Benjamin Franklin Magness

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

The Life 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 York Township, 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.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Franklin Magness
1879–1962
Gertrude Alice Sayre
1881–1961
Marriage: 28 June 1905
Lewis Frank Magness
1906–1906
Avis Kathryn Magness
1907–1998
Ruth Irene Magness
1909–1994

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
28 June 1905
Rock, Minnesota, United States
children

(3)

    Lewis Frank Magness

    Male1906–1906Male

    Avis Kathryn Magness

    Female1907–1998Female

    Ruth Irene Magness

    Female1909–1994Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(12)

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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.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 5

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
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 or Irish: probably a variant of Magnus .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Infant Magness in household of Absolom Magness, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ben F Magness, "South Dakota State Census, 1935"
  • Benny Magness in household of Absalom Magness, "Iowa State Census, 1895"

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