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My name is Marcus Godby. I'm the son of Howard Clayton Godby and the grandson of George Oliver Godby. I'm also a direct descendant of Thomas Godby I of the ship Deliverance. My ancestor came to the America's about 1608 aboard the ship Sea Venture, and was ship wrecked on the enchanted isle of Bermuta for about nine months. The survivors having rebuilt another two ships, the "Deliverance" and the smaller penance the "Patience" sailed on May 10, 1610 for Jamestown, VA. arriving right after "The Starving Time" where the population of the Jamestown Colony had dwindled dramatically to about 66 souls. When this story reached England of the ship wreck and self-rescue from the tropical isle of Bermuda Shakesphere wrote his famous play: The Tempest. Thus began, the often colorful history of the Godby/Godbey family line in the Americas. But the Godby/Godbey line is still older than that. There are two villages in Leicestershire, England: the hamlet Goadby and the village Goadby Marwood. These places appeared in the Doomsday Book, 1082, spelt Goutebi and this seems mean: "Gouti's By," or "Gouti's Village," derived from an old Norwegian personal name Gauti. Both were shown held by Norman Barons, and it seems probable that the surname of Goadby originated through individuals from these villages settling elsewhere and calling themselves "de Goadby" or "from Goady", the "de" being dropped after some generations. Still it's possible that our line goes even further back than that. There is a village in the semi-automous region of Aland, Denmark called "Godby Village' and I've heard of still another is Sweden. I've no reason not belive that individuals from these towns did not migrate to England during the Norse Invasions and Viking Eras. This would make us one of the oldest lines coming out of Europe.


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