Carnes, Godfrey

Submitted by Beth Rollinson on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:00

Godfrey Carnes served in the Revolutionary War in the Eighth Regiment, which was raised in Westmoreland Co., PA. The regiment was sent east to join Washington's army in the Jerseys, where it participated in the Battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Princeton, Paoli, Germantown, and wintered in the Valley Forge. The 8th Regiment was returned to Fort Pitt in the spring of 1778 under Brigadier Lochlan McIntosh. Godfrey participated in the construction of Fort McIntosh at the mouth of the Beaver River, and Fort Laurens on the Muskingham River. He also participated in the Brodhead Expedition up the Allegheny River in August, 1779. Godfrey's term of service was three years and two months.

He was married to Mary McDowell, also a native of Westmoreland County. Godfrey came from Westmoreland County in 1801 and obtained a land patent in Pymatuning Township in 1803 (The patent was dated January 19th 1803). He applied for pension on July 4, 1828, pension no. S-46432. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery. Ref. V.A. N.S.S.A.R., Fed. Pen. File, P.A.

Godfrey and Mary's first cabin was erected upon the present Sharpsville and Orangeville Road, near the state line about two-and-a-half miles northwest of Sharpsville. Later it was replaced by a more substantial one. And in the house, the early elections of Pymatuning Twp. were held. Godfrey was a Jeffersonian Democrat and was active in local affairs, holding many of the Pymatuning Twp. offices.

Godfrey and Mary reared 12 children: Edward, William, Robert, George, Samuel, John, Margaret, Mary, Jane, James, Elizabeth and Ruhanneh. All were raised on the family homestead.

Godfrey was a successful pioneer and accumulated a large estate of several hundred acres. He died in 1842 and his wife died in 1839.

Research submitted by Beth Rollinson

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