Benjamin H. Sinclair

Male4 October 1848–4 February 1891

Brief Life History of Benjamin H.

When Benjamin H. Sinclair was born on 4 October 1848, in Shelby, Indiana, United States, his father, Amos W. Sinclair, was 41 and his mother, Miriam C. Boone, was 32. He married Margaret Jane Ulrey on 10 October 1869, in Clark, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Brandywine Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States in 1860 and Parker Township, Clark, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 4 February 1891, in Clark, Illinois, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Rupp Cemetery, Martinsville Township, Clark, Illinois, United States.

Photos and Memories (1)

Do you know Benjamin H.? Do you have a story about him that you would like to share? Sign In or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Benjamin H. Sinclair
Sarah Ellen Fish
Marriage: 25 December 1887
Caroline Sinclair
Paxton C. Sinclair

Sources (15)

  • Benjamin H Saintclair in household of Amos Saintclair, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benjamin H Sinclair, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Benj H Stclair in household of Amos Stclair, "United States Census, 1860"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 December 1887Clark, Illinois, United States
  • Children (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1851 · Constitution of 1851

    Age 3

    Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 8

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 13

    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.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: of Norman origin, a habitational name from Saint-Clair-sur-Elle (Manche), so called from the dedication of its church to Saint Clarus (see Clare 3).

    Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.

    History: The Scottish family Sinclair (see 1 above) came to southern Scotland in the twelfth century from Huntingdonshire with the de Morvilles. Descendants of these Sinclairs became earls of Caithness in the 15th century. The frequency of the surname in Caithness and Orkney is largely due to the adoption by tenants of the name of their overlord.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Discover Even More

    As a nonprofit, we offer free help to those looking to learn the details of their family story.

    Create a free account to view more about your family.
    Create a FREE Account
    Search for Another Deceased Ancestor
    Share this with your family and friends.