143. Charles Robins10 Godown (John A9, Jacob8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown) was born Hickory Corner, Hunterdon, NJ April 24, 1843. Charles obituary has his birth date as April 4, 1843. Other sources have it as April 24. Charles died February 17, 1919 Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, at 75 years of age. Buried in the Milford Union Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial# 38728532
He married Alice Agnes Pursell in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, October 06, 1866. Alice was born Upper Black Eddy, Bucks Co, PA January 04, 1848. Alice(1477) was the daughter of Jacob Pursell and Ann Catharine Shaver. Alice died December 29, 1935 Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, at 87 years of age. Buried at the Milford Union Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial# 38728554 In the 1860 census Frenchtown Alexandria Twp Hunterdon Co NJ page 837, Charles Godown (age 17) is working on the farm of Jonas Robbins. He has a personal estate value of $150.
In the 1870 census, Foster Twp. Luzerne Co, PA page 461, Charles (age 27) is listed with his wife Alice A (age 21). His occupation is listed as a farm worker. There is also an Anna S Godown listed and looks like age 2.
In the 1880 census Holland Twp Hunterdon Co page 342A, Charles (age 37) is living with his wife Alice (age 37) and 5 children, Annie J (age 13) Charles L (age 11) William H (age 6) Franklin T (age 2) and Nellie (age 4 months). Charles has the occupation of laborer.
In the 1885 state census Holland Twp Hunterdon Co NJ page 25, Charles is living with Alice, Charles L, William, Frank, Nellie, and John.
In the 1895 NJ State census Holland Twp Hunterdon Co page 50, Charles is living with Alice, Nellie (age 5-20), Johnnie (age 5-20), Noah (age 5-20), and Catherine (over 60) Godown. I have no idea who Catherine is. My guess is that she was an aunt. No record of his brothers having married a Catherine. More research is needed.
In the 1900 census (page 153A) of Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, Charles (age 57) is living with his wife of 33 years, Alice (age 52) and youngest son Noah (age 14). The census notes that Charles owns his home with no mortgage, he can read and write and was unemployed for 8 months this last year.
In the 1910 census Milford, Holland Twp Hunterdon Co page 157B, Charles (age 65) is living with his wife Alice (age 62). They are noted as having been married 44 years with 7 children all still living. His occupation is listed as a farmer, he is an employer, they own the farm and have no mortgage.
His obituary as found in the Hunterdon County Democrat on Feb 20, 1919:
Charles Godown one of the oldest and most respected citizens of the community, departed this life on Monday morning February 17th, at 10:30 o'clock. For a number of weeks he had been confined to his home with jaundice and his condition did not become serious until a few days before his demise. The deceased will be greatly missed from the community. He was a man of large stature and had a mild pleasing disposition which made him seem like a father to all. He was a man who put great trust in his Master, and although his pathway through life was filled with many discouragements and disappointments, the radiance of his soul shone forth from his beaming face. Our departed friend was born April 4, 1843, making him seventy-five years Ten months and thirteen days old, when breath departed from his earthly frame. He was married in 1866 to Alice Pursell of Upper Black Eddy, Pa. Of the unions seven children were born as follows: Mrs Jennie Smith of Easton, Mrs Nellie Pursell of Upper Black Eddy, Pa, Charles L Godown, Frank Godown, John Godown, Noah Godown and William Godown of this borough all of which are living. The widow also survives to morn his great loss. Funeral services were held in the Peoples Christian Church on Thursday morning February 20, 1919 by the pastor, Rev B. L. Hoagland. The edifice was filled with relatives and friends who came to pay their respect to his memory. Internment was made in the Milford Union Cemetery under direction of Funeral Director Gummer of Frenchtown, NJ.
Charles Robins Godown and Alice Agnes Pursell had the following children:
261 i. Alice Jennie11 Godown(1478) was born in Luzene Co, PA November 13, 1867. Annie died May 1, 1955 Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, at 87 years of age. She married twice. She married Frederick S Ulmer in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, September 22, 1888. Frederick was born in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey February 1867. Frederick was the son of Jeremiah K Ulmer and Eliza Seyler. Frederick died before 1910. The youngest child was born in 1904 so Fredrick died somewhere between 1903 and 1910. (See Frederick S Ulmer for the continuation of this line.)
She married William R Smith about 1915. William was born Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ February 10, 1866. (Additional notes for William R Smith(1479)) In the 1920 census 236 Stewart Street, Easton Northampton Co PA page 88, William (age 54) is recorded with his wife Jennie (age 52), and son Earl (age 22). Obituary as provided by Marilyn Sounders: Mrs. Jennie Ulmer Smith, 87, of Water Street, Milford, died yesterday at the home of her son, Charles Ulmer, of Stewartsville R.D. with whom she was visiting. She was the widow of William R. Smith. Born in Milford, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Alice Pursell Godown. She was a member of Second Meth. Church, Easton. Surviving also, two sons, Floyd of Stewartsville R.D. and Nelson of Easton, two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Haney, of Milford and Mrs. Nellie Datesman, of Thororfare NJ. one sister, Mrs. Nellie Pursell of Upper Black Eddy, Four brothers, Noah Godown, of Milford and John, Frank and Charles Godown of Cedarville NJ. 14 grand children, 21 great g, 2 gg grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wed. at 2 PM at the Johnson Funeral Home Frenchtown.
She is listed in the 1870 census as Anna J (age 2)
+ 262 ii. Charles Lemuel Godown was born May 7, 1871.
+ 263 iii. William Henry Godown was born July 16, 1873.
264 iv. Franklin P Godown(1480) was born Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ July 16, 1877. The group Sheet and WWI draft card of Charles R has Frank born July 17 and the SSDI has Frank born July 16. Franklin died February 24, 1969 Millville, Cumberland Co, NJ, at 91 years of age. He married Anna Bell Dixon Cedarville, Lawrence Twp, Cumberland Co, NJ, 1904. Anna was born in Shiloh, Cumberland Co, NJ December 1879. Anna was the daughter of John T Dixon and Mary L unknown. In the 1900 census, Frank (age 22) is living with his brother and family in Cumberland Co, NJ
In the 1910 census Lawrence Twp, Cumberland Co page 318B, Frank (age 29 obviously not recorded corectly) is living with his wife Anna (age 33). They have been married for 6 years and have had no children. He has an occupation of waterman on an oyster boat. Owns his home and has a mortgage.
In the 1920 census Cedarville, Lawrence Twp, Cumberland Co, NJ page 273B, Frank P (age 42) is living on Maple Avenue with his wife Anna (age 44). Frank has the occupation of Electric Engineer at the Power House. He owns his home and has no mortgage.
In the 1930 census Cedarville, Lawrence Twp, Cumberland Co, NJ page 189, Frank P (age 51) is living on Maple Avenue with his wife Anna (age 55). Frank has the occupation of Electric Engineer at the Power House.
265 v. Nellie J Godown(1481) was born Milford, Holland Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ February 22, 1880. Nellie died 1964 at 84 years of age. Buried at the Milford Union Cemetery, Milford NJ She married Jacob Pursell 1898.
Jake was born Upper Black Eddy, Bucks Co, PA March 1879. Jake was the son of Sanford Pursell and Elizabeth Frankenfield. Jake died 1966 in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, at 87 years of age. Buried at the Milford Union Cemetery, Milford NJ Find A Grave Memorial# 46288947 (See Jacob Pursell for the continuation of this line.) Lived in Upper Black Eddy Pa.,
+ 266 vi. John Arthur Godown was born November 15, 1883.
+ 267 vii. Noah Pursell Godown was born May 08, 1886.
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