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CALHOUN COUNTY MICHIGAN

CALHOUN COUNTY

He occupied this place with his family until 1849, when he removed to Winneshiek county, Iowa, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Goddard were the parents of fifteen children, nine sons and six daughters. Of these children, seven are still living, including six sons in Northern Iowa and one daughter, Mrs. William Reese of this city. The descendants number 45 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one child of the fourth generation. Por nearly half a century, Mr. Goddard was a member of the masonic fraternity and took a deep interest in the welfare of the order. Coming as he did, from revolutionary stock—his father having been a soldier in the war of the Revolution—and having himself served in the war of 1812, "he was, " to quote the language of one of the Iowa papers at the time of his death, "of the most thorough American type. " He enjoyed a personal acquaintance with Gen. Grant and cast his vote for President Hayes in 1876. For several years past, he was blind, but retained all his faculties until the very close of his long career, taking the utmost pleasure in discussing the leading questions of the day, whether relating to politics or other subjects. His death, while it will be deeply regretted, will also awaken pleasant recollections of his career on the part of our older residents by whom he was so universally esteemed for his manliness, his generous, confiding nature, his patriotic spirit, his obliging kindness as a neighbor, and those qualities which served to distinguish the earliest generations of men in our republic.

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