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The Godfree Daughters

Catherine, youngest child of George and Mary Godfree c.1920. She dressed in Victorian clothing until her death in 1937.

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 1851 and 1861 they were farming in Hanborough, but by 1871 he was an oil broker/merchant and they were living in Manchester. She died on 13th May 1890 in Cheetham, Lancashire.

Mary Ann was baptised on 23rd October 1825 in Great Rissington. She married Joseph Stratton on 5th November 1851 in Great Rissington. He was a farmer.They had no children. They lived in Burford, Oxfordshire from 1861 to 1881. Between then and 1891, Joseph had retired and moved to Fulbrook  where Mary was buried on 28th September 1886. He died on 4 March 1898 and was buried on 8 March 1898 in Fulbrook. He had his estate probated on 14 May 1898 in Oxford.

Rebecca was baptised on 17 May 1827 in Great Rissington. She married John Foreshew on 28th December 1853 in Great Rissington, on the same day as her younger sister Sarah. They had no children. In 1861, they in Great Rissington, she was described as a retired farmer. In 1871 they were living at Bird’s Nest,  Burford, and in 1881 and 1891 at Signet, Burford. She died there in 1900. In 1901, John was farming in Windrush, Gloucestershire where he died in 1907. His estate was probated on 20th March 1907 in Gloucester.

Sarah Jane
See The Tompkins

Rose-Hannah was baptised on 27 January 1836 in Great Rissington. She married Robert Hambidge, a farmer from Church Iccomb,, on 23rd November 1859.
See The Ascott Martyrs 1873

Emma
See The Tompkins

Alice was born in 1840 in Great Rissington. She married John Giles Brooks, a farmer from Burford, on 26th October 1858 in Great Rissington. In 1861, they were in Hatherop, in 1871 in Maisey Hampton and in 1881 they were in Burford. In 1891, they were  in Deddington and by 1900 they were in Bicester, where Alice died in the late summer of that year. John was still in Bicester in 1901.

Annie-Maria was born in 1841 in Great Rissington. She married Edward Rouse on 2nd October 1867 in Great Rissington. In 1871 and 1881, they were farming in Twyford. Edward died in 1882. In 1891, 1901 and 1911, she was in Fulbrook where she died on 4th March 1916. Her estate was proved on 5th July 1916 in Oxford.

Catherine – Solo – choice or circumstance?

 

Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Godfrees of Great Rissington

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...

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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”

“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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