Benjamin Davis was born in Virginia on September 18, 1809. Benjamin Davis was married to Letitia Robinson in Botetourt County, Virginia on January 11, 1830. They left Virginia with Letitia parents, Thomas and Susannah (Brooks) Robinson and some of her siblings after the birth of William in 1831. They settled for a few years in Darke County, Ohio. where the next three daughters were born; Mahala (1832), Sarah Ann (1833) and Adaline (1835).
By the time of the 1850 Federal Census, Benjamin C. and Letitia Davis lived in Pleasant Township, Allen County, Indiana. They had six children: William, Mahala, Sarah Ann, Adeline, Columbus (1838), Betsey (1843). Benjamin’s wife ,Letitia (whose name I have seen spelled many ways, this spelling comes from her tombstone) died on November 15, 1851 in Pleasant Township, Allen County, Indiana. She was buried in the Brenton Chapel Cemetery in Pleasant Township.
Benjamin married Margaret Smith on January 27, 1852. She was the oldest daughter of James and Susannah (Overly) Smith, Margaret Smith was 22 years old and Benjamin was 44 years old. She was the same age as Benjamin’s oldest son, William Davis. By the time of the 1860 Federal Census eight years later, the older Davis children have grown and married with the exception of Betsy. Benjamin and Margaret have now had children of their own; James(1853), Joseph (1856), Martha (1857), Mary (1859). Margaret and Benjamin added two additional daughters after the 1860 census ; Lucinda Margaret (1863) and Elnora (1866).
Margaret died after the birth of Elnora and before the 1868 marriage of Benjamin to Hannah Elizabeth Spencer Snyder. There is no information about Margaret’s death. She is listed as the mother of her children on their death certificates. Whitley County has the recorded marriage record for Benjamin and Hannah Elizabeth Spencer Snyder in 1868. By the 1870 Census, Benjamin and Hannah are raising Benjamin’s children and they live in Pleasant Township, Allen County, Indiana.
By the 1880 Federal Census, Benjamin and Hannah are living in Timber Hill, Kansas. Benjamin is seventy one years old and Elizabeth is thirty nine. They have six children living with them; Margaret (1864), Elnora (1867), Ira (1871) Elzine (1874), Emma J Snyder (1864)and Florence M Snyder (1867). The Snyder girls are Hannah’s daughter.
Benjamin wrote his last Will in January of 1883.
All of the children listed above are listed in the will. It is surprisingly legible when you zoom in on it. It was found on Ancestry.
One hundred and thirty four years today, Benjamin died on July 28, 1886, at the age of seventy seven. He is buried in Bates Missouri in the Morris Cemetery.
Rest in peace, Benjamin
Benjamin is the husband of my third Great Aunt.