Cornelius A Benjamin

February 1867–1 May 1920 (Age 53)
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States

The Life of Cornelius A

When Cornelius A Benjamin was born in February 1867, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, his father, Johannes -John- Benjaminse, was 28 and his mother, Arijaantje Anna Molesteeg, was 25. He married Anna DeBaun on 29 October 1891, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Michigan, United States in 1870. He died on 1 May 1920, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Cornelius A Benjamin
Anna DeBaun
Marriage: 29 October 1891
Marguerite A Benjamin
John De Baun Benjamin
Abram Cornelius Benjamin
Helen Benjamin

Spouse and Children

29 October 1891
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Johannes -John- Benjaminse


    Arijaantje Anna Molesteeg




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World Events (8)

1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 1

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 12

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 15

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.

Name Meaning

Jewish, English, French, and Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyamin ‘Son of the South’. In the Book of Genesis, it is treated as meaning ‘Son of the Right Hand’. The two senses are connected, since in Hebrew the south is thought of as the righthand side of a person who is facing east. Benjamin was the youngest and favorite son of Jacob and supposed progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 35:16– 18; 42:4). It is rare as an English and French surname; the personal name was not common among Gentiles in the Middle Ages, but its use was sanctioned by virtue of having been borne by a saint martyred in Persia in about ad 424 . In some cases in medieval Europe it was also applied as a byname or nickname to the youngest (and beloved) son of a large family; this is the sense of modern French benjamin.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Cornelius A Benjamin in household of John Benjamin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Cornelius A Benjamin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Cornelius A Benjamin in household of John Benjamin, "United States Census, 1880"

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