Note: N24686 2nd son of Abraham Godfrey of Croydon.
Called John Godfrey, Esq, of Purfleet, when his daughter married in 1820.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
11 Sept 1828.
JOHN SMITH and WILLIAM JONES were indicted for stealing, on the 5th of August, 1 handkerchief, value 2s., the goods of John Godfrey , from his person .
MR. ADOLPHUS conducted the prosecution.
JOHN GODFREY. I am Ordinance store-keeper at Purfleet. On the 5th of August I was in the Tower of London - a person gave me some information; I looked round, and saw the two prisoners near me: Jones lifted his hat from off his head, and my handkerchief fell from it; he said "It fell from the gentleman's pocket;" this is it - I did not see either of the prisoners do anything to me; there was no crowd about.
RICHARD THROP . I was near the Record-office in the Tower on the 5th of August; I saw the two prisoners go behind the prosecutor - Jones held up his pocket while Smith took the handkerchief out, and gave it to Jones, who put it into his hat; I told the prosecutor of it.
JOHN HOPKINS. I am one of the warders of the Tower. I took the prisoners into custody.(Property produced and sworn to.)
SMITH'S Defence. I saw the handkerchief on the ground; I took it up; the other prisoner said "It dropped from the gentleman's coat pocket;" I said, "Are you sure of that?" he said Yes; I gave it to him to give to the gentleman: we were taken to Lambeth-street, and there the witness swore that Jones held the pocket and I took the handkerchief, but I am quite innocent.
SMITH - GUILTY . Aged 19.
JONES - GUILTY . Aged 19.
One of the most lively gratifications that he ever received from it, arose in January  from the perusal of a most honourable eulogy, bestowed on his beloved relation, Captain John Godfrey, then holding an appointment under the ordnance in Ireland.
John Godfrey’s eldest daughter died in 1816.
His daughter Jane married Major General George Hildebrand Burgmann (c1803-1867, who died in Paris “while at the Exposition” 3 Oct 1867. “Formerly of Devonport and recently of Edinburgh. Maj-Gen in Royal Engineers” His stepson Henry John Hodgson happened to be in Paris at the time of his death.
Emboldened by this kindness, Hayley presumed to solicit his Lordship in favour of his relation Captain Godfrey, who wished to obtain the appointment of Ordnance Store-keeper, at Purfleet. Lord Holland entered into the wishes of the poet with the zeal of a generous friend ; and informed him of their successwith a graceful celerity of beneficence, that rendered this important favour a source of the most cordial and permanent delight.
(Memoirs of the life and writings of William Hayley, esq: the ..John Johnson. 1823.)
Was bequeathed a Romney portrait by Hayley.
William Hayley contributed £900 of the £1,200 which his cousin John Godfrey paid in 1798 for a messuage and lands in Eartham, Sussex.
Captain John Godfrey, Hayley's cousin and inheritor of his house at Felpham. --- Mr. Hayley, the Poet, had, on hi» mother's side, a first cousin, Captain Godfrey, of Purfleet. --- The poet's mother, was Mary, daughter of Colonel Yates, who had been M.P. for Chichester, and who by expensive electioneering, and improvident habits ... --- 1748: Conveyance: Thomas Yates, of Warnham, esq. (eldest son and heir of Henry Yates, dec'd.) and Margaret, his wife (née Miller), Mary Hayley, of Chichester, widow, Margaret Yates, of Chichester, spinster, and Elizabeth Yates, of Chichester, spinster (three daus. of the said Thomas and Margaret Yates) to Sir John Miller, of Chichester, bart. ? and others.
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