Trying to find out about Mary Jefferson who married James Blackley, Sept. 9, 1785, in Henrico County, Virginia. Surety: John Godfrey.
Who were Mary Jefferson's parents? Was she really a Jefferson at birth, or could her first husband have been a Jefferson who died before 1785?
Also wondering what happened to James and Mary Blackley, (Blakely) after their 1785 marriage!In 1810 Franklin County, Virginia census I have a James Blackley living next door to a James Maxey. My Godfrey ancestors and the Maxeys were neighbors in late 1700's Buckingham County, Virginia. My ancestor, an early Methodist circuit rider was John Godfrey, born about 1770, who had a sister, Elizabeth, born 1768, who married Sampson Maxey. I wonder if their father, John Godfrey, born about 1745, was the same John Godfrey who provided surety for the 1785 marriage listed above.
I'd appreciate any help or referral to a Jefferson scholar who might know the answer to some of these questions!