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Martha Elmira Benge

Buffalo, Madison County, Iowa, USA
Death 1 May 1949 (aged 90)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 98424909 · View Source
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Winterset Madisonian - May 4, 1949
Winterset, Iowa


One of Oldest Native-Born Residents of Madison County

Elmira Benge, one of the oldest native born residents of Madison county, died Sunday, May 1, at the Lutheran hospital in Des Moines. She was 90 years of age and had been in failing health for several years.

Miss Benge was born in the pioneer Buffalo community, just south of Winterset, on Feb. 22, 1859, the daughter of Alfred and Margaret Banks Benge. She never married and spent her entire life in and near Winterset.

She spent a number of years acting as housekeeper for relatives, and she reared in her home the four orphaned children of a sister. They were Fred, Lilly, Rena and Fay Yoder.

At her death, her nearest surviving relatives were a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held here Tuesday from Anderson's home for funerals, in charge of the Rev. I. E. Linkletter, pastor of the Winterset Church of Christ. Burial was made in the Winterset cemetery.
1870 census
Alfred Benge M 50y North Carolina
Margaret Benge F 47y Indiana
Mary Benge F 24y Indiana
John Benge M 18y Indiana
Milissa Benge F 16y Indiana
Margaret Benge F 14y Iowa
Martha Benge F 11y Iowa***
Amelia Benge F 8y Iowa
Arminta Benge F 5y Iowa

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 98424909
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Elmira Benge (22 Feb 1859–1 May 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98424909, citing Winterset City Cemetery, Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by evilC (contributor 47843212) .