport News, VA.

24.  Death certificate.

25.  Gloria Twiddy Wesner of Camden, NC, Camden County Cemeteries Volume I,  (Copyright 2001), p. 33.

26.  Social Security Death Records.

27.  http://www.ncgenweb.us/currituck/photosbios/doxeycolumbusalbum.html.

28.  Social Security Death Records.

29.  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mvb63/Baker/p34374.htm.

30.  Birth certificate.

31.  Death certificate.

32.  Marriage certificate.

33.  Birth certificate.

34.  Social Security Death Records.

35.  Birth certificate.

36.  Social Security Death Index.