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Col. Thomas Godwin, of Nansemond

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: Died in Isle of Wight/Nansemond Co, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Godwin or Godwyn and Elizabeth Smythies
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Godwin and Ann Godwin
Father of Thomas Godwin, II; Edmund Godwin; Elizabeth Webb; Thomas Godwin and William Godwin
Brother of Edward Godwin; Elizabeth Godwin; Anna Godwin and Joan Godwin

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About Col. Thomas Godwin, of Nansemond

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.

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http://www.palmspringsbum.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I71544&tree=Legends Thomas Godwin[1] Male - Abt 1676

   Birth  	England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1] 
   Gender  	Male 
   Died  	Abt 1676  	Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1] 
   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

  • The Godwin Family The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 5, Pg 198, link

  • The Godwin Family The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 5, Pg 198, link
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Col. Thomas Godwin, of Nansemond's Timeline

1623
1623
Somerset, England
1630
1630
Age 7
Somerset, UK
1640
1640
Age 17
New Kent County, Virginia, Colonial America
1650
1650
Age 27
Suffolk, Virginia, Colonial America
1651
1651
Age 28
Nansemond, Virginia
1652
1652
Age 29
Nansemond, Virginia, USA
1678
March 24, 1678
Age 55
Isle of Wight/Nansemond Co, VA