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Godfrey, Frederick


Age: 20, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/10/61, m/i 9/21/61, 3SGT, Co. A, 4th VT INF, reen 2/9/64, red 9/1/63, m/o 7/13/65

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Birth: 1841, Bennington, VT
Death: 02/24/1923

Burial: Village Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: A-605
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 76987379


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/1/1879; widow Margaret, 4/2/1923, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Village Cemetery, Bennington, VT

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Frederick Godfrey

Bennington Banner

Saturday, February 24, 1923


Died at Burlington Where he Had Lived Since Retiring


Deceased Was Veteran of Civil War and 44 Years a Police Officer

Frederick Godfrey, about eightyone years old, and a former sheriff of Bennington county and 44 years a police official, died this morning in Burlington, where he has lived the larger portion of the time since his retirement from public life in 1919.

The ex-sheriff was a native of Bennington and practically all of his life had been passed among the people of this community. When a boy he lived for a brief period in the town of Hoosick and later he resided at Manchester while attending school at Burr and Burton seminary.

In 1861,he enlisted in company A of the fourth regiment of Vermont volunteers and was a member of the army of the Potomac three years and ten months, being mustered out of the service at the close of the war. He was three times slightly wounded but fortunately suffered no permanent injury.

In 1874, the year that the graded school building on School street was constructed, he was appointed a village policeman and up to the time of his retirement retained the authority invested in such officials. In 1891 he was made a deputy sheriff by the late Henry S. Wilson of Arlington and when the latter retired to become state cattle commissioner, Mr. Godfrey was made sheriff.

It can be truthfully be said that when Sheriff Godfrey retired in February, 1919, with the respect of not only the court officials and attorneys with whom his duties necessitated close personal contact but of the inhabitants of the entire community whom he had so faithfully and conscientiously served during many years. He possessed the happy faculty of inspiring confidence on the part of all who came to know him and who came to know that that confidence was always justified.

He loved the great outdoors. He knew the trout streams, and runways of the fox and the likely covers of the partridge and in the hunting season he was accustomed to tramp the hills and mountains years after he reached the age when most men forsake such strenuous pastime for the peace and quiet of the chimney corner.

The survivors are a widow and a son, Bradford Godfrey, a practicing dentist in Rutland. The body is expected to arrive in Bennington this afternoon and the funeral will be held at the Masonic temple Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The local post, G.A.R., of which he was a member, will attend the service.

Bennington Banner

Tuesday, February 27,1923


Funeral of Former Sheriff at Masonic Temple Monday Afternoon

The funeral of the late Frederick Godfrey, former sheriff of Bennington County, who died at his home in Burlington Saturday morning, was held Monday afternoon from the Masonic Temple here and was largely attended.

A delegation from the local G.A.R. post, of which the deceased was a member, was in attendance and conducted the ceremony in accordance with the ritual of the organization. Rev. W.G. Towart, pastor of the Baptist church, presided at the Masonic service.

The bearers were C.S. Perry, Oliver J. Burt, Edward H. Holden and Collins M. Graves. Interment was at the village cemetery.

Frederick Godfrey, who was born in Bennington, May 16,1841, enlisted Aug. 10, 1861, in Captain Pratt's company, 4th Vermont Regiment Volunteer Infantry, and served three years and ten months, receiving his honorable discharge, July 13, 1865. He took part in the battle at Lee's Mills, the Seven Days' Fight in the Peninsular campaign, the battle of Antietam, the battle of Fredericksburg, Second Bull Run, the battle of Gettysburg, of Rappahannock Station, and served in the campaign in the Shenandoah valley under General Sheridan. He was in the battle of Cedar Creek and the Wilderness. At Antietam he received a slight wound, and he was wounded again at the siege of Richmond, and also at Cold Harbor, Va.

He went into the service with the rank of sergeant, was reduced to the ranks, and restored several times. He was with his regiment in New York to suppress the draft riots. After he was mustered out he returned to his trade at Bennington and worked at the making of stoneware until 1883. For a short time he was employed in one of the knitting mills in Bennington. In 1891 he was appointed deputy sheriff of the county, and to this office he devoted his time until 1906, when he succeeded the late Henry S. Wilson as sheriff and filled his unexpired term. He was elected to the office of sheriff in 1908, and served in that office until February 1919.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.