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Frederick BENSLEY
Mary DOTY
Husband:  Frederick BENSLEY
Birth:  26 Jun 1825, Delaware Co., OH
Death:  20 Oct 1889, Allegan Co., MI
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  born in NY
Mother:  born in Germany

A secondary source gives these parents for our subject:
Father:  James BENSLEY
Mother:  Catharine POPE
but our subject is not in their household in either the 1840 or 1850 censuses.  Also, both James and Catharine were born in PA, which doesn't jibe with the birthplaces given by our subject in the 1880 census.

Marriage:  11 Nov 1853, Morrow Co., OH
Wife:  Mary DOTY
Birth:  Jan 1836, OH
Death:  aft. 1900 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Children:
born in OH, presumably in either Morrow Co., OH, or Marion Co., OH:
1.  William F. BENSLEY, b. 1854/5
2.  Amanda M. BENSLEY, b. 1855/6
3.  Sarah G. BENSLEY, b. 1858/9
4.  Dudley E. BENSLEY, b. 1860/1
5.  Mary Elizabeth BENSLEY, b. Oct 1866

born in Marion Co., OH, either Prospect Twp. or Big Island Twp.:
6.  Addison Grant BENSLEY, b. Jul 1871
7.  [Adaline?] Ada E. BENSLEY, b. Jul 1871
8.  Lewis W. BENSLEY, b. 1873/4
9.  Lottie L. BENSLEY, b. 1873/4

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRG, DEU, Deutschland; USA, US, United States, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Frederick BENSLEY
Spouse: Mary DOTY
Marriage: 11 Nov 1853, Morrow, Ohio
Source: Marrage Records, 1848-1951. Ohio. Probate Court (Morrow County)

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I really looked, including a page-by-page check of Westfield Twp., Morrow Co., OH (location of alleged father, James BENSLEY).

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I really looked, including a page-by-page check of Prospect Twp., Marion Co., OH.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 32):  Waldo P.O., Prospect Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll M593_1240, p. 149B, 42/45, enumerated 8 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Bensley Fredrick 45 M W Farmer 100   Ohio
_______ Mary 35 F W Keeping House     Do
_______ William F 15 M W       Do
_______ Amanda M 14 F W       Do
_______ Sarah G 11 F W       Do
_______ Dudley E  9 M W       Do
_______ Mary E  3 F W       Do

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 26):  Big Island Twp., Marion Co., OH, Roll T9_1046, p. 47C, PN 7, SD 5, ED 89, enumerated 7 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 13 22 23 24 25 26
65 65 Bensley Frederick W M 59   / Farmer / / OH NY Ger
    _______ Mary W F 40 Wife / Keeping House     OH OH OH
    _______ Elizabeth W M 12 Dau   At Home     " " "
    _______ Addison G W M  9 Son   "     " " "
    _______ Adda E W F  9 Dau   "     " " "
    _______ Lewis W W M  6 Son   "     " " "
    _______ Lottie L W F  6 Dau   "     " " "

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #37 of 54):  Allegan Village, Allegan Twp., Allegan Co., MI, Roll T623_698, p. 165A, SN 19, SD 4, ED 2, enumerated 18 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27
506 518 Bensley Mary Head W F Jan 1836 64 Wd 11 8 OH OH OH Pensioner   Y Y Y O F H
    _______ Grant Son W M Jul 1871 28 D     OH OH OH Day Laborer 5 Y Y Y      
    _______ Elizabeth Dau W F Oct 1866 33 S     OH OH OH Housework 0 Y Y Y      

8.  Michigan Department of Community Health.  GenDIS: Genealogical Death Indexing System, 1867-1897 (online at the Michigan State Goverment web site):  not found, but currently (21 Jun 2005), there are no 1889 records from Allegan County in the database.

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