Benjamin Franklin Winans

3 April 1820–31 October 1864 (Age 44)
Rockland, Washington, Ohio, United States

The Life of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Winans was born on 3 April 1820, in Rockland, Washington, Ohio, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Winans, was 30 and his mother, Olive Althea Norton, was 33. He married Mary Ellen Dimitt on 15 June 1845, in Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Carrollton, Burlington Township, Carroll, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Center Township, Porter, Indiana, United States in 1860. He died on 31 October 1864, in Lafayette Township, Allen, Indiana, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Winans
Mary Ellen Dimitt
Marriage: 15 June 1845
Vincent Winans
Mary Olive Winans
Melville Breton Winans
Joseph A Winans
Albert Wesley Winans
Alice Lovewell Winans
Anna Josephine Winans
Henry Sample Winans
Antoinette May Winans
Carrie Grace Winans

Spouse and Children

15 June 1845
Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States


    Vincent Winans


    Mary Olive Winans


    Melville Breton Winans


    Joseph A Winans


    Albert Wesley Winans


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World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis

Age 5

The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 12

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.

Name Meaning

Dutch: patronymic from the medieval personal name Winant .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Bruyn Winans, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benjamin Winans, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ben Winans in entry for Albert W Winans, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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