Thomas Godfrey was born at Philadelphia, the son of a notable scientific genius of the same name. He studied with William Smith at the Academy of Philadelphia, where he befriended Nathaniel Evans, who later edited Godfrey's Poems. After being apprenticed to a watchmaker Godfrey was commissioned as an ensign in the Pennsylvania militia and served in the Fort Duquesne campaign in the Seven Years' War (1758). He spent the later years of his short life working as a merchant's factor in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The court of fancy, a poem. 1762.
Juvenile poems on various subjects. 1765.
The prince of Parthia, a tragedy. 1917.