78. John R9 Godown Jr (John8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown)(1338) was born in Amwell Twp, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey September 09, 1782. John died May 25, 1842 Norwich, Franklin Co, OH, at 59 years of age. Buried at Wesley Chapel Dublin OH

He married Letitia Rittenhouse in Amwell Twp, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, February 06, 1808. Lettie was born in Amwell Twp, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey 1785. Lettie(1339) was the daughter of Joseph S Rittenhouse and Mary Ann Wright. Lettie died after 1850 in Dublin, Franklin Co, Ohio. buried at Wesley Chapel Dublin OH In the Ohio Statesman newspaper, Columbus Ohio on November 3, 1830, October 23, 1838 and on Nov 6, 1839, a John Godown is listed as having a leter at the post office at Columbus Ohio.

In the Ohio Statesman paper dated March 27, 1844, there is a notice that the sale of goods were insefecent to settle the estate of John R Godown jr. The executers were Cornelius Crum and John Godown and was against Letitia Godown, Joseph Godown, Ura Ann Gibson and William Gibson, Horace Godown, and Mark Godown

From Albert W Godown research papers: The 1830 Fed Census for Franklin County Ohio (Norwich Township) shows John Godown jr had 4 sons between 5 and 21 years old, but no daughters. No other Godown's appear in this census. The 1840 Census lists one daughter and two sons between 15 and 30 years. No first names were given on either census, indicating there were other children which I have no record.

Last will of John R Godown: I. John R. Godown of the County of Franklin in the State of Ohio do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form. Following that is to say First it is my will that my funeral expenses and just debts be paid out of the first money that shall come into the hands of my executors after my decease. Second, it is my will that all my personal property, consisting of live stock, farming utensils, household and kitchen furniture to remain for the use of my family till the first of October next then is my will that the same shall be sold by my executors. Except what is herein reserved Viz. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Letitia Godown all my beds and bedding also one cow. She to have her choice and whereas I lately purchased a stud horse for which I am still in debt. It is my will that my son Horace Clark Godown have the use of said horse and to pay the note I gave for the same and when he shall have so done the horse to be his and it is also my will that my executors shall give to my son Mark Godown when he comes of age one horse worth fifty dollars or fifty dollars in money which ever he may chose. Third, I give and devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Letita Godown in lieu of her dower the plantation on which is now situate in Franklin County State of Ohio containing about 82 acres & a half. During her natural life on while she remains my widow after which time and when my son Mark Godown shall become of age it is my will that it shall be sold and the proceeds divided among my children as follows: Viz. to my daughter Uriann intermarried with William Gibson one hundred and fifty dollars, to my son Joseph Godown five dollars, to my sons John Godown and Horace Clark Godown & Mark Godown the balance to be divided amongst them share and share alike and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son John Godown and my neighbor Cornelius Crum to be the executors of my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made. Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-second day of March A.D. 1841. John R. Godown

John R Godown Jr and Letitia Rittenhouse had the following children:

child + 110 i. Joseph R10 Godown was born February 10, 1810.

child 111 ii. Jenny Godown was born in Amwell Twp, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey 1811. She married unknown Gray. Unknown was born about 1810.

child + 112 iii. John S Godown was born April 15, 1812.

child 113 iv. Uri Ann Godown was born Illinois 1814. Uri died after 1870. She married William H. Gibson Franklin Co, Ohio, July 17, 1828. William was born VA 1801. William died Aft 1870. (See William H. Gibson for the continuation of this line.) Ohio Marriages extracted from "The Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly", Marjorie Smith. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1980. William & Uri Ann are listed in the 1830 census for Franklin County, Ohio, Norwich Township: 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30. They have just been married and have one small son. Also listed in the same census but in a different township are two other Gibson families. 1860 Caldwell County, Missouri, page 76, V 523: Gibson, William age 59 farmer 390, born VA; U.A. 52 born NJ; N. 16 born MO; Carlyle 14 born MO; Perry age 10 born MO. 1870 Caldwell Co., MO, page 12, V 86: Gibson, William age 75 farmer 12999 900 born VA; Ann age 64 born PA; Perry age 21 farmer born MO. 1880 census for Jewell County, Kansas, Vicksburg Township, June 3, Page 473, Vol. 30. In the next house is Urian age 72 Widow born in NJ and parents born in NJ. William Gibson died between 1870 and 1880. No record of his death in Caldwell County, Missouri. Perhaps he died in Jewell County. Carlisle state in his Civil war record that they moved to Jewell County in 1873 & then to Clay County, Kansas in 1880. Uriann probably died in Clay County. In Caldwell County Land records we find William H. Gibson buying land in New York Township. Oct. 3, 1855-May 14, 1856- July 14, 1856. On Sept 19, 1860 William & Uriann sold the property they bought on July 16, 1856 to their son, John Gibson. It appears John sold this same land in 1865, 160 acres. In 1867 Uriann began selling the land by quit claim and to the Sheriff and no more mention of William in the land records. Perhaps William was incapacitated and unable to take care of the transactions. In the History of Caldwell & Livingston Counties, Missouri, by National historical Company 1886, on page 189 we find the following: The next day there was a good deal of burning among the "rebel houses". Clouds of black smoke rolled up in the sky all over what was called the "rebel nest", along Crab Apple. The house of William Gibson was burned. William Gibson, Jr. who went through the war as a Confederate soldier, married Mr. Gibson's daughter-perhaps that was why Capt. C. W. Withers house was burned, but he was in the Southern army at the time, his wife was in Clay county, and the house was occupied by James Thomas, a Union man. This just gives us a little of the horrible things that happened in the Civil War. Caldwell county had first one side coming through and destroying things and then the other side would come in. It is no wonder that William was perhaps ill after this ordeal. It is possible that he may have been wounded also, we may never know. It appears that Uriann was still alive in 1886 when this book was written as mentions her daughter (not William). From a Rittenhouse Family group sheet provided by Wanda

child 114 v. Ruth Godown(1340) was born 1817. Ruth died in the West. She married an unknown person.

child + 115 vi. Horace Clark Godown was born June 8, 1818.


Mark Godown

child + 116 vii. Mark Oscar Godown was born 1823.

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