PEARSON, CATHARINE (nee GODFREY)
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 11, 1892
Daughter of Captain Benjamin Godfrey
Just as we go to press, we learn of the death of Mrs. John Mills Pearson, at 2 o’clock this afternoon at her home near Godfrey, after an illness of three months. Deceased was a daughter of Captain Benjamin Godfrey, and was born at Godfrey in 1835. She was educated at Monticello Seminary, and married to Mr. John Mills Pearson in 1854. She has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for many years. Besides the husband, she leaves two sons – Harry and Arthur of Chicago – and one daughter, Mrs. Nora Mason of Minneapolis. The funeral will take place from the family residence Sunday at 2:30 o’clock p.m.
Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, March 22, 1892
“Mrs. John M. Pearson is dead” – such was the sad intelligence conveyed in yours of the 11th, which carried grief throughout the neighborhood, and went trembling over the wires to distant friends.
Catharine Godfrey was born in 1835. She was the daughter of the late Captain Benjamin Godfrey of Godfrey, Illinois. Here she grew up from childhood; here she attended the public school when a child, and afterwards in 1854, graduated at Monticello Seminary; here in 1855 she was married to Mr. John M. Pearson. They made their first home in Alton, where were born three sons and one daughter. Arthur and John, both living in Chicago, and Winthrop, who died at eight years of age; and Eleanora, now Mrs. Edward A. Mason of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1856 they removed to their farm in Godfrey. Here were born a son and daughter, both dying in infancy. Wherever was Mrs. Pearson’s home, her benevolence knew no bounds. She united with the Presbyterian Church in Alton, and was a most indefatigable worker for the good of the church, and when, during the war, Alton became a military station, her work for the Sanitary and Christian Commission was constant. Her devotion to the sick soldiers was untiring. She carried cheer to many a homesick heart in the hospital, and dispensed comforts to both soul and body with a lavish hand. When they moved to Godfrey, her pastor expressed his grief at losing from his church one so helpful.
Soon after she moved to Godfrey, she united with the Congregational Church in Godfrey, and entered at once into work for its interest. She originated many beautiful ideas, and her work and enthusiasm in materializing them were unbounded. None of us will forget the many beautiful entertainments which originated in her mind and were carried out by her own hand. She entered heart and soul into whatever work she undertook, and seldom, if ever, failed.
For the last four years, she has been much of the time an invalid, and often a great sufferer, but she always responded liberally when asked for advice or pecuniary assistance. Her last wish was for “Rest, Rest,” and now she is gone to the Master, for he gently called, “come unto Me and I will give you Rest,” entering the same, March 11, 1892.
Catherine Godfrey, daughter of Captain Benjamin Godfrey, married John Mills Pearson in 1855. They first lived in Alton, then moved to Godfrey. Catherine was a graduate of Monticello Seminary. Together they had three sons and one daughter – Arthur Godfrey Pearson and John Longfellow Pearson, and Eleanora Pearson. Another two children were born (a son and daughter), who both died in infancy. Catharine was well known for her Christian benevolent works, including the Sanitary and Christian Commission during the Civil War. Her devotion to the sick and injured soldiers was untiring, taking care of them in the hospital. After moving to Godfrey, she continued her good works for those in need. During the last four years of her life she became in invalid, until her death March 11, 1892.
John Mills Pearson
James Ryder Godfrey
Calvin C. Godfrey
Harriet Godfrey Bowie
Emily Godfrey Palmer