Re: Benjamin Foster ELLIOTT born August 1831 Monaghan, Ireland
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I searched Ancestry and FamilySearch but didn't find anything about Benjamin after the 1900 Census when he was 65.
Death records weren't required by the state of California until 1905 even though it became a state in 1850. Some counties required death records earlier than 1905.
The Office of the Recorder, Sonoma County, sonoma-county.org/recorder/aboutus.asp has death records 1873 through the present. However they're sketchy until 1905.
I'd contact them.
I don't know if an obituary would have been published unless he had family in the area. However, you need his death date and location before you can search for it anyway.