Alexis Godey was an early trapper-explorer who first came into California with John C. Fremont. Godey accompanied Fremont on several expeditions into Calif in the 1840's. They both fought – and were heros in – the Mexican American War and when Fremont got in trouble for his actions following the conflict Godey even went to Washington to help defend Fremont.
Having passed through the San Emigdio Mountains, Fremont decided to buy into the San Emidgio Land Grant and asked Godey to oversee his portion of the Rancho. Having known Edward Beale in the Mexican War, Godey worked with him on the establishment of the Tejon Indian Reservation.
When Mr. Fremont run for President of
the United States in 1856, Godey made up ballots in the names of all the Indians
at the Reservation, for Fremont, but Fremont lost anyway.