Written by Erma Katura McConnico Woodson (1900-1995) regarding her great uncle John (John
“Uncle John was born March 28th 1843 in Macon, Georgia. Was 5th child
of John M. and Martha Brown Godley. They moved to Union County, Arkansas when he was 2 years old. They lived there 9 years, then to Union Parish,
Louisiana. From here at age of 17, he joined Confederate Army. Lost a foot in Battle of Wilderness May 3, 1864. Served in Second Louisiana
Regiment—Hays Brigade and Stonewall Jackson Corps Army of Northern Virginia to June 1865. On Christmas Day 1869 came to Texas. Settled at Honey Grove,
Fannin Co., Texas. Remained there 1 year. On Feb. 8, 1871 came to Navarro County. 1886 was elected Treasurer and moved to Corsicana where he lived
until his death Jan. 8, 1930.
He wrote down
most of the above on Mar. 28, 1928, his 85h birthday. He joined the
Missionary Baptist Church of Springhill, Louisiana. July 1865. Made a Mason
in Alabama 1864”
The original of
the above is in the possession of Erma Woodson’s niece Pat Lipscomb.
OBITUARY OF JOHN T. GODLEY
January 8, 1930
Confederate Veteran At Corsicana Is Dead
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 8. - John Godley, 81, Confederate veteran, died
suddenly with a heart attack at the Navarro County courthouse Wednesday
afternoon. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Mr. Godley was wounded thirteen times during the Civil war. Surviving
are a number of nephews including John and Louis Carpenter of Dallas;
Dr. Godley, Fort Worth; Judge S. B. Jordan, Corsicana; Tom Godley,