Godwin was born in 1001 and died 15th April 1053. He was the son of Wulfnoth Cild, a thegn of Sussex, and was created Earl of Wessex by King Cnut. He became the most powerful noble in the land and his daughter, Edith married Edward the Confessor. When Edward died in 1066 without an heir his son became King Harold II.
Family tree for Earl Godwin of Wessex father of Harold II showing: