1. John BENSON was born in Pontiac, Michigan in September 1831 and died 27 June 1903 in his home in Eden Township . He
Sally A. JENKINS on 24 May 1855 in Ionia County, Michigan. Sally was born ca 1836 in Portland,
Michigan, died 10 April 1859 in Michigan and is buried in Portland Cemetery, Portland, Ionia Co., MI.
(2) Ellen Perrin NEWMAN nee CHIPMAN on 17 March 1866 in Clinton County, Michigan. Ellen P. CHIPMAN was born
31 Dec 1840 in Michigan and died 7 Aug 1878 in Portland, Ionia County, Michigan.
Obituary: John Benson, the First White Settler in Eden Township, Dies at Home.
John Benson died in his home in Eden Township last Saturday. Mr. Benson had been sick with dropsy some weeks before but had recovered
so as to be about. His heart action never became normal and he finally succumbed to his trouble. He was 71 years of age and leaves
three daughters Mrs. Joseph Bidwell, whose husband died some years ago, and who has since lived at home with her father, Mrs. Harvey
Jenks; and Mrs. Fred Bowers, both of Washington State. Mr. Benson was born in Pontiac in 1832. He was at one time deputy sheriff of
Ionia County. He also served in the Civil War, being a member of the third Mich. Infantry, and also the 27th Mich. Infantry. Of the
latter he was a 1st Lieutenant and acting quarter master. Since coming to Mason County he sought no offices although serving in many
capacities as town official.
He came to Mason County in 1875, he and Judge Ransom taking up soldier’s homesteads the same year, and in what was the same township.
He was the first white man in that township to make improvements. He lived ever since, in the same place, and died on the farm he
homesteaded 28 years ago.
There are few men as widely known in the county as Mr. Benson was, and none so favorably known. Everyone has a good word for him as
father, friend, and citizen. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Masonic fraternity. Funeral services were under the auspices of
the S. D. Haight Post, G. A. R. of Scottville, and Rev W. H. Irwin of Scottville Methodist church preached the funeral sermon. The
attendance at the services and the procession was one of the largest ever seen in Mason county. Over 50 teams were in the procession.
Interment was made in the north Eden township cemetery. Geo. N. Stray, H. C. Ransom, P. E. Bailey and H. C. Hutton attended the funeral.
Transcribed from “The Ludington Record - Appeal July 1, 1903” Ludington Daily News Archives
2. Allie P. BENSON (John 1) was born to John and Sally circa April 1859 in Michigan. She married Joseph BIDWELL
3. Julian NEWMAN (Edgar 1) was born to Ellen and Edgar NEWMAN 29 Nov 1859 in Michigan. He married:
(1) Lizzie BARNES on 22 May 1881
(2) Mary Elizabeth KANOUSE on 3 Apr 1891
4. May Augusta BENSON (John 1) was born 15 May 1867 in Ionia County, Michigan and died 27 Jul 1937 in Tacoma, Pierce County,
Washington. Married 15 June 1886 in Eden, Mason County, Michigan to Harvy JENKS.
5. Blanche Bluenna BENSON (John 1) (photo) was born 14 Mar 1871 in Portland, Ionia
County, Michigan. Married Fred Eugene BOWER on 8 February 1890 in Scottville, Mason County,
Michigan. Blanche died 23 April 1942 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington and is buried in Tahoma CemeteryYakima, Yakima County,
Sources available upon request.
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