I have been researching my family tree for years now but I am unfortunate in the I cannot trace past my 2nd Great Grandfather Frank Godney. He first appears in Hull, Yorkshire, England in 1871 on a fishing vessel aged 16 (1855). His place of birth is cited as Virginia, South America. All census records thereafter cite place of birth as New York.
I am inclined to think that Virginia is the place to look and perhaps the reason for the change in description is that many people may not have heard of Virginia??
Married in 1876, the certificate states that Frank's father is a William Godney; occupation Soldier. This is all I know and I am keen to learn more. Can anyone please help? Many Thanks