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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska


    Benjamin Godfrey

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    • 4th Great-grandfather of Sarah Palin — 7th Generation
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • 124 
    • Birth Date:
    • 20 May 1794 
    • Birth Location:
    • Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts 
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    • Death Date:
    • 13 Aug 1862 
    • Death Location:
    • Monticello (now Godfrey), Madison, Illinois 
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    • Marriage Date:
    • 27 Nov 1817 
    • Marriage Location:
    • Baltimore, Maryland 
    • Notes: 
    • Founder of Monticello Female Seminary (renamed Monticello College) and now known as the Lewis and Clark Community College. It is located in Godfrey, Illinois, a town named for Benjamin Godfrey.

      Benjamin Godfrey was a veteran of the War of 1812 having served as a seaman on a gunboat. He was an early supporter of abolitionist editor Elijah Lovejoy, an advocate of free speech. He made his fortune in Mexico as a shipping merchant before settling in Illinois where he built the Alton and Sangamon Railroad.

  • Additional marriages for Benjamin Godfrey


    • Spouse:
    • Rebecca E. Petit
    • Marriage Date:
    • 15 Aug 1839
    • Marriage Location:
    • Hempstead, Nassau, New York

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  • Sources for Benjamin Godfrey

    • 1  Alton Evening Telegraph , 02 SEP 1915, p. 1, Obituary for daughter-in-law Lodema C. Godfrey, Newspapers.com (Digital Library), www.newspapers.com.
    • 2 Maryland, Compiled Marriages, 1655-1850 , Marriage record for Benjamin Godfry and Harriet Cooper, Ancestry.com (Online Database).
    • 3 New England Historical and Genealogical Register , (New England Historic and Genealogical Society ), 1973, Vol. 127, pp. 99-101.