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Elizabeth May Benight

  • Birth 21 Apr 1835 Vigo County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 24 Dec 1909 Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 107212689

Mrs. Elizabeth May Benight, Cook County Herald, December 31, 1909.
Was born near Terre Haute, Ind., April 21, 1835; departed this life Dec. 24, 1909; aged 74 years, 8 mos. 3 days.
She was the second daughter of Samuel and Polly May, who were among the pioneer settlers of Iowa. Elizabeth's early girlhood was spent in Southern Indiana, but at the age of 17 she moved to Waterloo, Iowa.
Feb. 28, 1854, she was united in marriage to John McDowell Benight, of Waterloo, Iowa. [Black Hawk county records state differently]. Three years after this marriage the young people came to Illinois in which state their long useful lives were spent. To this union were born five children, of whom one only survives - Mrs. Jno. E. Davis.
Her husband died on Christmas Day, 1892, and after 18 years of loneliness (which time was spent with her daughter), as the Christmas time drew near she went to meet her husband and her Christ.
At the age of 9 years she gave her young heart to God and joined the M.E. church in which she was an active worker through all of her long, eventful life. In her early days she became intensely interested in the slum work of Chicago, brightening many homes and lifting many wrecked lives.
At one time she rescued a crippled girl from slum life, had her taken to a hospital where she was healed and then Mrs. Benight cared for her until a good home was found for her. This girl is now the wife of a prominent editor at Erle, Ills., and the mother of a bright son and daughter of whom are Christians.
She was an active member of the W.C.T.U. and an ardent admirer of Frances Williard. Sister Benight loved to tell of some of the things she had helped to accomplish in the temperance work.
Her happy Christian character caused her to be loved and respected by all. She has only been in our midst a short time; but she has won a place in our hearts.
Her last illness was short, but two days. She bore her extreme suffering with Christian fortitude and with a smile of triumph on her lips she left us to go to her God.
She leaves one daughter, two sisters, two brothers, three grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss.


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  • Created by: LDA
  • Added: 24 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 107212689
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth May Benight (21 Apr 1835–24 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107212689, citing Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by LDA (contributor 47402109) .