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GEORGE &/OR FANNY GODWIN (1850)
Posted by: william boggess (ID *****5121) Date: October 03, 2003 at 18:29:32
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1850 Nansemond County, VA census has a George GODWIN, 64, farmer and wife Fanny GODWIN age 60, with Thomas Borland age 6, in household.

Can you share any information on any of these parties?

We think Thomas is son of famous Dr. Solon Borland, (1808,VA-1864,TX) son of Dr Thomas Borland, born in Nansemond County, VA.

Dr Solon Borland moved to Arkansas, became, among many things, a U.S. Senator then an ambassador to Nicaragua and Central America as was John Hill Wheeler in 1848 period.

Thomas, reportedly born to Dr. Solon Borland and a Mrs Huldah (Wright) Borland in 1844 at Murfreesboro, NC, and is possibly the attorney in Norfolk at 1870 census, brother Harold (1836-1921) graduated from West Point Class 1860, fought as Confederate Officer, died in Confederate Home at Little Rock, half-brothers to Solon Borland's youngest daughter who as a widow with 3-children married our widower Colonel O. C. GRAY in Little Rock 17 Jun 1889.

Dr. Solon Borland named his 3rd son, George Godwin (1846,-1862), and his 1st daughter Fanny G. (Godwin?)(1847-1879), -- both with same names as whom Thomas was with in 1850 census, --- his youngest, a daughter named Mary M. (Mollie) married our Col. O.C. Gray.

Fannie wrote a poem "The Dead Confederacy"; http://members.cox.net/confed/poetry/poem99.html , highly tauted by Gen. John M. Harrell (former Solicitor General of Arkansas, 1861, was a Pvt. with Colonel Solon Borland aide-de-camp of Governor, when they took Fort Smith April 1861 and reportedly captured Union Major Gatlin, of 'Gatlin Gun' fame;
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ganews/CV/cv1894pg2.htm Scroll down perhaps 5 pages worth to "Gossipy Letter from Hot Springs ARK".

Our BOGGESS (Robert Boggus) family was first found in Nansemond County, records of 1 April 1644, Deed Book B:37a Norfolk Co. VA.

If you have no information, would you suggest where we might look?

Thank you,
Bill Boggess



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