Godfrey was born 10/28/1926, died 11/12/1906, his burial:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=ca...
The US Geological Survey identified three "Carns" locations in
---Carns Post Office (Historical). Opened as Elm Grove, date unknown, name changed to Carns, date unknown, and discontinued in 1943.
Citation: Perkey, Elton A. Perkey's Nebraska Place-Names, 1995, 227 pages.
---Carns Bridge. Internet site ... 1989 Niobrara River SR (Scenic River) Designation Act.
----This describes the bridge:http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/nebraska/rock/RO00-0...
---Carns. Populated place. A populated place this is not a census designated or incorporated area having an official federally recognized name.
Latitude Longitude Latitude Longitude Map Name
42.7347238 -99.4823345 424405N 0992856W Carns
-----From a book on Nebraska History:
Carns was located on the banks of the Niobrara River in Township 32 north, Range 19 west. A ferry was operated at Cams before bridges were built over the river. There was a post office and school at Carns for a short time in the 1880's and 1890's. (Nothing of historic value as to name).
The Nebraska History identifies a Margaret Jane Burke Carns...no further found online.
There was a Lieutenant Governor Edmund C. Carns.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_C._Carns
The Bureau of Land Management has a database of land patents issued under the Homestead Act and other Congressional Land Acts. It shows a Willard S. Carns obtaining land in 1911 in Sheridan County. No findings for Godfrey.
The 1890 Census for the Veterans Schedules, enumerated June 1890
Custer Precinct, Keya Paha, NE:
Godfrey S. Carns, Corporal, Copany I, 31st, Iowa Infantry, Enlisted 9 August 1862, Discharged 7 June 1863, Served 9 months and 28 days.
I'd suggest contacting the Keya Paha County Library, 118 S. Main Street, Springview, NE 68773 402-497-2626. "Most" libraries today don't do research, but this is a small town and they might have basic knowledge of the area history.
I'd also suggest contact of Sandi McCoy, she owns books of the history of the county and might be able to identify the reason for the town name:http://www.springview-ne.com/attractions.asp
The Keya Paha Co Historical Society... They own a museum, they might not do research, MANY HS's do not.