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Godfrey Ragsdale, II

  • Birth 13 Jan 1643 Virginia, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 1703 Henrico County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 51102201

My 7th great-grandfather. Birth & death dates from FamilySearch.org (I don't believe there is proof of these dates, but they are as good as any to celebrate.

Son of Godfrey & Mary Ragsdale (her maiden name is unknown). Little Godfrey survived the April 18, 1644 massacre, Jamestown, VA of which took both his parents.

Mrs. Blake Ragsdale VanLeer, Ragsdale Family in England and America, (Compiled & © 1975 by June Hart Wester): There have been possibilities that John Cookney was the grandfather of Godfrey, Jr. . . . that the latter's mother was a Mary Cookney, slain in the Massacre of 1644. This could not be. There was a Henry Cookney in early Jamestown, who had land patented in 1639, James City Co., VA. There are no other available Cookney records. It is possible, the Cookneys were taking care of the Ragsdale infant. More likely, Godfrey 2 was buying the land. It was the legal custom to render a deed to such purchasers in Wills. We see this in the Will of Godfrey 3 to his brother, Benjamin 3 and to John Brown, who was also buying land. It did not always indicate relationship. (Note the Brown in the Woodson family.)

Godfrey married about 1666 to Rachel (maiden name not known). Six known children:
1. Rachall (ca 1674-1758) m Richard Jones
2. Godfrey III (ca 1676-1731) m Elizabeth Baxter
3. Peter (ca 1684-ca 1747) m Alice Drury
4. Daniel (1688-1725) m Amy Molding
5. Benjamin Sr. (1697-1772) m Martha Jones (my ancestors)
6. John Sr. (1699-1773) m Mary Field Jefferson (aunt of the future president)

Probably buried on the Ragsdale estate which would be the custom of the times


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