In the published book about the GODBEY family of VA is listed descendants of Rev. Josiah GODBEY and Sena KELLY. One of their family members was Rev. Samuel McGinnis GODBEY. In the book, I am told that his first wife is listed as Rachel (Armistead) WINTON and his second was Laura F. DAY. I want to reverse that information.
Rachel WINTON was the sister to my great-grandfather. After extensive research I've been able to locate much of the information that will change this information. Rachel was Rev. Samuel McGinnis GODBEY's second wife. His first wife was Laura F. DAY. The following excerpt will help.
The History of Greene County, Missouri (it is listed on the Springfield-Greene County Library webpage)
GEORGE SALE DAY. This gentleman was born at Lynchburg, Va., December 23, 1826. In 1837 he came to St. Louis, where he was educated in private schools, and at Xavier's College, now St. Louis University. While in St. Louis he learned brick-laying and brick-making and then became a contractor, and has since followed that business. In 1850 he went to New Orleans and stayed there until 1862. He then went to Vicksburg, where he lived until 1856. He next returned to St. Louis, where lived until 1871, when he came to Springfield, and has since made this his home. He has had contracts on many of the best buildings in the city. Mr. Day was married at New Orleans in 1852 to Theresa A. Fox. Their union was blest with one child, Laura, who married Prof. S. M. Godby, of Morrisville Institute. She died February 18, 1880, leaving an infant daughter. Mr. Day's first wife died May 29, 1882. In December following Mr. Day was married at Independence, Mo., to Mrs. L. C. Leftwich, by Dr. W. M. Prottsman. In 1876, Mr. Day was elected councilman of the city, serving two years, and in 1882 he was elected mayor upon the Republican ticket. Mr. Day was a Whig during his early life, but, on the dissolution of that party, became a Republican. He is a member of the M. E. Church South, and has been since eleven years of age. His father was Ezekiel Day, and mother was Miss Elizabeth Sale, a daughter of Col. George Sale, of the war of 1812. Mr. Day was named for him.
It was a year or two later that Sam married Rachel GODBEY. Of this union were three children, Winton, Lena, and Lois GODBEY all born in the late 1880's. It is noted that Sam and Laura had one daughter, but I've been unable to determine what has happened to her. I am quite sure she died as an infant. I know there is an infant female GODBEY in a cemetery in Polk County, MO where the GODBEY and WINTON family lived at the later part of the 1880's.