|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1827|
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1897|
His first name is actually spelled Eli. The spelling on the headstone is wrong. See the photo of his signature.
Eli's first two wives were of French Canadian ancestry. The name Benway is an Americanized version of the French name Benoit, pronounced ben-WAH. Some sources say his mother was from the Mohawk Tribe though that is not well documented. The area where he was born was near the Canadian border and within the territory of the Mohawk Tribe. It is also said that he spoke French as well as English.
Spouse number 1:
Mary Maria Monty (1832-1859)
(aka Mary Monta or Charlotte Monty)*
Married: 31 Mar 1847
Spouse number 2:
Aurelia M Delphy Drugg b.1840 d.13 Jun 1879
Married: 02 Apr 1860
Spouse number 3:
Mary Jane Colt b.25 Jun 1844 d.07 Mar 1892
Married: 18 Oct 1866
Spouse number 4:
Susanna Lynch b.1843
Married: 01 Aug 1892
Children of Eli Benway and Mary Monty:
Eli James Benway (1848-1922)
Wallace Willard Benway (1850-1928) Married:Flora Nutting(1850-1923).
Henry Charles Benway (1852-1931)
Child of Eli Benway and Aurelia M. Delphy:
Ida M. Benway b. Feb. 5, 1861 d. Dec. 23, 1862
Children of Eli Benway and Mary Jane Colt:
Warren O. Benway b. 05 May 1868 d. 28 Feb 1936
Ella I Benway b. 21 Mar 1870
Lillie Gertrude Benway b. 24 Feb 1872 d. 13 Dec 1952
Arthur Luther Benway b. 25 Feb 1875 d. 14 Feb 1942
John W Benway b. 12 Jan 1876
Alice B. Benway b. 03 Mar 1878
Leroy Willard Benway (aka Roy W. Benway)
b. 25 Mar 1880 d. 03 Feb 1967
Ida Mae Benway b. 01 Dec 1883 d. 16 Jul 1953
Oct 21, 1897:
Died Saturday after many weeks suffering from a paralytic stroke, Eli W. Benway.
He died at his home south of town in the presence of his three children that are at home, John, Roy and Ida.
He lived an eventful life, being a native of Vermont and was with the Green Mountain boys throught the Civil War, receiving several wounds For his service he drew $30. a month pension. He was 70y 5m 21d old. Interment was in the cemetery north of town with G.A.R. rites Monday. Mrs Chas Yearout is a daughter she arrived here Monday night to late to attend her father's funeral.
Eli W. Benway enlisted in the 12th Regiment, Company F Vermont Volunteers on Aug. 20, 1862 at age 35; and was discharged Jan. 20, 1863 for disabilities.
After his wounds healed he re-enlisted in 11th Regiment, Co. B on July 23,1864. The 11th regiment became the 1st Regiment, Vermont Heavy Artillery
The 12th Regiment was engaged at Fairfax Court House, Virginia on Dec. 28,1862
The 11th Regiment was engaged at Charlestown, West Virginia on Aug.21, 1864
Gilbert's Ford, Virginia on Sept. 13, 1864
At the Battle of Opequon (Third Battle of Winchester)
on Sept. 19,1864 Eli W. Benway was once again wounded, and mustered out August 25, 1865.
Eli and his first three sons all practiced the blacksmith trade.
In November 1879 Eli W. Benway filed patent number 221767 Improvement in Riding Harrows and Rollers. He had two partners, Casper M. Rouse and James M. Voss.
* Eli Benway's first wife is listed in one publication as Charlotte Monty and Mary Monta in census and other records.
She is listed as Mary Maria Monti on the death certificate of another son Henry Charles Benway (1852-1931).
According to the Vermont Death Records Her name is Mary M. Monty, Monkton, Vermont, age 27, wife of E.W.Benway, and her parents are James and Charlotte Monty.
Bio by Michael Ratliff Lutz his great great grandson through his son Henry.
Mary J. Benway
Aurelia M Delphy Drugg (1840 - 1879)
Mary Maria Monty Benway (1832 - 1859)*
Eli James Benway (1848 - 1922)*
Henry Charles Benway (1852 - 1931)*
Ida M Benway (1861 - 1862)*
Warren O. Benway (1868 - 1936)*
Arthur Luther Benway (1875 - 1942)*
Leroy Willard Benway (1880 - 1967)*
Co B 11. Vermont inft. Vols
Westphalia City Cemetery
Maintained by: Michael Ratliff Lutz
Originally Created by: June Rickman Butler
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74053281