First Generation

1. George J1 Stapleton was born in Georgia April 2, 1867. George died March 7, 1919 in West Virginia, at 51 years of age.

He married Minnie J Brooks 1897. Minnie was born in Georgia August 10, 1878. Minnie died February 3, 1944 in West Virginia, at 65 years of age. In the 1900 census Spread, Jefferson, Georgia page 261, George (age 33) is recorded with his wife Minnie (age 21), and Jessie (age 2). They have been married for 3 years and have had 1 child. George is a general farmer born in Georgia.

In the 1910 census Militia District 1460, Jefferson Co , Georgia page 261, George (age 41) is recorded with his wife Minnie (age 33), Jessie (age 12), Ethel (age 10), and Floyd (age 4). They have been married for 12 years and have had 3 children. George is a general farmer born in Georgia.

George J Stapleton and Minnie J Brooks had the following children:

child 2 i. Jessie Irene2 Stapleton was born in Georgia March 7, 1898. Lillie died January 10, 1987 at 88 years of age. She married William M. Thomas Godowns in Georgia, about 1912. William was born in Georgia January 25, 1892. William was the son of James Franklin Godowns and Vanna D Phillips. William died January 7, 1936 Augusta, Richmond Co, GA, at 43 years of age. Wednesday, January 8, 1936 Paper: Augusta Chronicle William Godowns, 43, husband of Mrs Lillie Ivey Godowns, died at the residence, 917 Telfair street Monday afternoon at 6 o'clock after an illness of one month. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Mr Godowns, who was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Engineman, was a native of Jefferson County, Ga. but had lived in Augusta for the past 17 years. In addition to his wife, the deceased is survived by two sons, Roy Godowns and Carlton Godowns of Augusta; one brother, L.E. Godowns of Augusta, and two sisters, Mrs Oakley Thigpen of Avera Ga., and Mrs C.M. Harden of Louisville, Ga.

Find A Grave Memorial# 136258039 (See William M. Thomas Godowns for the continuation of this line.) In the 1920 census district 1460, (Stapleton) Jefferson Co, Georgia page 267, Jessie (age 24?, widow) is recorded with her sons Roy (age 6) and Carlton (age 3) and her mother Minnie J Stapleton (age 42) and brother Kenneth (age 14).

child 3 ii. Ethel P Stapleton was born in Georgia June 22, 1900.

child 4 iii. Floyd Kenneth Stapleton was born in Georgia 1906.

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