Thomas Godwin, I
|Death:||Died in Virginia|
Son of Robert Godwin or Godwyn and Elizabeth Smythies
|Managed by:||Russell Ray|
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THOMAS GODWIN I: Thomas Godwin served two terms in the House of Burgesses during the "Commonwealth" period. The Commonwealth period being when England came under the control of Parliament, and, later, Oliver Cromwell after the beheading of Charles I. Following the restoration, he served as Speaker of the House of Burgesses in the so called "Bacon Assembly" of 1676. However, his son's father-in-law Joseph Bridger, a Royalist, also served in the House of Burgesses during the Commonwealth, and it is difficult to judge Godwin's political sympathies based on service alone. If you were a substantial citizen in your county, you would, at various times, serve in the House of Burgesses.
" Thomas Godwin's first grant in Nansemond was in 1655 and he is called"Capt. Thomas Godwin". This and later grants were "at Chuckatuck". There were a number of grants to him and his son later on in both Nansemond and Isle of Wight Counties. Capt. Thomas Godwin appears as Burgess for Nansemond in 1654, and served as such other terms .He was justice and coroner and at the time of his death, 1678, Col. Commandant of the County. His homestead, called "old Castle", was on the border of the two counties."........ "Col. Thomas Godwin left a will which has recently been re-recorded at the Clerk's Office in Suffolk .It is dated May, 1676-7, and probated 1678-9. He styles himself "Gentleman", leaves a widow but does not call her by name, two sons and a daughter." Pages 460, 461, and 462.
http://www.palmspringsbum.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I71544&tree=Legends Thomas Godwin Male - Abt 1676
Birth England Find all individuals with events at this location  Gender Male Died Abt 1676 Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  Person ID I71544 If the Legends Are True... Last Modified 19 Aug 2011
Family Elizabeth, d. Yes, date unknown Children > 1. Colonel Thomas Godwin, d. 3 May 1712, Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location