Person:Benjamin Current (1)

Benjamin Franklin Current
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Name Benjamin Franklin Current
Gender Male
Birth[1] 12 Oct 1831 Grafton, Taylor, West Virginia, United States
Marriage 3 Apr 1853 Indiana, United Statesto Luesa Clore
Death? 11 Nov 1919 Redkey, Jay, Indiana, United States
  1. Biography, in Jay, Milton T., and M.W. Montgomery. History of Jay County, Indiana: including its world war record and incorporating the Montgomery history. (Indianapolis: Historical Pub. Co., 1922)
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    Benjamin F. CURRENT - No name is more familiar to the resident of
    Jay county, Indiana, than the name of CURRENT, families of
    prominence and influence having borne that name for years and been
    associated with all that was good and noble. They were known among
    the very earliest pioneers in this section of the state and have
    contributed their full quota to the progress which has been rapid and
    steady since the first white settler braved the anger of the red man and
    the ferocity of the wild beasts to carve for him a home in this fertile
    country. Of all the large number who have been a credit to the name,
    none have been held in higher esteem or have led more honorable
    lives than the gentleman whose history it is our pleasure and privilege
    here to briefly portray, Benjamin F. CURRENT. Born October 12, 1831,
    near Grafton, Taylor county, West Virginia, he inherited the courtly
    manner and kindly hospitality for which the south is noted, and his
    home today is one of the most cheerful spots in all Jay County. His
    immediate ancestors were John and Mary ( NORRIS ) CURRENT,
    while those twice and thrice removed were both known as James. The
    great-grandfather, James CURRENT, was born in Ireland in 1730, and
    died in America August 15, 1822, near Grafton, West Virginia. He first
    came to Maryland and then to West Virginia, where he secured
    thirteen hundred acres of land, trading therefore a gray horse. He was
    the father of the following children: William, John, Martin,, Mollie,
    James and Enoch, most of whom lived and died in Virginia. His son
    James, the grandfather of our subject, was married in 1796, to
    Margaret JOHNSTON, who was born in a b1ock- house, in
    Pennsylvania, August 7, 1777. They came to Indiana in 1835 or 1836,
    settling in Henry county, where their children had already made
    homes, and where they both passed away; reaching advanced ages.
    He died February 2, 1845, and she January 23, 1875. Their children
    were as follows: Peter, Nellie, John, Susanna, Mary, James, Abraham,
    William P., George W. and Nancy. George, William, John and Nancy
    lived in Jay county, and in 1839 first settled here. Peter came later, and
    afterwards went to Nebraska where he died. His daughter, Rachel, is
    the wife of Ila T. LAKE, of Redkey, and his son Samuel is the father of
    William CURRENT, who lives south of Red-key. Oscar, another son,
    resides in Redkey. George W. died at the age of sixty-two years,
    leaving a son, John W., and two daughters in Randolph county.
    William P CURRENT is now in his eighty-sixth year and resides at
    Wadena, Minnesota. He has two daughters living here, Nancy, wife of
    Daniel Bird, and Mary, wife of Thomas Dragoo and mother of Del
    Dragoo, of Redkey. Nancy KEENER is now nearly eighty years of age
    and lives in Kansas. John CURRENT was born April 25, 1802, on the
    old homestead near Grafton, West Virginia, and died July 24, 1881. He
    was married February 19, 1829, in the Old Dominion, to Miss Mary
    NORRIS, who was born December 24, 1803, and died January 9, 1875.
    Five years after marriage, in 1834, they came to Henry county,
    Indiana, and six years later, in 1840, they came to Jay county and
    settled on the farm where Jacob DAUGHERTY now lives, his wife
    being a daughter of John CURRENT. On this farm they spent the
    remainder of their lives. Nine children were born to them, as follows:
    Harriet Jane, who married John BOOTS and resides in Randolph
    county at the age of seventy-one years; Benjamin F., our subject;
    Henry O., who resides one mile north of Redkey; William M., who
    resides in Dunkirk; Susan M., wife of Jacob DAUGHERTY; David,
    who resides in Redkey; Rebecca E., who married George JACKSON
    and died in early life, leaving two children; Mary E., wife of Abraham
    SUTTON, of Knox township; and James K., also a resident of Portland.
    The CURRENT family held their first re-union on October 12, 1895,
    the birth-day of Benjamin F., on the old homestead in Richland
    township There were about two hundred members of the family
    present, among them William P. CURRENT, of Wadena, Minnesota.
    This proved to be such a success in every way and was attended with
    so much pleasure that it was voted to hold these re-unions annually
    and Benjamin F. CURRENT was made the president of the meeting.
    The other meetings have been held on the old James CURRENT
    homestead in Henry county, and on the Jacob DAUGHERTY farm, in
    Jay county. Benjamin F. CURRENT was but nine years old when his
    parents came to Jay county, and here his boyhood was passed in
    assisting, his father to clear up the farm. He remained at home until
    April 3, 1853, when he was united in marriage with Miss Luesa
    CLORE, a sister of' George and John CLORE of Blackford county,
    Indiana, and daughter of Charles W. and Frances ( SNYDER ) CLORE.
    She was born in Madison county, Virginia, December 4, 1830, and was
    about nineteen years of age when she came to this state, locating near
    Redkey. After Mr. CURRENT's marriage he first settled in Jay county,
    and in 1862 moved on a farm in Jackson township, Blackford county,
    which he improved, and on which he resided until 1864, when, he
    purchased and settled on the farm on which he now resides. He
    enlisted October 10, 1864, in the Twenty-third Indiana Regiment,
    joining his regiment in the spring of 1865. The regiment went with
    Sherman, but Mr. CURRENT was sent to Dalton, Georgia, to do guard
    duty and was later sent back by way of Nashville, to Moorehead City,
    North Carolina, and marched to Kingston, where they took part in the
    battle. The battalion in which he marched also included the Twenty-
    fifth Massachusetts, and after joining his regiment at Goldsboro,
    North Carolina, they remained there until the surrender of Johnston,
    when they marched to Washington and took part in the grand review,
    being discharged July 29, 1865, at Louisville. Mr. CURRENT has lived
    on his present farm since 1864 and has brought it from a meager start
    to its present splendid condition; He did not have much of a start for a
    farm when he began here. The house was of logs and the ground was
    covered with timber. He has cut off the timber, tiled the land and
    carried on general farming, planting three acres of fruit, which yields
    him the choicest variety of delicious fruit of all description. His
    buildings are all good and a credit to the community. He is a
    Republican and has held minor offices and attended the conventions
    of the party. He is a member of the Primitive Baptist church,
    worshipping at the old Mississinewa church in Delaware county, and
    is deacon and church clerk, taking an active part in all church work.
    Of the children born to them but five are living. They are as follows:
    John W., of Portland trustee of Green township; William Sanford, who
    died in infancy; Isaac Henry, of Redkey; Albert F., a mechanic of
    Redkey; Laura Ann, who died at the age of fifteen; Mary F., at home;
    Esther M., at home; and nine grandchildren who are living at this

  2.   Biography, in Bowen, B.F. Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana: to which is appended a comprehensive compendium of national biography-- memoirs of eminent men and women in the United States, whose deeds of valor or works of merit have made their names imperishable. (Chicago: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1901)

    [cos1776 Note: same text as found in Milton above.]