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

Benjamin Godfrey

 
 
Benjamin Godfrey Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, January 14, 2020
1. Benjamin Godfrey Marker
Inscription.  
"He was not a perfect man, but the leading aim of his long life was to do right and benefit his fellow men, and in this he was eminently successful." - Article titled "Capt. Benjamin Godfrey." The Alton Telegraph, August 29, 1862

Benjamin Godfrey was born in Chatham, Massachusetts in 1794. He joined the American Navy during the War of 1812, and by 1819 he was commander of a merchant vessel. He sailed to Italy, Spain, and other parts of Europe, and from Baltimore to New Orleans and the West Indies.

Godfrey married Harriet Cooper in 1817 and moved to Alton fifteen years later. His family influenced him greatly. Watching his wife's interactions with their children caused him "to reflect on the powerful effect of a mother's example" on her children, "and the no less powerful influence that women have on society at large." This realization led him to found Monticello Female Seminary. Harriet died in June 1838 at the age of 37. A year later, Godfrey married Rebecca Emeline Pettit of Hempstead, Long Island.

Benjamin Godfrey, father to fifteen children, died August 13, 1862, in the town that now bears his
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Erected 2019 by Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Committee (sponsored by Village of Godfrey). (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar of 1812Waterways & VesselsWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
 
Location. 38° 57.414′ N, 90° 11.505′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Godfrey Road (U.S. 67) south of Pearl Street. Marker is located in Godfrey City Cemetery. It can be accessed from a hidden road next to Bowers Towing & Repair on Godfrey Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6204 Godfrey Road, 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. Godfrey Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monticello College (approx. half a mile away); Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel (approx. half a mile away); Godfrey Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); Lindbergh Relay Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); North Alton Confederate Cemetery (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Godfrey.
 
More about this marker. This is one of nine markers in the Benjamin
Benjamin Godfrey Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, January 14, 2020
2. Benjamin Godfrey Marker
Marker is in front of the fence that surrounds Godfrey's gravesite.
Godfrey Legacy Trail series. Unlike all of the nine marked sites, this site (No. 8) has two markers, both different.
 
Contributing marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, January 14, 2020
3. Contributing marker
This marker is below the main marker; this is about the inscriptions on the stone.
 
 
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 169 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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