Benjamin was born in
and lived in most of his
formative years. He fought in the Civil War, on the Union Side. It goes without
saying that he traveled during that time. A few years after the war, he married
County Philadelphia and moved shortly thereafter to Virginia (where their eldest was born) before settling in
Benjamin was born around 1843 to George VanHorn and Jane Dudbridge. The first census he is named therefore on is the 1850 US Census.
Benjamin was just seven in 1850. Listed as
, I found him in the 1850 US Census
living with his parents. He has three siblings at this time: Pierson (my 3x
great grandfather whose full name is Chrispin Pierson VanHorn), 10; Martha, 5;
and Joanna, 2. The family lived in Kensington Ward 5 in Franklin . His father, George, was
employed as a sawyer at that time. Philadelphia
Benjamin, 17, was living with his parents and siblings in 1860. The family lived in
Valley Township, , but they were
covered by the Coatesville post office. George
(his father), Chrispin, and Benjamin are listed as farmers. Jane (their mother)
is a housewife. The other children – Martha, Joanna, and William – are in
Benjamin and his young family were settled in
by 1870. They
lived in California Milpitas, .
Their post office was Alviso. It was just him, his wife Margaret, and their two
year old daughter Virginia. Santa Clara, California
By 1880, Benjamin, now 37, is married to Margaretta Hensel and they live in
He is a farmer. They have five children: Virginia, 12; Minnie, 9; George, 7;
Teresa, 3; and William, 1. Santa Clara, California Virginia had been
born in .
The other children were all born in Virginia . California
Benjamin, now 57, is widowed. He lives in
Jose, with four sons:
George, William, Lemuel, and Hensell. Benjamin is now a carpenter. George was a
cook. William and Hensel were day laborers and Lemuel was an engineer. Santa Clara,
Since the US Census is only conducted every 10 years, there is a huge life gap between 1860 and 1870. In that single decade, other sources confirm, Benjamin fought in the Civil War, was a Prisoner of War at
married, moved to Virginia, and finally moved
where his family settled. California
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015.