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BENN Samuel[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Male 1832 - 1935

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  • Birth  02 Jul 1832  Emo, Queens, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  Parish of St John, Coolbanagher, Kildare, Ireland (see notes) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Birth  1833  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Birth  1833  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration  1845  [1, 3, 4, 12, 13
    Occupation  Abt 1850  Brooklyn, New York; Occupation: carpenter Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 14
    Naturalization  09 Oct 1855  Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 15, 16, 17
    Census  1860  Grand Mound, Thurston, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 18
    Occupation  09 May 1860  Sheriff Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 19
    Census  1870  Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 20
    Birth  1873  Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Census  1880  Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 22
    Residence  1880  Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  1885  Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    _ELEC  1891  Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 14
    Residence  1930  Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Misc  02 Jul 1932  [1, 3, 4, 14
    Name  Edmond Benn  [21
    Died  16 Sep 1935  Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 23, 24, 25
    Buried  19 Sep 1935  Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I42375  Brasfield-Brassfield Genealogies
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2015 
     
    Family  REDMAN Martha,   b. 02 Nov 1845, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1917, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Jan 1862  Chehalis, Lewis, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. BENN Alice M,   b. 19 Aug 1862, Melbourne, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Mar 1953, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. BENN George C.,   b. Abt 1864, Melbourne, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1888, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. BENN Phoebe Isabelle,   b. 26 Aug 1866, Melbourne, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1938, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. BENN Mary Frances,   b. 11 Jan 1869, Melbourne, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1943, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. BENN Minnie Elizabeth,   b. 18 Feb 1871, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1965, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. BENN Edmund Burke,   b. 10 May 1873, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1934, Olympia, Thurston, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. BENN Leta,   b. 24 Jan 1884, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Dec 1974, Woodland, Yolo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F13577  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • [S&M.FTW]

      [Sam & Martha Benn.FTW]

      [Benn1.FTW]

      [BENN.ged]

      Going to California to find out what happend to two missing brothers
      who were working the goldfields, Sam left New York City aboard the
      steamer 'Northern Light' on 5 March 1856 bound for Panama. At Colon
      he crossed the isthmus by rail to Balboa. There he boarded the paddle
      wheeler 'Sonora' for California, arriving on the 26th of March. When
      Sam arrived where his brothers had been mining, he discovered they had
      drowned in the Feather River. The river was flooding but they had
      gone into town for supplies, but their boat capsized while returning
      to camp. In April 1859 Sam and a cousin, George Hubbard, sailed from
      California to Victoria, Canada. There they bought a sailboat and
      sailed Puget Sound for a month looking for a place to settle. When
      they stopped in Olympia they heard of the Chehalis valley and
      travelled overland to scout the area. Liking what they found they
      returned to Olympia for their boat and supplies needed to settle,
      arriving back at their homesteads on June 15, 1859. Sam chose the
      south bank while George picked the north bank of the Chehalis. At the
      site of the present (1935) Wishkah bridge, Sam founded his first home
      on Garys Harbor. Aberdeen, Washington was the town Sam founded. To
      help bring the railroad to his town, Sam gave land to any man
      providing 5 days labor building the rail line. Land was also given to
      anyone who paid for the 5 days labor.
      According to his death certificate, Sam died of senility. This
      doesn't agree with what Sam's surviving family recalled about him and
      what was written in his obituaries printed in the Aberdeen newspapers.
      He was noted for having a sharp mind. The headline of 'The Aberdeen
      Daily World' (17 Sept. 1935 front page) reads "BENN DEAD; SORROW GRIPS
      HARBOR, Father Of Aberdeen Expires Peacefully, Mind Clear To Last"
      The obituaries refer to a recent illness (of several months) that
      wasn't specified.
      The funeral services, officiated by Wm. McDowell, Russel Mack and Rev.
      Sylvester Robertson, were held at 2 pm in the First Congregational
      church, First and H streets in Aberdeen. Governor Clarence D. Martin
      and other state officals came from Olympia to attend the funeral. The
      services were broadcast on KXRO radio "to permit those who through
      illness or the size of the crowd cannot be present inside the church"
      - 'Grays Harbor Washingtonian'. A front page article in the same
      paper reported 'City offices, stores and other business places of
      Aberdeen will be closed Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 o'clock
      as a final salute to Aberdeen's "grand old man." '
      This year is from the information on his death certificate provided by
      his daughter, Leta Benn Brasfield. According to the book "The River
      Pioneers", Sam immigrated as an infant which could have been 10+ years
      earlier. This earlier date agrees with an article in 'The Daily
      World' (Aberdeen, WA; Sunday July 4, 1976; page A-9 column 4).
      However one of his obituaries says 'although he left there (Emo,
      Queens county, Ireland) as a small boy he could recall the place quite
      well, even in his last days.'
      Sam renounced his allegiance to the Queen United Kingdom of Great
      Britain & Ireland. The witness was William Kingsley (Sam's mother's
      maiden name). Sam apparently kept his Irish birth a secret from the
      other residents of Aberdeen, except his family who knew. He did show
      his naturalization papers to Victor Lindberg, the Aberdeen city
      comptroller, who kept his secret joke until Sam's death.
      Sam still earned a living as a carpenter. Being sheriff didn't pay
      well and took too much time, so Sam didn't keep the job for many
      years (The Pacific Coast Directory, 1867 lists Samuel Benn as Chehalis County Sheriff in Montesano, Chehalis, Washington Territory).
      Sam was also a volunteer fireman with the Brooklyn Fire Department.
      Mayors in Aberdeen serve 1 year terms.
      Sam received a telegram from President Herbert Hoover, "Felicitations
      and God's continued blessing to Aberdeen's beloved pioneer father from
      a grateful nation on the occasion of the centennial of his birth."
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S110] S&M.FTW.
      Date of Import: Nov 5, 2001

    2. [S151] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Year: 1880; Census Place: , Chehalis, Washington; Roll: 1396; Family History Film: 1255396; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 39; Image: ..
      Record for Samuel Benn

    3. [S111] Sam & Martha Benn.FTW.
      Date of Import: Nov 5, 2001

    4. [S36] Benn1.FTW.
      Date of Import: Oct 17, 2001

    5. [S68] Grays Harbor Washingtonian, Obituary of Samuel Benn; Tuesday morning 17 September 1935, front page continuing on page 2, column 1..
      QUAY 1

    6. [S148] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington; Roll: 2488; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 150.0..
      Record for Samuel Benn

    7. [S128] The River Pioneers - Early Days on Grays Harbor, Edwin VanSyckle, (Name: Ã 1982 Pacific Search Press..;), page 280.
      QUAY 1

    8. [S144] Whiteside Funeral Chapels - Crematory, Aberdeen, WA, Copy of Funeral Home record in possession of M.E. Palmer.
      QUAY 1

    9. [S122] 'The Aberdeen Daily World', (Name: Grays Harbor Publishing Co.;), Thursday evening, 17 September 1935; front page continued on page 2 column 1..
      QUAY 1

    10. [S125] 'The Daily World' (newspaper), Aberdeen, Washington, (Name: The Daily World, Inc.; 315 S. Michingan St.; Aberdeen, Washington 89520; 532-4000;), Sunday July 4, 1976; page A-9 column 4.
      QUAY 1

    11. [S134] Washington St. Certificate of Death, Aberdeen Record #162 (on LDS film #0196709); Item 6 (Date of Birth) July 2, 1932; Item 12 (Birthplace) Ireland. Information provided by daughter, Mrs. Ray Brasfield.
      QUAY 2

    12. [S122] 'The Aberdeen Daily World', (Name: Grays Harbor Publishing Co.;), Obituary of Samuel Benn; Tuesday evening, 17 September 1935; front page continued on page 2 column 1..
      QUAY 1

    13. [S134] Washington St. Certificate of Death, Aberdeen Record #162 (on LDS film #0196709); Item 1 ....Length of residence in city or town where death occured - 76yrs. How long in U.S. if of foreigh birth? 89 yrs..
      QUAY 1

    14. [S32] An Evening with Sam Benn, (Name: 1988;).

    15. [S86] National Archives - NYC, Naturalization Papers; State of New York, County of Kings, City Court of Brooklyn; vol. 19, record #53..
      QUAY 3

    16. [S90] NYC Naturalization Index, LDS #1419849., LDS film #1419849; City court, Brooklyn. Vol 19 (no page #), copy of record #53..
      QUAY 3

    17. [S122] 'The Aberdeen Daily World', (Name: Grays Harbor Publishing Co.;), Wednesday evening, 18 September 1935; page 3 column 6..
      QUAY 2

    18. [S2] 1860 Washington Territorial Census, REEL NO: M6531398., Page 18 (or 78 ?), line 21.

    19. [S128] The River Pioneers - Early Days on Grays Harbor, Edwin VanSyckle, (Name: Ã 1982 Pacific Search Press..;).
      QUAY 1

    20. [S4] 1870 Census - Chehalis co., Washington, Montesano PO, p. 9, lines 14-19.

    21. [S277] Washington State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online..
      Record for Edmond Benn

    22. [S10] 1880 Census - Chehalis co., Washington, 2nd Division, p. 13a, lines 17-21.

    23. [S134] Washington St. Certificate of Death, Aberdeen Record #162 (on LDS film #0196709).
      QUAY 3

    24. [S96] Pacific Northwest Quarterly, John L. Christian, (Name: 1936, Vol 27 Issue 2;), page 175-6.
      QUAY 1

    25. [S144] Whiteside Funeral Chapels - Crematory, Aberdeen, WA, Copy of Funeral Home record in possession of M.E. Palmer.
      QUAY 3