Stephen Godin

Stephen Godin
Culland's Grove, Southgate.jpg
Cullands Grove, Southgate, seen in 1801[1]
Stephen Peter Godin

c. 1707
Died15 March 1787 (aged 79–80)
Southgate, Middlesex
OccupationInsurance broker
Known for
  • Improved Cullands Grove
  • Charitable work

Stephen Peter Godin (24 March 1707 – 15 March 1787) was an insurance broker in the City of London and a land-owner in Middlesex. He acquired Cullands Grove in Southgate in what is now north London and may have built the first house on the land. He played an active part in public life and was an officer of a number of charitable organisations.

Early life and family

Stephen Godin was born around 1707 to Stephen Peter Godin (died 1729), a Huguenot merchant in London, and his wife Sussana Godin (née Atterbury).[2]

According to family records published in The Genealogist in 1912, he married Rebecca Noortwyck in Wanstead on 15 June 1731. They were married for 42 years, until his wife's death on 8 March 1774. They had 12 children, 5 sons and 7 daughters; all of the sons and several of the daughters died young.[3]

Four daughters survived and were married, three to merchants of the Russia Company. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth Godin, married John Shiffner. Stephen's fourth daughter, Jane Godin, married Godfrey Thornton, later Governor of the Bank of England; one of their sons (Stephen's grandson) was William Astell.

Stephen's second daughter Susanna Godin (1735–1801) married John Cornwall, and three of their daughters (Stephen's granddaughters) married notable husbands: Susan Cornwall married Samuel Heywood in 1781, and Rebecca and Eleanor Cornwall married John Simeon later 1st Baronet and Peter Thellusson, later 1st Baron Rendlesham, at a double wedding in 1783. A fourth daughter, Augusta Cornwall, married James Stanley, and their daughter Augusta (Stephen's great-granddaughter) married Richard Dawson, 1st Earl of Dartrey.

Stephen Godin's youngest daughter, Sophia, married Lt. Col. (later General) Robert Morse (1743-1818) of the Corps of Engineers, and later first Inspector-General of Fortifications; their surviving daughter Harriett Morse married the military engineer James Carmichael-Smyth (later Major General and 1st Baronet).[2][4][5][6]

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