390. Albert Wallingford12 Godown (Harrison Rounsaville11, John Alexander10, Jacob9, John8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown) was born Linvale, Hunterdon Co, NJ June 2, 1903. Albert died April 30, 1976 Fort Myers, Lee Co, FL, at 72 years of age. Burial at Fort Myers Cemetery, Fort Myers, Lee Co, Florida

He married twice. He married Gertrude Melvina Baldwin in New Jersey, June 25, 1930. Gertrude was born in Hopewell Twp, Mercer Co, NJ January 21, 1904. Gertrude(1738) was the daughter of Joseph R Baldwin and Victoria B unknown. Gertrude died September 12, 1972 Flemington, Hunterdon Co, NJ, at 68 years of age. She was buried September 15, 1972 at Highland Cemetery, Hopwell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey.

He married Marian Charlotte Bailey Frederick Co, MD, May 10, 1947. Marian was born Paterson, Passaic Co, NJ August 9, 1915. Marian was the daughter of James Cunningham Bailey and Anna Johanna Pedersen. Marian died January 1, 2003 in Tallahassee, Leon Co, Florida, at 87 years of age. Marian Has published the following books dealing with Fort Myers, Fl. "Fort Myers yesterday and today" co-authored by Prudy Board, Anna Pack and Marion. "Yesterday's Fort Myers" co-authored by Alberta Rawchuck and Marian.

Marian Bailey Godown Marian Bailey Godown, 87, a retired journalist and author, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003. The service will be at 11 a.m. EST Monday at United Church of Christ, 1834 Mahan Dr. To assist Mrs. Godown's disabled daughter, Joanna, memorial contributions may be made to the Marian Bailey Godown Family Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 14143, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Abbey Funeral Home (562-1518) is handling arrangements. Born to Anna Johanna Pedersen and James Cunningham Bailey on Aug. 9, 1915, in Paterson, N.J., she was the last born of six siblings. Her maternal aunt, Lily Pedersen, was a pioneering model for the artist Harrison Fisher and also worked as a silent-screen actress. Mrs. Godown's paternal aunt, Annie Jane Bailey, was a pioneering newspaper columnist for the Passaic Herald News in the late 1890s. Marian Bailey worked in business offices at Rockfeller Center in New York City and also in Albany, N.Y. She was also a columnist for the weekly Clifton Leader in Clifton, N.J., before she answered a call to help on the homefront in the newsroom of the Paterson Evening News during World War II. During the war, she wrote about the overseas exploits of hometown heroes, profiled the homefront efforts of those assisting the war effort and wrote eloquent obituaries of the area men and women who died in the cause of freedom during the war. She was also named the newspaper's Victory Garden editor, which resulted in her work being recognized as superior by the New Jersey governor. Her memoir of the experience, which she wrote at age 86, is archived with the Florida State University Institute on World War II and The Human Experience. In the 1940s, she joined her brother Raymond Bailey, who was editor of the Hunterdon Republican, a weekly in Flemington, N.J., as his chief reporter. She took on the task of editor when he joined the J. Walter Thompson agency in New York and handled the Kodak account, among other clients. She married Albert Wallingford Godown, director of the regional vehicle-inspection program for the state of New Jersey, who later retired as its consumer ombudsman. Mrs. Godown also corresponded for the Hunterdon County Democrat in Flemington and freelanced articles for The New York Daily News, The Star Ledger and Newark Evening News and The Philadelphia Bulletin. She was an active volunteer with the Hunterdon County Association for Retarded Children, the American Red Cross and the Hunterdon County Historical Society. She researched the Godown family history to the 15th century, including ancestors' American Revolutionary War contributions and the achievements of Lt. John Godown--who survived numerous battles while leading Union troops in the Civil War in Maryland and later at the siege of Vicksburg before being captured in the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864. In 1966 the couple and their two daughters moved to Sarasota, where Mrs. Godown continued writing and was active in the National League of American Pen Women and the Sarasota County Historical Society. They later moved to Fort Myers, where she was a columnist for the Fort Myers News-Press for 11 years. She co-wrote a photographic history, "Yesterday's Fort Myers." Mrs. Godown was a longtime member and former director of the Florida Historical Society and former adviser and contributor to Tampa Bay History. She is survived by two daughters, Joanna Charlotte Godown of Lakeland and Jan Bailey Annino Godown of Tallahassee; a son-in-law, Paolo Annino of Tallahassee; a granddaughter, Anna Annino of Tallahassee; beloved nieces and nephews including Karen Haithcock of Fleetwood, Pa., Paula Kobernick of Vancouver, Wash., Cindy Lord of Tampa, Laurie Bailey of Germany, John Cleminshaw of Aurora, Ohio, Beau Bailey of Sacramento, Calif., and Guy Bailey of Sandpoint, Idaho; 17 grandnieces and -nephews; and great-grandnieces and -nephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings, Florence, Milton, Lillian, James Jr. and Raymond. . Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 3, 2003

In the 1930 census 112 Bark Street, Hamilton Twp, Mercer Co, NJ page 52, Albert (age 26) is recorded as a lodger with Alice Hobson (age 60 widow) and 3 children and one other lodger. Albert is a machinist.

Albert or "Al" as he was known by, should be credited with a lot of the research done here. A majority of the other researchers have referenced Al and his work. Below is a copy of his autobiography written June 2, 1969. The paper was sent to me by his wife Marian.

My Autobiography by Albert W. Godown (Sr)

I was born on June 2, 1903 at Linvale, East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I am a son of the late Harrison Rounsiville Godown and Lena Wyckoff Godown of Ringoes, New Jersey, and a great-great-grandson of John Godown Sr. of Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, who fought in the American Revolution. He was a "Minute Man" (a private) in Col. David Chamber's 3rd Regiment of foot associators. I attended Hunterdon County public schools and Rider College, Trenton, New Jersey, and graduated from Hamphill Diesel Engineering School in Long Island, New York. I was employed by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Vehicle Inspection as a Supervisor, district supervisor and assistant chief. I retired in 1966 after 28 1/2 year's of service, and moved in August of that year to Sarasota, Florida. After living almost five years in Sarasota, I moved in August, 1971 to Fort Myers, Florida. I served in the New Jersey National Guard for a total of 12 years between 1924 and 1948, retiring with the rank of warrent officer. I was inducted into active Federal Service with the 44th Division on September 16, 1940 and served in the Army of the United States during World War II for two and one-half years. I was honorably discharged with the rank of first sergeant. I am a member of the Florida and Caloose Chapters of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, a Former member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 159, of Flemington, New Jersey. During my term as post 159 commander, the Post had the largest membership in its history with 432 members. Also while I served as Commander, the Post's building program was started, which produced the Post home and community center in Flemington. A "glad" enthusiast, I grew prize-winning gladiolus in Hunterdon County for about seven years, and won many awards at local, state, and national shows. I am a member of the North American Gladiolus Council, and the New Jersey Gladiolus Society. Also, I am a member of the Hunterdon County, (NJ) Historical Society, the Southwest Florida Historical Society of Fort Myers Fl., the Florida Historical Society and the National Historical Society.

Albert Wallingford Godown and Gertrude Melvina Baldwin had the following child:


child + 578 i. Albert W13 Godown Jr was born August 29, 1941.

Albert Wallingford Godown and Marian Charlotte Bailey had the following children:

child 579 ii. Joanna Charlotte Godown (still alive).

child 580 iii. Jan Florence Godown (still alive).

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