HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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RUSSELL GODBEY, farmer; P.O. Box Greenview; was born in Montgomery Co., Va., Nov. 2, 1800; is the son of William Godbey, who participated in the war of 1812, whose father was a participant in the war of the Revolution. In the fall of 1829, he moved to Indiana, stayed one winter, and in July the following year, came to this county and entered 160 acres of land on Secs. 20 and 30; Abraham Lincoln was the surveyor, and stayed with him overnight, and Mr. Godbey sold him, for $1, a quantity of buckskin, with which he faced his pants to enable him the better to travel through the brush and rough grass; the sale of this skin paid the bill of surveying. Mr. Godbey soon erected a rude cabin out of rough logs, the raising of which required the united services of all the men that could be gathered in the entire country. Dec. 10, 1822, he married Elizabeth Brown, who was born Feb. 25, 1799. They had eight children, five of whom are now living - Nancy, Russell B., Margaret, Eliza and Mary J., three boys Overton B., William R. and Moses, died after arriving at manhood. Mrs. Godbey died Feb. 19, 1854. He was married, Jan. 24, 1856, to Eleanor Carpenter, who was born in Sangamon Co., Nov. 15, 1822. Had two children, Virginia and John D. In the early time, he was captain of the militia, and at the outbreak of the Black Hawk war, was deterred from going on account of sickness in his family. Has been a member of the Baptist Church since Feb. 13, 1841, and is a member of the O.O.O.F.; has been a life-long Democrat; has served several terms as Justice of the peace, and has been a resident of this county almost half a century, watching its growth and progress with earnest solicitude.


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