He was born in the year 1815 in GeneseeCo. NY. We don't know his parents or siblings. We see that he pops up on the radar in the 1850's census married to Phebe Jackson daughter of Anson William and Hannah Brooks Jackson, in Blackman, Jackson Co. MI. Phebe Jackson Godfrey already had a child;Adelaide Esmond born in 1842. Eldridge gave his last name to Adelaide and they shared the Jackson estate. Eldridge and Phebe went on to have three more children and worked the farm until he joined the union for the Civil War.