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Godfrey in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Godfrey Cemetery

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, January 14, 2020
1. Godfrey Cemetery Marker
This is one of two markers (#8) that are part of the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail series in the cemetery.
Inscription.  The Godfrey Cemetery, originally known as Monticello Cemetery, was part of the property owned by Benjamin Godfrey that was donated to the Monticello Seminary in February 1840. Four acres of the property were to be used for interments for the Seminary. Records indicate the first burial on the property was Abigail Turner in 1817. The first Godfrey family burial was Benjamin Godfrey's young daughter Caroline, who died on April 4, 1837, at the age of four. Another early interment was that of Revolutionary War veteran Jabez Turner, buried in 1846 at the age of 90. Benjamin Godfrey died in 1862, and his grave (lot 50) is marked by an obelisk. Also buried in the cemetery are veterans of the War of Mexico, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and both World Wars. In 1887, the Godfrey Cemetery Association took ownership of the property.

In 1897, Godfrey Cemetery Association board member Dr. William H.C. Smith founded Beverly Farm, a home in Godfrey for people with developmental disabilities. He purchased numerous grave plots designated for residents of Beverly Farm.

More recent notable burials include Jesse L. Cannon and his wife Charlene
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By Jason Voigt, January 14, 2020
2. Godfrey Cemetery Marker
At the southwest entrance of Godfrey City Cemetery
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(Walker) Cannon. The Cannons were both trustees of Elijah P. Lovejoy's grave.
 
Erected 2019 by Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Committee (sponsored by Dennis & Karen Wilson). (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesEducationWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US CivilWar, US RevolutionaryWar, World IWar, World II.
 
Location. 38° 57.37′ N, 90° 11.554′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Mulberry Street west of Godfrey Road (U.S. 67). Marker is at the southwest entrance of Godfrey City Cemetery, on a narrow road off of Mulberry Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Godfrey IL 62035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin Godfrey (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monticello College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Godfrey Mansion (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lindbergh Relay Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Plank Road
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(approx. 2.4 miles away); North Alton Confederate Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Godfrey.
 
More about this marker. This is one of nine markers of the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail series. Unlike all of the nine marked sites, this site (No. 8) has two markers, both different.
 
Also see . . .  Godfrey Cemetery on Find-a-grave. Also known as Godfrey City Cemetery, this is the page that lists most of the interments here. (Submitted on January 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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