Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameMartha Caroline Godbold
Birth1827, Mobile Co AL
Death19 Jan 1876, Mt Vernon, AL Age: 49
Birth17 Sep 1820, Port Gibson, MI
Death8 May 1863, Spring Hill, TN254 Age: 42
FatherPeter Aaron Van Dorne (1773-1837)
Marriage23 Dec 1843, Spring Hill, TN
ChildrenOlivia (1852-)
 Earl (1854-)
Notes for Earl (Spouse 1)
General Earl Van Dorn was assasinated by Dr. George Boddie Peters, apparently because Van Dorn had carried out an adultrous affair from March-May, 1863, with Jessie Helen McKissack Peters, wife of George Boddie Peters. After the murder of Van Dorn, George Peters took off and spent the next two years as a fugitive. Jessie was heard to remark, “I have lost my husband and my lover in the same day!” George and Jessie Peters were divorced in 1866, but reconciled and remarried in 1869.

On January 26, 1864 (8 1/2 months after Van Dorn’s murder), Jessie McKissack delivered a daughter, Medora Wharton Peters. It is believed by her descendants that she was fathered by Van Dorn.255
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