Bridget Godfrey

Bridget Godfrey appears to be the matriarch of an extended Godfrey family group with whom she travels in the Book of Negroes, on the ship Ranger, and in the Birchtown Muster. This family group seems to consist of Bridget's children - Jenny Kelley, Kate Godfrey, Sam Godfrey and their families. Bridget, Jenny, Kate and Sam were all formerly owned by Matthew Godfrey in Norfolk and they all appear to have run at about the same time. On the Ranger, Bridget appears to be traveling specifically with her grandson Peter as well as in closest proximity to Jenny and Moses Kelley and Henry Givin. The Book of Negroes records a similar story for each member of the group; they all ran in 1778, held certificates from General Musgrave and were in the Royal Artillery Department. Petter's parents are Hannah and Ely Godfrey (Hannah appears to be a former slave of Matthew Godfrey also) and he is reunited with them in the Birchtown Muster, where they form a family group in Captain Thomas Francis' Company. The other members of the extended family are in Captain James Read's Company, where Bridget is listed with Henry Givin; Jenny (Jane) and Moses Kelly are listed as a couple; Sam and Sukey Godfrey; Kate and Lewis Church, their respective families. Petter (Peter Godfrey) is reunited with his parents Ely and Hannah Godfrey in Captain Thomas Francis' Company. Bridgit appears in the will of Mathew Godfrew Sr willed to his daughter Keziah in 1754 and she is in turn willed to Mathew Godfrey by Keziah in 1775 along with her children.
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Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

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Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1728

Born

1752

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1752 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Bridgett Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1754

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1754 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Bridgett Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1757

Tithables for South Side of Tanners Creek - 1757 - South Side of Tanners Creek

The first page of this tithable list is missing, but it is assumed to relate to the South Side of Tanners Creek in 1757.

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1759

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek- 1759 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 2, 1751 - 1765
Name Owner
Brugett Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1766

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1766 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1767

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care - 1767 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridgitt Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1770

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek - 1770 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1772

Tithables for the South Side of Tanner's Creek - 1772 - South Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1773

Tithables for the North Side of Tanners Creek - 1773 - North Side of Tanners Creek

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

7/ Nov
1775

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

  • John Murray, Lord Dunmore -

    John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the  colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Source for this event: Lord Dunmore's Proclamation

Aug
1777

British Invasion of Philadelphia - Chesapeake

  • The campaign for Philadelphia -

    On July 23 1777 the British fleet left from Sandy Hook, New York carrying more than 15,000 soldiers and headed into the Atlantic before turning south to enter the Chesapeake in August and sail up the bay to its northern extremity to set the troops ashore at the head of the Elk River on August 25.

June
1778

Tithables for the South Side of Tanners Creek to Willie Care's -1778 - South Side of Tanners Creek to Willies Care

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Bridget Matthew Godfrey - Norfolk

1778

Ran

1782

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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

  • Treaty of Paris -

    In November 1782 a provisional peace treaty was hammered out between the British and the Americans in Paris.

Source for this event: Treaty of Paris

1783

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Evacuation of New York - New York

  • Evacuation of New York -

    In April 1783 the first evacuation fleet left for Nova Scotia. A week later  the British Commander, Sir Guy Carleton, sailed up the Hudson River to Orangetown for a conference with General Washington to discuss the evacuation. As the victorious commander, Washington opened the meeting by reiterating the resolution of Congress regarding “the delivery of all Negroes and other property.”

Source for this event: The Book of Negroes
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks
Ranger
Master: James Duncan
Port Mattoon Bridget Godfrey 55 stout wench Formerly Slave to Matthew Godfrey, Norfolk. Left 5 years ago. Royal Artillery Department. Certificate from General Musgrave.
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1784

Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Brigit Godfrey 55 Captain James Read's Company
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