Benson, Homer H.
Age: 22, credited to Dorset, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/24/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. G, 1st VT CAV, pow, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, prld 9/23/63, m/o 11/18/64
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Birth: 12/24/1839, Danby, VT
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Tekonsha, MI
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Coen
Findagrave Memorial #: 8203544
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/31/1887; widow Lydia A., 10/2/1918m, MI
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
2nd Great Grandfather of Bob Coen, Denver, CO
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Riverside Cemetery, Tekonsha, MI
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Homer Benson was born Dec. 24, 1839, in Rutland, Co., Vt. Died at Girard, Mich., Sept. 19, 1918, being 78 years, 8months and 26 days old. When a year old his parents moved to Dorcet (sic), Bennington Co., where he lived on a farm until he was 16 years old, when he left school.
He learned the boot and shoe trade at which he worked until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the 1st Vt. Cavalry 18 1861, serving three years and two months under the stars and Stripes being in 23 battles, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Gettysburg and was in Libby Prison and on Belle Isle for three months. After being discharged from the army he spent a year in Vt., coming to Ohio i 1866. In SEpt. of the same year he was united in marriage to Eliza Bacon, from that union four children were born, all of whom are living -- Flora Barnes, of Girard, Della Evans of Coldwater, Eva Depell of Detroit and Wilber Benson of Butier. Eliza died, Dec. 27, 1887. Oct. 25, 1888, he was married to Mrs. Lydia A. Gates who had one son, Myron, to whom Homer has always been a father and Myron a son. He came to Girard, Mich., about 49 years ago, where he has always resided except 12 years that he lived in Coldwater. He has been afflicted with rheumatism for years, always patient and uncomplaining. During his last illness, which lasted nearly two weeks, the children were all with him, having the care and comforting the mother. Besides his wife and children he leaves six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. One grandson is serving his country in Toledo, Oregon.
He united with the M. E. Church in 1880 and since that time each day he has returned thanks to God for His goodness and asked for help for Christ's sake.
Contributed by Bob Coen, Homer's 2nd great grandson.