274. John Washington11 Godown (Jacob10, Isaac9, Jacob8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown)(1627) was born in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey February 22, 1848. The 1850 census has John's age as 3. John died October 03, 1914 Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH, at 66 years of age. Volume 1474, Certificate 54701, Darke Co. has the death as Oct 13, 1914. Some other research has his death on the 4th of Oct. and the 3rd of October. I have used Oct 3 from the Isaac Group sheet since Oct 3rd 1914 is a Saturday and the 13th is a Tuesday. The death Certificate number is obtained from an index and the actual document is not in my position. Buried in Mote Cemetery, Darke Co, Ohio His body was interred October 05, 1914 Monroe Twp, Darke Co, OH, Mote Cemetery.

He married Amanda Jane Spitler in Darke Co. Ohio, May 14, 1876. There is a discrepency in the marriage date. One research has the marriage as May 14, 1876 and another as Apr 18, 1876. I just used the one that has the most references and is included in the Greenville Ohio Group sheet for Isaac Godown.

Amanda was born in Darke Co. Ohio March 10, 1856. Amanda(1628) was the daughter of Joseph W. Spitler and Julian Ann Ravely. Amanda died October 16, 1926 in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH, at 70 years of age. Buried in Mote Cemetery, Darke Co, Ohio

Her body was interred October 18, 1926 Monroe Twp, Darke Co, OH, Mote Cemetery. John's occupation was as a Farmer. His obituary reads: "John Godown, one of the most promenent farmers in Painters Creek, Franklin Township, died Saturday Morning very suddenly from heart disease. Mr Godown had been working in the field Saturday morning, digging potatoes, when he came to the house complaining of feeling badly, and after sitting around the house for a short time, he retired to his room, telling members of the family the he thought he would lie down for a short time, saying that he thought he would feel better. A short time later the family were terribly shocked to find him dead in bed, with the bed clothes pulled up over his face. Mr. Godown's death was a great shock to the community in which he lived, for notwithstanding his age, sixty-six years, he was robust and vigorous. He was very highly respected in his community, being a man of very high moral character. He is survived by his wife and ten children."

Source of the children: The House of Spittler-Spitler 1736-1976 compiled, edited and published by Gale Edwin Spitler Honeymen, Co-Compiler John Clarence Puterbough (reference provided by Doris J Godown)

In the 1870 census Darke Co, page 99b, John (age 22) is living on the Benjamin Flory farm working as a farm hand. He is also noted as living with Jacob and Elizabeth on page 94B of that census.

In the 1880 census Franklin Twp, Darke Co, Ohio page 95B, John (age 31) is living with his wife Amanda (age 26), Martha (age 3), Elizabeth (age 2) and Ezra (age 8 months).

In the 1900 census Franklin Twp, Darke Co Ohio page 95A, John (age 52) is living with his wife Amanda (age 45) and 8 of their children. Amanda is noted as having 13 children with 11 living at the time of the census and John and Amanda have been married for 24 years. John is noted as have the occupaton of farmer and owning his own home.

In the 1910 census South Precinct, Franklin Twp, Darke Co, Ohio, page 21, John H (age 62) is recorded with his wife Amanda J (age 54), daughters Alma L (age 17), Edna V (age 15) sons Leonard W (age 13) and Reuben C (age 11). They have been married for 34 years and have had 13 children with 10 still living at the time of the census. John has the occupation of general farmer.

John Washington Godown and Amanda Jane Spitler had the following children:

child 442 i. Martha Ellen12 Godown(1629) was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH July 14, 1876. Martha died February 06, 1937 in Darke Co. Ohio, at 60 years of age. She married Harvey Sylvester Ditmer in Darke Co. Ohio, October 30, 1896. some research has the mariage date as Oct 31

Harvey was born Monroe Twp, Darke Co, OH July 16, 1874. Harvey(1630) was the son of George Ditmer Jr and Caroline A Surber. Harvey died November 12, 1939 in Darke Co. Ohio, at 65 years of age. Buried on Nov 15th 1939 at Pitsburg (Mote) Cemetery. (See Harvey Sylvester Ditmer for the continuation of this line.)

child 443 ii. Elizabeth Almeda Godown was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH January 08, 1878. Elizabeth died November 03, 1964 at 86 years of age. She married twice. She married Alonzo Kepler in Darke Co. Ohio, February 1901. (Additional notes for Alonzo Kepler(1631)) (See Alonzo Kepler for the continuation of this line.) She married William R Niswonger after 1902. William was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH September 1879. William(1632) was the son of Peter Niswonger and Mary A unknown. (See William R Niswonger for the continuation of this line.) In the 1900 census Monroe Twp, Darke Co Ohio page 53A, Elizabeth is a servant in the home of Perry Tice.

In the 1920 census Baker Street, Pitaburg Monroe Twp Darke Co Ohio page 124, Elizabeth (age 63) is living with her daughter Elizabeth (age 40), son-in-law William Niswonger (age 43), granddaughter Ruth (age 8) and grandson Meal (age 15).

child + 444 iii. Ezra Vernandus Godown was born September 04, 1879.

child 445 iv. George Washington Godown(1633) was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH February 09, 1881. George died June 05, 1952 in Darke Co. Ohio, at 71 years of age. George is burried in Mote Cemetary, Pitsburg in Darke Co, Ohio

In the 1920 census Darke Co, Ohio page 9, a George (age 37) is living with Preston and Viola Cross

child 446 v. Rollin M Godown(1634) was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH March 22, 1883. Rollin died March 08, 1899 Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH, at 15 years of age.

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Clarence and Maisy Mae's Children
Left to right standing: Kenneth, Anna Mae, and in overalls is Harold.


child + 447 vi. Clarence Leroy Godown was born June 08, 1885.

child 448 vii. Mary Florence Godown(1635) was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH April 4, 1887. Mary died November 03, 1961 at 74 years of age. She married three times. She married William Borts. Bill was born about 1885. She married John Brooks. John was born about 1885. She married unknown Reeder. Unknown was born about 1885. (Additional notes for unknown Reeder(1636)) Mary was the twin sister of Clayton.

child 449 viii. Clayton Godown was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH April 4, 1889. Clayton died August 06, 1889 Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH, at less than one year of age. Clayton died at only 4 months old. He was the twin brother of Mary.

child 450 ix. Estella Irene Godown was born Paintercreek, Darke Co, OH July 09, 1890. Estella died August 28, 1906 in Darke Co. Ohio, at 16 years of age.

child 451 x. Alma Luella Godown(1637) was born Paintercreek, Darke Co, OH July 29, 1892. Alma died June 29, 1976 in Piqua, Miami Co, OH, at 83 years of age. She married Alonzo Brown.

child 452 xi. Viola Edna Godown was born Franklin Twp, Darke Co, OH October 14, 1894. Viola died May 25, 1978 Troy, Miami Co, OH, at 83 years of age. She married Preston S Cross in Medina Co, Ohio, December 06, 1913. Preston was born in Hampshire Co, WV September 11, 1893. Preston was the son of Granville Cross and Viola Blance May Malcolm. Preston died November 7, 1961 Troy, Miami Co, OH, at 68 years of age. (See Preston S Cross for the continuation of this line.) In the 1910 census, her name is recorded as Edna V. along with her grave stone as Edna and the SSDI records her name as Viola.

child + 453 xii. Leonard Wesley Godown was born May 26, 1897.

child + 454 xiii. Reuben Clifford Godown was born February 24, 1899.

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