Now that you've had a look back at our Godden and Billington ancestors and relatives, here is the family tree headed by my big brother Terence William (Terry) Godden and me. It's a fairly short tree, since Terry and I are both still alive. (Come on! That's funny...)

Since we are 14 years apart in age, Terry has more memories of me than I do of him. I do recall once as a youngster rocking too far in my high chair and feeling myself falling backward toward the kitchen floor. Suddenly a hand reached out and steadied me. It was my big brother. I also seem to recall him slicing up a Mars candy bar with a knife and feeding me one piece at a time. Few -- but precious -- memories.

Dad (age 30) and Terry (age 8) Blackpool 1952With the help of his son Steven, Terry and I (not to mention Dad and I, and Claire and many other Goddens) were reunited in 1988. Steven has remained an amazing help in this never-ending effort to correctly document our family ancestry. I'm sure Steven will carry the genealogical torch forward.  

Lee's Brother: Terence William Godden

  • Born Sep 2 1944 in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, England

  • Lives in Stevenage, Herts, England

  • Occupation: In-Home Social Worker, Stevenage

  • Former occupation: sign writer

  • Terry and Brenda 19941st marriage: Julie Moram (now Warren) on Sep 23 1967

    • Born: September 14, 1947 in Lambeth, London

    • Notes: Moram may be derived from Scottish MacMoram

    • Father: Ronald Moram

      • Born: 24/12/1922 in Battersea, London

    • Mother: Joan Moram (nee Ray)

      • Born: 28/03/25 in Battersea, London

      • Died: 27/01/1995 in Norwich, Norfolk

    • Brother: John Ray

    • Re-married to Chris Warren

  • 2nd marriage: Brenda Lincoln on June 17, 1994 in Stevenage

    • Born: November 25, 1950 in ___________

  • Son: Steven Richard Godden

    • Born: August 29, 1970 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
    • Occupation: train driver in Norwich
    • Steven and Sonia wedding Aug 31 1996Lives in Attleborough, Norfolk, England
    • Married Sonia Joyce Hanks on August 31, 1996

      • born Dec 1973 in Yarmouth, England

      • father: Robin Trevor Hanks

      • mother: Jean Parker

    • Son: Thomas William Godden V

      • Born: December 25, 1997 in Gorleston, Norfolk, England

    • Son: Michael Lee Godden

      • Born: July 16, 2002 in Norwich, England

    • Son: Samuel David Godden

      • Born: April 3, 2004 in Norwich, England

    • Daughter: Hannah Sarah Godden

      • Born April 4 2007 in Norwich, England

  • Daughter: Claire Louise Godden

    • Claire May 2004Born: July 15, 1974 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England

    • 1st marriage to Nathan McCaslin

      • married on Dec 10, 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada

      • Nathan born Feb 7 1965

    • Married Iain Anderson

      • Born: August 2nd, 1945 in Liverpool, England

      • father Alfred Henry Anderson

      • mother: Marjorie Evans

    • Daughter: Brynn Caileigh Anderson

      • born: July 23, 1999 in Glendale, California

    • Daughter Casey Gwenneth Anderson

      • born: April 17 2001 in Glendale, California

Lee Nigel Godden (me)

  • Lee age 2 in Dad's boots 1960, Hatfield, EnglandBorn Feb 3 1958 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

  • Lives in Yorba Linda, California

  • Occupation: entrepreneur and educator

  • Former occupation: high-technology sales executive

  • Married Melanie Anne Riseley on Jan 28, 1984 in Los Angeles
    • Divorced April 17, 1993
    • Born: July 20, 1961 in Oceanside, California
    • Father: Jerry B. Riseley
      • Born: 1923?
      • Occupation: Attorney
      • Died 1999? in Los Angeles
    • Mother: Eunice Riseley (nee Smith)
      • Born:1923? in Australia
      • Died: 1992 in Los Angeles
      • Occupation: Nurse in WWII
    • Lee driving Captain to the groomers, March 20122nd Husband: Michael Berdis
      • Born: 1964?
    • Son: Max (short for Maxmillian?) Berdis
      • Born: 1994 in Long Beach
    • Daughter: Athena Berdis
      • Born: 1997? in Long Beach
    • Valeri Godden April 2010Sister: Valrie Riseley
      • Born: 1948?
      • Died: @1999 (cancer)
      • Note: I was quite close with Valrie, for whom Melanie and I named our daughter Valeri (spelled differently), and I spent time with Valrie shortly before her death.
    • Sister: Stephanie Wax (nee Riseley)
      • Born: 1949?
      • Husband: Dan Wax
        • Died: 2001? (leukemia)
    • Sister: Gheri-Lynn Riseley
      • Born: 1959?
      • Alison, Christmas 2009Died: 1988? (suicide)
      • Husband: Edwin Franks
    • Brother: Christopher Riseley
      • Born: 1966?
  • Daughter: Valeri Joy Godden
    • Born: July 7, 1984 in Long Beach, California
    • Husband: Michael Brill
      • Married Dec. 31, 2016 in Barbados
      • Born March 31, 1974
  • Daughter: Alison Joy Godden
    • Born: September 28, 1985 in Long Beach, California
    • Husband: Sean Hartranft
      • Married Feb. 28, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona
      • Born June 4, 1985
  • Fiancée: Simone Par
    • Born March 10, 1955 in Taipei, Taiwan
    •  Simone first met Lee in August 2008
      • They became engaged in November 2009
    • Simone with our Captain, Jan. 2011Daughter: Jennifer Hu
      • Born 1980
      • Married Eric Lin in November 2012
    • Son: Jonathan Hu
      • Born 1985
      • Married Julia Xiong in September 2013
    • Sister: Wen-Chien Par
      • Born: 1957
    • Sister: Yanan Par
      • Born: 1964