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Laura Benson House

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Catalog Information

Title
Laura Benson House
Accession Number
2017.017.0014
Type
Home
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Homes & Buildings
Source
Bob Underhill
Format Description
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Place
This ca. 1860 home is on Creek Rd.  It was listed on the 1869 map as L. Benson which would have been Laura (Spring) Benson (1803 - 1878), widow of Marmaduke Benson (1802 - 1853).  The 1860 census indicates Laura owned $4,000 of real estate in her own right but that she was living with her son Porter Benson (1833 - 1876) who was listed as the head of household and  having $11,000 in real estate plus $2,000 in personal estate.  Per Dawn Hance, in 1860 Porter had bought property further south on Creek Rd.  This home could thus have been owned by Laura & rented out while she lived to the south with her son Porter. Immediately north of this home was Laura's son Willis Benson (1837 - 1913).  His home no longer exists.  Porter Benson's home can be seen in this collection in the Porter Benson House entry. 

The cover photo is from 2018.