Carl Benjamin James

9 November 1912–6 August 2007 (Age 94)
Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Carl Benjamin

When Carl Benjamin James was born on 9 November 1912, in Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Luther Garfield James, was 31 and his mother, Mary Ann Vernice Smelcer, was 28. He married Dorothy Fern Bennett on 22 August 1936. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Pine Creek Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States in 1940 and Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States for about 8 years. He died on 6 August 2007, in Ottawa, Michigan, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Dixon, Lee, Illinois, United States.

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Carl Benjamin James
Dorothy Fern Bennett
Marriage: 22 August 1936
Richard Eugene James

Spouse and Children

22 August 1936


Parents and Siblings



    Andrew James


    Ollie James


    Walter Calvin James



    Clyde Wilbur James


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World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · Women get the right to vote in Illinois

Age 1

Grace Wilbur Trout was elected president of the Chicago Political Equality League and started her presidency by making sure that each senate district was supporting suffrage for women. A few months later, the bill was up for voting in the state. Trout and her team went as far as to get male voters from their homes. The bill passed giving Women the right to vote for President of the Nation and all local offices not in the Illinois Constitution.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 25

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: from a personal name that has the same origin as Jacob . However, among English speakers, it is now felt to be a separate name in its own right. This is largely because in the Authorized Version of the Bible ( 1611 ) the form James is used in the New Testament as the name of two of Christ's apostles ( James the brother of John and James the brother of Andrew ), whereas in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called Jacob. The form James comes from Latin Jacobus via Late Latin Jac(o)mus, which also gave rise to Jaime, the regular form of the name in Spanish (as opposed to the learned Jacobo). See also Jack and Jackman . This is a common surname throughout the British Isles, particularly in South Wales.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Carl James in household of Luther James, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Carl James in household of Luther James, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Carl James, "United States Census, 1940"

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