6.1637 Benjamin DARWIN

6.1637 Benjamin DARWIN

Male 1882 - Abt 1900  (18 years)

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  • Name Benjamin DARWIN 
    Title 6.1637 
    Born 1882  Thornton, Limestone County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1900  Wallace, Shoshone County, ID Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "killed"
    Notes 
    • Note by Emily Bankston:

      " The photo is of Benjamin Darwin, son of Martha William Davenport and James Robert Darwin. His info:
      Born about 1882 in Thornton, Limestone County, Texas
      Death about 1900 in ???, perhaps Wallace, Shoshone, Idaho

      His father had been a prosperous farmer, and after he died the family faced financial challenges. They farmed cotton, and the whole family including children worked in the fields. My great grandmother Alice, Benjamin's sister, remembers they were in the field picking cotton one day, and Benjamin stood up and said, "That was the last boll of cotton I'm ever going to pick." Then he got on his horse and rode out of town. As he rode away, he shot out the street lights of Thornton with his gun. And, the family never saw him again.

      There is a little more to the story that research has helped uncover. I have to credit my cousin, Darwin Sneed Holton, who probably found this information first, as he had a few notes/clues in his work about it. (I was still too young to know him when he died.) I think my cousin might be responsible for the grave marker in Thornton Cemetery for Benjamin. I just recently found a military service file for Benjamin and am still looking for information about his death.

      So, what happened to Benjamin Darwin? After he left Thornton he made it as far as the Arizona Territory where in 1898 he enlisted in Company C of the 1st Territorial U.S. Volunteer Infantry of the Spanish American War. He clearly lied about his age and was probably only 16 at the time he joined. This company never saw any action and was disbanded after only a few months as the war came to an end. This may have been a disappointment for my adventure-seeking uncle. There is a note in my cousin's files that says he was killed in Wallace, Idaho in 1900. There is no source for this. Wallace, Idaho is a small silver mining town and was in the midst of a boom in 1900 that was surrounded by violence (mining accidents and fighting). I found an index card with his name from the U.S. Pension Office dated 1900. But when I requested the file from National Archives they said they couldn't find it. If any more experienced genealogists have any suggestions about where to find more information I would be happy to know."
    Person ID I0751  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2015 

    Father James Robert DARWIN,   b. 22 Jul 1847, Decherd, Franklin County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1889, Thornton, Limestone County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Martha William DAVENPORT,   b. 18 Sep 1849, Milledgeville, Baldwin County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 May 1907, Thornton, Limestone County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1868  Shelby County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1882 - Thornton, Limestone County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1900 - Wallace, Shoshone County, ID Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Benjamin Darwin (1882-1900)
    Benjamin Darwin (1882-1900)
    Photo courtesy of Emily Bankston