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Martha Ann CORBIN
Husband:  Israel BENSLEY
Birth:  ca. 10 Apr 1831, Delaware Co., OH
Death:  25 Feb 1880, Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH 
Cause of death:  murdered [read all about it!
Occupation:  laborer 
Father:  James BENSLEY
Mother:  Catharine POPE
Marriage:  25 Jan 1858, Marion Co., OH
Wife:  Martha Ann CORBIN
Birth:  Jan 1839, Knox Co., OH
Death:  1910
Disposition:  buried Waldo Cemetery, Waldo, OH
Occupation:  homemaker 
Other Spouse:  m2. 10 May 1885, Samuel SHROATS, b. 1829/30; d. 1885-1900
Father:  Elijah Kelly CORBIN
Mother:  Elizabeth ELY
Children born in Waldo Village, Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH:
1.  Cinderella / Cindrilla E. "Cyndra" BENSLEY, b. 1858/9
2.  William F. BENSLEY, b. Dec 1859
3.  James H. BENSLEY, b. 1861/2
4.  Carrie B. BENSLEY, b. 1864/5; m. 1 Nov 1883, Marion Co., OH, Addis A. WELCH
5.  Elmer BENSLEY, b. 1867/8
6.  Irene B. BENSLEY, b. Apr/May 1880
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1.  Allen L. Potts.  Marion County, Ohio, Probate Court Marriage Records, Vols. I-XII, 1824-1902 (online at Heritage Pursuit):
Bensley, Isreal Corbin, Martha Ann 1/25/1858 - Lic. obtained by James Bensley Rev. W. Martin
Bensley, Carrie B. - 18 Welch, Addis A. - 22 11/1/1883 Rev. G.A. Peter - Cardington
Bensley, Mrs Martha Ann - 46 Shroats, Samuel - 55 5/10/1885 Rev. Samuel Werts

2.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #24 of 28):  Waldo P.O., Village of Waldo, [Waldo Twp.,] Marion Co., OH, Roll 1006, p. 411A, PN 98, 703/703, enumerated 10 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):º¤
Israel Bensley 29 M   farm laborer     Ohio
Martha    " 22 F         Do
Cyndra E  "  1 F         Do
William F " 5/12 M         Do
Listed between Israel's father, James BENSLEY, and Israels' brother, John BENSLEY

3.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #4 of 8):  Waldo P.O., Village of Waldo, Marion Co., OH, Roll 1240 (Book 1), p. 211B, PN 3, 23/36, enumerated 7 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Israel Bensley 30 M W Day Laborer     Ohio
Martha A   " 31 F W Keeping House     "
Cindrilla  " 11 F W       "
William T  " 10 M W       "
James H    "  8 M W       "
Carrie B   "  5 F W       "
Ellmore    "  2 M W       "
Listed next to Israel's father, James BENSLEY.  Eight houses down from Martha's parents, Elijah & Elizabeth (ELY) CORBIN

4.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 22):  Incorporated Village of Waldo, Maron Co., OH, Roll 1046 (Book 1), p. 122C, PN 3, SD 5, ED 95, actual enumeration date not given, 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 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 20 21 24 25 26
24 25 Bensley Martha W F 41         / Keeping House       OH PA PA
    _______ Cindrilla W F 21   Dau /     at home 6     OH OH OH
    _______ William W M 20   Son /     at home 4 /   OH OH OH
    _______ James W M 18   Son /     at home 6     OH OH OH
    _______ Carrie W F 15   Dau /     at school 3   / OH OH OH
    _______ Elmer W M 12   Son /     at school 8   / OH OH OH
    _______ no name W F 1/12 Apr Dau /             OH OH OH
    Corbin Elizabeth W F 63   Mother   /   Boarding 6     PA PA PA
Listed next door to John J. STRAUB, brother-in-law of Martha's sister, Sarah (CORBIN) STRAUB

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  Waldo Village, Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH, p. 290B, SN 1, ED 72, enumerated 2 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
11 11 Shroats Martha Head W F Jan 1839 61 Wd 6 4 OH OH PA     Y Y Y O F R
    Bensley, William Son W M Dec 1859 40 S     OH OH OH Day laborer 8 Y Y Y      
Listed next to Martha's nephew, William Sherman CORBIN

7.  1910 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #2 of 21):  Marion Street, Waldo Village, Waldo Twp., Marion Co., OH, p. 279A, SN 1B, SD 12, ED 104, enumerated 15 Apr 1910; official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  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 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
18 18 Shroats Martha A Head F W 71 W 6 4 OH OH PA Eng None         Y Y
    Bensley William Son M W 50 S     OH OH OH Eng Stone Mason Building Walls W No 4 Y Y
    _______ Irene B Daughter F W 29 S     OH OH OH Eng Apprentice Dress Making OA     Y Y

8.  Paul J. Midlam & Barbara Midlam.  1985.  Marion County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions (online at Heritage Pursuit):
BENSLEY, Israel 1830-1880 Waldo [Cemetery] Waldo [Twp.]
BENSLEY, Martha A. 1839-1910 w/o Israel Waldo [Cemetery] Waldo [Twp.]
Somehow it pleases me that she was buried as Martha BENSLEY, not Martha SHROATS.

9.  Maxine Marshall, ed.  [nd]  Marion County, Ohio, Death Records, 1867-1880, Volume I.  Marion Area Genealogical Society, Marion, OH (online at Heritage Pursuit; missing columns contained no data):
Name Date of Death Age at Death  Place of Death Place of Birth Cause of Death
BENSLEY, Israel 02/25/80 48Y 10M 15D Waldo Tp Delaware Co., OH  stabbed

10.  Birthdate calculated using Ben Buckner's JavaScript Birthday Calculator.
Entered Result
25 Feb 1880 15d 10m 48y 10 Apr 1831
(Calculated birthdates should always be prefaced with "ca." you can't be certain the person who calculated their age did it correctly.)

11.  A series of newspaper articles in The Marion Daily Star recounting the murder of Israel BENSLEY and the trial of Enoch YOUNG. 

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