William Henry Goddard

19 October 1860–28 September 1930 (Age 69)
Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Goddard was born on 19 October 1860, in Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States, his father, Francis Goddard, was 30 and his mother, Lucinda Morey, was 28. He married Mary Jane "Minnie" Roffay Roffey on 31 January 1888, in Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Jamesport Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1910 and Jamesport, Daviess, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 28 September 1930, in Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Jamesport, Daviess, Missouri, United States.

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William Henry Goddard
Mary Jane "Minnie" Roffay Roffey
Marriage: 31 January 1888
Roy William Goddard
Myrtle Laverne Goddard
Rose Irene Goddard

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31 January 1888
Cameron, Warren, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 1

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 21

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 English (of Norman origin) and French: from Godhard, a personal name composed of the Germanic elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. The name was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of St. Gotthard , an 11th-century bishop of Hildesheim who founded a hospice on the pass from Switzerland to Italy that bears his name. This surname and the variant Godard are also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.2 Possibly also an Americanized spelling of German Gotthard ( see Gothard ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Goddard in household of Francis Goddard, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Goddard, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William H Goddard, "United States Census, 1930"

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