Adolphus was the son of Beauregard Davis Godfrey of Sowego (farmer). He was known as B.D. "Dink" Godfrey and is buried in the Godfrey Cemetery on land he owned when he died at Sowego. B.D. Godfrey was married to Sommerville Virginia Rose Godfrey who was known as "Sommer". She and B.D. had 16 children.