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Abstract Benjamin Godfrey served in the merchant marine during the War of 1812 and later became a commander of a merchant vessel until shipwrecked off the coast of Mexico. Later became head of a merchant house in Matamoras, Mexico, and entered into a mercantile partnership with Winthrop S. Gilman while in New Orleans. Opened a storage and commission business in Alton, Illinois in 1832. Obtained control of the State Bank of Illinois and operated it from 1835 until the panic of 1837. Founded Monticello...
Dates: Created: 1848-1859; Other: Majority of material found in 1851-1853; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1989
Collection — Box: 61
Scope and Contents Land grant in Illinois for Abraham C. Van who served in War of 1812 in Butterfield's Company of the 2nd Infantry. Land grant in Illinois to Henry Sheffer for service in the War of 1812 in Reed's Corp of artillery. Both signed by James Monroe.
Dates: Created: 1817 - 1818