Wednesday, June 15, 1898
My grandfather, David Benge (called King David) came to Ky. and settled in
Madison Co. While living there he used to drive stock to this section and
herd them on the range. If he had any brothers and sisters I never heard
of them. Thomas Benge, son of David and father of Jane Benge, killed ---
Porter, stood his trial, came clear and then went first to Indiana and
then to Iowa. It occured near McWhorter. It was at a corn shucking; the
pile was divided and these men fell out, perhaps were Captains, and Benge
struck Porter with a rake. He lived a week or ten days and died. My
grandfather was a soldier in two wars, Revolutionary and 1812. My father
was John Benge. He volunteered in the War of 1812. My grandfather would
not let him go but went in his stead. His other sons were: William, Joseph and
Lewis Franklin. His daughters were: Nancy (William Cornett, son of Roger);
Sallie Ann (George Treeman); Adeline (Elisah Stiver); Zilpah(Robert Stiver);
Lucinda (Benjamin Johnson); Mary (Elijah McGee).
John, my father, had thirteen children, ten girls and three boys, all still
living but one, eldest is 86. My brother's name was James, he lived here in
Clay County. He married Benge's second cousin. I am the next to the oldest.
I married Nancy Lynx, daughter of Fred Lynx. I had twelve children, all
living but two. My oldest sister, Sallie Ann, married John Johnson and lives
near Bernstadt. Lucinda married Zeesa McWhorter, they had a large family.
Lydia Ann married James Hawes. They had a large family. Martha married
James Bolling, lives on Goose Creek. Betsey maried Henderson Howes,
parents of Mark and William Howes. They had a good family.
Eliza married Adam Bolling, both are living and have eight or nine children.
Bina married Gillum House, both are living. Jennie married William Bolling,
both living on Little Goose. Nancy married Byrd, she died in childbirth.
Evaline married William Martin, had a large family.
I have lived where I now reside 60 years.
I used to make whiskey before the war. I think it was a bad business.
I never drank much whiskey, ruins a neighborhood.