Farmer and stock- raiser: Floyd Township (post office Galesburg); is a prosperous self-made man, prominent as a citizen and influential as a Methodist and as a Republican, who is a representative of the old Virginia family of that name.
He was born in Floyd Township, August 18, 1844, a son of Francis P. and Margaret (Groves) Goddard. His father was born in Virginia, October 19, 1797, and died in 1862; his mother was born in Kentucky, February 16, 1802, and died November 6, 1871. They emigrated from Kentucky to Illinois in 1836, Mr. Goddard having previously settled in the Blue Grass State, where he was married. They stopped a year in Knox County, then located in Floyd Township, where he bought land in Section 12, on which he lived until his retirement from active life, when he removed to Abingdon where he died. He was successful in life, acquiring 483 acres of land and other property. His son Robert received a common school education, was brought up to farming and, at the age of twenty-three years, assumed the management of his father's homestead on which he has since lived. He owns 245 acres of land, on which are good buildings and all appliances necessary to successful farming. His upright character has endeared him to his neighbors and, for twenty-one years, he has held the office of School Director.
He was married at Saluda, Knox County, November 17, 1867, by the Rev. R. Kinnie, to Mary E. Nelson, a native of Knox County, born July 25, 1845, whose father died when she was a child, and who bore him a daughter named Mettie, who married Frank Williams, of Knox County. Mrs. God dard died August 2, 1871, and Mr. Goddard married Mary Newkirk, born June 4, 1854, a daughter of Artemus Newkirk, who passed his declining 3 rears in Kansas City Mo. Mrs. Goddard died February 17, 1901, having borne her husband five children as follows: Alta, Artemus, Ada, Nellie and Robert. Alta married Charles Heady, of Floyd Township
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