|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1830|
Julius Benson was born 27 Aug 1830 in Ashtabula County. He grew up in the Kelloggsville area helping his father in the carpenter and millwright trade. Around 1850 he and his brother Albert went to California and his father, Eri, "joined his sons in California" later. Julius also worked as a carpenter and joiner while in the West. After Albert's death in 1852, they returned home by way of the Panama Canal at which time his father contracted yellow fever. They are said to have retained several lots in California for years, finally letting them go.
In 1857 he married Delia Davis, daughter of Clark and Elizabeth Davis of Rochester, NY. She is reported to be a cousin to Jefferson Davis. Soon after his marriage, he went to Pike's Peak, CO, returning to Monroe Center in 1860 where he continued as a carpenter and millwright and kept a store at the center until 1866. He went into the wholesale lumber trade and remained with it until his death from an intestinal disorder, which may have been cancer, in 1881.
Children of Julius and Delia were: Albert Davis, 12 Sep 1861; Jeremiah Charles, 28 Aug 1865; Edwin Kellog 'Kelly', 20 Sep 1873.
He was known to be a spiritualist and some of the stories related by family members include the night a woman was murdered by her husband with a knife on Thompson Hill (located south of Underridge on old Route 7). A friend stopped to tell Julius about it the next day and he replied that he already knew about it as he had seen a vision of the actual murder the night before and could describe the happenings. While living in their residence at Monroe Center, they would occasionally hear a cane tapping around the house as though someone were wandering through the rooms. The former owner had used a cane and they assumed this was the cause of the phenomenon. Julius said that when he was gone, he'd make him stop and after the death of Julius, it was never heard again.
The home owned by Julius and Delia at this time was located on the southwest corner of Conneaut-Youngstown Rd (Route 7) and Kelloggsville Rd. They also owned the house directly south of it. The upstairs of the house on the corner was a dance hall typical of the dance halls of the time. His grandson, Rockford L, remembers going to dances there. He relates the "Pappy Terrell would play the fiddle and call square dances." He also mentioned that there was always a jug of hard cider floating around. Recently (1984) the present owners of the house removed the second story, making it into a one-story dwelling.
(from "History of Ashtabula County" by Martha Stump Benson, p185)
Eri Benson (1806 - 1852)
Eliza Corey Benson (1810 - 1885)
Cordelia Davis Benson (1836 - 1914)*
Albert Davis Benson (1861 - 1925)*
Jeremiah Charles Benson (1865 - 1934)*
Edwin Kellogg Benson (1873 - 1933)*
Julius Benson (1830 - 1889)
Albert Benson (1832 - 1852)*
Ursula Benson Martin (1834 - 1917)*
Charles Benson (1845 - 1903)*
Monroe Township Kelloggsville Cemetery
Plot: Section 6 Lot 6 Grave 1
Created by: Amy Elizabeth
Record added: Sep 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97469274