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Male 1848 - 1937  (88 years)


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  • Name George Washington Benjamin  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Born 6 Nov 1848  , Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Aug 1937 
    Buried 4 Aug 1937  Trenton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID P-108077090  SheldonTurner
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2011 

    Father Abel Rowland Benjamin,   b. 1824, Ross Co, , Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1863, Champion Hills, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary E. Conwell,   b. 1827, White, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sept 1908  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 10 Dec 1876  , White County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17, 18
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Tabitha Hickman,   b. 6 Aug 1851, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1906, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1868  Brownsville, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Silas Marion Benjamin,   b. 15 Sep 1869, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1945, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. George Elmer Benjamin,   b. 18 Apr 1871, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1872, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Mary Elizabeth Benjamin,   b. 18 Jan 1873,   d. 18 Apr 1873  (Age 0 years)
     4. Mertie Millessa Benjamin,   b. 23 Jul 1874, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1980, Trenton, Hitchcock County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 105 years)
     5. Lillie Belle Benjamin,   b. 20 Mar 1876, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1968  (Age 91 years)
     6. Lillie Bell Benjamin,   b. 20 Mar 1876, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1968, Basin, Big Horn, Wyoming, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     7. Luella Benjamin,   b. 6 Nov 1877, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1886, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     8. Thomas E. Benjamin,   b. 14 Mar 1879, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1943  (Age 64 years)
     9. Alice May Benjamin,   b. 7 Oct 1880, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1882, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +10. Willa Benjamin,   b. 1 Jan 1883, Howe Station, Nematha Co, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1962  (Age 79 years)
     11. Grover (Guner) Cleveland Benjamin,   b. 25 Oct 1884, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1961  (Age 76 years)
     12. Franklin Elden Benjamin,   b. 1 Dec 1886, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1966  (Age 79 years)
     13. Walter Clyde Benjamin,   b. 1 Dec 1888, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1891, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     14. Arthur Floyd Benjamin,   b. 10 Sep 1890, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1892, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     15. Infant Benjamin,   b. Apr 1894, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1894, Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Photos
    McCook, Hitchcock County Nebraska
    McCook, Hitchcock County Nebraska
    This is McCook about 1884. By this time the Hinkles, Sheldons, Benjamins and the Tarvins had all moved to this local
    Family ID F58  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Nation,   b. Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1925 
    Married 1914 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    G. W. Benjamin Story written by George Washington Benjamin
    G. W. Benjamin Story written by George Washington Benjamin

  • Notes 
    • Served with the 127th Indiana during civil war After war served as a county officer also a state legislator
      George enlisted at a very early age. He marched with northern troops all through the south. After the war he helped his mother with the younger brothers, until his marriage to Tabitha HIckman.
      The moved to Memaha Co Neb. where most of the family of fourteen children were born. Seven of these succumbed to the various illnesses of that period , scarlet fever, Diphtheria, appendicitis, etc.
      They moved eventually to a homestead and he was a county commissioner for a number of years. G.W. was a staunch Democrat, He was a personal friend of William Jennings Bryan and others of that party.
      Seven of his children reached old age. They were Marion, Mertie, Lillie, Tom. Guner and Frank. There were two rare happenings in the lives of this Couple. Mertie reached the age of 105 years and 9 months and there were twenty grandchildren, and even number of boys and girls. G.W. married Sarah Nation in 1914. After a short stay in her home in Iowa they moved to Trenton. She died in 1925. All are buried in Trenton cemetery except Lillie's spouse in Wyoming and Tom's spouse in Atwood KS. No current descendants live in Hitchcock County.

      George entered Nebraska accross the Missouri river aboard the Belle Of Brownsville Ferry
      Ferries
      On November 4, 1857, the first steam ferry-boat, the Nemaha, arrived from St. Louis, and her Captain, W. A. Finney, was received with all the honors. The Advertiser of November 5, 1857, said: As she rounded the bend below the city, her arrival was heralded by her stentorian whistle and the booming of cannon, which, of course, brought to the landing a general turn-out of citizens. As she neared the wharf, she was welcomed by three times three as hearty cheers as ever went up from Nebraska soil. The boat was large and commodious, and had a large influence in bringing emigration by the Brownville route to the West. The Nemaha was built at Wellsville, Ohio, by Gisse & Co.; was eighty-six feet in length, thirty feet beam and drew only sixteen inches of water. A grand dance was given at Johnson's Hall in honor of the great event.
      In March, 1858, Finney sold his interest to Hugh Baker, one of the old proprietors, the firm being announced as Baker & Coddington. On April 28, 1859, this title was changed to that of Coddington & Co., and in September, 1861, the ferry was sold to Thorn, Coleman & Co., who advertised their steam ferry-boat as one of the best in every respect on the Missouri River. In May, 1863, the ferry property passed into the hands of Theodore Hill. On the 10th of June following, R. V. Muir took charge. In August, 1866, the arrival of the new steam ferry-boat, Idona, was warmly welcomed by the people. The boat was eighty feet long, thirty-three feet beam, and cost $13,000. The owner, C. J. Yantis, was warmly congratulated by the citizens. This boat was succeeded by the Nemaha, which was sunk in 1867. Then came the Mary J. Arnold. This boat continued regular in the ferrying trade until she sunk, in 1880. Next came the Belle of Brownville, the present ferry packet, a fine stern-wheeler of 110 tons burthen. Both the Mary J. Arnold and the Belle of Brownville are owned by Bailey, McGee & Harmon, who bought out Muir & Yantis, fifteen years ago, and have owned the franchise ever since.
      (Research):Hitchcock County History id# F49

      128th Regiment Infantry
      Organized at Michigan City, Ind., December 15, 1863, to March 7, 1864. Mustered in March 18, 1864. Left State for Nashville, Tenn., March 23. Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to June, 1864. 4th Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to August, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 23rd Army Corps, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to February, 1865, and Dept. of North Carolina to August, 1865. Dept. of North Carolina to April, 1866.

      SERVICE.--March to Charleston, Tenn., April 5-24, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Dalton, Ga., May 8-13. Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Movements on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Allatoona Pass June 1-2. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Muddy Creek June 17. Noyes Creek June 19. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. In front of Columbia November 24-27. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. At Clifton, Tenn., until January 15, 1865. Movement to Washington, D.C.; thence to Morehead City, N. C., January 15-February 24. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1 to April 26. Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro March 1-21. Battle of Wise's Forks March 8-10. Kinston March 14. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Goldsboro and Raleigh until April, 1866. Mustered out April 10, 1866.

      Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 27 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 112 Enlisted men by disease. Total 144.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1017492677] Republican Leader, (circa 1 October 1935. The paper was published as TRENTON'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.), Life History by Author (Reliability: 4).
      G. W. BenjaminTrenton, NebraskaThe writer as born in 1848 in White county, Indiana and lived on a farm until the age of fifteen. I entered the Civil war on December 1, 1863 and was mustered out of the service April 26, 1866. My father had been killed at the battle of Champion Hills, Miss on May 16,1863. He belonged to the 46th Indiana regiment; I belonged to the 129th Indiana volunteers and participated in all of the battles of the Atlanta campaign from Chattanooga to Jonesburrough, Ga., then followed the rebel general Hood to Tennessee. I fought in the battles of Columbia, Springhill, Franklin, and Nashville.I was then transferred round to North Carolina and fought in the Battle of Kingston on March 10 and 11, 1865. Made a junction with Sherman's army on March 22 and participated in the surrender of Joseph E Johnson on April 26. My regiment was retained in North Carolina until April 1866. I arrived home May 1, 1866 and went to the farm in New York State the next day. I stayed with the farm until November 1, 1868 then started to Nebraska with a team and covered wagon. Crossed the Missouri river on December 1, 1868 on the steam ferry, "The Belle of Brownville." My sweetheart and her folks were waiting for us when the boat landed. They had preceded me in April as I could not get away then.Tabitha Ann Hickman and I were married on December 10, and I went to work the next day for my brother-in-law, J. W. Cullen, who had taken a contract to grade Sixth street in Brownsville. After this job was finished we both moved out on farms.My wife and I spent eighteen years of our early life in Nemaha county among the best people on earth. Then we decided to come to Trenton as some of our friends had located there. From Nemaha county I came here on January 1, 1897. I located on the east half section of 22, township 1, range 33. I bought James Widdemans relinquishment paying him $1,600.00 for same and I still own the old ranch.I went back to Nemaha county and moved the family out, getting here March 1. Got busy and built a house. Had plenty to do when I got here as settlers (I might say pioneers) had organized what they called "The Farmers Protective Association". I hadn't been here two weeks until I was a member. Headquarters was at Cornell.Sometime in March my brother-in-law, Albert Hickman, lost twelve head of horses. He and I spent several days hunting for them and finally, (I won't mention names in this case), we heard of them in a big pasture near where Beardsley, Kansas is now. The Association detailed two men to go and get the horses. It was night when the men got to where the horses were, the horses were all there and they settled with the parties, who claimed the horses were strays, paying what they demanded. But when morning came the horses were gone. The men hunted all that day but never found them and came back and reported. Then the organization sent Hickman and myself down with instructions what to do. We went to Atwood and started suit against the party, and about the third morning after this the horses were all home in the lot, so all we could do was to stop the suit and pay the costs.Then next came up the school question. A few of the settlers called at my house and talked over school matters. I had some old school meeting blanks that I had brought with me from Nemaha county, so we filled those out, called a school meeting and elected a school board and made a levy, but we had no money.C. H. Paddock was elected treasurer, Will Sydow as moderator and myself as director. Miss Ada English had a homestead near the center of the district and wanted to prove up on her claim. To do this she had to live on the land six months before she could make final proof. Mr. Paddock met Miss English in Trenton one day, She said to him "I will teach a three month's school for you for $20.00 a month and board myself." Mr. Paddock came up to see me and we gave her the school.The night of June 16th, 1988 Mr. Simeon Skinner had his team of horses, a small colt and a new set of harness stolen. The Farmers Association got busy and by 9 a. m. the next day, thirty men were in the chase. About sundown two men, one named Huston, and a big Swede, named Youson, came up with a man and the horses, and in the melee, the man was shot four times by Huston. The coroner's inquest turned us all loose and the thief was buried at a place called Hawkeye. The killing took place four miles northwest of Rexford, Ks.The people of Hitchcock county made me treasurer in the fall of 1889 and reelected me in 1891. I was treasurer four years and moved back to the farm. In the fall of 1898 I was elected to the legislature. Myself and Mr. Anderson from Fillmore county were unseated. The Republicans wanted to elect a US. Senator, and after they had unseated us, they voted us full pay for that session. In 1905, I was elected county commissioner for a three year term.On September 24, 1906 I lost my wife, the mother of all my children. I kept the home going several years, then married Mrs. S. C. Nation of Bedford, Ia., on November 17. We moved to Trenton where I have lived since. My wife passed away in 1926.For the past nine years I have lived in Trenton. I came to Nebraska when there were no railroads west of the Missouri river. The state had just been admitted to the union and had a population of 127,000. I have seen the state grow to 1,130,000 population and the best citizens in the whole United States. Sixty-seven years of my life have been spent in Nebraska, forty-eight in Hitchcock county. I have seen the good years and all the bad years in that time, but I have always had faith in my country and in Nebraska. I have made a living. I have raised my family and no man ever heard me say I was going to leave Nebraska. I have served my country; I have served my state and my county. My home is in Trenton and here I expect to spend the balance of my days. I sometimes wonder, "Has my life been lived in vain?"
      Have copy of Handwritten text

    2. [S1017492641] Hitchcock County History.

    3. [S1017492632] George W Benjamin Personal Papers, George W Benjamin.

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      Birth date: abt 1849Birth place: IndianaResidence date: 1860Residence place: Liberty, White, Indiana

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      Birth date: Nov 1848Birth place: IndianaMarriage date: 1869Marriage place: Residence date: 1900Residence place: Upper Driftwood, Hitchcock, Nebraska

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      Birth date: abt 1849Birth place: IndianaResidence date: 1880Residence place: Bedford, Nemaha, Nebraska, United States

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      Birth date: abt 1850Birth place: IndianaResidence date: 1920Residence place: Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska

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      Birth date: abt 1849Birth place: IndianaResidence date: 1930Residence place: Trenton, Hitchcock, Nebraska

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      Residence date: Residence place: Monticello, Indiana, USA

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      Marriage date: 11 Dec 1845Marriage place: White, Indiana

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      Marriage date: 10 Dec 1876Marriage place: White, Indiana