133. John McPherson10 Godown (Peter Johnson9, John8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown)(1457) was born Easton, Northampton Co, PA March 25, 1832. In the 1900 census he has the birth date of March 1839 recorded. John died December 20, 1911 Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 79 years of age. Burial at Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co, Indiana His body was interred December 22, 1911 Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN, Lindenwood.
He married Frances Fairbank in Lowell, Mass, November 22, 1866. Fanny was born in Antrim, Hillsboro Co, NH April 20, 1833. In the 1900 census she has the birth date of April 1840 recorded. Fanny(1458) was the daughter of Peter Woodbury Fairbank and Meriam Wilcox.
Fanny died November 30, 1935 Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 102 years of age. Burial at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co, Indiana A letter from his wife to Harry Roundsaville Godown, dated Jun 4, 1911 indicates that John M fought in the Civil war for more that 4 years. His chaplain wrote he was captured as a result of dashing out on the battlefield to help rescue one of his men and was held prisoner for 7 1/2 months. He was released in exchange for a Rebel officer. John was a veteran of 20 battles and was captured in the Battle of Atlanta. He held the rank of First Llt. As of the date of this letter, John is an invalid as a result on the war and prison. (Information supplied by Marian Bailey Godown and the 1911 letter)
John graduated from Washington College, Virginia in the profession of Civil Engineering.
John is listed in the 1850 census of Easton, Northampton Co, PA, age 18, as being a Schoolmaster and born in New Jersey.
In the 1870 census 3rd Ward, Fort Wayne, Allen Co, Indiana page 297, John (age 37) is recorded with Frances (age 31), Mary (age 2), George (age 4m), Johnson Godown (age 70), and Mariam (age 25). John is noted as being the secretary of Grand Rapids.
In the 1880 census 6th Ward, Indianapolis, Marion Co, Indiana page 184C, John (age 45) is living with Fanny (age 35), Mary (age 12), Lottie (age 8), Kattie (age 6), Johnson (age 80), Meriam Fairbank (age 70).
In 1889 there was a John M Godown with the occupation of secretary at the Board of State House Commissioners State House 416 N Penn Indianapolis IN
in 1890 there was a John M Godown with the occupation of clerk at 416 N Penn. Indianapolis IN 1890
In the 1900 census South Pl. 3 Ward Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN page 151A, John (age 61) is living with his wife Fannie (age 60) and daughter Katherine (age 23). They have been married for 33 years and have had 4 children with 3 alive at the time of the census. John has the occupation of accountant and rents his home.
In the 1910 census Center Twp, Grant Co, Indiana page 47, John (age 77) is recorded at the Marian Branch of the National Hospital for disabled Volunteer Soldiers, members, and employees. He is noted as being married for 40 years.
John McPherson Godown and Frances Fairbank had the following children:
242 i. Mary Dewar11 Godown was born Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN April 4, 1868. Mary died July 28, 1966 New York, Manhattan, NY, at 98 years of age. She married Harry Clark McLaughlin in Marion Co, Indiana, June 14, 1899. Harry was born Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN November 21, 1867. Harry was the son of William H McLaughlin and Maria A Kinder. Harry died June 14, 1930 Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 62 years of age. (See Harry Clark McLaughlin for the continuation of this line.) There are a series of letters on file in the William L Clements Library, University of Michigan, between Fannie, daughter Mary and Granddaughter Katsey.
243 ii. George Fairbank Godown(1459) was born Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN February 18, 1870. George died March 18, 1877 Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN, at 7 years of age. A letter from Mrs. John M dated Jun 4, 1911 indicates that George died at age 7. She writes: "There will be none to bear our name as the little boy died at the age of 7 years - it was a sorry blow to us"
244 iii. Charlotte Prince Godown(1460) was born Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN March 29, 1872. Charlotte died June 1, 1937 Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 65 years of age. She married twice. She married Francis Harvey McElroy in Marion Co, Indiana, June 24, 1896. Francis was born in Medina Co, Ohio March 1872. (Additional notes for Francis Harvey McElroy(1461)) In the 1900 census North Pennsylvania street, 7 Ward Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, page 268, Francis (age 28) is living with his wife Charlotte (age 27). They have been married for 4 years and have had no children. Francis has the occupation of Reporter. She married Arthur Frederick Kelley June 16, 1913. Arthur was born in Beacon, NY June 3, 1873. (Additional notes for Arthur Frederick Kelley(1462)) Arthur died March 25, 1948 Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 74 years of age.
245 iv. Katharine Fairbank Godown(1463) was born Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN October 30, 1874. In the 1900 census, she has a birth date of October 1876 recorded. Katharine died November 7, 1931 in New York City, New York, at 57 years of age. She married Clare George Cameron in Marion Co, Indiana, November 8, 1900. Clare was born in Indiana 1881. i0 In the 1930 census Manhattan, New York City, New York page 19, Calre (age 49) is recorded with his wife Catherine (age 46). Clare was first married at age 26, and Catherine at age 23. Clare is a salesman in a men's shop. According to the birth date given me, Katherine should be 56 years old.
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