1. John BENSON married Loreign HOLLIS on 16 Sep 1813 in Shelburne, Chittenden County, Vermont.
1. John BENSON (John 1) was born in Pontiac, Michigan in September 1831 and died 27 June 1903 in his home in Eden Township, Mason County, Michigan.
He married 2 times to:
Sally A. JENKINS on 24 May 1855 in Ionia County, Michigan. Sally was born ca 1836 in Portland,
Michigan, died 10 April 1859 in Michigan and is buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, Ionia County, Michigan.
(2) Ellen Perrin NEWMAN nee CHIPMAN on 17 March 1866 in Clinton County, Michigan. Ellen P. CHIPMAN was born
31 Dec 1840 in Michigan and died 7 Aug 1878 in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan.
John Benson, the First White Settler in Eden Township, Dies at Home.
John Benson died in his home in Eden Township last Saturday. Mr. Benson had been sick with dropsy some weeks before but had recovered
so as to be about. His heart action never became normal and he finally succumbed to his trouble.
He was 71 years of age and leaves three daughters Mrs. Joseph Bidwell, whose husband died some years ago, and who has since lived at home with her father, Mrs. Harvey
Jenks; and Mrs. Fred Bowers, both of Washington State. Mr. Benson was born in Pontiac in 1832. He was at one time deputy sheriff of
Ionia County. He also served in the Civil War, being a member of the third Mich. Infantry, and also the 27th Mich. Infantry. Of the
latter he was a 1st Lieutenant and acting quarter master. Since coming to Mason County he sought no offices although serving in many
capacities as town official.
He came to Mason County in 1875, he and Judge Ransom taking up soldier’s homesteads the same year, and in what was the same township.
He was the first white man in that township to make improvements. He lived ever since, in the same place, and died on the farm he
homesteaded 28 years ago.
There are few men as widely known in the county as Mr. Benson was, and none so favorably known. Everyone has a good word for him as
father, friend, and citizen. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Masonic fraternity. Funeral services were under the auspices of
the S. D. Haight Post, G. A. R. of Scottville, and Rev W. H. Irwin of Scottville Methodist church preached the funeral sermon. The
attendance at the services and the procession was one of the largest ever seen in Mason county. Over 50 teams were in the procession.
Interment was made in the north Eden township cemetery. Geo. N. Stray, H. C. Ransom, P. E. Bailey and H. C. Hutton attended the funeral.
Transcribed from “The Ludington Record - Appeal July 1, 1903” Ludington Daily News Archives
2. Alice "Allie" Agnes BENSON (John 2, John 1) was born to John and Sally JENKINS circa April 1859 in Michigan. She married Joseph BIDWELL on 13 March 1883 in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan.
Allie died 9 Nov 1932 in Eden Mason County, Michigan and is buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Ludington,Mason County, Michigan. Joseph died on 22 Nov 1889 leaving Allie with 3 young children.
Alice "Allie" Agnes BIDWELL nee BENSON
L-R Leo J., Allie, John E. & Mable Elsie BIDWELL
3. Jullian NEWMAN (Edgar 3, Almeron 2, Elisha 1) was born to Ellen and Edgar NEWMAN 29 Nov 1859 in Michigan. He died on 18 August 1922 in Crichton, Mobile County, Alabama and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.
He married 4 times to:
(1) Lizzie BARNES on 22 May 1881 in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan. Lizzie died on 15 Noveber 1885 in Montcalm County, Michigan.
(2) Ella BARNES on 14 Decenber 1886 in Manistee, Manistee County, Michigan.
(3) Mary Elizabeth KANOUSE born on 3 Apr 1891 in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. Mary died 4 Jul 1908 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery,Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
(4) Fanny K. last name unknown circa February 1910 according to the 1910 U. S. Census.
4. May Augusta BENSON (John 2, John 1) was born 15 May 1867 in Ionia County, Michigan and died 27 Jul 1937 in Tacoma, Pierce County,
Washington. Married 15 June 1886 in Eden, Mason County, Michigan to Harvy JENKS.
BENSON Sisters L-R Blanche - Allie - May
5. Blanche Bluenna BENSON (John 2, John 1) was born 14 Mar 1871 in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan. She married Fred Eugene BOWER on 8 February 1890 in Scottville, Mason County,
Michigan. Blanche died 23 April 1942 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington and is buried in Tahoma CemeteryYakima, Yakima County,
Fred Eugene BOWER and Blanche Bluenna BENSON
Blanche Bluenna BENSON
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