The Reeves Family and the Ewing Family Genealogies
Jesse S. Godley
(About 1805 — January 1873)
(1798 — After October 1873)
Jesse Godley was born in
showed that eight people were living in the household: both a boy and a girl
under five years old, two males between ten and fifteen years old, both a male
and a female between fifteen and twenty and both a young man and a young woman
between twenty and thirty. Jesse and
Mary owned 13 slaves.
Stark is listed as being a beneficiary of the November 11, 1832 will of her
sister, Elizabeth Stark (Morehead) as reproduced on page 148 in Allen County,
Kentucky Wills and Settlements, 1815-1902.
The 1840 census again shows the family again. This census lists people other than the head of household only by gender and age groups. It shows in his household were a male between 10 and 15, one between 20 and 30 and another between 30 and 40 (Jesse), as well as two females, one between 20 and 30 and another between 30 and 40 (Mary).
It lists Mary’s brother Festus Stark and her sister Lucy Stark on the same page. Also on that page is Elizabeth Godley, a female between 60 and 70 years of age. Proximity on the census form likely indicated they lived in close proximity to each other.
S. Godley next showed up in the records five years later when he witnessed the
will of Benjamin Bailey on
A listing of real estate records before the
1850's indicated there is a deed
in Allen County Deed Book D, Page-148 from G. Duncan & c to J.S. Godley.
Fishback’s will (she was a distant cousin) dated
The slave schedules for the 1850 census showed J.S. Godley, then 45 years old, owning seventeen slaves.
The 1860 census shows him living in the Gainsville (sic) District. As follows:
The Amanda Godley shown in Jesse S. Godley's household above is likely
the wife of his deceased brother, Mumford Godley.
The census record shows she owns $2,500 of real estate.
Considering the customs of the times, it is more likely that she
inherited this property from a father or a brother than that she acquired it in
some other way.
slave schedules for the 1860 census showed J.S. Godley, age 55, as the owner of
eighteen slaves. He owned two slave
The next listing was for Amanda Stark.
She owned eight slaves. Their
son, John S. Godley,
then owned a single slave, a 35-year old woman.
The 1870 census showed “Jessee Godley” as a 65-year old farmer with real estate valued at $4,000 and personal property worth $5,410. His wife, Mary, was 63 and “keeping house.” They were part of the household of Willis E. Atwood, a 28-year old farmer and his wife Ann E. Atwood. (No known relationship.)
made his own will on January 4, 1871. It was probated on January 13,
1873 Isaac Boucher was one of the
executors of his estate. The text of the brief will is as follows:
The witnesses were GM. Mulligan and W.R. Shephard.
All of this tells us that Jesse was a successful farmer (the value of his land and the number of slaves he owned tells us that) and that he was something of a free thinker. The norm for the time was for a husband to leave his wife a life estate in his property with it then going to his children upon his death. Jesse left it all to his wife.
He apparently was well thought of by his friends and family as is shown by the people who named him to help carry out their final wishes.
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