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116. Mark Oscar10 Godown (John R9, John8, Evans7, Jacob6, Jacob5 Goedowne, Abraham4, Jacob3 Godon, Abraham2, Main Family Line1 Godown)(1404) was born Franklin Co, Ohio 1823. His middle name may have been Oscar as noted in a law suit brought against Horace. Mark died September 19, 1880 Canton, McPherson Co, KS, at 57 years of age. Buried at Jones Cemetery, 2 miles east of Canton, McPherson Co, Kansas. The Union Civil War Veteran headstone record shows Mark's death date as September 19, 1880. There is some discrepency as to Sept or Oct as the death month. I have used September. Mark served in the 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry as recorded on his headstone

He married Mahala Hurlburt Franklin Co, Ohio, November 29, 1843. They were married by Benjamin Scofield, J.P.

Mahala was born in Bradford Co, Pennsylvania June 1, 1825. Mahala(1405) was the daughter of Adrial Hurlbert and Tamer Emily Carpenter. Mahala died August 25, 1894 Canton, McPherson Co, KS, at 69 years of age. burried at Jones Cemetery, National Indian Cemetary, 2 miles east of Canton, McPherson Co, Kansas. The parents have NOT been verified. I have placed Mark with the parents of John R Godown and Letitia Rittenhouse. John and Letitia moved to Ohio around 1820. At the time of Mark's birth, John and Letitia were the only Godown family in Ohio. At Mark's birth that would make Letitia 38 and probably make Mark one of the last born. 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. By the 1840 census two of his brothers, Joseph and Horace were already married. So by adding Mark to this family we still have one brother unaccounted for (Horace).

In the 1850 census VanBuren Twp, VanBuren Co, Iowa page 277, Mark (age 26) is listed with Mahala (age 24) Tamer (age 6) Emily (age 5) Mary (age 4) Anna (age 1) and Archibald Donald (age 4 should be 4 months). Mark has the occupation of Carpenter. All were born in Ohio except Anna and Archibald who were born in Iowa.

In the 1860 census Lick Creek Township, VanBuren Co, Iowa page 295, Mark (age 35) is listed with Mahala (age 35), Tamer (age 16), Almira (age 14), Mary (age 13), Ura (age 11), Ansel (age 9), Josephene (age 7), Elisha (age 5), Frances (age 4), Elizina (age 2), and Nancey (age 3 months). Mark is noted as being a carpenter. Mark and the 3 oldest children were born in Ohio, Mahala in PA, and the rest in Iowa.

The 1870 Census lists a Mark C Godown in Van Buren Co, Village Township, IA page 398. Mark (age 44) is living with Mahala (age 45), Josephene (age 18), Elisha (age 16), Francis (age 14), Ella (age 11), Nancy (age 10), Findley (age 8), John (age 5), Henrittia (age 10 months). Mark is a laboror.

In the 1880 census Canton Twp, McPherson Co KS, page , Mark (age 56) is living with his wife Mahala (age 52), sons A.L. (age 29), Finley (age 17) and John (age 15) Evans (age 6) and daughters Jennie (widowed age 30) Retta (age 9). Also in the same household is a D.S. Hurlbert (widowed (age 52) and son Charles (age 18). The two Hurlbert's could possibably be Mahalah's sister-in-law and nephew. Mark has the occupation of Shoemaker and the two oldest sons are working on the farm.

Another note is that in the 1900 census Canton KS, two of his children (Evans and Mark) list their father as being born in Oregon???

Some research has Mark's middle initial as "E" and "C"

Mark age 39, residence of Kilborn, nativity Ohio. Enlisted into the Civil War Iowa Volunteer Army on August 9, 1862. Mustered August 21, 1862. Promoted Fifer Nov 26, 1862. Discharged for disability Jan 16, 1863, in Springfield, Mo. Mark's discharge papers read in part:

Mark Godown of Captain Samuel E Paine's Company I of the Nineteenth Regiment of the United States Vol. Infantry was enlisted by Capt. Samuel E Paine of the Nineteenth Regiment of Iowa Infantry at Rintonsport, Iowa on the Ninth day of Augustm 1862, to serve three years; he was born in Franklin Co. in the state of Ohio, is thirty nine years of age, six feet one and a half inches high, light complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Farmer. During the last three months said soldier has ben unfit for duty 75 days. He was troubled by cough, difficulty in breathing, and weakness rendering him unable for marching and guard duty. Soon after coming into the field, he contracted the desease.

Station: Camp near Huntsville Ark.

Date: Jan 8th 1863 Lieut. Henry H Martin

He is also included in the Civil War Research Database at Ancestry.com.

The Engle web site also has information on Mark and his relatives at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~engle/

Army of the United States, Certificate of Disability for Discharge, 1863

Mark Godown of Captain Saml E. Paine's Company I of he Nineteenth Regiment of United States Vol. Infantry was enlisted by Capt. Sam'l E. Paine of the Nineteenth Regiment of Iowa Infantry at Bentonsport Iowa on the ninth day of August 1862, to serve three years; he was born in Franklin Co. in the state of Ohio, is thirty nine years of age, six feed one half inch high, light complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, and by occupation when enlisted a farmer. During the last three months said soldier has been unfit for duty 75 days.

During the past ... he was troubled by cough & difficulty in breathing, and weakness rendering him unable for marching and guard duty. Soon after coming into the field he contracted the disease.

Station: Camp near Huntsville Ark Date: Jan 8th 1863. Lieut Henry H. Martin

I certify, that I have carefully examined the said Mark Godown of Captain Saml E. Paine's Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of chronic bronchitis with incipient Phthisis Pulminalis greatly infecting his constitution and rendering him unfit for the exposure of guard duty and the fatigue of marches. I believe his disability to be the result of a marked presuppositions to pulmonary diseases together with exposure surrounding his two months camp life.

etc.

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March 27, 1879 - Declaration for original invalid pension. To be executed before a Court of Record or some officer thereof having custody of its seal.

State of Kansas, County of McPherson.

On this 27th day of March, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy (1879) personally appeared before me, Clerk of the District Court, a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Mark Godown, aged 55 years, a resident of the __ of Canton P. O., county of McPherson State of Kansas, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Mark Godown who was ENROLLED on the Ninth day of August, 1862, in company I of the 19 Regiment of Iowa Vol. In commanded by Captain Samual E. Pain, and was honorably DISCHARGED at Carlton Arkansas on the Sixteenth day of January, 1863; that his personal description is as follows; Age, 39 years; height, 6 feet 1 1/2 inches; complexion, light; hair, brown; eyes, Hazel. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Rolly, in the State of Missouri on or about the first day of November, 1863, he by taking a bad cold and by blowing the fife having to act in place of Regimental Fifer (who was home on sick furlough) contracted Chronic Bronchitis with Incipient Phthisie and Pubuonation for which he was discharged as above state which disability continues to the present time and continues growing gradually worse. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: At Rolly Missouri at time of first taking cold. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Vanburen in the State of Iowa, and his occupation has been that of a day laborer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is now one half disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor, by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation, WM. CONARD & CO., OF WASHINGTON, D. C., his true and lawful attorneys to prosecute his claim. That he has not received or applied for a pension. That his Post Office Address is, Canton, county of McPherson state of Kansas.

Signed, Mark Godown Attest: David S. Hurlbert and Eli Shaw

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16 December 1879 -

Mark Godown applied for pension, stating his occupation as carpenter and farmer. He further states on the form "Since my discharge from said service on the Sixteenth day of January, 1863 I have resided in Vanburen County & state of Iowa (my post office was Killburn) until about March 1868 my Post office was Doud Station in the same county. In October 1869 I moved to Farefield, Jeferson County, Iowa. In April 1870 to Pierceville, Van Buren county, Iowa. In September 1870 to Bentonsport, Van Buren County, Iowa. from there I moved to Canton, McPherson co. Kansas in November 1871 where I now reside and my occupation has been that of a day laborer mostly. I further state that the disability for which I claim a pension arises from chronic Bronchitis caused by exposure while in the servise (sic) which was contracted on or about the first day of November 1862 at Rolly Missouri by taking a bad cold and by blowing the fife I having to occupy the place of Regimental Fifer. From my said discharge to the present time, I have received the following medical treatment for said disease while on my way home after my discharge at Springfield Missouri I had a very severe attack (?). I was placed in hospital but I do not know the name of Physician as I was unconscious most of the time about four weeks, this was about the time of February 1863 after I came home from poverty I was compelled to do without medical treatment until sometime in May or June 1870. I called on Dr. Middeton of Pierceville Van Buren County Iowa he prescribed Jaynes Expectorant which I have combined To use off an on as I have been able to get it (Dr. Middleton is now dead) since coming to this place I have advised with Dr. George of Canton McPherson County, Kansas who advised me to continue the same medicine which I am still doing when able.

Since the origin of the disability for which pension is claimed, I have suffered with the following acute diseases: I think that I have no other sickness but what I think have been caused by the disease contracted as before stated. I have had irregular chills and spells of hacking and spitting of blood which Dr. George thinks is all caused by the same sickness for which I was treated by Dr. George of Canton in January and February AD 1879.

And during all the said time my physical condition and ability to perform manual labor has been as follows: About one year after my discharge I was not able to do manual labor from that period the spring of Sixty four until sometime in October 1872 I was nearly as I can estimate by comparison (?) I could work about one half the time but I was not realy (sic) able to work at all but have been compelled to work when I was not able from October 1878 until the present time I have been very nearly total disabled having to sit up many times all night on account of the chocking sensation. I am in fact in very bad condition and have a large family on my hands and if it were not for my friends I know no what I would do.

Signed Mark Godown Witnessed E. Fairhurst, ?

State of Kansas, County Mc Pherson etc.

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War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D.C., Nov. 30th, 1880

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 281579, and to return it herewith, with such information as is turned by the files of this Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that Mark Godown was enrolled on the 9th day of Aug. 1862, at Bentonsport, in Co. "I" 19th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 2nd day of Sept., 182, at Keokuk, in Co. "I", 19th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "I" of that Regiment, for the months of Sept and Oct, 1862, he is reported present and so borne for Nov and Dec/62 Jan and Feb/63. Dischgd Jan 16th/63 for disability. Regtt. Korpl. Register Reports him as follows:- Dec. 2/62 cough & diarrhea. Dec. 16/62, debility. Dec. 17/62 - cough. Dec 20/62 Pleurisy & cough. Dec. 21/62 cold & cough. Dec. 22/62 neuralgia. Dec 23/62 hepatitis & neuralgia. Dec 25/62 Hepatitis & effusion in chest. Dec. 29/62 neuralgia. Dec 31/62 neuralgia. January 3rd/63 Flux. January 4/63 diarrhea. January 7/63 cough. January 12/63 diarrhea. Cert. of disby repts him dischg'd at Carolton, Ark. Jany 16th 1863. Dirp. Cert. sent Pension Office, Mch 24, 1863.

etc.

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11 April 1881

Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow - Child or Children under Sixteen years of age surviving.

State of Kansas, County of McPherson:

On this 11th day of April, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and Eighty One personally appeared before me the Clerk of the district court the same being a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, Mahala Godown aged 56 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, takes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension provided by Acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of Mark Godown who enlisted under the name of Mark Godown at xx, oln the xx day of August, A. D. 1862 in the war of 1861, who contracted lung disease and what she said disease caused his death on the 19th day of September, A. D. 1880 who bore at the time of his death the rank of Private in xx; that she was married under the name of Mahala Hurlbert to said Mark Godown on the 29th day of November, A.D. 1843, by Benjaman Schofield Esq. at Franklin County, Ohio, there being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had been previously married - none on either side - that she has to the present date remained his widow; that the following are the names and dates of birth of all his legitimate children yet surviving who were under sixteen years of age at the father's death, to wit:

Heneretta Godown born August 25, 1869 Philip E. Godown born July 16, 1873

That she has not abandoned the support of any one of his children, but that they are still under her care or maintenance - I have not. and they are under my care and maintenance - that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; that no prior application has been filed by her for invalid pension ...

etc.

Witnessed by David S. Hurlbert and Judy J. Evans on 11 April 1881.

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Affidavit - hand written just a few months before his death

State of Kansas, County of McPherson.

In the Pension Claim No. 281,59 of Mark Godown Claimant late of Co. I 19th Regt Iowa Vol Inftry. Personably appeared before me a Mark Godown, citizen of Canton in the County of McPherson and state of Kansas well known to me to be refutable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn and declares in relation to the afore said case as follows I was an able bodied man up to the time of my enlistment in Capt Samuel E. Pains Co. I 19th Regt Iowa Vol. Infty August 9th, 1862 and I was discharged from said service on the 16th day of Jany 1863 by reason of Surgeons Certificate of disability and from that time until the present I have been disabled fully one half caused by disease contacted in the army. I would further state that I am now unable to obtain Physicians affidavit to said facts from the time of discharge until I have been under the are of DWH George from the fact that Dr. Middleton who was my family Physician in Iowa up to that time is now dead. Mark Godown. Subscribed and sworn before me this 2nd day of June A. D. 1880. Chas. S. Kuapp. Clk dist ct McPherson Co. Kansas.

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General Affidavit (Probably 11 April 1881)

State of Kansas County of McPherson

In the matter of Widows Pension Clain no. 281,853 of Mahala Godown widow of Mark Godown Co. I, 19 Iowa Vol. Infty.

Personally came before me, a clerk of the Dist. Court in and for aforesaid County and State, David S. Hurlbert aged 54 years and Judy J. Evans, aged 60 years citizen of the Town of Canton & Spring Valley county of McPherson, State of Kansas, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid case, as follows:

They have been personably acquainted with the above named Mahala Godown, for the last 45 years, and that they, they affiante, were present in Franklin Co. Ohio, near the town of Columbus, on the 29 day of November 1843 and saw the said applicant married to the above mentioned deceased soldier, Mark Godown, on that day by Benjamin Scofield a justice of the Peace in and for the County of Franklin, State of Ohio. Farther that the applicant lived with, and they cohabited together as man and wife from the said Twenty ninth day Nov, 1843 up to the time of Mark Godown's death, which occurred on the 19th day of September 1880, with the exception, of the time, of said soldiers service in the army. Affiante further state that the afore mentioned Benjamine Scofield, Justice of the Peace, is now dead; and that they are well acquainted with the facts herein set forth. They further declare that they have no interest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution. Signed David S. Hurlburt and Judy J. Evans.

12 December 1882

General Affidavit, State of Kansas, County of McPherson

In the matter of Widows claim for pension of Mahala Godown widow of Mark Godown, now deceased, personally came before me, a clerk of the Dist. Court in and for aforesaid County and State, Mahala Godown aged 56 years citizen of the Town of Canton, county of McPherson, State of Kansas, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to aforesaid case as follows: That she made application for widows pension sometime on or about the 11th day of April 1881, and that she has heard nothing from said application since. She further says she sent said application direct to the Pension Department at Washington. She makes this application now for the purpose of knowing what she shall do to complete said claim.

etc.

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Pensioner Dropped - US Pension Agency, Topeka, Kans Jan 14, 1895

Hon. Wm. Lochren. Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir:

I hereby report that the name of Mahala Godown, who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No. xxxxxx and who was last paid at $17, to 4 Aug 1894, has been dropped because of her death. Very respectfully, G. W. Glick, Pension Agent

End of Document

Mark Oscar Godown and Mahala Hurlburt had the following children:

child 197 i. Tamer Leutisia11 Godown(1406) was born Franklin Co, Ohio 1844. Tamer died 1897 Canton, McPherson Co, KS, at 53 years of age. Burial at Canton Cemetery, Canton, McPherson Co, Kansas She married Eli Shaw in VanBuren Co, Iowa, September 8, 1865.

Eli was born in Preston Co, West Virginia September 12, 1843. Eli(1407) was the son of Benjamin Shaw and Ann Elizabeth Walters. Eli died 1924 McPherson Co, KS, at 80 years of age. Burial at Canton Cemetery, Canton, McPherson Co, Kansas (See Eli Shaw for the continuation of this line.)

child 198 ii. Emily Elmira Godown(1408) was born Franklin Co, Ohio November 29, 1845. Elmira (Almira) died April 12, 1915 in Cheyene Valley, OK, at 69 years of age. The Ancestral File has her death place as Kanas and in 1910 she is living with her son Pit in Kansas. buried in Cheyenne Valley Cemetery in Oklahoma She married Joseph Stong in VanBuren Co, Iowa, December 9, 1861.

Joseph was born in Lower Oxford, Chester Co, PA July 4, 1834. Joseph(1409) was the son of Joseph S Stong and Mary Stagers. Joseph died February 16, 1906 in Fairview, OK, at 71 years of age. buried in Cheyenne Valley Cemetery in Oklahoma (See Joseph Stong for the continuation of this line.) The IGI has her middle name listed as Almira and marriage date of Dec 12, 1861.

She is listed in the early VanBuren marrages as Elmira

child 199 iii. Mary Matilda Godown(1410) was born Franklin Co, Ohio June 28, 1847. Mary died December 28, 1906 in Woods Co, Oklahoma, at 59 years of age. Burial at Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Woods Co, Oklahoma She married Uriah Clapp in VanBuren Co, Iowa, October 22, 1867. Iowa County marriages has the marriage date as Oct 23, 1867 as found on Family Search

Uriah was born in Springfield, Whitley Co, IN December 12, 1842. Uriah(1411) was the son of George Clapp and Eliza Williams. Uriah died May 2, 1938 in Manson, Chelan Co, Washington, at 95 years of age. from Chelan Valley Mirror, Chelan, Washington: Uriah S. Clapp, 95, one of two remaining Civil War veterans in Clelan County, died yesterday evening at the home of his son, George, in Manson. He was born in Springfield, Indiana, Oct 12, 1842 and enlisted with the federal side in the war between the states on January 4, 1864. He fought under Sherman and Thomas. Two years after the war he married Mary Matilda Godown in Iowa. She died in 1906. In 1894 Clapp joined the race for a homestead in the Cherokee strip of Oklahoma. In 1933 he came to Manson to live with his son George, who, with several grandchildren and great grandchildren is the only survivor. The remains will be taken to Alvn, Oklahoma, to be buried beside his wife. Burial at Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Woods Co, Oklahoma (See Uriah Clapp for the continuation of this line.)

child 200 iv. Uranna Jane Godown(1412) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa 1849. She married Edwin James? Sullivan in VanBuren Co, Iowa, February 13, 1870.(1413) The marriage license was issued on January 31, 1870 with the marriage taking place at Mark Godown's home on February 13, 1870 by The Justice of the Peace, Jachanah Walkin.

Edwin was born in Ohio about 1848. (Additional notes for Edwin James? Sullivan(1414)) Edwin died before 1880. (See Edwin James? Sullivan for the continuation of this line.) Her name appears in the 1860 Census as Ura A.

In the 1880 census Canton Twp, McPherson Co KS, page 452, Jennie (widowed age 30) is living with her children Elizabeth (age 9), William (age 7) and James (age 5). She is living in the same household with her parents. The children have the birth state of their father as Iowa and mother as Ohio. We know Jennie was born in Iowa so probably a recording problem so I have used Ohio as the birth state of the father.

child 201 v. Archibald Donald Godown(1415) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa February 1850. Archibald died before 1860 in VanBuren Co, Iowa. He is not recorded in any of the census I can find. Need to verify.

child + 202 vi. Ansel Leroy Godown was born April 19, 1851.

child 203 vii. Josephine Iowa Godown(1416) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa August 12, 1852. Josephine died December 8, 1926 in VanBuren Co, Iowa, at 74 years of age. Burial at Bentonsport Cemetery, Bentonsport, Van Buren Co, Iowa She married George Walker Alexander in VanBuren Co, Iowa, August 30, 1877.

George was born in Bonaparte, VanBuren Co, IA March 8, 1856. George(1417) was the son of William Harvy Alexander and Lucinda May Calvin. George died January 20, 1924 in VanBuren Co, Iowa, at 67 years of age. Burial at Bentonsport Cemetery, Bentonsport, Van Buren Co, Iowa (See George Walker Alexander for the continuation of this line.) JOSEPHINE IOWA GODOWN ALEXANDER- 1852-1926

Josephine Iowa, daughter of Mark and Mahala Godown, was born near Pittsburg, Iowa, August 12, 1852, and passed away December 8, 1926, aged 74 years, 3 months, and 27 days. On August 25, 1877, she was united in marriage with George W. Alexander, and to them were born 13 children, 2 of whom died in infancy. Her first born, on whom she had leaned heavily in her declining years, Mrs. Stella Cass was called home July 6, 1922. Clyde, the fourth son, departed this life August 13, 1923. The husband and father passed away January 19, 1924, since which time the loneliness of her widowhood has been relieved by the loving devotion of her son, Manly, and his daughter, Hesper. Those who survive are: Mrs. Jessie Perkins, Cardington, Ohio; Charley, Bentonsport, Iowa; Manly, George, and Joseph, Stockport, Iowa. Mrs. Blanche Cass, Bentonsport, Iowa; Mrs. Nellie Cross, Fort Madison, Iowa. Also 32 grandchildren. Words fail in attempting to pay tribute to this worthy mother, who endured all the hardships, which were the lot of the early settlers in the state for which she was named. Of herself, she gave lavishly for her children and grandchildren as well. It was while on a visit to see her daughter, Blanche, and the new granddaughter, Ella Lucille, that she was stricken with pneumonia. This with the weight of years, was more than the frail form could withstand. All who were so fortunate to know her, loved her and sorrow with the bereaved family, longing for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.

child + 204 viii. Elisha Carpenter Godown was born 1855.

child 205 ix. Frances Mahala Godown(1418) was born Pittsburg, Van Buren Co, IA August 15, 1856. Frances died August 20, 1935 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co, OK, at 79 years of age. She married John Henry Sullivan in Bonaparte, VanBuren Co, IA, April 16, 1874.(1419) The marriage license was issued April 14, 1874 and the marriage took place at Bonaparty (may be spelled wrong) on April 16, 1874 signed by Wm. Pratt. The filing date appears to be April 30, 1874 but is written in the wrong place.

John was born in Medina Co, Ohio June 2, 1853. John(1420) was the son of unknown Sullivan and Catharine unknown. John died May 21, 1911 at 57 years of age. (See John Henry Sullivan for the continuation of this line.) In the 1920 census 2570 West 18th Street, Topeka Twp, Shawnee Co Kansas page 242, Frances (age 64) is living with her daughter and son-in law John (age 48) and Mary (age 34) Starks and Alfred Sullivan (age 43).

In the 1930 census 1417 N.E. 29th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co, Oklahoma page 56, Francis (age 74) is recorded with her som Alfred (age 54). Francis is a widow and Alfred is single.

child 206 x. Elzina Orinda Godown was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa 1858. Ellen died May 14, 1898 in Keokuk, Lee Co, Iowa, at 39 years of age. buried in Halesworth Cemetery, VanBuren Co, Iowa. She married Alexander Calvin Gillaspie in Purciville, VanBuren Co, IA, January 3, 1875.

Alexander was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa July 6, 1851. Alexander(1421) was the son of Hugh Gillaspie and Nancy Miller. Alexander died March 25, 1909 in Priest River, Bonner Co, ID, at 57 years of age. Alexander died in a logging accident. The cemetery that Alex is said to be burried in is located "on the bluff above Keyser's Slough", the is passed along Highway 2 between Sandpoint and Priest River, near the original location of the community until a disastrius flood in 1894 forced relocation of the town to it's present location. The cemetery is on private property, and there isn't any way to it except by walking up the high sand bank behind the slough or walking in from the back side through private property. (See Alexander Calvin Gillaspie for the continuation of this line.) The 1860 census schedule is marked up over her name and is probably not the correct spelling. The 1870 census has her name as Ella. Also have notes to the affect that she was commonly called Mary (may have been her middle name). The VanBuren Co. marriage records have her name spelled as Elzina. There is also some discrepancy as to her birth date. According to the 1860 census she was 2. and the 1870 Census she was 11 placing her birth year about 1858. According to the VanBuren Co, Iowa death records she died May 28, 1898 at the age of 43 years 10months. This would place her birthday about July 1854. My guess is that the death record is not correct. Born in 1858 near the month of the census taking (one census has her 2 (b.1858) and the other has her as 11 (b.1859)), would have made her about age 16 at her marriage.

child 207 xi. Nancy Elma Godown(1422) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa January 9, 1860. Nan died June 4, 1950 in Oklahoma, at 90 years of age. Burial in Preston Hill Cemetery, Woods Co, Oklahoma She married Stephen Franklin Mercer in Keosauqua, Van Buren Co, IA, September 19, 1876.

Stephen was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren Co, IA December 03, 1853. Stephen(1423) was the son of Solomon R Mercer and Elizabeth Roberts. Stephen died April 7, 1917 in Oklahoma, at 63 years of age. Burial in Preston Hill Cemetery, Woods Co, Oklahoma (See Stephen Franklin Mercer for the continuation of this line.)

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front row: Mark Finely Godown and Lizzie, his wife.
back row: Elmer, Chester, Arthur, Charles, and Roy.


child + 208 xii. Mark Finley Godown was born March 21, 1862.

child 209 xiii. Charles William Godown was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa 1864. Charles died before 1870 in VanBuren Co, Iowa.

child 210 xiv. John R Godown(1424) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa March 1865. John died December 30, 1926 in Priest River, Bonner Co, ID, at 61 years of age. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Priest River, Bonner Co, Idaho He married Drusilla C Engle in Keosauqua, Van Buren Co, IA, November 24, 1897.

Drusilla was born 1877. Drusilla was the daughter of Samuel Engle and Sarah A Wilhelm. Drusilla died before 1900 Iowa. In the 1900 census Belvue Twp, Pottawatomie Co, Kansas page 4A, John (age 35) is working on the farm of Palmer Everest. He is also noted as being a widower.

In the 1910 census Priest River, Booner Co, Idaho Page 135, records John (age 45). He was born in Iowa and worked as a lumber jack.

In the 1920 census Matchwood Twp, Bonner Co, Idaho page 13B, John Godown (age 59) is listed.

In the Brookings Co. SD -- Federal Land Records, a John P Godoun is listed as buying 160 acres of land on 06/06/1890. The index reads as such:

NAME - GODOUN JOHN P MERIDIAN - 05 TWP - 112 N RANGE - 048 W SECTION - 024 ACREAGE - 160 TYPE - 251101 CASETYPE - PA DOCID - 5131 DATE - 06/06/1890

child 211 xv. Henrietta Eleanora Godown(1425) was born in VanBuren Co, Iowa August 25, 1869. Retta died about 1892 in VanBuren Co, Iowa. died of tuberculosis She married Joseph J Millener Canton, McPherson Co, KS, November 18, 1885.

Joseph was born Illinois January 19, 1867. Joseph was the son of Andrew J Millener and Julia Electa Johnson. Joseph died January 25, 1926 in Coos Co, Oregon, at 59 years of age. (See Joseph J Millener for the continuation of this line.) Sometime after the birth of the 2nd child, Joseph left her. She returned to IA to be family, where she died of tuberculosis c 1892. She had taken her smallest child with her to IA and after her death he rode the train back to Canton KS alone, where he was raised by his paternal grandmother, Julia Electa Johnson Milliner

child + 212 xvi. Phillip Evans Godown was born July 16, 1873.

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