John Godley
of Navarro Co., TX



Written by Erma Katura McConnico Woodson (1900-1995) regarding her great uncle John (John Godley):


“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.






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, Drane.


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