John Edward Benton

20 July 1881–13 March 1944 (Age 62)
Shelby, Alabama, United States

The Life of John Edward

When John Edward Benton was born on 20 July 1881, in Shelby, Alabama, United States, his father, Columbus S. Benton, was 43 and his mother, Margaret Elizabeth Oldham, was 34. He married LaVonia Anderson on 15 October 1898, in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 13 March 1944, in Hemet, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 62.

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Family Time Line

John Edward Benton
LaVonia Anderson
Marriage: 15 October 1898
Clarence Wade Benton
Margaret Ethel Benton

Spouse and Children

15 October 1898
Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Margaret Elizabeth Oldham




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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 14

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 17

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a pair of villages in Northumbria named with Old English bēan ‘beans’ (a collective singular) or beonet ‘bent grass’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The name is now most frequent in the West Midlands, however, so it may be that a place of the same name in that area should be sought as its origin.

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

Sources (3)

  • Edwin Benton in household of Columbus S Benton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John E Benton, "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • John Edward Benton, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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