|Birth: ||Mar. 8, 1884|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1956|
Born Benjamin Franklin Wombles around 1884 in Clay County, Kentucky to John Wombles (born 1852 to parents unknown) and Nancy Smith (born 1852 to Henry & Susanna Smith) both of Clay County, Kentucky.
Ben's Siblings: Roland 1872, Ulysses Grant 1873 – 1950, Francis 1875, Ellen 1876, Purthenia 1877, Butler 1879, Marshall Luther 1880 – 1966, and Boone 1880.
About 1902 Ben Married Edith Smith (born 1879 to Elias Smith and Sylvania Lewis) and lived in the Bright Shade area of Clay County. Edith had a daughter Martha from her first marriage, family recounts as to Wiley Smith. Ben and Edith had 11 children together, counting Martha. 7 survive to adulthood:
Miss Martha Smith, 1901 – 1979, buried Mahomet IL
Mrs. Lucille Earl, 1904 – 1966, buried Logansport IN
Mrs. Sally Staley, 1905 – 1988, buried Nevins IL
Miss Vesta "Tubby" Wombles , 1907 – 1995, buried Danville IL
Mrs. Bessie Phillips, 1909 – 1977, buried Fairmount IL
Ernest (Louise Dick) , 1910 – 1968, buried Paris IL
and George Wombles, 1919 – 2002, buried Danville with sister Vesta.
Note: Martha, Tubby, and George were born deaf. Ben's mother Nancy Smith-Wombles was deaf.
Children believed to be Edith & Ben's who did not live to adulthood:
Emily Wombles 1911 – 1919
Rosea Wombles 1913 – 1914
Roscoe Wombles 1914 – 1914
Gustus Wombles 1916 – 1919
Bennie Wombles 1917 - 1919
The Bright Shade area had rampant hook worm, which took the lives of some of these babies, as well as Edith's mother Sylvania Lewis Smith, informant on their death certificates. In the 1920s Edith and Ben and their children relocated from Clay County Kentucky to a now extinct town named Vance, Illinois, which is located just outside to the east of Homer, IL. In 1929, at age 49, Edith died and was buried in the GAR Cemetery located in Homer. Ben's brother "Buster" is in the home in the 1930 Census, unknown which brother is nicknamed "Buster".
After Edith's early death, Ben and some of the children moved to Paris, Edgar County, IL, where Ben later remarried Mrs. Emma Staley-Dick.
Interesting Note: Edith's older sister Rebecca Smith and Ben's older brother Ulysses Wombles also married, and they too relocated their family to nearby Vermilion County, Illinois in 1920s. They are buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Alvin outside of Danville, IL.
Ben and his second wife, Emma Staley, along with son Ernest and his wife who is Emma's daughter from her first marriage, are buried in Edgar Cemetery in Paris, Illinois.
Edith Smith Wombles (1879 - 1928)
Emma Jane Staley Wombles (1897 - 1949)*
Martha Smith (1901 - 1979)*
Lucille Wombles Earl (1902 - 1966)*
Sally Ann Wombles Staley (1905 - 1988)*
Vesta Wombles (1907 - 1995)*
Bessie Wombles Phillips (1909 - 1977)*
Ernest Wombles (1910 - 1968)*
George Wombles (1918 - 2002)*
Created by: Judy West
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99291787