|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1902|
LEBANON ENTERPRISE 10/3/1902 BENJAMIN O'NEIL DEAD. At his home in this city, last Saturday, September 27, 1902, about noon, Mr. Benjamin O'Neil, one of the oldest, if not the oldest man in the county, died of old age. For several months prior to his death he was very feeble, scarcely alive, and around him gathered his family, helpless as far as being able to bring him any relief, expecting every moment to see come the final summons which would put an end to his earthly career. Benjamin O'Neil was born in Washington County, October 19, 1805, some say 1803, and was consequently 97 years of age, and if the latter date is the correct year of his birth, 99 years would be his proper age. Deceased saw the election of all the Presidents of the United States, excepting George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and voted in all the Presidential elections from Andrew Jackson up to the present time. He was twice married, the first time to a Miss Powell, who died of cholera in 1833. Of this marriage two children were born, Reason O'Neil, who died in Missouri, and John O'Neil, of Evansville, Indiana, who died in the 50's of yellow fever which was contracted on a Southern trip. His second wife was Mrs. Eleanor Molohon Lanham, widow of John Lanham, and an aunt of Mr. Alex Molohon, who had five Lanham children, Marcellus, Minerva, William, Harriett and Thomas. Of these all are all are dead except for Mrs. Minerva Pierce who lives in Illinois. Of his 2nd marriage 7 children were born; Henry O'Neil, deceased, Mary Stayton, Nannie Green, deceased, Frank O'Neil, Amelia Johnson, Joe Ben O'Neil and Apalonia Lanham. Mr. O'Neil was always a very active and industrious citizen. As a boy he undertook work that older heads would have felt deep responsibility in doing. As an instance of his determination to do it is narrated that he carried, on horseback, the mail between Springfield and Louisville the age of 14. The route was by Shepherdsville at which point he crossed Salt River. The work was done by him and his brother, the round trip being made every other day, one going and the other coming, thus giving a daily mail. Later he gave himself up to farming and by hard work and economy accumulated a handsome estate. Many years ago, before the introduction of the two horse wagon and while the ox-cart and the slide played a prominent part in farm life, he met with an accident which nearly cost him his life and which few men ever survive. He started one afternoon to mill in his ox-cart with twenty-six bushels of wheat. Grasping after the line which had fallen from his hand, he fell and the wheel of the heavily loaded cart passed over his neck, breaking it. For several days he lay unconscious, with nearly every symptom of life gone, while the physicians who attended him with little hope, did all they could to bring him back to life. His neck was set and, wonderful to tell, he recovered completely and outlived all the doctors who visited him on this eventful occasion and who predicted that death would follow the accident. Later in life, he met with another accident by falling from his front door, face forward on a brick pavement, in which he suffered a broken nose. His life was an eventful one and perhaps no man in the county held more interesting memories of Kentucky in its early history than he. His funeral was conducted from St. Augustine's church, this city, Monday morning in the presence of a large congregation. His interment took place at St. Augustine's cemetery.
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