144. Albertus M10 Godown (Isaac9, Jacob8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown)(1482) was born in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey September 6, 1819. Albertus died October 7, 1894 in Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, MI, at 75 years of age. buried in Maple Grove Cemetery Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, MI
He married Elizabeth Ann Schnorf about, 1846. Betsey was born in Darke Co. Ohio October 30, 1825. 1900 census verifies the birthdate of Elizabeth as October 1825 and hopefully clears up the discrepancy of whether Albertus married Eliza or Elizabeth. Betsey(1483) was the daughter of Peter Schnorf and Martha Mary Cartwright.
Betsey died May 3, 1904 Niles, Berrien Co, MI, at 78 years of age. buried in Maple Grove Cemetery Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, MI Need to locate Albertus in the 1840 census.
Albertus Godown was found in the 1850 census in Twin Twp Ohio page 404. Albertus Godown 31 M Cooper born in New Jersey Elizabeth 24 F born in Ohio Lucy 1 F Born in Ohio
Due to the closeness of age to John and Jacob both also in Ohio in the 1850 census, I have assumed that Albertus is also Isaac's son. We need some evidence of this. He and his family moved, first to Iowa with John but for some reason moved sometime before 1870, back to be with the Schnorf family, Berrien Co, in the southwestern part of Michigan.
In 1860 Albertus (age 44, should be 41) was in Adel, Washington Twp. Dallas Co, Iowa page 543. He was living with his wife Elizabeth (age 34), Lucy (age 11) Mary (age 7) William (age 6) and Malilpa? J (age 2). Albertus is listed as a Farmer with property valued at $500 and personal valued at $150.
In the 1870 census Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, Mi page 104a, Albertus Gordon (age 51) as it is recorded, is living with Elizabeth (age 44) and 4 children. He has an occupation of Farmer with a real Estate value of $2,000 and personal property value of $500. The birth places of the children place the family in Ohio until around 1855 and then in Iowa until about 1860 and then on to Michigan.
The 1887 Plat Map of Berrien Township shows A. M. Godown in section 8. The 1903 Plat Map of Berrien Township shows this same property as the A. Godown Estate. The 1892 Directory of Berrien County shows Godown, Albertus in Berrien Township, Eau Claire.
The 1880 census of Berrien Township, Michigan shows:
Alvernus Godown 59 years of age born in New Jersey Elizabeth Godown 55 years of age born in Ohio William Godown 25 years of age born in Ohio Peter Godown 17 years born in Michigan
This record indicates both of Alvernus Godown's parents were also born in New Jersey. This should be Albertus not Alvernus.
Berrien County, Michigan Directory, 1892, page 462, we find Albertis Godown, Township: Berrien, Post Office: Eau Claire, Business: farming, Section 8, with 28 acres at a value of $500.
In the 1900 census Berrien Co, page 240b, Elizabeth is noted as being a widow.
Albertus M Godown and Elizabeth Ann Schnorf had the following children:
268 i. Lucy P11 Godown(1484) was born in Darke Co. Ohio 1849. Lucy died 1879 in Berrien Co, MI, at 30 years of age. Lucy most likely died in child birth of Edith. She married Edwin S. Stevens about 1869.
Edwin was born in Medina Co, Ohio May 1843. (Additional notes for Edwin S. Stevens(1485)) (See Edwin S. Stevens for the continuation of this line.) In the 1870 census Berrien Co Mi page 104a, there is a Lucy P (age 21) and E. S. Stevens living right next door to Albertus. She was also born in Ohio so I have taken this Lucy to be the same Lucy recorded in the 1850 census in Darke Co, Ohio at age 1.
In the 1880 census Berrien, Berrien, Michigan page 103D, Lucy is not with her family and Edwin is noted as being widower.
269 ii. Mary E Godown(1486) was born in Darke Co. Ohio 1851. She married twice. She married Zachariah T. Simpson in Berrien Co, MI, December 7, 1871. Zachariah was born in Indiana 1847. Zachariah(1487) was the son of Samuel Simpson and Jerusha unknown. Zachariah died 1875 in Berrien Twp, Berrien Co, MI, at 28 years of age. (See Zachariah T. Simpson for the continuation of this line.) She married Francis J Ward in Berrien Springs, Berrien Co, MI, November 29, 1899. In the 1880 census Berrien, Berrien, Michigan page 102D, Eva Simpson (age 6) and Edgar Simpson (age 4) are living with their grandparents Albertus and Elizabeth.
+ 270 iii. William Harris Godown was born May 9, 1854.
271 iv. Melissa Jane Godown(1488) was born Des Moines, Polk Co, IA September 2, 1857. Melissa died April 20, 1940 at 82 years of age. She married Richard Cuthbert in Berrien Co, MI, April 6, 1882. Richard Cuthbert married Melissa Godown on 06 Apr 1882. Witnesses were: J. McFallon and R. A. (Rebecca A.) Cuthbert, both who were from Buchanan. According to this record Richard was 22 years of age and a resident of Pipestone Township while Melissa was 24 years of age and was from Dallas County, Iowa.
Richard was born in Berrien Springs, Berrien Co, MI March 26, 1860. Richard(1489) was the son of George Cuthbert and Ann Spence. Richard died December 25, 1943 in Eau Claire, Berrien Co, MI, at 83 years of age. (See Richard Cuthbert for the continuation of this line.) In the 1880 census Berrien, Berrien, Michigan page 103D, Jane (age 22) is living with her brother-in-law Edwin most likely to help with the children after the death of her sister Lucy.
Her first name is probably not spelled correctly because in the 1870 census it is hard to decipher the hand writing. LDS Ancestral file has it recorded as Melissa. The LDS file also has her birth place as Mi but in the 1870 census the birth state is listed as Iowa and Albertus and family are not in the 1860 census for Berrien Co. Mi. but they were in Adel, Washington Twp. Dallas Co, Iowa page 543.
+ 272 v. Peter E Godown was born September 26, 1862.
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