James Van Benthuysen Fix

Male16 May 1831–24 November 1913

Brief Life History of James Van Benthuysen

When James Van Benthuysen Fix was born on 16 May 1831, in Washington Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States, his father, Aaron Fix, was 22 and his mother, Margaret Van Benthuysen, was 19. He married Rulannie Randolph on 12 August 1852, in Shelby, Indiana, United States. He lived in Indiana, United States in 1870 and Addison Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 24 November 1913, at the age of 82, and was buried in Shelbyville, Addison Township, Shelby, Indiana, United States.

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James Van Benthuysen Fix
Mahala Ann Burkett
Marriage: 22 September 1858
Margaret G. Fix
John A. Fix
Stephen Sylvester Fix
James Fix
Charles Franklin Fix
William Marshall Fix
Walter Wellington Fix

Sources (9)

  • Jas V B Fix, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James B Fix in entry for S L Fix and Phoebe Dill, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • James B Fix in household of Aaron Fix, "United States Census, 1850"

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  • Marriage
    22 September 1858Owen, Indiana, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 1

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


    Age 14

    Historical Boundaries 1845: Shelby, Indiana, United States

    1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

    Age 25

    The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

    Name Meaning

    German: patronymic from the personal name Veit (from Latin Vitus; see Vito ). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).

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

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