The Ancestors and Descendants of John Lewis Benson and His Sisters and Brother: A Genealogy and Social History

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - Reference - 500 pages
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John Lewis Benson, born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, was an 8th generation descendant of John Benson, who arrived in America at Plymouth Colony on 11 April 1638 on the ship "Confidence." After being reared in Chautauqua County, New York, John Lewis Benson's father, William, took him to Rock Island County, Illinois, following his daughters who had already made the migration. Shortly after reaching his majority, John Lewis Benson went to "Bleeding Kansas" as part of the wave of Abolitionists who sought to "keep Kansas free," which action reflected the devout Puritan Calvinism of his Benson forebears. He enlisted in the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry two months after the first canon was fired on Fort Sumter, and served until the end of the War of Rebellion, being mustered out on 22 June 1865. He then returned to Kansas where he prospered, married, and fathered 5 children. He lost all his worldly possessions due to drought and the economic collapse following The Panic of 1873, and then moved about Kansas seeking a new start. During this difficult period, his wife died, leaving him a widower with 4 children ages 6 to 11. He soon married a divorcee who brought her 3 children, ages 1 to 3, to the marriage. In his second marriage, John Lewis fathered three more children. After the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma Territory were opened for settlement in 1899, John Lewis and his blended family moved there and share-cropped 40 acres southeast of Guthrie, Oklahoma, which he eventually bought. He died on this farm on 23 March 1906. This book by one of his great-grandsons tells the story of his life, the lives of his five sisters and one brother, and their ancestry back to 16th century Oxfordshire, England.

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The Rev. Dr. Ned H. Benson is the author of seven works of genealogy and family history, and part-author of an eighth, all of which are in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. A great-grandson of John Lewis Benson (1835-1906), he has been researching his Benson ancestry and the descendants of John Lewis Benson's six siblings since 1995. In addition to establishing the definitive list of descendants of John Lewis Benson and his siblings, Dr. Benson has established the identity of the wives of John Lewis Benson's father, William Benson, who was born about 1792 in Pompey, Onondaga County, New York, and died between 1866 and 1870 in Greenwood County, Kansas. Dr. Benson was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma and raised in Dallas, Texas. He was educated at Austin College, Sherman, Texas; Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany; and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. After serving as pastor of Presbyterian Churches in Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, and Nevada, Dr. Benson retired in 2006 and returned Texas in 2009, with his wife of 43 years, Mary. He enjoys gardening and is completing genealogy research on his wife's ancestry. Dr. and Mrs. Benson have two married daughters and four grandsons.

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