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Mrs Angeline “Angie” <I>Benton</I> Rood

Mrs Angeline “Angie” Benton Rood

Sandusky County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 May 1942 (aged 102)
Guthrie County, Iowa, USA
Burial Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 22280751 · View Source
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Angeline "Angie" Benton Rood was the daughter of Joel Benton and Margaret "Hart" Miller. Born on her father's homestead in Washington Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, Angeline Benton was a twin. Her twin's name was Emeline. At age three, Angeline and Emeline contracted Scarlet Fever. The twins health was permanently damaged. Angeline lost the use of her left eye as a result of her bout with the fever. Emeline died at age 21 due to the damage to her health. When the twins were six years old, the family picked up and headed west to a homestead on the Wabash River in Adams County, Indiana. Angeline's and the family's pioneering days are described in the following article based on Angie's 100th birthday newspaper interview.


Angie Benton's 100th Birthday Interview
Mrs. Rudd was born in 1840, 10 years before the gold rush in California, and 22 years before the Civil War started. During her lifetime in the Middle West, the country had grown from a vast prairie to a thriving commonwealth with millions of inhabitants. Although bowed down by the weight of 100 years, Mrs. Rudd enjoys recalling points in her life, and talking to many relatives in the Guthrie County area. Her mind is exceptionally keen, and she keeps abreast of things through newspapers and magazines. She derives a great deal of comfort and inspiration from her religion, being a member of the Methodist Church, and many of her ideas on current subjects are found in Biblical teachings. The war now in progress leaves her unperturbed as she has lived through a great many such conflicts. She believes wars are a part of God's scheme of things.

Born near Sandusky, Ohio, one of a pair of twin girls, which made eight children in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Benton. She was later to pioneer in Indiana, Missouri and Iowa. She was a tiny baby and credits the preservation of her life to the fact that her father fashioned a box to his plow, and put her in it. He then took her about with him while he worked.

At the age of three she lost the sight of her left eye, following an illness of scarlet fever that swept through the family. It was of this decease that her twin sister, Emeline, died at the age of 21.

When "Angie" was six years old, her family moved to Adams County, Indiana where her family took up a claim. They had to wait three weeks for the Wabash River to become low enough for them to cross. Then everything had to be taken over in a canoe. Each member of the family crossed one at a time, riding the center of the canoe with a man at each end to pilot it.

The new home was only one and a half miles farther on. The river proved useful to the family, as the water supply, and a place to do the family washing. Crudely built furniture was used at first. A bed was constructed by placing four forked sticks in the dirt floor, placing poles on them and laying brush across.
Cooking was done at the large fireplace. Later an outdoor oven was built. Mrs. Rudd was more than 15 years of age before she saw a cook stove. She was 18 before she saw white sugar, as her family made and used maple sugar.

The family lived in Illinois during the Civil War and later in Missouri. Mrs. Rudd's father was an educated man, and conducted a school part time in Missouri. This was in the time of school teaching in the teacher's home. Mrs. Rudd also taught. She learned the profession of millinery and dressmaking. In spite of her visual handicap, her one eye was strong enough to enable her to do this work.
She came to Guthrie Center, Iowa during middle age with her mother Mrs. Margaret (Hart) Benton and a brother Levi Benton to live in the Bear Grove Community. As nearly as she can remember the year was 1888. It was shortly after they came here that she married Eben Rudd.

Although she never had a family of her own, she raised five children left homeless by a relative and put them through school. As a practical nurse in the community she aided in bringing many children into the world. There were probably mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers ushered into the world by Mrs. Rudd.

Mrs. "Angie" was growing older she deeded her home over to the town in return for being taken care of. Little did they know she would live to be 100 years old?
Based on an account from an Iowa newspaper

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  • Maintained by: Rebecca Benton McKnight
  • Originally Created by: Ancestry Seeker
  • Added: 17 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22280751
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Angeline “Angie” Benton Rood (7 Aug 1839–8 May 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22280751, citing Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Rebecca Benton McKnight (contributor 47156728) .