Charles Robertson Benjamin

Brief Life History of Charles Robertson

When Charles Robertson Benjamin was born on 1 August 1896, in Sidney, Clinton Township, Shelby, Ohio, United States, his father, Charles W. Benjamin, was 25 and his mother, Nellie Robertson, was 25. He married Helen Bernice White on 6 October 1923, in Guernsey, Guernsey, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in United States in 1949. He registered for military service in 1918. He died in 1986, at the age of 90, and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, Clinton Township, Shelby, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Robertson Benjamin
1896–1986
Helen Bernice White
1900–2000
Marriage: 6 October 1923
Sara Lou Benjamin
1926–2015
Mary Ann Benjamin
1929–1995

Sources (16)

  • Unknown, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Benjamin, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"
  • Charles Robertson Benjamin, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

World Events (8)

1897

Sidney incorporated as a city in 1897.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1920

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

Jewish (Sephardic and Ashkenazic), English, French, West Indian (mainly Haiti), and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania); Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyāmīn ‘Son of the South’. In the Book of Genesis, it is treated as meaning ‘Son of the Right Hand’. The two senses are connected, since in Hebrew the south is thought of as the right-hand side of a person who is facing east. Benjamin was the youngest and favorite son of Jacob and supposed progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 35:16-18; 42:4). The personal name was not common among Gentiles in the Middle Ages, but its use was sanctioned by virtue of having been borne by a Christian saint martyred in Persia in about AD 424. In some cases in medieval Europe it was also applied as a byname or nickname to the youngest (and beloved) son of a large family; this is the sense of modern French benjamin. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean Benyamin and Italian Beniamino.

History: John Benjamin (1598–1645) came from England to Watertown, MA, in 1632. Jean-Baptiste Benjamin dit Saint-Aubin from France married Jeanne Allard in QC in 1704.

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

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