JOHN S. GODDARD
makes his abode in Burnsidle Township, Johnson County. He was born in
Williamson County, May 10, 1837. His father, John C. Goddard, was
born in Buncombe County, N. C., September 30, 1797. He was a son of
William Goddard, who was a farmer of North Carolina, and his wife was
Nancy Cooper, who died young, leaving this one child, John C. William
Goddard was married the second time, to Miss Ellen Cochrane. They then
removed to Tennessee, and from Tennessee they came to Illinois at an
early day, squatted on Government land, and died in middle
age. John C.
Goddard married Susan Casey, daughter of Levi and Mary (Sherrel) Casey.
They were farmers in Johnson County on Government land, and had eleven
children, six sons and five daughters, of whom John S. was the seventh
child and fifth son in order of
birth. The father died in 1855, at the age of fifty-eight, and his
widow died in 1872, at the age of sixty-eight years. They rest in the
little graveyard west of Creal Springs. Grandfather Casey and his
family were among the early settlers in Bloomfield Township.
John S. Goddard
was reared at home and to hard work, and received but limited
education. He lived at home until his marriage. In the summer of 1862
he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Illinois
Infantry, under Capt. M. R. Allen. He was in the service nearly three
years, and was mustered out at the close of the war as a member of the
Ninth Illinois, with which regiment his was early consolidated. He
served in Companies K and B of the Ninth, and when mustered out was a
Sergeant. He was captured near Rome, Ga., and was a prisoner six
months, during which time he was a prisoner at Cahaba, Milan and
Andersonville. Those six months were worse than all his active service
put together. He was in over sixty battles and skirmishes, and upon
returning home was in very poor health. He lived a few years upon his
mother's farm after his marriage to Mary E. Wood, of Pennsylvania,
daughter of William C. and Phebe C. (Frost) Wood, who came to Illinois,
settling in Pope County, in 1855, and soon afterward to Johnson County.
Her father died on his farm in Burnside Township in 1870, at the age of
fifty-five years. His widow is still living with Mr. and Mrs. Goddard,
now seventy years old. She has buried ten children, three sons and
seven daughters, and Mrs. Goddard is the only surviving child.
Mr. and Mrs.
Goddard have lived in Williamson County most of their married lives,
but in 1880 they removed from their present home to a forty-acre tract
of land near their present home. They have now two forty-acre farms.
They built their large frame house in 1887. They have buried three
small children, and have eight living, four sons and four daughters,
viz: William A., twenty-three years old; Thomas H., twenty-one; Susan
M., nineteen; Albert C., fourteen; Frank C., eleven; Phebe A., nine;
Rachael G., seven; and Ethel May, five. These children are all at home
and most of them in school. Mr. Goddard has been a Democrat
most of his life. He has served as School Director several years. Me
carries on a general farming business, and has a fine young orchard
partially surrounded by timber, and promising an abundance of fruit in
the near future.
subject is a man of good business qualifications, possessing a
knowledge of the mode of conducting a farm successfully, and is
respected by all who know him.