Posted By:Marilyn LeVeque
Post Date:August 08, 2002 at 21:22:18
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Forum:Jaycox Family Genealogy Forum
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Dear Cheryl,

Well, you have confirmed that there was a Sophia Godfrey married to Henry Jaycox, with a son James. I found that also, but could not find Henrietta, so perhaps the James descendants did not post or know this data.

I am glad to know Henrietta & Cortes had 3 children. I will search out the Charlevoix County Hulls & see if they have any history, (if there are any Hulls left).

I have Polly Godfrey & Daniel Tainter's 1832 Bible & they listed the children of his sister, Sarah Louisa Tainter Jefferds, but I guess, because it was the Tainter Bible, they did not add any Hull births.

In the 1850 Census, either Rives or Tompkins, Polly is listed as "Tinter", but all the Tainter children are listed: Sarah Louisa (aka Louise), Marian, Miriam, Daniel & Nancy, and again Polly is widowed & living near Godfrey's (perhaps nephews, Uncles, brothers or cousins). Marian (Mary Ann in some records, died in 1870), Miriam in 1868, both never married, perhaps due to the Civil War taking sweethearts. Nancy was a schoolteacher & lived in Kalamazoo until her death in the 1920's & never married. So only Daniel & Great Aunt Louise Tainter Jefferds had children. Daniel Augustus Tainter served in the Civil War from MI in 1861 to 1864 & was wounded. It's too bad about Marcus Jaycox.

There must be a connection. The Tainter family, Benjamin & Hannah (Norton) Tainter are from Batavia, Genesee County, NY. Their son, Daniel Tainter, moved to MI (in the 1820 NY Census the Tainters are living near a widow, Miriam Godfrey, with children, female, perhaps Polly?). After Polly Godfrey & he married, in MI, in 1832, they returned to Erie, NY & had most of their children there. Their son, Daniel Augustus Tainter, my gr grandpa was born in Erie, NY, in 1839. Daniel Augustus Tainter wrote a short biography for the MI Pioneers Book.

The Hulls were born in VT, Alice Eliza in Franklin & Frederick & Persis (Barnes) & Cortes list VT. Frederick's brother, Johiah (Jehiel) is also in the 1870 Ingham County census & his brother, Guy & they were born in VT. But, I believe they were born in VT, migrated to NY State, then West to MI. Perhaps all of them together, perhaps with the Tainters & Godfrey families.

Daniel & Polly moved to & from NY several times, but by 1846 were in MI, where Daniel died. A Tainter cousin found a Will which implied Polly Godfrey Tainter had remarried a man named Elisha (?) Godfrey, but he soon died & by 1860 she was a widow. She & the children are listed as Polly Godfrey & Daniel is using Godfrey, also in the 1860 Jackson Census. Polly died in Feb. 1861 & Daniel resumed Tainter & enlisted in May at Battle Creek, MI to serve in the Civil War. I have a letter he wrote his sister, Mary Ann at Christmas 1861 & she is living in Jackson County, MI.

I assumed that the Jaycox' were from NY, also, until I saw your posting about Ohio.

There must be a connection, perhaps Polly, Richard & Sophia are siblings, cousins or nieces & nephew.

I will continue to search. One lady responded she had an article from a MI newspaper, of the 1800's, telling about how her gr grandfather was carried to MI, from NY, by his 13 yr. old cousin, Polly Godfrey. She never responded again, but I'm sure there was a clue. If Polly left with other Godfrey's, from NY to MI, before 1832, perhaps that is why Daniel Tainter went to MI & they married & returned to Erie, NY.

Well, thanks for your confirmations & since your god daughter may be my distant cousin, it gives me more incentive to find the answers.