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CALHOUN COUNTY MICHIGAN

CALHOUN COUNTY

Mr. Goddard who died at the ripe age of 91 years and 16 days, was the fifth child of Gardner and Sophia (Rice) Goddard of East Boylston, Mass., where he was born April 5th, 1792. His family are noted for their longevity, as of eleven children all of whom reached mature years, five attained to extreme old age, their ages varying from 80 to 93 years. Two sisters are still living, one aged 80 years at Templeton, Mass., and the other aged 87 years at Southboro in the same State. The subject of this notice resided in his native township until his 17th year, when he went to Boston where he remained until the opening of hostilities between the United States and Great Britain in 1812, when he entered the army and served his country during the war. He was one of the "immortals" who under the lead of Col. Miller, charged and captured the British batteries at Lundy's Lane. He also. bore a part in the battles of Niagara and Plattsburg. At the close of the war, he came to Detroit where he took up his permanent abode and where he was married on the 14th of October, 1814, to Miss Hannah Harris, with whom he lived happily for nearly 69 years, and who survives him. Robert Abbott, brother of the first postmaster of Detroit, officiated at the wedding. Mr. Goddard having resided at Detroit till 1831, became in the autumn of that year, the third settler in this vicinity, having located on Goguac prairie where he resided a few years and then settled on the farm on Goguac lake, now known as the Jennings farm. It is said that his son, S. Calhoun Goddard was the first child born in Calhoun county.

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