Born in IL the son of George Washington Benton (Sr.) and Issabella Trigg. He married Frances Malinda "Fancy" Hudspeth 26 Sep 1886 in Carroll Co., AR. Wash was part Native American, though the percentage is not known. The family has said it was Cherokee or Choctaw. He was a minister to the Native Americans in Oklahoma.
Wash and Fancy had the following children: Ollie Benton m. Jim Wilson Mellie Jane Benton m. Sherman Jackson Buell Margaret Drucella Benton m. John L. Merritt Ida Belle Benton m. Lon Berry Gertrude "Gertie" Ethel Benton m. Ira Colciasure Calvin David Benton m. Berdie B. Stephenson Lillie Benton (died in infancy) Vinnie Benton (died at about 16 yrs) Mary J. Benton Pemberton died on September 17, 2011.