Mary Jane GODFREY

Female 1822 - 1914  (~ 91 years)


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  • Name Mary Jane GODFREY  [1
    Born Sep 1822  Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 08 Jul 1914  Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I4046  Purdy Family Tree | Purdy Branch
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Father Thomas GODFREY,   b. 1790, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary SAMPSON,   b. Abt 1794, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 1815  Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1248  Group Sheet

    Family William CRAWFORD,   b. 21 Feb 1825, Port Glenone, Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1897, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 12 Feb 1844  Bellaghy, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry CRAWFORD,   b. 17 Jun 1844, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1923, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Mary Ann CRAWFORD,   b. 20 Oct 1845, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1935, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. Thomas CRAWFORD,   b. 27 Jul 1847, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1924, Yuruga, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Matilda CRAWFORD,   b. 28 May 1849, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1932, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Elizabeth CRAWFORD,   b. 10 Mar 1851, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1851, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Infant CRAWFORD,   b. 11 Jan 1853, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1853, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Elizabeth Jane CRAWFORD,   b. 30 May 1858, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1950, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     8. William John CRAWFORD,   b. 22 Dec 1859, Ballynease, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 1943, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +9. Hugh CRAWFORD,   b. 11 Jan 1862, At Sea/ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 May 1886, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     10. Nancy CRAWFORD,   b. 30 Jan 1864, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1931, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     11. Sarah CRAWFORD,   b. 16 Jun 1866, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1943, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F681  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    John Godfrey Will page 1
    John Godfrey Will page 1
    Godfrey, John
    Died 19th June /79
    Amount of Assets
    £970: 6’ 4.

    This is the last Will and Testament of me, John Godfrey, of Ballymacombs in the Parish of Ballyscullion in the County of Londonderry, Farmer.

    After payment of all my just debts, funeral and Testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath to my brother Rowley Godfrey’s second son John Godfrey of Ballynease all that Farm of land and Houses in Ballymacombs which I now occupy and likewise the Turf Bog or Moss in Ballymacombs which I now possess, and all the chattels likewise. Also all my stock in Cattle and Horses and everything that I call mine.

    I now leave his father Rowley Godfrey (above named) of Ballynease in Trust for his son John until he arrives at proper age.

    With the following considerations that all my just money which is due me and all my chattels and cattle beasts to the payment of those legacies as follows if required.

    Namely I will bequeath to my beloved sister Sarah Ann Godfrey Hunter the sum of Two pounds sterling per year for Twelve years if alive.

    And also to my beloved sister Martha Godfrey Houston I will bequeath the sum of Forty pounds sterling to be paid to her in two installments within the first three years after my demise and she also to receive two pounds per year for five years after the two initial installments above named are pay’d to her if alive.

    And also to my beloved sister Elizabeth Godfrey McCullough I bequeath the sum of two pounds sterling for twelve years if alive.

    And also to my beloved sister Hessy Godfrey Morrison I bequeath the sum of Forty pounds sterling to be paid to her in two installments within the first three years after my death and she is also to receive two pounds sterling per year for five years after the two installments above named are pay’d to her if alive.

    And to my sister Nancy Godfrey Johnston I bequeath
    John Godfrey Will page 2
    John Godfrey Will page 2
    the sum of Five pounds sterling to be paid within five years after my decease if called upon.

    And to my sister Mary Jane Godfrey Crawford I bequeath the sum of five pounds sterling to be paid within five years after my decease if called upon.

    I also bequeath to brother Rowley’s daughter Mary the sum of twenty pounds sterling if alive at the age of twenty one years to be paid to her by her brother John off the deceased’s property.

    And if the lawful debts that’s due me and the chattels and stock does not amount to pay the bequeaths the balance I allow to come off the property.

    I bequeath to the Reverend Mr. Werring or his successor one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

    And to the Reverend Mr. McCrea of Bellaghey two pounds sterling to buy tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

    And to the Reverend Mr. Johnston of Bellaghey one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed to the Sabbath Scholars.

    And to the Reverend McGamble of Castledawson one pound sterling for tracts and New Testaments to be distributed also to his Sabbath Scholars.

    These four last named to be paid at the end of the first year after my decease.

    And the places to be decently enjoyed by the said John Godfrey he and his lawful heirs and if the said John Godfrey does be removed by death before he arrives at proper age I bequeath all that would be his to his brother Thomas Godfrey of Ballynease and if he does be removed by death the place to go to the nearest heir of the same name.

    Lastly I hereby appoint my brother Rowley Godfrey of Ballynease and William Bruce Jun’r of Mullaghboy executors of this my last will and testament and I empower them to lift all my just debts due me. Given under my hand this 19th day of May 1879.

    Signed
    John Godfrey

    Signed published and declared by the said John Godfrey the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time who at this request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names at witnesses being first truly read.

    Signed Signed
    George McCullough James Bruce

    For Probate see probate book No. 5 page 119

    Histories
    History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
    History of the Johnson (Johnston) Family
    Compiled by Ruth Johnson Conley
    {notes by Edith Helen Purdy}

    The Johnson Family originally came from Scotland. In the 16th century, James I, King of England, gave them a grant of land in Ireland: “to have and to hold as long as grass shall grow or rivers shall flow.”

    John Johnston of Scotland had seven sons, one of whom named John B went to Ireland and settled on Johns(t)on’s Hill near Belfast. This John had two sons, John and Sam.

    In 1846 John came to America, from County Derry, Ireland, on a sailing vessel {same ship as Richard Purdy}. By the way of the old Erie Canal {by barge canal} he came to Macedon and from there to Canandaigua. At first he lived in the Washington Hotel, then on Clark Street, and later at No. 85 Gorham Street, (map of 1859). He married but left no descendants {his child died, found on gravestone}. He learned the carpentry trade from his Uncle Mathew and practiced it for many years. {He owned lumberyard & left sizeable inheritance to his nephew Thomas Johnson.}

    Samuel Johnson married Nancy Godfrey in Ireland in January 1853{16 Feb 1853}. His first five children were born there {6, one died in infancy}. Encouraged to do so by letters from his brother John, he came to America about the year 1863 to make a home for his family. He soon sent for them and it was a long, stormy voyage for the mother, Nancy, and her five small children. During the voyage she spent much of her time, clinging to the mast and praying for the safety of her family, especially for that of the two small boys, who were constantly running about the small sailing vessel. In America, two more children were born to this family. At first they lived on Chapin Street, and later on a farm owned by John Johnson on the Town Line Road, now owned by Maynard Johnson, a grandson.

    Nancy Godfrey, wife of Samuel Johnson was born in England {Ballynease Ireland} and through her Grandmother Stuart was a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. One of her sisters married a wealthy Englishman {North Irishman} named William Crawford, who with his wife Mary Jane {Godfrey}, family, and servants, as well as a small flock of sheep, went on his own sailing vessel in about 1862 to settle in Australia. It was said to have been about a three month voyage. He had four sons, Henry {after William’s father}, Thomas {after her father}, John, {William} and Hugh {born at sea}; and five daughters: Mary Ann, Matilda, Jane, Nancy, and Sarah. (See letter in the reunion book from the grandson, Robert H Monro). (Probably, Jack Crawford, the tennis star was from this family). Another sister Matty (Matilda) married Robert {William} Houston of Scotland and came to Canandaigua, living on North Main Street for many years. There were two children, Robert and Ellen {Jane}, but no descendants. For awhile Ellen visited Ireland every five years, visiting the following places and families:

    Black’s Hill and nearby Magherafelt and Maghera, County Derry Coleraine, County Derry: The Hunters, a sister {Sarah Ann} of Nancy Godfrey Portelone; The McCulloughs, another sister of Nancy Godfrey {Eliza} Nancy Godfrey Homestead; BUshmill’s Distillery near there and the neighbors, Lammi, Nancy Lammi, the mother. {Found these in Northern Ireland.}

    Robert Mccullough, son of the McCulloughs mentioned above, went to Australia, when about eighteen, and lived with the Crawfords. He was practicing law there recently. His brother Thomas also went to Australia but returned to Ireland. There was also another brother who remained in Ireland. {George?}

    Another branch of the Johnson family listed Thomas as the head, Johnston’s Hill Ireland. His son James married Ray Foster and had four children; William, James, Matthew, and Rachel. William was married to James Shipp, Toronto Cananda, and had three children, Ella, Vera, and ?. Vera often spent vacations with William and Robert Johnston, North Main Street, entertaining us with stories of the many years she was secretary to Mary Picford. William Johnson had six children, three boys and three girls.
    Note: to be fitted into the family relationship, William and Robert Johnston.

    Stories, told and retold:

    Bernard, mentioned as a brother of John B Johnston, came to America and had a child stolen by the Indians.

    One Johnson, had owned a large tract of land, on which part of Philadelphia {Pittsburg} now stands. John Johnson of Gorham Street had the papers in an old trunk in his barn to prove this and intended to investigate but before he had time to do so, the barn and all its contents burned.

    Another early pioneer member of the family owned a large piece of New York but in a moment of great thirst traded it to the Indians for a bottle of “Fire Water.”

    In the early history there was a John who had seven sons and one of these also named John also had seven sons, one named John.

    Famous American names connected with the family:
    • Sir William Johnson, who received his title and a large grant of money, for his services against the French in America.
    • Colnel Barney Johnson, of Revolutionary fame, who was the first white man to be made chief of the Mohawks.
    • Mary Johnston, author, who wrote some of the family history into one of her books.

    Addition: It was John Johnson of Gorham Street who dropped the t and persuaded Samuel and his family to do likewise.


    Johns(t)on Family Tree

    Paternal Side:
    John Johnston of Scotland
    Seven sons: ____, ____, Bernard, ____, John {B}, ____, ____
    John {B} went to Ireland
    Two sons: Samuel and John
    Samuel married to Nancy Godfrey, Ireland, 1854
    Seven children: Lizzie, Thomas Edward, John G, Mary, Matilda, Sara, and Margaret

    Maternal side:
    Stuarts
    Godfrey: Mary Jane, Sarah Ann Hunter, Eliza McCullough, Matilda, Nancy
    Nancy Godfrey married to Samuel Johnson, Ireland, 1854
    Seven children: See above under Samuel.

  • Notes 
    • 1B: D: M: !SOURCES: 1 - Family Records in poss. of Edith Purdy Steele. In tracing this family of Godfreys (the children of Thomas Godfrey and Mary Sampson) It was partly through the families which imigrated to Australia and letters written between these families & those left in Ireland and preserved and copied and much later sent from Australia to me, I was finally able to piece together this family

  • Sources 
    1. [S150] Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Compiled from publicly available sources.Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.;).
      Death date: 1914
      Death place: Queensland