Ben was named for both grandfather's and his father.
Residences & events:
1880 Crooked Creek Twp, Jasper Co, IL. At age 21 he was still living at home as a farmer.
1896 Dora Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. Under the Democratic ticket he was elected Pound Master (duties unknown) along with John Hughes.
1910 E Nelson Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. At census time he was head of the household but had no family other than his mother and niece, Jennie Mack, living with him. Neighbors were Galbreaths and Clark families.
bef 1918 Greenup, Cumberland Co, IL. When and why he moved back to his parents old stomping grounds is unknown.
Birth records of his son in 1886 have Jacob's age as 33, making his birth year 1853.