Monticello’s Beginnings

“Whereas, I, Benjamin Godfrey of Alton, in the County of Madison and state of Illinois…to devote to the cause of Female Education, the building erected at my charge, known as Monticello Seminary; and some portion of the grounds at, and adjacent thereto…I, with Rebecca Emeline, my wife…appoint in conformity with the principles and prescriptions herein after recited…the following described lots and parcels of land, lying and being in the County of Madison…in the city of Alton…this 4 day of February, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty.”
–Original Deed of Trust from Benjamin Godfrey to the Trustees of Monticello Female Seminary, February 4, 1840
Benjamin Godfrey
R. E. Godfrey
Theron Baldwin
Enoch Long
W.S. Gilman