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Sarah E. CUPP
Husband:  James BENSON "Jr." to his uncle, James BENSON, b. 1793/4
Birth:  5 Jan 1810, Preston Co., VA [now WV]
Death:  23 Mar 1890, Preston Co., WV
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  George BENSON
Mother:  Keziah SPURGEON
Wife:  Sarah E. CUPP
Birth:  16 May 1821, Preston Co., VA [now WV]
Death:  23 Apr 1909, Preston Co., WV
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Capt. Peter Leonard CUPP, Jr.
Mother:  Susanna B. "Susan" WOLFE
Children born in Preston Co., VA [now WV]:
1.  Jane BENSON, b. 1840s; d. by 1850
2.  (Son) BENSON, b. 1845; d. by 1845
3.  Susan Ann BENSON, b. May 1847
4.  William BENSON, b. 19 May 1849; d. 18 Mar 1931
5.  Allen BENSON, b. 31 Dec 1851; d. 4 Nov 1854
6.  J. Marshall BENSON, b. 1 Aug 1856; d. 16 Sep 1927
7.  Mary Elizabeth BENSON, b. 9 Sep 1856; d. Dec 1859
8.  George Harrison BENSON, b. 2 Nov 1859; d. 3 Mar 1944
9.  Catherine Jane BENSON, b. 1861; d. Oct 1864
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1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org):  patron submissions to the IGI have  James & Sarah born in "Rockingham, West Virginia."  Of course, Rockingham Co. is in VA, not WV.  The CUPPs in Rockingham Co., VA, are descendants of Marcus CUPP, a complete different line of CUPPs from the ones in Preston Co., (W)VA, who are descendants of Leonard CUPP, Sr.

2.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #235-236 of 278):  45th District, Preston Co., VA [now WV], pp. 455A-455B, 1375/1375, enumerated 28 Oct 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
James Benson 39 M Farmer 600 Va
Sarah    " 29 F     "
Susan    "  3 F     "
William  "  2 M     "
On one side, listed next to Sarah's brother, Jacob CUPP, who is next James's parents, George & Keziah (SPURGEON) BENSON; and, on the other side, listed three households from Sarah's brother, John CUPP, who is next to Sarah's parents, Leonard & Susan (WOLFE) CUPP

3.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #13 of 19):  Muddy Creek P.O., District No. 2, Preston Co., VA [now WV], Roll 1372 (Book 1), p. 63, PN 63, 421/415, enumerated 3 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
James Benson Jr 49 M   Farmer 906 300 Va
Sarah     " 38 F         "
Susan     " 12 F         "
William   " 10 M         "
Marshall  "  6 M         "
Harrisson "  1 M         "
Elisha Teets 24 M         "
James is "junior" to his uncle, James BENSON (æ 66), also in Preston County.  Elisha TEETS is probably a son of James's sister, Elizabeth (BENSON) TEETS.

4.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #16-17 of 40):  Rowlesburg P.O., Pleasant Twp., Preston Co., WV, Roll 1697 (Book 1), pp. 140B-141A, PN 16-17, 107/107, enumerated 30 Sep 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Benson James 58 M W Farmer 1000 450 Virginia
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Benson Sarah 50 F W Keeping House     Virginia
______ William 21 M W Farm Laborer     Virginia
______ Marshal 17 M W Labourer     Virginia
______ Harrison 12 M W       Virginia

5.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 37):  Pleasant District, Preston Co., WV, p. 245D, PN 8, SD 1, ED 59, 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 9 10 13 20 22 23 24 25 26
66 66 Benson James Jr W M 69     / Farmer       WV WV WV
    ______ Sarah W F 50 Wife   / Keeping House     / WV WV WV
    ______ Harrison W M 21 Son /   Farmer       WV WV WV
    ______ Henry W M 6?/4? Grand Son /       X X WV WV WV
    Martin Mary W F 10 --- /     / / / WV WV WV
James was "Jr." to his uncle, James BENSON.  Sarah is telling a big fib about her age.  Listed next to James's brother, Joseph N. BENSON, with whom is living their widowed mother, Keziah (SPURGEON) BENSON

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

7.  1900 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com):  not found, but I didn't look very hard.

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