Otto Godkin von Galen, aka William Goettken
Due to "Political differences" Count Christoph Herman Joseph Godkin
Von Galen was forced to flee from Austria in the early 1800`s. Little is known about his life after he moved
Otto wrote that his father taught at
Otto wrote a letter to his wife dated July 30 1905 from
" I have just received information from Washington that I am allowed a pension of six dollars per month on the age limit- this is because when I ran away from the school and enlisted under the name Wm Goettken and served from September 1862 until June 1863 when I was discharged, got my certificate of discharge now, and I will immediately apply for an increase of pension on account of disabilities and I expect to get at least $12.00 and after two or three years about $24.00 per month.”
Pension Index Card for William Goettken, Co. E, 74th PA.