Nathan Scaritt was the first American to farm in Township 6 north, range 10 west, however, Joseph Reynolds was the first to build a cabin in 1826.1 The township received its name from Captain Benjamin Godfrey, an early and prominent citizen.3 The village of Godfrey was originally known as Monticello,2 and in 1840 had a population of 788.4 As of the 2010 census the village of Godfrey has 17,982 residents.5
To access the village of Godfrey’s website, follow this link.
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|1.||arrow_upward||History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 506.|
|4.||arrow_upward||1840 Census: Sixth Census or Enumeration of the Inhabitants of the United States (Washington: Blair and Rives, 1841), 386 – 7.|
|5.||arrow_upward||Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 64.|