The Benston Family

Ada M. Benston

Birth: 1870/1, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Occupation: Dressmaker

Death: 5 July 1897, in Waukesha county, Wisconsin, United States, aged 29

Census:
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin

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Adda Benston

Birth: August 1898, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: William G. Benston

Mother: Hattie (Sisson) Benston

Census & Addresses:
1900: Wiota town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Lamont town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Francis Benston

Birth: 1903/4, in Illinois, United States

Father: Joseph W. Benston

Mother: Jena (_____) Benston

Notes: Francis was female. Her name is spelled Francis (rather than Frances) in the 1920 census.

Census:
1920:  Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois

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Gyrth Benston

Birth: July 1899, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: William G. Benston

Mother: Hattie (Sisson) Benston

Married: Hazel Duesler in 1920. Hazel was born in 1902/3, in South Dakota.
1925: Cavour township, Beadle county, South Dakota

Occupation: Farmer

Census & Addresses:
1900: Wiota town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Lamont town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1925: Cavour township, Beadle county, South Dakota

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James Benston

Birth: 7 September 1832, in Eday, Orkney Isalnds, Scotland

Baptism: 23 September 1832, in Eday, Orkney Isalnds, Scotland

Father: Adam Benston

Mother: Grace (Gullion) Benston

Married: Mary Jane Richmond on 22 November 1864, in Green county, Wisconsin, United States.

Children:
Occupation: Farmer

Notes: James emigrated to the United States, probably about 1851 or 1852. In 1870, he valued his real estate at $3400 and his personal estate at $1260.

Death: 31 January 1899, in Darlington, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Census:
1870: Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1875: Lincoln town, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin

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James F. Benston

Birth: September 1866, in Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Married: Catherine I. Leece on 4 March 1891, in Wiota township, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States. Catherine's brother, Samuel Leece, later married James's sister, Susan Benston.

Children:
Occupation: Constable (1891, 1893); Livery Stable Keeper (1900)

Census:
1870: Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin
1895: Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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James John Benston

Birth: January 1895, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James F. Benston

Mother: Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Notes: James was severly wounded in action in 1918. The Oswego Daily Palladium on 13 June 1918 records the name of Private James John Benston of Gratiot, Wisconsin among 137 soldiers severely wounded.

Census:
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Joseph W. Benston

Birth: November 1864, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Married (1st): Jena Kincaid on 24 February 1898, in Winnebago county, Illinois, United States. Jena was born in February 1869, in Illinois. She died between 1910 and 1920, when Joseph is shown as widowed.

Children:
Married (2nd): Laura _____
Stephenson Street, Freeport, IL
Stephenson Street, Freeport, Illinois.
Joseph Benston's cigar shop at 1203 W. Stephenson St. can be seen in the right foreground
J.W. Benston Cigar Parade Float
Cigar distributor J.W. Benston, of Freeport, Illinois, decorated his parade vehicle with a fatty, flags, and ads for LA SARAMITA and ROSE-O-CUBA cigars. (circa 1920)


Occupation: Cigar Merchant. Joseph owned a cigar store at 1203 W. Stephenson Street, in Freeport, Illinois.

Death: about 1938
In the Freeport Journal of 2 July 1938 there is this personal ad:
Stephenson W. 1203, W.C. Jenks property for sale to close estate of J.W. Benston, adm., or inquire 1203 W. Stephenson.

The Freeport Journal of 9 January 1940 had this announcement:
Joseph W. Benston to Anna Albertus et al administrators deed Lot 1 Block 1 Lincoln Blvd. subdivison Freeport.

Census:
1870: Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin
1900: 160 Stephenson Street, Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois
1920:  Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois
1930: Van Buren Street, Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois

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Leo H. Benston

Birth: 8 December 1899, in Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: James F. Benston

Mother: Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Married: Alma Westby on 10 May 1923, in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, United States. Alma was born on 4 May 1904 in Janesville, Rock county, Wisconsin, the daughter of Eric Olsen and Berthea Hendrickson, both of Vinger parish, Kongsvinger, Hedmark, Norway. Alma died on 7 July 1987 in Janesville and is buried in Oak Hill cemetery, Janesville.

Death: 14 April 1990, in Janesville, Rock county, Wisconsin, United States

Burial: 17 April 1990, in Oak Hill cemetery, Janesville, Rock county, Wisconsin, United States

Census:
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Leona (Benston) Gilbertson

Birth: 8 December 1899, in Wiota, Wisconsin, United States

Father: James F. Benston

Mother: Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Married: _____ Gilbertson. Mr. Gilbertson was born in 1895, in Wiota, Wisconsin.

Census:
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Lester A. Benston

Birth: December 1890, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James F. Benston

Mother: Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Census:
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1920: Chicago, Cook county, Illinois

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Lola Opal (Benston) Keller

Birth: 8 August 1893, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James F. Benston

Mother: Catherine I. (Leece) Benston

Married: Arthur O. Keller. Arthur was born in 1897/8, in Illinois.

Death: January 1967, in Loves Park, Winnebago county, Illinois, United States.

Census:
1900: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Gratiot village, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1920: Chicago, Cook county, Illinois

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Lona Benston

Birth: 1907/8, in South Dakota, United States

Father: William G. Benston

Mother: Hattie (Sisson) Benston

Census & Addresses:
1925: Cavour township, Beadle county, South Dakota

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Lynda Benston

Birth: 8 July 1901, in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: William G. Benston

Mother: Hattie (Sisson) Benston

Census & Addresses:
1905: Lamont town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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Mary J. (Benston) Meyers

Birth: 1868, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Married: William Meyers.
The Darlington Democrat on 31 October 1907 had this titbit:
Meyers, Mr. & Mrs. (Benston)
Items of Local Interest Gathered by the DEMOCRAT
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Meyers of Freeport, who have been visiting the latter's mother Mrs. Jas. Benston, of Darlington, returned home Wednesday.

Assuming the "Mrs. Jas. Benston" refers to Mary Jane Richmond who married James Benston (James died in 1899 in Darlington), then Mrs. William Meyers would probably be Mary. Mary had two known sisters - Susan who married Samuel Leece, and Ada who died in 1897. By elimination, it must be Mary who married William Meyers since we know there are no other siblings because Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston lists on the 1900 census that she 7 children, of whom 6 were still living at that time.

Census:
1870: Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin

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Ruth Benston

Birth: August 1899, in Illinois, United States

Father: Joseph W. Benston

Mother: Jena (_____) Benston

Notes: Ruth died in her childhood. She does not appear in the 1910 census.

Census:
1900: 160 Stephenson Street, Freeport, Stephenson county, Illinois

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Susan Loretta (Benston) Leece

Birth: 5 September 1869, in Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Married: Samuel Edgar Leece on 4 December 1895, in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States.

Children:
Death: 31 March 1948, in Twin Falls county, Idaho, United States

Burial: 1 April 1948, in Twin Falls cemetery, Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

Census:
1870: Waumandee, Buffalo county, Wisconsin
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin
1900: Fonda, Pocohontas county, Iowa

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Thomas C. Benston

Birth: January 1882, in Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Occupation: Farm labourer (1900); Salesman (1905); Clerk in a drug store (1910)

Census & Addresses:
1900: Darlington city, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Darlington city, Lafayette county, Wisconsin (listed as Richard?)
1910: Darlington, Lafayette county, Wisconsin

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William G. Benston

Birth: 8 September 1873, in Buffalo county, Wisconsin, United States

Father: James Benston

Mother: Mary Jane (Richmond) Benston

Married: Hattie B. Sisson on 9 November 1895, in Argyle, Lafayette county, Wisconsin, United States. The marriage was witnessed by Ada Benston. Hattie was born in July 1876, in Boon county, Nebraska, the daughter of William A. Sisson and Amanda Rogers.
1880: Walker, Platt county, Nebraska
1925: Cavour township, Beadle county, South Dakota

Children:
Occupation: Farmer; Day labourer (1905)

Death: July 1962, in South Dakota, United States

Census & Addresses:
1880: York, Green county, Wisconsin
1895: Wiota, Lafayette county, Wisconsin (marriage record)
1900: Wiota town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1905: Lamont town, Lafayette county, Wisconsin
1925: Cavour township, Beadle county, South Dakota

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