Benjamin Franklin Short

Male7 November 1858–5 December 1933

Brief Life History of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Short was born on 7 November 1858, in Yale, Jasper, Illinois, United States, his father, William Lawson Short, was 38 and his mother, Catherine Siler, was 33. He married Lucy Postlewait on 11 February 1894, in Crawford, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Grandville Township, Jasper, Illinois, United States for about 73 years. He died on 5 December 1933, in Crawford, Illinois, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Crawford, Illinois, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Short
Lucy Postlewait
Marriage: 11 February 1894
Roscoe Grant Short
Wilbur Leo Short
Arden Batman Short
1897–about 1897
Rollo ( Raleigh) Ausby Short
Rollo Short
Wilbur L. Short
Arden B. Short
1898–about 1897
Flora Bernice Short
Ernest Franklin Short

Sources (11)

  • Benj F Short in household of William Short, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin Franklin Short, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Benjamin F Short, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 February 1894Crawford, Illinois, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 3

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.


    Age 5

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 23

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname for a short person, from Middle English short ‘short’ (Old English sceort).

    English: topographic name for someone who lived at a detached or cut-off piece of land (Middle English shorte, shirte, from Old English scierte, scerte, scyrte) or else a habitational name from a place so named, such as Shoart in Harbeldown (Kent) and Shuart in Saint Nicholas at Wade (Kent). Compare Shorter .

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac an Gheairr, Mac an Ghirr ‘son of the short man’ (see McGirr ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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