Brown family back to the Benton family back to the Upson family

To my beloved family members…on Mom’s side there is a Mary Benton born in 1815 in Connecticut  that married Daniel Brown born 1809 New York. They married April 25th 1833 . This is the grave of her brother (a great great great uncle to us all) who is buried in Arlington Cemetary and died in the Civil War at or near “the seige of Petersburg” the same site that my Brother in Law Kevin and my sister Maureen took me to see just this past year.

The family chain is as goes…Mary Benton Brown to John Benton Brown to William McCombs Brown to Edward Congdon Brown to Mommy…Rena May Brown Spellacy… to Us.

Here is the history of his unit in the Civil War. Look for “14th NY Heavy Artillery, Company E”

And here is a picture of his grave in Arlington Cemetary

His sister Mary Benton Brown was our Great Great Great Great Grandmother.

She married  Daniel Brown and Mary Benton had two children…Emily Benton (Brown) Rice (dob 1845 Ohio) and John Benton Brown(dob 1837 Ohio)

**Mary Benton was the daughter of John Benton born 1777 and Polly Cheney Upson Born 1782 Connecticut

**Polly Cheney Upson was the daughter of Asa Upson

**Asa Upson was the son of Freeman Upson. 

then click on “Asa Upson”…then click on “Thomas Upson” and you’ll end up at some pictures of the Lee Family of Virgina.

My what a tangle.

And this is what my ancestors WANTED known…. I can only imagine who’s hiding in the kitchen with Dinah??

Whoa Cheney’s and Indian Fighters…am I ready for this wild ride!!!

6 responses to “Brown family back to the Benton family back to the Upson family

  1. hello to distant family. Bob Benton here. I the distant cousin who wrote the story of John Benton Brown a few years ago. This is the first time i have discovered your site and i wanted to correct a bif error in the family line. Mary Benton Brown was the sister of my great grandfather George Washington Benton. Born 1806 in Connecticut, he was a self taught country doctor who left the Farmington Ohio home for Ashtabula Co. Ohio where he married his third wife and my grandmother Eliza Miller. from there they moved to Florida where George was inlisted in the Union Army as a contract surgeon in 1863. Leaving the service in 1867 he settled in South Carolina until his death in 1879.
    The GW Benton you have listed on you site here is not the brother of your Mary or his he the son of John and Polly Benton.

    • Dear Bob,
      Thank you for the correction. Could you please explain to me the connection between my John Benton Brown and your side of the family? Thanks so much for helping me through this family maze!

      • Bob Benton

        George Washington Benton was the oldest of four children by John and Mary “Polly” (Upson) Benton. He was born in Connecticut in 1806, as were his brother Henry Dickinson Benton (b. 1810) and their sister Mary “Polly” M. Benton (b. 1814). The youngest Harriet Cheney Benton was born in Farmington Township, Trumbull Co., Ohio in 1819.

        George was the one who had the first itch to move on and in about 1850 with his third wife Eliza Miller, their daughter Harriet and his daughter Ellen from his first marriage to Florella Hart ended up in the small town of Jacksonville, Florida in 1851.

        Meanwhile Henry married and raised his family in Ohio until about 1867 where he moved to the new communities around Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was followed there by his mother after John Benton’s death in 1867 and also followed by his sister Mary after the death of her husband Daniel Brown in Feb. 1868. The are several descendants of Henry Benton, many still living in Mills County, Iowa.

        Mary had three children, Emily who remained in Ohio with her doctor husband Dr. Newton Rice; John Benton Brown who has been chronicled by me and Freeman Upson Benton who will marry twice but leave no issue.

        Sister Harriet Benton will marry Edwin Loveland, move first to Iowa about 1853, then Omaha, Nebraska, and end up in South Dakota. There are no remaining members of this branch, the last passed away in the mid 1940’s.

        For the family of G.W. Benton the story goes like this. He became a country doctor; with little if any formal education. After the Union Army took Jacksonville early in the Civil War, because George was a northerner he was given some options and one of those was to serve the Union at the new medical center on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

        On April 18, 1863 at the age of 56 he signed on as a Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon and sent his family back to Ohio to wait out the war with his father-in-law Richard Miller. George remained at Hilton Head long after the war ended, seemingly one of the last doctors to be on staff there and on November 20, 1867 George was finally relieved of his duties having served for 4 years and 7 months.

        George brought his family back from Ohio at war’s end and settled in the Beaufort County, South Carolina area while he completed his service and in December of 1866 was the successful bidder on 160 acres on Port Royal Island that was being sold by the US Government for back taxes. There he built a big house that still stands today and expanded his land holdings and provided a home where his two sons would live and prosper for the next 50 years, becoming the leading truck farmers in the South Carolina lowlands.

        George Washington Benton died July 8, 1879 of chronic diarrhea and is buried at his home in the family burial grounds facing the Broad River. He was two days shy of his 73rd. birthday.

        Besides the previously named Harriet and Ellen, George and Eliza had two sons born in Florida; Sidney and Clarence. Sidney married but never had children and died in 1908. Clarence finally married in 1914 at nearly 59 to a 20 year old mountain girl named Celia Owen from North Carolina. They lived on the South Carolina farm until 1916 before venturing west; first to Denver and finally onto Los Angeles. Clarence died there in 1926. His half sister Ellen died 1920 in Florida. The fate of George’s daughter Harriet is a mystery.

        My father Edward Benton, his two brothers, Clarence Jr. both born in North Carolina and Bramley born in Denver grew up in Los Angeles. Collectively ten children were born to the three brothers. Eight are still living of which I am the oldest.

        Mary “Polly” M. Benton Brown raised her children in Trumbull County, Ohio but did move on to Iowa. There according to newspaper obituaries she died after a difficult illness. The line from John Benton Brown continued through William McCombs Brown who was born in Missouri and lived out his life in Ashtabula County, Ohio, a fruit farmer. He and his wife Ella had one son, Edward. Lillian Claire Brown was born in Missouri. She married George Traver Arthur and made their home in Ashtabula County, Ohio. They had six children. Lillian died of tuberculosis in 1917.

        Bob Benton, La Verne CA

      • thekatebook

        Thanks Bob. Your amazing research and writing skills are such a gift to the rest of us. Your activity on the internet in sharing family history makes so many connections possible. You truly make a difference in so many lives by connecting the family branches one to another. Thank you for all the hard work and great information.


  2. Hello. Daniel Brown is my 1st cousin 4th removed. I discovered him from researching my great grandfather, George Washington Brown (1834-1913) Find A Grave Memorial #115906371. My great grandmother clipped an old newpaper article (didn’t include the date!) that I believe was printed in 1881 and my mother saved it all these years in a chest in the attic. I have a scan of it posted on GWB’s memorial that you can read. I believe that Daniel was born in Bridgeport, NJ. His brother, Morris, (FAGM#39429894) was born in Bridgeport.

    Elizabeth Fithian is Daniel’s mother. Daniel’s father, John Brown (FAGM#21339374) died at age 45 leaving Elizabeth a widow. The old article says she married Josiah Wolcutt, Jr. (FAGM#35755724) and they had a child, Nancy Wolcutt. Nancy was 4 years old when her dad died at age 82! Josiah was a Revoluntary War soldier. Nancy married Samuel Squire (FAGM#39429801). The article reads that Nancy is George Washington Brown’s “aunt”. Richard M. Brown is GWB’s father who farmed in West Farmington, Trumbull County, Ohio and later moved to Saybrook Twp, Ashtabula County, Ohio and was a tailor in Geneva for 30 years. He is buried with his wife in Evergreen Cemetery, Geneva. I don’t know his father’s name, my 3rd great grandfather. However, according to the article, John Brown, Daniel’s father, must be Richard M. Brown’s brother to make GWB Nancy Squire’s nephew. Richard is my 2nd great grandfather.

    Bob Benton is helping me with the identity of John Brown’s dad since he has information on Daniel. I found your blog while scouring the internet for Brown Family information.

    Why all of the interest? Well, because John Brown’s widow, Elizabeth’s marriage to Wolcutt makes the connection to Oliver Wolcutt, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Josiah, Jr’s 4th great grandfather, Henry Wolcutt (b.1578) had 4 children (3 sons, 1 daughter). Josiah’s line is through Henry’s son Henry, Jr. and Oliver Wolcutt’s line is through Henry’s son Simon.

    If I did this right, Elizabeth Fithian’s second husband, Josiah Wolcutt, Jr.’s great grand uncle, Oliver Wolcutt (FAGM#2816) signed the Declaration making a connection to the Brown Family.

    I think it is cool to have at least one person famous in the tree! By the way, my 2nd great grandfather, Richard M. Brown’s daughter, Emma, married George Kelly Ingersoll (FAGM#132632296). George Kelly Ingersoll’s 4th great grand uncle, Jared Ingersoll signed the US Constitution in 1787 representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

    I think Daniel Brown’s line is pretty special.

    • Hi Ken. Looks like you spent lots of time writing all this. But it’s all good info and I hope others will find it helpful. The last time we emailed I sent you back a question and I don’t think you responded. I’ll find it and resend if that’s ok. I think it was about some grave marker pics you took in Ohio. Hope all is well and I’ll we’ll talk again

      Sent from my iPhone


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