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Allen Godwin
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1788
Death: Aug. 28, 1872

Allen Godwin born 1788 d 1872 was married to Polly Green Feb 15, 1809 and had the following children: John Allen, Pennie, and Calvin G.
He married Martha Reynolds around 1822 and they had the following children: Jacob G, Levi Simmons, Alexander, Elisha Houston, Eli P, Lucinda Parolee, Elijah A, Akerial and Latitia Frances.
Allen served in the War of 1812 in Co G, 5th Reg of NC Militia, Inf
Allen Godwin was the first pastor for the Macedonia (Deentown) Baptist Church.
After this original tombstone was lost to logging operations, his family added a memorial stone for him in the nearby Blue Mountain Cemetery. The second Find-a-Grave Memorial may be seen by finding #21499940.
[Allen Godwin, Some of His Descendants and Related Families, p 3, by Mildred Martin? from the files of Ruth Godwin Gadbury.]
Allen Godwin's oldest son, John Allen, was one of the original land owners in Tippah County, Mississippi, with a grant to former Chickasaw Indian land that was sold in 1836 as the county was being formed, and he was living here by 1837.
Allen Godwin came to Tippah County, Mississippi, sometime in 1842 or early 1843. His youngest son, Akrial H. was born in Tennessee. Allen Godwin bought his first land in Tippah County on Nov. 10, 1842, from Hiram C. Spencer. He is on the 1845 census of Tippah County as follows: Allen Godwin - 7 males and 2 females.
From the number of times Allen Godwin moved before he came to Tippah County and the number of land transactions I found in Tippah county I believe he was a dealer in land and a farmer. In 1850 he had 12 slaves. He must have been a man of considerable means as he paid cash for all the land he bougtht. At one time he owned almost two sections of land in the southwest part of Tippah County. The land extended from approximately 2 miles north north east of the present Flat Rock Baptist Church to near the present Blue Mountain Cemetery to west of Macedonia (Deantown) Baptist Church that is north west of Blue Mountain, Mississippi.
Allen Godwin was listed on the 1860 census as a Baptist Minister and he was the First Moderator of the Tippah-Benton Baptist Association.
Allen Godwin died August 28, 1872, leaving no will. He was buried in the Godwin Cemetery which was located on land he owned. The cemetery was approximately one mile northwest of the present Blue Mountain Cemetery and just east of the Henry Goolsby place. The land is now owned by a Pulp Wood Company. His marker and one other marker were the only markers standing when we found his grave in the woods by a logging road. My mother said that it was a fairly large cemetery at one time. She remembered the times her family and other families would carry lunch and go and spend the day cleaning off the cemetery.
His second wife, Martha, was living with their youngest daughter, Francis Latitia Godwin Kinney in 1880. I have been unable to find when or where she died. Francis Latitia had married John W. Kinney who was born in Tennessee, and it is thought that they moved to Tennessee. We think he was related to the Kinneys that lived in Haywood County, Tennessee.
Allen Godwin is the double great-great-grandfather of Ruth Godwin Gadbury, the tireless researcher, compiler, and author of GODWIN-HILL AND RELATED FAMILIES. Her father's grandfather was born to Allen's first wife, Polly, and her mother's grandmother was born to Allen's second wife, Martha. (Ruth is an aunt to myself Peggy Smith Wolfe who spent hours, days, and weeks typing Ruth's vast research information into an internet-usable form!)
Allen Godwin migrated from his home in Johnston Co. NC to Georgia, back to Montgomery Col, NC, on to McNairy Col TN, then settled in Tippah Co., Mississippi for his maturing years.
He married twice, both North Carolina girls, had a total of 15 children, but lost his first wife and three of their daughters and later a son of the second marriage early in his life. Three of his sons were said to be cripples.
Allen Godwin was primarily a farmer, later a Baptist minister. He had five sons and two grandsons to serve on the Confederate side of the Civil War. Two sons did not return.
Allen Godwin gave his daughter, Latitia, and her husband, John W. Kinney, 130 acres of land in September of 1867. This land bordered land owned by Elijah Godwin, James Godwin, James Callicutt. Then in October, 1872, just two weeks before Allen died, he deeded 82 acres to his wife Martha for $500 and she in turn deeded it to J. W. Kinney for $500, both deeds recorded the same day. In December of that same year, Martha deeded 88 acres to John W. Kinney for $700, all land in Tippah County, Mississippi.
One must wonder if these transactions are the so-called "will" that Latitia's half-brother Calvin, a cripple, wanted his niece and nephew to return from Texas and help him "brake." See note on Calvin Hill.
According to William Pearl Deen in his letter of 1960-09-12: "Allen Godwin. He came from North Carolina long before the War Between the States. He and his first wife had three children, your great-grandfather and one brother whose name was Calvin. He was a cripple. I saw him one time when I was small boy about 75 years ago. I will soon be 80. They had one sister (Pennie Godwin) who married a Callicut.
When their mother died, he went back to North Carolina and married his second wife and brought her back to Mississippi. They had 6 boys and 2 girls. Their names was Joshaway, Acharol, Jacob, Elijah, and Eli, Levi, Parolee, Letisha.
Parolee was your mother's grandmother. Five of those boys served in the Southern Army. Two of them died during the war from sickness. Three went through and came home. One, Eli, was a cripple. He rode a horse on sidesaddle. I sat up with him the night he died, about 1898. His son, Jim, and I was all that were there. There was so much sickness at that time, (it) was hard to get company. Most families had some sick with typhoid fever.
Your great-great-grandfather left Mississippi before the Civil War. Elijah and Jacob left soon after, and came to Texas. I only saw them one time over 50 years ago."
Children with first wife Polly Green include:
Two daughters born about 1809 and 1811
John Allen Godwin, Jr. (1815-1853) #72443836
Calvin G. Godwin (ca 1818-1884)
Pennie Godwin Callicutt (1817- ca 1870)
Children with second wife Martha Patsy Reynolds include:
Jacob G.' Godwin (1824-1902) #27661404
Levi Simmons Godwin (1825-1886) #21500064
Alexander Godwin (1829-young)
Elisha Houston (or Joshua) Godwin (1832-1863)
Eli P. Godwin (1834-1898)#82168901
Lucinda 'Parolee' Godwin Hill (1836-1909)
Elijah A. 'Lige' Godwin (1839-1925)#27661143
Akrial/Achrol H. Godwin (1841-1861)#83182688
Latitia Frances Godwin Kinney (1848-aft 1920) #49829501 
Family links: 
  Polly Green Godwin (1788 - 1820)
  Martha Reynolds Godwin (1804 - 1892)
  Martha Reynolds Godwin (1804 - 1892)*
  John Allen Godwin (1812 - 1853)*
  Levi Simmons Godwin (1825 - 1886)*
  Elisha Houston Godwin (1832 - 1863)*
  Lucinda 'Parolee' Godwin Hill (1836 - 1909)*
  Elijah A Godwin (1839 - 1925)*
  Akrial/Achrol H. Godwin (1841 - 1861)*
  Latitia Frances Godwin Kinney (1848 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
A light from our household is gone. A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled.
Godwin Cemetery
Blue Mountain
Tippah County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Peggy Smith Wolfe
Originally Created by: Jerry Owen
Record added: Feb 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10527566
Allen Godwin
Added by: Jerry Owen
Allen Godwin
Added by: Jerry Owen
Allen Godwin
Added by: Jerry Owen
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A giant of a man! Rest in Peace.
- Shirley C McKenzie
 Added: Jun. 10, 2016
Happy Father's Day!!! Love, Linda; Terry, David, & Sharon; Ben, Nathan, Allison & Nicholas
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Merry Christmas!! Love, Linda; Terry, David, & Sharon; Ben, Nathan, Allison & Nicholas
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