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Benjamin Baker and Mary Tharp Elder

Benjamin Baker Elder was born 5 January 1855 in Jackson County, Ohio and died 2 April 1932 at home in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.  His ancestors have been traced to Pennsylvania in the late 1700's.  From there they went to Ohio, then Iowa circa 1854.

Benjamin married Mary Lucinda Tharp 30 March 1880 in Drakesville, Davis County, Iowa.  Mary was born 18 Januray 1859 in Schuyler County, Missouri and died between 16 August - 31 December 1946 in Davis County, Iowa.  Mary's ancestors have been traced to New Jersey in the early 1700's.  From there they went to South Carolina, then Ohio, and then to Davis County, Iowa circa 1851.

Benjamin and Mary had the following children: Orpha May (15 January 1881 - 21 August 1887), Florence Belle (22 June 1882 - 1 April 1968), Charles Albert (6 January 1885 - 12 March 1952), Harvey Elmer (9 April 1887 - 23 December 1985), Ivah Myrtle (26 January 1889 - 1 October 1975), and Irvin Earl (2 June 1891 - 24 October 1054).

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