John Delaney Godwin Jr.1

M, #10716, b. 4 March 1904, d. 11 August 1935
John Delaney Godwin, Jr.
Chief of Police
City of Orange, Texas
Husband of Robbie Wiltshire
     John Delaney Godwin Jr. was born on 4 March 1904 at Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana.2,1 He was the son of John Delaney Godwin and Annis Charlotte Brewster.1 He married Robbie Wiltshire on 19 April 1926 at Orange County, Texas.3,4 He was a police officer in the city of Orange, Texas. While making an arrest on 10 Aug 1935, the suspect shot him in the abdomen. He died at 12:26 pm on 11 August 1935 at Orange, Orange County, Texas, at age 31 years, 5 months and 7 days.2,5,1 He was buried on 12 August 1935 at Evergreen Cemetery, 920 Jackson Avenue, Orange, Orange County, Texas.6

Children of John Delaney Godwin Jr. and Robbie Wiltshire


  1. [S806] Find A Grave, online, Memorial# 81502376 - John D. Godwin, Jr.
  2. [S1157] Texas Death Index, 1964-1998, online, Johnie D Godwin, "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976"
    Name:      Johnie D Godwin
    Event Type:      Death
    Event Date:      11 Aug 1935
    Event Place:      Orange, Orange, Texas, United States
    Gender:      Male
    Marital Status:      Married
    Birth Date:      04 Mar 1904
    Birthplace:      Many, Louisiana
    Father's Name:     J D Godwin
    Mother's Name:     
    Certificate Number:      39543
    GS Film number:     2116625
    Digital Folder Number:     005144918
    Image Number:      00792.
  3. [S1421] Texas, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1837-2015, online, Name     Johnnie Godwin
    Gender     Male
    Marriage Date     19 Apr 1926
    Marriage Place     Orange, Texas, USA
    Spouse     Robbie Wiltshire.
  4. [S806] Find A Grave, online, Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 27 November 2022), memorial page for Robbie Wiltshire Godwin (22 Feb 1903–27 Jun 1973), Find a Grave Memorial ID 46101208, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, West Orange, Orange County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Kerry Girolamo (contributor 46483229) .
  5. [S1551] United States, Officer Down Memorials, 1791-2014, online, Name:     Acting Chief John Delaney Godwin Jr
    Birth Year:     abt 1904
    Age:     31
    Date of Incident:     10 Aug 1935
    Death Location:     Texas
    Department:     Orange Police Department
    Department State:     Texas
    End of Watch Date:     10 Aug 1935
    Tour of Duty:     5 months
    Cause of Death:     Gunfire
    Weapon:     Handgun
    Notes:     Chief Godwin was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest two escaped convicts. Chief Godwin had been with the agency for five months and was survived by his two children.
  6. [S806] Find A Grave, online, Find a Grave, database and images (… accessed 27 November 2022), memorial page for John Delaney Godwin Jr. (4 Mar 1904–11 Aug 1935), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81502376, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Orange, Orange County, Texas, USA; Maintained by Thomas Wilson (contributor 47312998) .
  7. [S1517] Texas, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1903-1932, online, Name     Betty Jean Godwin
    Birth Date     31 Jan 1928
    Gender     Female
    Birth Place     Orange, Orange, Texas, USA
    Father     Johnnie D Godwin
    Father Birth Place     Orange
    Mother     Robbie Wiltshire
    Mother Birth Place     Cleveland, Mississippi
    Mother Residence     Orange, Texas.
  8. [S314] Texas, U.S., Birth Index, 1903-1997, online, Name:     Johnnie Lou Godwin
    Gender:     Female
    Birth Date:     28 Nov 1934
    Birth Place:     Orange, Texas, USA
    Father:     Johnnie D Godwin
    Mother:     Robbie Wiltshire
    Roll number:     1934_0003.