Benton "Ben" Tidwell

Brief Life History of Benton "Ben"

When Benton "Ben" Tidwell was born on 12 August 1842, in Burns, Dickson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Marvil Jiles Tidwell, was 31 and his mother, Matilda Florene Tidwell, was 27. He married Nancy Parlee Higgs on 7 January 1866, in Paris, Lamar, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Justice Precinct 4, Lamar, Texas, United States in 1880 and Justice Precinct 1, Lamar, Texas, United States in 1900. He died on 25 December 1906, in Haskell, Haskell, Texas, United States, at the age of 64.

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Benton "Ben" Tidwell
Nancy Parlee Higgs
Marriage: 7 January 1866
William Virgil "Vergie" Tidwell
Jennie Minnie Tidwell
Elijah Clinton Tidwell
Thomas Almon Tidwell

Sources (12)

  • Berton Tidwell, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bensen Tidwell, "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977"
  • Benton Tidwell, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1861 · Texas Secedes from the United States

On February 1, 1861, Texas seceded from the United States. On March 2, 1861, they had joined with the Confederate States of America.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Tideswell, a habitational name from Tideswell in Derbyshire, so named from the Old English personal name Tīdi + Old English wella ‘spring’. This form of the surname is rare in Britain and Ireland.

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

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