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Willis GODWIN
Dorcas HILL
Husband:  Willis GODWIN
Birth:  17 Jul 1817, IL
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Wilkerson GODWIN (1792- )
Marriage:  25 Feb 1841, Cape Girardeau Co., MO
Wife:  Dorcus / Darcas / Darcus / Dorcas HILL
Birth:  20 Dec 1818, Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri Territory [now MO]
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Ezekiel HILL
Mother:  Rachael BLOUNT

The correct spelling is "Dorcas"; it's a Greek name meaning "gazelle."

Children born in Cape Girardeau Co., MO:
1.  Ezekiel GODWIN, b. 1841/2
2.  James B. GODWIN, b. 1844/5
3.  John F. GODWIN, b. 1848/9
4.  Hezekiah GODWIN, b. 1852/3
5.  Mary A. GODWIN, b. 1858/9
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Illinois, Missouri

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Willis GODWIN
Spouse: Dorcus HILL
Marriage: 25 Feb 1841, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1805-1950. Cape Girardeau County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #139 of 292):  District No. 14, Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll M432_394, p. 410A, 984/994, enumerated 15 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Willis Godwin 23 M   Farmer 400 Ill
Darcas   " 31 F       Mo
Ezekiel  "  8 M       "
James B  "  5 M       "
John T   "  1 M       "
Willis is 32, not 23.

3.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #24 of 37):  Hubble Twp., Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll M653_611, p. 166, PN 44, 331/331, enumerated 19 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Godwin Willis 42 M   Farmer 500 500 Illinois
______ Darcus 42 F          
______ Ezekiel 18 M   laborer      
______ James B 15 M   same      
______ John F 17 M          
______ Hezekiah  7 M          
______ Mary A 01 F          
Thompson Nancy 22 F         Illinois
________ Samuel M  8 M          
________ Manda J  4 F          
________ Lucinde A  3 F          
I don't know how, or if, our subjects are related to these THOMPSONs.  Listed six households from Dorcas's remarried sister-in-law, Sarah (SEXTON) HILL McCULLOUGH.  Blanks in the birthplace column indicate birthplace Missouri.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #64 of 66):  Appleton P.O., Apple Creek Twp., Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll 765, p. 33A, PN 65, 377/361, enumerated 20 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Godwin Willis 53 M W Farmer   550 Ill
______ Dorcas 51 F W keeps house     Mo
______ James 26 M W farm hand     "
______ John 21 M W "     "
______ Hesekiah 19 M W "     "
Clayton Elisa  9 F W at home     "
Listed next to Dorcas's brother, Joel R. HILL; and, in the other direction, listed two households from Dorcas's sister, Mary Ann (HILL) HALL.

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 15):  Whitewater Twp., Cape Girardeau Co., MO, Roll T9_678, p. 148B, PN 10, Sd 2, ED 20, enumerated 9/10 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 24 25 26
76 82 Godwin Willis W M 62       / Farmer IL VA VA
    ______ Dorcus W F 60   Wife   / Keeping house MO TN GA
  83 ______ John F W M 31       / Baptist Minister MO IL MO
    ______ Mary E W F 23   Wife   / Keeping house TN TN TN
    ______ Benj Lee W M  2   Son /     MO MO TN
    ______ Effa J W F 5/12 Dec   /     " " "
    Clayton Luiza J W F 21   Orphan /   Domestic Assist " - MO
Listed two households from Sarah M. (SEXTON) HILL McCULLOUGH, remarried widow of Dorcas's brother, James B. HILL.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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