Benjamin Franklin Magness

29 December 1879–17 September 1962 (Age 82)
Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Magness was born on 29 December 1879, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, his father, Absalom C Magness, was 30 and his mother, Ellen J Smithers, was 25. He married Gertrude Alice Sayre on 28 June 1905, in Rock, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Saint Lawrence, Hand, South Dakota, United States in 1935 and Swan Lake Township, Pocahontas, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 17 September 1962, at the age of 82, and was buried in Saint Lawrence, Hand, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Magness
Gertrude Alice Sayre
Marriage: 28 June 1905
Lewis Frank Magness
Avis Kathryn Magness
Ruth Irene Magness

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 June 1905Rock, Minnesota, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
    Age 2
    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.
    1885 · The First Skyscraper
    Age 6
    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley
    Age 22
    President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

    Name Meaning

    English and Welsh: variant of Magnus .History: Perrygren (Peregrine) Magness was born in 1722 in Britain, and died in 1800 in Warren County, KY.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Magness Family Holds Reunion

    Huron Huronite And Daily Plainsman May 29, 1947 Magness Family Holds Reunion ST. "LAWRENCE, June Members of the Magness family held a reunion Sunday with 45 in attendance. All but two of the children …

    Sources (33)

    • Bengeman F Magness, "South Dakota State Census, 1915"
    • Benjamin F Magness, "Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949"
    • Benjamin Franklin Magness, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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