Randolph  County,  Indiana

The  Farmland  Enterprize
Jan. 13, 1905
          Obituary -- Thomas Godwin was born in Highland county, Ohio, April 27, 1820, and died at his home in Fairview, January 1, 1905, aged 84 years, 8 months and 4 days.
          At the age of seventeen years he came with his father's family to Green township, Randolph county, Indiana, where he resided until the time of his death, except a few years which he spent in Farmland. He was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Ewing, June 12, 1845. There were born to them ten children -- four sons and six daughters, six of whom are still living and were present at the funeral services. He united with the M. E. Church in the 22nd year of his life, and has been a Methodist for sixty-two years. He was initiated into the mysteries of the I. O. O. F. in the city of Winchester, Indiana, having walked all the way from his home to have revealed to him the tenets of that Order, whose chief moto is: Friendship, love and truth. He was a charter member of Fairview Lodge, No. 134, and continued his membership in this lodge until the time of his death, being the last charter member to pass to the great beyond.
          He has made practical the principals of friendship, love and truth, all through life.  He was a kind, devoted husband, an affectionate father, an accommodating neighbor and in every respect a good man.  The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Fairview, Ind., and were attended by a large number of relatives.
Contributed by Billy J. Baker

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