John Godbold was the first who came to the region of Marion Court House. Bishop Gregg, p. 68,
says: "He was an Englishman, and had been long a sailor in the British service. Though advanced
in years at the time of his arrival, such was his enterprising energy that he succeeded in
accumulating what for that day was a large property. He settled in 1735, about a half-mile
below the site of the present village of Marion, being the first adventurer to that locality."
"During the French and Indian wars, Mr. Godbold was plundered of almost all the personal
property he had gathered. Of thirty negroes, twenty-two were taken from him and never recovered;
a trunk of guineas, the fruits of many years' labor, was rifled. He married, after his arrival on
Pee Dee, Elizabeth McGurney, by whom he had three
sons, John, James and Thomas, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Anne.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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