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David Buchanan Benson
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1858
Jasper County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1928
Piatt County
Illinois, USA

Son of John Benson (1818-1885) and Elizabeth Jane (Horsley) Benson (1819-1878)

Married to Catherine M. Winters (1861-1905)


Notes from Piatt Co Republican, Mar 15, 1928

David Benson of White Heath, was almost instantly killed Mondaoy afternoon in Lodge on the IL Central track by a freight which runs between Clinton and Champaign. The accident happened about 3:30 p.m.

A coroner's inquest was held and the testimony offered by the engineer and fireman on the train showed that a man stepped out from between cars parked on a side track. A whistle was blown and the man did not pay attention, the engineer applied the emergency brakes and whistled sharply. The man was knocked about 20 feet; he was picked up and placed in the caboose and taken to White Heath to a physician but he died in about 10 minutes. The testimony showed that Mr. Benson was deaf and was unable to hear the first whistle.

The coroner's jury returned a verdict that he came to his death by being hit by the engine and that the accident was unavoidable.

David Buchanan Benson was born in Yale, Jasper, Illinois on January 15, 1858. He was the s/o John and Jane Hosler Benson. He had resided in this vicinity for about 30 years. He leaves his wife, several children and other relatives to mourn him.

Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in White Heath with interment in Ingram Cemetery.

1860 United States Federal Census
about David B Benson
Name: David B Benson
Age in 1860: 3
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1860: Grandville, Jasper, Illinois
Gender: Male
Post Office: Ste Marie

Household Members: Name Age
John Benson 41
Jane Benson 42
John L Benson 20
William H Benson 16
Robert Benson 13
Ann M Benson 9
Elizabeth Benson 7
Mary E Benson 6
David B Benson 3
Norman Benson 1


1900 United States Federal Census
about David Benson Name: David Benson
Home in 1900: Sangamon, Piatt, Illinois
Age: 42
Birth Date: Jan 1858
Birthplace: Illinois
Race: White Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky
Spouse's Name: Kattie Benson
Marriage year: 1879
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 21

Household Members: Name Age
David Benson 42
Kattie Benson 38
John Benson 16
Rosetta Benson 12
Hattie Benson 9
Grover Benson 7
Nettie Benson 2

(Note- some info is contradictory as to wife being alive and last name of mother) 
Family links: 
  John Benson (1819 - 1885)
  Hattie Viola Benson Brandkamp (1890 - 1954)*
  Grover Adley Benson (1892 - 1965)*
  Nettie Ann Benson Hannah (1897 - 1968)*
  Leonard Benson (1900 - 1967)*
  Dorothy Helen Benson Woods (1903 - 1990)*
  John L. Benson (1841 - 1879)*
  William H Benson (1844 - 1884)*
  Robert E. Benson (1846 - 1930)*
  Anna Mariah Benson Osborn (1850 - 1923)*
  David Buchanan Benson (1858 - 1928)
*Calculated relationship
Ingram Cemetery
White Heath
Piatt County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: May 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69693646
David Buchanan Benson
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