Clay County

Wesley Benskin Family

Father: Wesley John BENSKIN
Birth: 3 August 1838 in Stark Co., Ohio
Death: 13 February 1908 in Clay Co., Illinois
Burial: in Kneff Cemetery
Parents - Father: John Marbrook BENSKIN; Mother: Mary HOBBS BENSKIN

Marriage: 28 January 1858 in Richland Co., Illinois

Mother: Jane MILLINGTON
Birth: 8 December 1838 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 4 February 1917 in Clay Co., Illinois
Burial: in Kneff Cemetery
Parents - Father: Joseph MILLINGTON; Mother: Ann BRENT

Children:

Child No. 1: Lida Florence BENSKIN
Birth: 19 December 1858 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 8 January 1939 in Metz, Jasper Co., Iowa
Burial: in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Mound Prairie Twp., Jasper Co., Iowa
Marriage: 19 September 1882 in Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa
Spouse: George William HITCHLER

Child No. 2: John Marbrook BENSKIN
Birth: 22 March 1860 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 8 February 1940 in Wayne Co., Illinois
Burial: in Indian Prairie Cemetery, Wayne Co., Illinois
Marriage: 4 October 1888
Spouse: Alice E. COOK

Child No. 3: Joseph Thomas BENSKIN
Birth: 5 February 1862 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 8 November 1931 in Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa
Burial: in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Jasper Co., Iowa
Marriage: 9 March 1886 and 20 September 1892 in Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa
Spouse: Hattie TRIMBLE and Sophia ISKE

Child No. 4: Charles Henry BENSKIN
Birth: 8 May 1866 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 29 August 1946 in Clay Co., Illinois
Burial: in Kneff Cemetery, Clay Co., Illinois
Marriage: 26 Sept 1888 and 12 Nov 1896
Spouse: Violet DUKE and Lucy RUGER

Child No. 5: Lucy Jane (jenusha) BENSKIN
Birth: 6 December 1867 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 19 February 1918 in Wayne Co., Illinois
Burial: in Pleasantville Cemetery, Orchardville, Wayne Co., Illinois
Marriage: ca. 1890
Spouse: Edgar M. DUKE

Child No. 6: Dora Ellen BENSKIN
Birth: 12 January 1873 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 12 May 1953 in Greencastle, Indiana
Burial:
Marriage: 25 April 1893 and in Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa
Spouse: James MORGAN and Bill BULLINGTON

Child No. 7: William BENSKIN
Birth: 18 March 1874 in Richland Co., Illinois
Death: 1953 in Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa
Burial: in Newton Union Cemetery, Newton, Jasper Co., Iowa
Marriage: ca 1900
Spouse: Carolena WULF

Child No. 8: Mary Anna BENSKIN
Birth: 16 May 1876 in Richland Or Clay Co., Illinois
Death: 8 February 1950
Burial:
Marriage: ca 1896
Spouse: Jess FITCH

Child No. 9: Berton Wesley BENSKIN
Birth: 6 September 1879 in Clay Co., Illinois
Death: 16 November 1952 in Clay Co., Illinois
Burial: in Kneff Cemetery, Clay Co., Illinois
Marriage: 7 December 1904 in Clay Co., Illinois
Spouse: Lue Ella ROBINSON

Notes / Documentation:

Wesley John BENSKIN enrolled August 12,1862 as a Private in Co H. 30th Reg., Illinois Infantry for a three year period to fight in the Civil War. He entered the service on October 25, 1862 at Camp Butler. Military records show that Wesley was captured at the battle of Sabine Cross Roads, Louisiana on April 8, 1864. He was listed as "Missing in battle" on the Company Muster Roll for May through October, 1864. Then in November and December, he was listed as "Prisoner of War Camp Ford, Tylor, Texas." On January 25, 1865, he was transferred to Co B, 77th Reg., Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The Prisoner of War Records form shows that Wesley was paroled at Red River, Louisiana May 27th, 1865. He reported to Benton Barracks, Missouri on June 12, 1865. As a prisoner of war, Wesley was entitled to three months extra pay as authorized by the War Department on May 30, 1865. Wesley and Jane celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before his death in 1908.

Submitted by Barbara Hug


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