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Godfrees of Great Rissington

The Church of St. John the Baptist , Great Rissington.
The first set of gates are the entrance to Manor Farm.
© Copyright David Luther Thomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Godfree, Hambidge, Cambray and Baylis families intertwined with occasional links to the Gilletts lived in Iccomb, Westcote, Great, Little and Wyck Rissington, Stow on the Wold, Great Barrington etc.

Sarah Jane Godfree (right) from Great Rissington, Gloucestershire, was the first wife of John Tompkins (1931-1907) and the grandmother of both Molly Tompkins and Leigh de Fraine … Sarah’s younger sister, Emma, was John’s second wife.

Sarah and Emma were the daughters of George Godfree and Mary Ann Smith.  George and Mary Ann had twelve children: nine girls and three boys, all of whom reached adulthood. Most married, but not all had children.

Two of Sarah Godfree’s three brothers, George and William, emigrated to Australia.

The oldest son, John Bayliss Godfree, was left the farming business by his father . In 1871, he was described as a farmer of 400 acres, employing 12 men and 3 boys. He died, unmarried, on the 1st April 1880 aged 50. 


The Godfree Daughters

George and Mary Godfree had 9 daughters. The oldest daughter, Elizabeth, was baptised on 7th June 1824 in Great Rissington. She married George Osborn of Charlton on Otmoor, Oxfordshire on 16th January 1850 in Great Rissington. They had four daughters and a son. In...

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The Ascott Martyrs 1873

Sarah Godfree's younger sister, Rose Hannah, married Robert Hambidge of Icomb, Gloucestershire.  They were married in Great Rissington in 1859. In 1861, they were farming in Westcote, Gloucestershire but by 1871 were living at Crown Farm in Ascott-under-Whychwood when...

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“Prominent resident of Yapeen”

George Godfree was left two hundred pounds in his father's will,  which was proved on 1st January 1851, and by the 30th March he was an apprentice grocer, living with his maternal uncle, Thomas Smith, a grocer, in Paddington.Gold had recently been discovered in...

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Residents of Melbourne

  Only one of George and Marjorie's ten children married, their youngest, Ernest Graham. He followed a very different path altogether to his older siblings. Laurence, the fourth son died soon after birth. Charles John, the fifth son, stayed on the farm in...

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William Godfree of Kaanlang

  William, the youngest son, was left the same sum of money as his brother George and by 1861, was farming in Fifield, Oxfordshire where he was still in 1881. He appears several times in the advertisements section of the Jackson's Oxford Journal selling wood at...

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