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Allied: Russell, Land, Laidet, Fischer, Benson, Kimsey/Kimzey, Rutan, Miller, Gayetty, Pemberton, McCracken, Crowley, Smith, Bovard, Hale, Turner, Robichaux, Backer, Melancon, McEnerney, Snedigar, Weber, Nyhoff, Bechthold, Mowat(t), Mersereau, MacLeod, Morrell, Horner, Doten

Related: Shinn, Wadd


James Tock and Martha Wadd had four daughters: Mary Elizabeth, Martha Ann(e), Sarah J(ane), and Emma Sophia.


1.Mary Elizabeth Tock married George Russell:


George Russell was born in Perryville Arkansas on March 9 1842 to Isaac Russell of Kentucky and his wife.George and Mary Elizabeth Tock had the following (that I know of):

1. George Russell (b. Aug 1876, Sacramento, Cal.- d. young)

2. James Henry Russell (b. 5 Sep 1877, Sacramento, Cal.- d. 24 Feb 1957, Contra Costa Co., Cal.) married Lilith Mary Land (b. 29 June 1882, California- d. 18 Sep 1963, Santa Cruz Co., CA).

3. Isaac L. Russell (b. 1879- d. young)

4. Milton Ross Russell (b. Feb 1880- d. circa 1919 in the Stockton State Hospital, was handicapped)

5. Thomas Allen Russell (b. 4 Sep 1884) married Helen Adelaide Laidet (b. 20 Feb 1892, California)

6. Grover Cleveland Russell (b. 4 Mar 1886, Calaveras co., Cal- d. young)

7. Mary Russell (b. Dec 1887- d. ?)

8. Elsie Russell (b. June 1891- d. 1922, Calaveras co., Cal.) married John A. Fischer.


2. Martha Ann Tock married John M. Benson.


John M. Benson was born in Oregon on October 24 1848 to John A. Benson and Edna Kimsey/Kimzey.John A. Benson had been born in North Carolina but married Edna Kimsey, a Missourian in Missouri.John and Edna went west in the mid 1840ís.Their first two children, sons, died young.Following John M. Bensonís birth in Oregon, John A. and Edna had son Solomon J. in 1852 in California, daughter Semiramis on January 4 1854 in California and Ella Hannah on January 5 1858 at Bensonís Ferry in San Joaquin county, California.Solomon died young, on October 24 1869 at Bensonís Ferry but Semiramis and Ella went on to have families of their own.Semiramis married 1st Samuel Rutan in 1873 and they had five children: George Albert, ClaraEdna, Mary Nellie, Frederick Melvin, and Charles Arthur.Following her husbandís death, Semiramis married Henry Miller and had a daughter, Jessamine.Ella Hannah Benson married Edward Perrin Gayetty of Wisconsin.Following John A. Bensonís murder (see below for more on that), Ellaís husband, Ed Gayetty took over running Bensonís Ferry.Ella and Ed had three children: James Elmo, Laura Olive, and Ann Alma.After John A. Bensonís death, Edna Kimsey married Unk. Pemberton.


Murder of John A. Benson:

Benson Ferry Tragedy

††† We must now travel north to the Mokelumne River and give a record of the three principal ferries across that river. They did more business than all of the Stanislaus ferries combined, because of the fact that they were the only routes of travel to Sacramento and the Northern mines. The first or the farthest west of these ferries crossed the Mokelumne River a short distance below the present town of New Hope. It was opened for business in 1849 by Edward Stokes and A. M. Woods; the following year the ferry was purchased by John A. Benson, who erected a house on the south side of the river and employed Green C. Palmer to attend the ferry. Benson was the leading spirit in seeking a division of the county in 1859, but before he succeeded he was killed by his employee, Palmer. The cause of the murder was the charge by Palmer that Benson, since 1854, had been intimate with his wife. It was said, however, that like a great many would-be heroes Benson was "more loose in his conversation than in his actions." On the day of the murder February 14, 1859, Palmer was at work plowing on the Benson place, but stopped work at noon-time. During the afternoon Palmer was in Parker's store. Benson came in accompanied by Dr. Hogaboom, and all three men took a drink at the bar. During this time Palmer's four children entered the store, and Benson as was his usual custom, gave them some nuts and candies. Leaving the store, all three men went to Palmer's home. In a short time Benson and the physician left the house and when a short distance away, Benson heard Palmer call out to Benson. Turning Benson saw Palmer running towards him with a revolver in his hand; surmising Palmer's intentions Benson cried out, "Don't, Green," but the murderer exclaimed, "There, you ----- scoundrel you disgraced my children and now you must die," Palmer fired twice in rapid succession each shot hit Benson in a vital spot and he died while being conveyed to the house in a wagon.

        Palmer returned to the house, reloaded his revolver and started on a run for the tules. He was not pursued and the following day Andrew Benson, the brother of the victim, offered a reward of $300 through the newspaper for his arrest. The fugitive was discovered about sunrise by a vaquero who was looking for some lost horses. Palmer was shaking and shivering with cold and hunger, having had nothing to eat since the murder. He gave himself up and taken to Stockton, was brought before Justice McCausland and remanded to jail. He there remained until the meeting of the grand jury in May. He was then indicted on the charge of murder and the trial took place August 4, 1859. There was considerable excitement and the court room was crowded, for each man had many friends. Money was freely spent by Benson's friends and they employed E. D. Baker, the most brilliant orator and attorney in California, to assist the prosecuting attorney, Judge Campbell. Samuel A. Booker defended Palmer. The trial looked crooked from beginning to end. The prosecution put on one witness only, Dr. Hogaboom; the defense five witnesses to prove Palmer's charge. It was one of the shortest murder trials on record. At five o'clock Attorney Booker began his closing speech, ending at eight o'clock. Baker closed at 9:30, and Judge Creanor, delivering his charge, the jury were locked up for the night. Twenty-four hours later they were discharged unable to agree, the jury standing five for murder in the first degree, which meant death by hanging; five for murder in the second degree, and two for acquittal. The second trial took place December 12, with J. G. Jenkins and Judge Campbell for the prosecution and S. A. Booker for the defense. The case was given to the jury at 7:30 and at 1 o'clock the following day they were discharged, nine for acquittal and three for manslaughter. In the third trial, January 3, 1860, the defense found some new witnesses. They proved to be good ones, for the jury brought in a verdict not guilty. After the acquittal Palmer's conscience must have greatly worried him, for on January 26, while in Mokelumne  City, he committed suicide by taking strychnine. His friend, J. H. Veach, running into the house at Mrs. Palmer's call, exclaimed, "Why have you done this?" And like old Adam in the Garden of Eden he replied, "This woman is the cause of all my trouble. I wish to die and get out of my misery."

John A. Benson was born January 25 1820 in North Carolina.In the 1850 census, the Bensonís are listed with several other Bensons who I believe are John A.ís brothers, but I havenít found any more on them or any possible parents.Edna Kimsey was born July 29 1819 in Howard county, Missouri to James Kimzey and Hannah McCracken.James Kimzey was born in Virginia in 1785 to James Kimzey and Mary Crowley.Hannah McCracken was born in South Carolina in 1784.Hannahís parents were James McCracken, who was born in Scotland and Mary Smith who was from Pennsylvania.

James M. Benson and Martha Ann Tock had a daughter, Annie who was born May 10 1875 at Bensonís Ferry.Annieís mother died when she was four months old.John M. Benson remarried in 1878 Adelaide Bovard who was from Iowa.John M. Benson died August 15 1918 in California.Annie Benson married Harvey Hale and they had six children: Mable, Walter, Alva, Roy, Edward, and Gertrude.Annie and Harvey lived first in Amador, California then Mason Valley, Nevada with John M. Benson for awhile and finally the San Joaquin area.Annie died April 11 1854 in San Joaquin county, California.

3.Sarah J(ane) Tock married Simon OíDillion Turner.

Simon OíDillion Turner was born June 12 1852 in St. Johnís Parish in Louisiana to Franklin and Marie Victorine Robichaux Turner.ďFrankĒ Turner was born circa 1824 in Missouri, probably to Elias and Rezia Backer Turner.Marie Victorine Robichaux was from an old Louisiana family.She was born in 1830 at St. Gabiel in Iberville, Louisiana to Barberio Bouvier Robicheaux and Cleonise Melancon.Simon and ďSallyĒ had the following:

1. Walter William Turner was born April 26 1876 in California.He married Myrtle and they had a son Burton Boyce Turner on August 12 1905.Walter died on January 1 1947 in Lodi, California.

2. Lola V. Turner, born January 22 1881 and died February 19 1958 in Sacramento.She married an unknown McEnerney.

3. Delbert Dayton Turner, born April 16 1883 and died June 11 1940.He married 1st, Florene Snedigar and they had two children, twin girls: Doris and Dorothy, born June 15 1908 in San Joaquin county.After Floreneís death, Delbert married Hilda Christine Weber, who was born I 1887 in Minnesota.Delbert and Hilda had a son, Delbert Jr. on April 16 1818.Delbert Jr. was a POW during WWII and was taken hostage by the Japanese on Manila.He died on September 29 1942 on Manila.

4. Annabel ďAnnieĒ Turner was born September 1887.She married John Nyhoff and they had a daughter, Maxine around 1909.She later married George Bechthold and they had a daughter, Marjorie who was born and died on July 7 1920

Emma Sophia married Heman Doyle Shinn


James Tock remarried Margaret Mowat(t) and they had a son, James Samuel who used the name Tuck instead of Tock.James Samuel married Isabel Maude Mersereau.†† They had:

1. James Walter Tuck, born September 29 1891, Union Mills, New Brunswick.He married multiple times and had a few children.

2. Marion Margaret Tuck, born July 19 1885.She married Ellis MacLeod.

3. Hazel Tuck was born January 11 1898 in Milltown, New Brunswick.She married Anthony Bernard Horner.

4. James Hazen Tuck was born January 11 1898 (Hazelís twin).He died September 20 1920, Casualty Details

5. Harvey Alexander Tuck, born July 11 1900 in New Brunswick.He married Mildred Berla Morrell.

6. Clifford Laughlin Tuck, born June 11 1901, Milltown, NB.

7. Ines M. Tuck, born June 2 1904.She married Warren G. Doten.