Clay County

Obituary - Jane Benskin

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Jane MILLINGTON, born Dec. 8, 1838, near Calhoun, Richland Co. departed this life February 4, 1917 aged 78 years, 1 mo. and 26 days. January 28, 1858 she married to Wesley J. BENSKIN.

This union continued 50 years, terminating with the death of Mr. Benskin February 13, 1908. To this union 9 children were born: 5 boys, John, Cisne; Charles and Bert, Flora; Joseph of Laurel, Iowa; William of Des Moines, Iowa; and 4 girls, Mrs. Lida HITCHLER of Metz, Iowa; Mrs. Lucy DUKE of Orchardville, Illinois; Mrs. Dora BULLINGTON of Greencastle, Indiana; Mrs. Annie FITCH of Cleveland, Ohio. These children with 37 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren survive her; also 3 sisters.

At an early age, Mrs. Benskin united with the M.E. church but later when the family came to Clay Co., she transferred her membership to the U.B. church at Harmony.

About 1876 she came to Clay Co., near Flora where she resided until the death of Mr. Benskin, after which she made her home with her children, mostly with her son, John at whose home she died. Only three of her children were with her at the time of her death, John, Charles, and Mrs. Lucy Duke.

Her health had been failing for the past two years but since Thanksgiving she had been a constant care. All that loving hands could do for her has been done and she is at rest.

Funeral service were conducted at her home church in Harmony, by the pastor, Brother REECE. Interment was made in the Kneff Cemetery.

Contributed 2 Jun 1999 by Barbara Hug


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