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GODWIN , JUDITH (d. 1746 ), one of Howel Harris's correspondents .

Her maiden name was Weaver , and it is often (but incorrectly) said that she was the daughter of John Weaver (d. 1712 ), Puritan minister at New Radnor and afterwards at Hereford ; it is however very probable that she belonged to the same family and was born in Radnorshire . She m. (1) Samuel Jones ( 1680? - 1719 ) (q.v.) , of Tewkesbury , and (2) in 1721 , Edward Godwin ( 1680? - 1764 ), a prominent Independent minister in London . Of the second marriage there were two sons: Edward ( 1722 - 1748 or 1749 ), a Whitefieldian exhorter , and John ( 1723 - 1772 ), an Independent minister in East Anglia who became father of the writer William Godwin and grandfather of Mary Wollstonecraft , wife of the poet Shelley . Judith Godwin moved in the quasi-Methodist Nonconformist circle of her day in Wales , and was friendly with Vavasor Griffiths and Lewis Rees (qq.v.); she was also an early and close friend of Howel Harris and of his family — we have nearly forty letters which passed between her and Harris . She was pietistic , and was strongly prejudiced against John and Charles Wesley . She d. at Watford, Herts. , 25 Jan. 1746 .

Sources:

  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1943 , iii and iv, and references given there.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959