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Benjamin Franklin Weed
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1834
Bennington County
Vermont, USA
Death: May 20, 1917
Flathead County
Montana, USA

History of Steele & Waseca Counties, Mn., published in 1887. New Richland Township and Village.

Benjamin F. Weed, who is the principal dealer in wood for fuel in the village, was born in Rupert, Vt., April 3, 1834, and while but a child, moved with his parents to Genesee County, N. Y., and from there to Oswego County. There he lived until he was twelve years old, when he went to work, driving on the Erie Canal, and remained at that employment some three years, and at other business in his native State until 1854.

He then came to Jackson County, Iowa, and engaged to work for Silas O. Kellogg on a farm for a year, for eighty acres of land and $25 in money.

December 6, 1855, he and Nellie Brisbane were united in marriage, and in the spring of 1856 he came to Waseca County, settling in Wilton Township, on section 23. There were not many settlers here at that time, and Mr. Weed is claimed to have taken the first prairie claim in the township. On going to Winona to enter his claim, he found that he had to have his wife on his land, and consequently went after her to Jackson County, Iowa, Kellogg coming back to this vicinity to keep any one from jumping the claim.

He resided here until December, 1861, when he enlisted in Company F, Fifth Minnesota Infantry, and was mustered into the service January 24, 1862, and served three years and four months, and was in some twenty engagements. He was discharged from the service March 23, 1865, and returned to his Minnesota home, where he lived until 1877, when he sold out and moved up the river, and in 1884 moved to the village of New Richland, where he now lives.

They are the parents of five children:
1) W. Frank, born November 28, 1856, married Susan R. Stearns, January 7, 1878, who died October 13, 1883, leaving one child, Margaret Jennie;
2) Edwin S. (Sherman), born September 20, 1858, married March 10, 1885, to Liza Kellogg;
3) Jennie R., born August 22, 1860, married George B. Stearns, July, 1877;
4) George L, born September 16, 1866, married Ella Brown, July 31, 1887, and
5) Alexander, born December 11, 1876.

Mrs. Weed was born in Scotland, June 22, 1836.

OBITUARY: Waseca Journal-Radical, May 23, 1917
He Was the "Fifer" at Local Celebrations
Ben Weed, Prominent Resident of the County Died in Montana. He played Fife at Local Celebrations.

The news reached this county yesterday of the death of Ben Weed, formerly of Wilton and New Richland, which occurred Monday at the hospital at Kalispell, Montana. While Mr. Weed was well and favorably known in his immediate localities in this county, his chief claim to fame in this city rests upon his picturesque appearances here as a fifer at Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations. In company with the late J.B. Dye on the bass drum, who was later succeeded by Mike McDonough, and his son Alec Weed, on the snare drum, his shrill notes still ring familiar in the memory of local citizens.

He moved from this county to Kalispell, Montana, about 15 years ago, and from that place to Big Forks, in that state, which was his home at the time of his death. About a year ago he fell and broke his hip, and never recovered from the accident. Shortly before his death he was taken to the Kalispell hospital for treatment.

Mr. Weed was about 82 years of age. He was a native of Cattaraugus county, New York state. When a young man, he came west to Preston, Jackson county, Iowa. He was married there to Miss Ellen Brisbane, a daughter of the late Honorable and Mrs. William Brisbane of this county. The next year they came to this county to reside, taking a claim three miles south of Wilton village. There they lived until the year 1862, when Mr. Weed enlisted in the 5th Minnesota Infantry, and served throughout the remainder of the Civil War. He was the fifer of his regiment.

After the war, he and his wife remained on their Wilton farm for about six years and then moved to a farm near New Richland, which was their home for about five years, and then to New Richland village, where they resided about eight years. Here his wife died in October 1900. A year afterwards he moved to Montana where his sons were living.

He was married twice in Montana, seeking a divorce from his second wife. He is survived by this third wife and three sons, Frank and Alec of Big Forks, Montana, Ed of this county and George of northern Wisconsin.

As we go to press the funeral arrangements are not known here.

Mr. Weed was a kindly old gentleman, who had the respect of all who knew him.
Family links: 
  Seeley Sherman Weed (1808 - 1898)
  Rhoda Purdy Weed (1808 - 1851)
  Helen Nellie Brisbane Weed (1835 - 1900)
  Ann Jenkins Weed (1856 - 1936)*
  William Franklin Weed (1858 - 1933)*
  Edwin Sherman Weed (1859 - 1928)*
  Jennie R. Weed Stearns (1860 - 1904)*
  Alexander Weed (1875 - 1943)*
  Cynthia E. Weed Springer (1829 - 1917)*
  Silas Phillips Weed (1832 - 1863)*
  Benjamin Franklin Weed (1834 - 1917)
  Chancey S Weed (1842 - 1924)*
  Roxey A Weed Hight (1845 - 1907)*
  Francis F Weed (1846 - 1890)*
*Calculated relationship
Lone Pine Cemetery
Flathead County
Montana, USA
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Benjamin Franklin Weed
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