Paul Ellsworth Benner

23 July 1916–1 September 1994 (Age 78)
Newark, Licking, Ohio, United States

The Life of Paul Ellsworth

When Paul Ellsworth Benner was born on 23 July 1916, in Newark, Licking, Ohio, United States, his father, Jonathan Luther Benner, was 23 and his mother, Florence Frances Norman, was 20. He married Mary Evelyn Midkiff on 8 January 1939, in Licking, Ohio, United States. He died on 1 September 1994, in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Paul Ellsworth Benner
Mary Evelyn Midkiff
Marriage: 8 January 1939

Spouse and Children

8 January 1939
Licking, Ohio, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Jonathan Luther Benner


    Florence Frances Norman




World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 21

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 Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.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

1 South German: occupational name for a basket and bassinet maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German benne ‘work basket’, ‘bassinet’, ‘cradle’.2 In some cases probably an altered spelling of German Bender .3 English (East Midlands): possibly a variant of Bender .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Paul E Benner in household of F Luther Benner, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Paul Benner in household of J L Benner, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Paul E Benner, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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