photo of T.W. Godden, 1940Lee's Father: Thomas William "Tim" Godden

  • March 6, 1922 - January 5, 1995

Dad was one of seven siblings from a poor carpenter's family in Kent (southern England). As a boy, Dad's trousers were made by his mother. He earned high marks in school, and was the first of his family to enter and complete all classes at the post-elementary Sir Andrew Judd School in Tonbridge, Kent, ages 11-16. Dad excelled in many sports from youth through adulthood: cricket, table tennis, javelin, discus, rugby, darts and golf...something he learned at age 57. After his first heart attack at age 62, however, he gave up golf. (Dad and I played a round of golf together during one of my visits...even though he was 68 at the time.)

At age 16 he lied about his age and entered the Royal Air Force in 1938. He stayed in the RAF for 13 years, working as a Senior Aircraft Technician on British Spitfire fighter planes. Dad left the service to join aircraft manufacturer De Havilland in 1951 and stayed for 12 years (until age 41) as a Provisioning Supervisor. He then joined Magirus Trucks in 1963 and stayed until his retirement at age 58 in 1980. He was Manager of Parts Provisioning, and managed 65 "Remembering Papa Tim" memorial brick atop Signal Hill, Calif.employees.

He married Catherine (nee Billington) in 1943, then left for South Africa to help the Allies win World War II. First son Terry was born in 1944, and I followed 14 year later in 1958. After a bitter divorce in 1967 Dad discovered his ex-wife had taken his 9-year old son to America, against English court orders. He didn't hear from me again again until 1988, when I (age 30, with a last name of Steinbach, that of my first step-father) found his address. I wrote a 1-page letter to him--essentially "Are you my Dad?"--and I received a 14-page heartfelt letter in reply. I immediately flew to England to see him.

Over the next seven years, until Dad's death from a heart attack in 1995, I flew to England several times, reestablishing ties with him, my brother Terry and Terry's children Steven and Claire Godden. In 1989 I legally changed my name back to Godden. Dad visited us in America once, for a fortnight (two week) holiday in 1990. In loving remembrance of Terry's and my father, an inscribed brick now lies in Hilltop Park, at the top of Signal Hill, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. -->

Lee's Father: Thomas William "Tim" Godden

  • Born: March 6, 1922 in Marden, Kent, England
  • Died: January 5th 1995 in Crewe, Cheshire, England (remains cremated)
  • Mother: Lillian Alice Godden (nee Ditton)(Lee's paternal grandmother)
    • Born: January 2, 1899 in Woodchurch, Kent, England
    • Died: October 3, 1943 in Rye at age 44 (pregnancy complications)
    • Note: Had pre-existing heart ailment. At time of death was four months pregnant with lifeless twins (possible ectopic pregnancy). Dr. Button at Rye Hospital incorrectly diagnosed fetuses as cysts and operated accordingly. Heart stopped during operation.
    • Burial location: unmarked grave at church in East Guldeford, Rye, Sussex, England
    • Father: Alfred Settatree Ditton
    • Mother (from Nigel Godden): Annie Marie Spain
    • Mother (from Lee's chat's with Mona): Jane? Jennifer? “Jenny” Ditton
      • Born: __ / __ / __ in _____________
      • First husband: Mr. _______ Poune
        • Born: __ / __ / __ in __________
      • Notes: Had child Lillian Alice Ditton (above) out of wedlock. When pregnant with child Jenny, married Mr. Poune. Later children included Jack, Robert, and Nancy Poune.
    • Brother: Alf Ditton
    • Sister?
  • Father: Thomas William Godden III
    • Born: December 15, 1897 in Marden, Kent, England
    • Died: May 31, 1954 in Faversham, at age 56 (Coronary Thrombosis)
    • Buried at Faversham Church, England
    • Occupation: Farm employee
    • Father: Thomas William Godden II (white beard)
      • Born: 1873 (Sally has Oct. 1872) in Marden, Kent
      • Died: March 1921 (when widow remarried as widow)
      • Occupation: farmer / pig butcher
      • Purchased "Poulter's Hall" for 500 pounds
      • Married in 1892 in West Malling, Kent to Alice Jane Brooks (see below)
      • Had 5 children
      • Daughter: Alice Sophia Godden
        • born 1893 (eldest child)
      • Daughter: Hetty Godden
        • Born: 1895
        • Married Walter Clarke in 1918
        • Grace: "Hetty liked to fight with relatives, especially Lil." (Lee's paternal grandmother)
        • Daughter: Grace Lowe
          • (Lee met Grace, Valerie, Ron, Heidi and Allan on Dec. 7, 2014 in Orange)
          • Grace was born: 1919, at Poulter's Hall (see above), Kent
          • Alice GoddenMarried Thomas Lowe
            • RAF fighter pilot (earned Silver Wings)
            • Died 1998, cancer
            • Thomas moved to Michigan as a youth, then moved back to UK during US recession.
            • Wife Grace liked warmer weather, so the couple moved to Windsor, Canada (near Detroit, Michigan) in 1947
            • In 1951 family moved to Whittier, California.
            • Settled later in Orange, California
          • Daughter: Heidi Jayne Nelson (see below, daughter of Grace's brother "Gus" Clark)
          • Daughter: Valerie Michal
            • Born in Windsor, Canada, Oct 21, 1949
            • Married Ron Michal
              • Born in Compton, California, Oct 26, 1953
            • Reside in Wrightwood, Calif., but currently live with Grace in Orange, Calif.
          • Son: Allan Robert Lowe
            • Born: May 30, 1944 in Dagenham, England
            • Son: Thomas Lowe (videographer)
            • Son: David Lowe
            • Served in U.S. Army in Vietnam
              • received Bronze Star medal
            • Retired from AT&T (formerly Bell Telephone)
            • Volunteered on USS Iowa battleship
            • Died April 16, 2015 in Long Beach, CA, aged 70
          • Son: David Lowe
            • Born in England 1941
            • Died Feb 19, 2011 (year?), age 69
        • Son: Lancelot Walter "Gus" Clark
          • Born: 1921
          • Nickname "Gus" came from head-nodding horse
          • Married: Thelma Woodland
            • died in 1961 during daughter Heidi's childbirth
          • Served in Royal Navy
            • Connection with HMS Queen Mary?
            • something related to "Kirasela?"
          • Son: David Allan Clark
            • Age 60 as of 2014
            • Lives in England
          • Daughter: Penelope "Penney" Bowdle
            •  (eldest of Gus' children)
            • (Facebook Friend with Lee)
            • came to US in 1970 (married US GI)
            • lives in Washington State
          • Daughter: Christine Ann Mclaughlin
            • Born Feb. 13, 1952
            • Lives in Selby, Yorkshire, England
            •  (also does family history research)
            • (Facebook Friend with Lee)
          • Daughter: Heidi Jayne Nelson
            • Age 53 in 2014
            • Born at Hornschurch Hospital, Romford, Essex
            • Mother Thelma (above) died after childbirth
            • Father ("Gus") asked his sister Grace to raise Heidi
            • At age 5 weeks emigrated to US to be raised by  Grace
            • Works at Walmart in Buena Park
      • godden-family-orig-photoPHOTO ---> Top row, left to right: Alice Jane (Brooks) Godden, Thomas William Godden III, Thomas William Godden II, Edward Godden; Bottom row, left to right: Alice Sophia Godden, Thomas William Godden I, Hetty Godden, Baby is GRACE!...dog-Teddy Bears

 

      • Son: Edward Godden
        • Born Oct 9 1901 in Marden, Kent
        • Edward-Godden-millitaryEnlisted in English Army, Aug 21 1914 for World War I duty
          • Served 15 years in Army, discharged Aug 20, 1929
        • Moved to Canada, met wife Stella and became a blacksmith
        • Enlisted in WWII  September 1939
          • discharged June 1940
        • Diagnosed with stomach cancer, giving months to live
        • moved to BC, Canada and lived for many more years, working as a carpenter.
        • Married July 31 1930 to Stella Marie Howlett in Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada
          • Born March 6 1908 in Preston, Co. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
          • Died Aug 6 1990 in Princeton, BC, Canada
          • Father: Benjamin William Howlett
            • born 1874 in Norfolk, England
            • Married Elizabeth Murphy Sep 19 1906 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
            • died Nov 6 1915 in Preston Co., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
          • Mother: Elizabeth Murphy
            • born Jan 5 1873 in St. Bridget's, Blackwater, ireland
            • died 1946? Ontario or Alberta, Canada
            • daughter: Pearl Irene, b1906, died 1907
            • daughter Stella (see above)
            • daughter Lovina Phillemenia, b 1909, d1973
              • married Art Stanley, no children
            • daughter Elizabeth Estha, b 1911 d1961
              • married Frank ____
              • children Allan, Geraldine and Henry
            • second marriage (widow) to Frank Bernard
        •  Son: Edward James Godden (Jr.)
          • Born 1931 in Marden, Maidstone, Kent, England
          • Note from Heidi Clark: An Edward Godden, was parish minister? (or was it his father Edward?)
          • Died August 1, 2013
        • Margaret-Godden_Thomas-CoyneDaughter: Margaret "Peggy" Godden
          • born Feb 28 1933 in Regina, Sask, Canada
          • Married Thomas Leonard Coyne, Feb 29 1952 in Penticton, BC
            • Born Jan 15 1927 in Princeton, BC
            • Died July 6 1994 in Princeton, BC
          • Edward Died Dec 30 1972 in Princeton, BC, Canada
        • Daughter: Sarah Louise Godden b1904
        • Father: Thomas William Godden I
          • Born 1851 (Sally has 1850) in Marden, Kent, England
          • Died March 1925, Maidstone, Kent.
          • poultry farmer; census listed as 'shoe maker' at age 30
          • Married: Sophia Linkstead in 1872 (8 years older than Thomas)
            • Born: 1843 in Yalding, Kent
            • Died before 1891 (Sally has 1885), leaving Thomas a widower at age 40
          • Alice-Godden-weddingone son, Thomas William Godden
          • Father: Thomas William Lewis Godden
            • Born 1829 in Marden, Kent
            • Died: Oct 14 1856 in Marden, Kent (age 27!)
            • Father: Joel Godden
              • Born: March 18 1804 in Marden, Kent
              • Died: 1878 in Marden, Kent
              • Father: John Godden
                • Born: 1754 in Marden, Kent
                • Died: Jan 1836 in Marden, Kent (age 82)
              • Mother: Mildred Hunt
                • Born: 1769
                • Died: March 1823 in Marden, Kent (age 54)
              • Brother: Thomas Godden, b1802, died as infant
              • Sister: Ann Godden, b June 1807 (no more info)
              • Sister: Mary Godden, bMay 1813, died May 1819 (age 6)
            • Mother: Sarah Waterman
              • Born: April 20 1806 in Marden, Kent
              • Died: Dec 23 1865 in Marden, Kent (age 59)
              • father: Edward Waterman
              • mother: Mary Bray Austin
            • Sister: Sarah Godden, b1826, died March 1832 (age 6)
            • Sister: Mary Mildred Godden, bApr 1828, died 11 weeks later in June 1828
            • John Edward Godden, b Jan 1832 (no more info)
            • Edward Godden, b Apr 1834, died Feb 9 1911
          • Mother: Susannah Maria Neale
            • Born:  Dec. 1828 in Goudhurst, Kent
            • Died: 1887
            • Note: during one census Susannah crossed out her first name and replaced it with 'Sarah.'
          • Sister: Susannah Godden, b1853
          • Sister: Sarah Godden, b1855, died at age 6
          • Brother: William Thomas Godden
            • Born July 14 1859 in Linton, Maidstone, Kent
            • (note: Nigel Godden may have 1869 as birth year)
            • Died July 16 1942
            • (note: Nigel Godden may have June as death month)
            • Married in 1887 to Esther Godden (William's mother Susannah died 1 month earlier)
              • Esther Born July 31 1864 in Sussex
              • Died Dec 9 1947
            • Charles William Oliver Godden and wife Elizabeth Marshall with sons Stanley and SidneySon: Charles William Oliver Godden
              • Born 1897
              • Died 1938 (of stomach cancer)
              • Married to Elizabeth Marshall
              • Son: Stanley Charles Godden
                • Daughter: Margarita Murray
                  • Born Dec 13, 1955
                  • Married (1975) to James Murray
                    • moved from Scotland at 17
                  • Son: Paul Murray
                  • Son: David Murray
                  • Daughter: Amanda Murray
                  • Note: Margarita emailed Lee November 2012. She lives 25 miles west of London.
                • Son: Andy Godden, born July 4, 1954
                • Son: Pete Godden, born Jan 30, 1960
              • Son: Sidney Godden
              • Daughter: Frances
            • Daughter: Esther Godden, b 1889
            • Son: William Oliver Godden
              • Born June 7 1889 in Sydenham, Kent
              • Died: Dec 17 1956 in Cranbrook, Kent
              • Daughter: Olive Godden
                • died while young
              • William-Stanford-Godden_Nigel-Godden_Nigels-motherSon: William Standford Godden
                • Born Jan 3 1926 in Cranbrook, Kent
                • Died June 17 2006 in Milford, Surrey, England
                • Partner (wife?): Nita Mary McCheyne
                  • born Sep 27, 1926 in Bristol
                  • father: Charles Edward McCheyne
                  • mother: Maud Ethel Averill
                • worked as police constable and detective
                • acted in film "Born Free"
                • Nigel-Godden-university-graduationSon: Nigel Richard Standford Godden
                  • born: Nov 3 1956 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya.
                  • note: Lee and Nigel Godden, lives in Netherlands (Middenlaan 28, 3843 BC Harderwijk, Netherlands, tel 00-31-341-495396, goddennigel@hotmail.com as of March 2007) believes Thomas Godden may have died in 1859 instead of 1856, which would make Nigel a "true Godden," he wrote to me. Otherwise not.
                • Daughter: Nicola Jane Averill Godden
                  • born March 30 1959 in Moenchengladbach, Germany
                  • married Michael Sinclair Rutherford on Dec 28 1997
                    • born Feb 22 1958
                • daughter: Natalie Ann Rosemary Godden
              • Son: Jack Oliver Godden 
                • Born Aug 8 1927 in Cranbrook, Kent
                • Died Feb. 5 2009 (stroke) in New Zealand
                • Married Edna Lilian Smith in 1955
                  • Born: Sep 17 1931
                  • Died: April 8 2009 in New Zealand
                • Jack was a police officer in Kent
                • Daughter: Elizabeth Ann "Lyz" Smith
                  • born Aug 13 1964 in Maidstone, Kent
                  • married Adrian Paul Smith on Dec 22 1990 in Norfolk, UK
                  • Note: Lyz and Lee are in email contact, 2007 to present. [Lyz's email address hidden.] In 2007 told me her father Jack put together a doc for her cousin Nigel Godden (above).
                • Daughter:  Teresa Christine Godden
                  • born Dec 29 1961 in Maidstone, Kent
                  • occupation: bank manager
            • Joseph Godden
              • born Sep 22 1895
              • Died 1982
              • Married Winnifred Blakely
                • Born Jan 22 1899
                • Died Jan 1 1968
              • Son: Francis Leslie Godden, b1920, d 1942
              • Son: Alan David Godden (no info)
              • Daughter: Jean Patricia Godden, b1929, d1982
              • Daughter: Katherine (Betty) Godden
                • Born 1922
                • Married Henryk Audrzej Malewski, b1921
                • Son: Richard Majewski
                  • Born 1958
                  • Richard emailed me Jan 2007, saying we're related. He's a Man City fan. Liked my recount of finding my father. Email: richard@majewski.com
            • William also had 10 other children! 
          • Sister: Emma Godden, b1861
            • --> Photo shows Emma Godden ("Aunt Emma" to Grace Lowe),  holding baby (with unknown others) in hops field in Kent
          • Sister: Jeminia Godden (no info)
        • Mother: ___________________? (nee ________)
        • Born: __ / __ / __ in _________
        • Died: __ / __ / __ in _________
      • young Alice Godden - Lees paternal grandmotherMother: Alice Jane Godden, nee Brooks
        • --> See photo of Alice Jane Godden
        • Born: 1873 in Kent
        • As widow in 1925 married Fredrick White
          • born: 1872
          • father: William White
        • Died: 1946?
        • Father: William Brooks
          • born 1848 in East Farleigh, Kent, England
          • Married Esther Apr 17 1871 in Ashford, Kent
          • Son: Thomas Brooks, born 1972
          • Daughter: Alice Jane --> same photo
          • Son: William Brooks, born 1875
          • Daughter: Hetty, born 1878
          • Daughter: Emma, born 1879
          • Son: Harry ?
          • Daughter: Nellie ?
          • Son: Frank ? 
          • Mother: Sarah Ann Brooks
            • Born Dec 17 1826 in Yalding, Kent
            • Died: before 1871
            • William Brooks born 1848 was child before marriage
            • Married later in 1848 to Henry Reader
              • Born: 1822
              • Died: 1873
            • Sarah and Henry has 7 children
            • Mother: Caroline Brooks
              • Born: 1809 in Yalding, Kent
              • One child before marriage: Sarah Ann, 1826
              • Married Thomas Spice 1827
              • had 8 more children with Thomas Spice
              • Died: 1840 in Maidstone
              • Father: Edward Brooks
                • Born: 1774 in Yalding, Kent
                • Married Susanna Peckham c1797
                  • Father: John Peckham
                  • Mother: Sarah (born Pettit)
              • Mother: Susanna Brooks
              • Siblings: Edward, Charlton, William and John
        • Mother: Esther Freeman
          • Born: 1851 in Smarden, Kent, England
          • Father: Thomas Freeman
          • Mother: Emma Brazier
        • Had 7 siblings: Thomas, William, Hetty, Emma, Harry, Nellie, Frank
      • Sister: Alice Sophia Godden --> photo
        • Born 1893
        • Died Jan 21 1970 of a coronary occlusion, age 75
          • old rumor was that Alice died in an Australian bush fire
        • First husband: John Henry Smith
          • Born: Apr 10 1895 in Camberwell
          • Father: John Charles Smith
          • Mother: Susan Matthews Reynolds
          • Joined Australian Army July 18 1940
            • Discharched as sergeant Sep 29 1945
          • Died: Dec 6 1981 in nursing home in Victoria Park, Western Australia
        • Alice and John migrated to Western Australia in 1925, as part of a 'scheme' or group settlement by the local government. Settlers from England were loaned some land (usually thick forest) for farming use. The scheme was mostly a failure.
        • Son: Jack Edward Smith
          • Born: c1919 in England
          • Immigrated to Australia with his mother Alice and father John in 1925 at the age of 6
          • Joined Australian military in 1940s, and was captured and held as prisoner of war on the Burma Railway by the Japanese. Survived.
          • After the war, married _____
          • Son: Kim Edward Phillips
            • born: [date hidden] 1953 in Bridgetown, WA, Australia
            • Born as Kim Smith, changed to Phillips in 1958
            • married: Karen Lesley Brooks in 1990?
              • born: [date hidden] 1957 in Oxford, England
              • father: Albert Leslie Frank Brooks
              • Mother: Yvonne Marie Winnifred Wall
              • LEE and KAREN are in email contact since 2007
            • Karen and Kim live an hour north of Perth, in Western Australia.
              • [Karen's email address hidden]
            • Son: Scott Craig Phillips, born [date hidden] 1992
            • Kim never knew his grandmother Alice
            • Kim found out when he was 50 years old that Jack Edward Smith was his father. He'd thought his mother's 2nd husband, Francis, was his real dad. Francis was his step-dad.
          • Jack died: July 30, 1955
            • Jack was killed by a falling tree in the heavily forested Greenbrushes area south of Western Australia.
        •  Son: Albert Roy Smith
          • Born: 1932
          • died 2004 of Parkinsons Disease
          • Daughter: Leonie O'Mara, nee Smith
            • Born November __, 1956
            • Lee emailed with Leonie several times in 2007
              • [Leonie's email address hidden]
            • Lives in Bunbury, Western Australia
            • age stated in 2007 as "fifty-ish"
        • Daughter: Vivine Alice Smith
          • born 1921, died age 9 1930
        • Daughter: Muriel Smith, b1930
        • Son: Stanley Gerald (Bill) Smith, b1934
        • Alice Sophia Godden's 2nd husband: Francis Edward Lionel Phelps
          • married fellow settler Francis on July 18, 1950
          •  Francis born 1895
          • died: July 26 1967
      • Brother: Edward (Ted) Godden
        • born Dec 22 1901 in Marden, Kent
        • later immigrated to Canada when Mona was young
      • Sister: Sarah Louise Godden
        • born May 8 1904 in Marden, Kent
      • Sister: Hettie Godden in England (see above)
        • born Nov 10 1895 in Marden,Kent
        • Married Walter Clark in May 1918
        • Son: Lancelot Walter "Gus" Clark (see above)

     

    • 1st Marriage: Catherine Yatrofsky, nee Billington, formerly Godden, formerly Steinbach
      • married Sep 21 1943 at St. Phillips, Witton, West Midlands, England
    • 2nd Marriage: Florence Godden (nee Trundley)
      • married August 16, 1969 Moore Street Chapel, Rochdale, Lancashire
      • Born: July 2 1923 In _______
      • Died: @June 1997 in Ripon?
      • Occupation: __________________

     

    • All-Godden-siblings_Janices-1966-wedding_Ken-John-Mona-Lillian-Betty-Tim-Robert-w800This is the only known photo of all 6 Godden siblings together. -->
      • Taken at Janice's (now Thorpe) 1966 wedding

     

    • Dad's Sister: Mona Harlow (nee Ditton - half-sister)
      • Born: February 4, 1918 in Rye
      • Mona Godden 1966Died: 2003??
      • Address was: 33 West Place, Brookland, Romney Marsh, Kent TR299RG
      • Occupation: Farm worker, fruit/hop picker, tractor driver, "jack of all trades"
      • Notes: quit smoking in November 1973
      • Father: unknown
      • Husband: Stan Harlow
        • Married: August 14, 1934 in Maidstone Registrar’s Office
        • Born: January 23, 1916
        • Died: February 27, 1989 in Rye Hospital
      • Uncle-Stan-and-Aunt-Mona-Kent-1988Son: Raymond Stanley Harlow
        • 190 London Road, Deal, Kent, CT140PW?
        • Born: March 14, 1935
        • 1st Marriage: Joy ________? in 1958, length: 3 years
        • 2nd Marriage: Dilys Harlow (nee Laugher)
          • Married: December 30, 1964
          • Father: Bank manager, died in 1993 at age 94
        • Son: Simon Harlow
          • Born: June 21, 1966
          • Occupation: helicopter pilot, Royal Navy, Lt.
        • Son: James Harlow
          • Born: July 31, 1967
          • Occupation: pilot, British Airways
        • Note: June 2011: Ray called Sue Clark (see below). Ray was best man at Sue's father John's wedding to Janette Hunt. (Ray and John were same age.)

     

    • Robert Godden, 1966Brother: Robert (Bob) Godden
      • Born: July 3 1924 in Marden (or Maidstone?) Kent
      • Died: July 9, 2001 (throat cancer)
      • Lived in Mary Tarry? near Tavestoft, near Devon?
      • Wife: Frances Eileen Elizabeth Garbally
        • Married Feb 26 1944 at St. John’s Church, Bromley, London
        • Born: c1925?
        • Died: 1996 (breast cancer)
      • Daughter: Janice Thorpe (nee Godden)
        • Lives in Maidstone, Kent
        • Born: March 1947 in Battle, Sussex
        • Uncle-Bob_Aunt-Eileen_Cousin-Ian1st husband: Michael Legge (now divorced)
          • Married June 4, 1966
            • at St. Michael’s Church, Marden, Kent.
            • See "All Godden siblings" photo above.
        • 2nd husband: Jim Thorpe
        • Son: David Legge
          • Born: February 23, 1969
          • Son: Sid, b2008?
          • Lives in Gloucestershire
        • Daughter: Deborah Legge
          • Born: September 22, 1971
          • Married: John ____
          • Daughter: Dana, b2004?
          • Lives in Hatfield
        • Daughter: Donna Legge
          • Born: June 15, 1976
          • Married: Dave ____
          • Daughter: Ellie, b2004?
          • Daughter: Paige, b2009?
          • Lives in Brighton
        • Daughter: Della Ward (nee Legge)
          • Born: June 30, 1978
          • Divorced
          • Son: Chris, b1999?
          • Son: Kyle, b2001?
          • Daughter: Georgia, b2003
          • Son: Tyrus, b2005?
          • Lives in Maidstone, Kent
        • Note: Janice (janice.thorpe261@btinternet.com) and Lee emailed each other in 2011. Janice is in touch with Sue Clark. Janice said my father Tim used to visit (along with Florence) when Janice lived in Staplehurst, when Janice's children were young (late 1970s?). Janice said I visited too, when she lived in Marden. (Was that during one of my visits with Dad?)  
      • Son: Ian Godden
        • Born: __ / __ / __ (oldest child)
        • Wife: ___________ (divorced 2x)
        • Had 10 children?
        • Lives now in France since 2001 (according to Janice)
      • Daughter: Daphne “Cherry” Godden
        • Born: Feb 15 __? in __________
        • Son: _____ _____
          • Born: __ / __ / __ in __________
          • Died: __ / __ / 1992? (suicide?)
        • Notes: Lives with partner and his four children in Portugal.
      • Daughter: Joy Godden
        • Address: Same house as father Robert and mother Eileen (above)
        • Born: __ / __ / __
        • 1st Husband: Nicky Hunt (now divorced)
          • Dates: August 10, 1974 to __ / __ / __
        • Current mate: Mr. ______ ______
        • Daughter: Kirsky? __________ (father = Hunt)
          • Born: September 14, 1977
        • Daughter: Kerri __________ (father = Hunt)
          • Born: September 4, 1974
        • Son: Robert ________ (father = Hunt)
          • Born: __ / __ / __? (age 7 in 1990)
        • Adopted Son: ____ _____ (from current mate’s prior marriage)
          • Born: __ / __ / __
        • Son: _____ _______ (father = current mate)
          • Born: __ / __ / __ in _________

     

    • Ken Godden, 1966Brother: Kenneth (Ken) Godden
      • Born: __ / __ / 1930 in Marden
      • Died: February 2, 1993 in ___? (cause of death: car accident?)
      • Lived in Kennington (near Ashford)
      • 1st mate: Chan Kit? (Hong Kong)
        • Born: __ / __ / __ in Shanghai?
        • Dates: April 12, 1954 to __ / __ / __
      • Ken's step-son: John Godden?
        • Born: January 20, 1952 in _____________
        • Son of mother Chan Kit and her 1st husband, a medical doctor.
        • Wife: Carol Godden (nee Donnithorpe)
          • Kenny-Godden-in-2-photosMarried December 7, 1974 at Ulcombe Parish Church, Maidstone, Kent
      • 2nd marriage?: Shirley Godden (nee ______)
        • Born: __ / __ / __ in _____________
      • Son: Kenneth (Kenny) Godden II
        • Born: May 10, 1957 in ______________
      • Daughter: Sally Godden
        • Born: November 3, 1962 in _______________
        • Died: December __, 1992 in _________ (breast/liver cancer)
      • Daughter: Shirley Godden
        • Born: September 9, 1955 in ___________
      • Daughter: Jacqueline Godden
        • Born: June 19, 1964 in _____________

     

    • John-David-Clark-Godden_Sues-father_in-the-Royal-Navy-w455Brother: John David Clark Godden
      • Born: December 27, 1935 in Marden
      • Lives in Maidstone, Kent
      • Phone: 0233-622584?
      • 1st Wife: Jannette Norah Hunt
        • Dates: January 17, 1958 (St. Phillip’s Church, Maidstone) to __ /__ /__
        • Born: July 18 1936 in Maidstone, Kent
      • 2nd Wife: May Swandale
      • Son: Kim John Godden
        • Born: April 26, 1961 in ___________
      • Daughter: Susan Jane Clark (nee John-Goddens-1958-wedding-to-JannetteGodden)
        • Lives in Stevenage, U.K.
        • Lee met Sue and Richard during October 2011 visit with brother Terry in Stevenage
        • 2008 email: sjck_@hotmail.com  
        • Born: May 6, 1965 in Maidstone, Kent
        • Married Richard Anthony Clark: December 30, 1993 (or 1992?) in Chatham, Kent
          • Richard born Dec 29 1951?
        • John Godden and Sue Clark's daughter Sophie 2006Daughter: Lucy
          • born Feb 23 1996
          Daughter: Sophie
          • born Nov 4 1998

     

     

    • Sister: Lillian Alice (“Mich”) Prior (nee Godden)
      • Born: September 25, 1920? In Marden
      • Died 2007 from breast/liver cancer
      • Lived at 91 Manor Road, Lydd
      • Married Denis Prior on Nov 6 1943
        • marriage was 6 weeks after Mich’s mother’s death
        • Denis born: 1920 in Kent, England
        • Note: As of June 2011. Sue Clarke says Mona's son Ray is still in regular contact with Denis, with whom Sue writes.
      • Mich and Denis were known as "The Mayor and Mayoress of Lydd"
      • Son: Michael Prior
        • Born: November 21, 1944 in __________
        • Died: August 18, 1988 in Australia.
          • (Cut hand on tin, became infected, died two days later. Initially moved to Australia because he became disillusioned with father’s farming lifestyle(?).)
        • Wife: Susan Prior (nee Day)
        • Son: Simon Prior
        • Son: _______
        • Born: __ / __ / __

     

    • young Aunt Betty GoddenSister: Elizabeth "Betty" Hickmott (nee Godden)
      • Born: 1933?
      • Lives at: 4 White Limes, Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Kent?
        • just 15 miles away from Janice Thorpe
        • Janice visited Aunt Bette in June 2011, and likely visits often.
        • Sue Clark visited Betty in 2008?
      • Phone: 0580-754186?
      • Lee visited (along with Aunt Mona) during 1990 visit
        • see photo at right -->
      • 1st marriage: Tom Apps, in New Romney, Jan 14th 1948
        • Dates: January 14, 1948 to __ / __ / __
        • Born: Nov 2 1929 in ________________
      • 2nd marriage: William (Bill) Hickmott
        • Dates: October 23, 1973 to present
        • At: Maidstone (New Romney) Registrar’s Office
        • Born: __ / __ / __ in ______________
      • Son: Ken “Kenny” Apps
        • Lives in Staplehurst?
        • Wife: ______ ________
        • Children: 2
        • Born: __ / __ / __
      • Son: Robert Apps
        • Born: Aug 14, 1950
        • Aunt Betty - Aunt Mona - Uncle Bill - Lee - Aug 1990Notes: location unknown for several years?

     

     

    Thomas "Tim" Godden

    More Godden photos

    Lee and Terry Godden and their families

    The Billingtons


Mona and Lee in Kent, 1994

Last photo of Mona and I in her backyard in Brookland, Kent.

Paternal grandfather Thomas William Godden.

Paternal grandfather T.W. Godden during World War One.

Thomas William Godden and Alice Brooks Godden with their granddaughter Grace Clark, circa 1921.