Benjamin F. West, Dr. was born about 1825 in Mason County, Kentucky and died about 1859 in Putnam County, Indiana at age 34; he married Amelia ‘Millie’ ‘Emily’ D Darnall, who was born June 11, 1834 in Putnam County, Indiana and died November 17, 1904 in Johnson County, Nebraska at age 70 years, 5 months, and 6 days and she is buried in Tecumseh Cemetery, Johnson County, Nebraska.Benjamin and Amelia were married May 13, 1855 in Putnam County, Indiana.
(Benjamin is also shown as marrying Elizabeth Ferguson on September 12, 1846 in Montgomery County, Indiana - this could be his first wife?)
Amelia was first married August 11, 1849 in Putnam County to Harvey A. Nelson born March 29, 1827 in Kentucky and died September 17, 1851 in Putnam County at age 23 years 4 months and 17days. Harvey and Amelia were possibly first cousins. Harvey and Amelia lived in Monroe Township, Putnam County, Indiana on August 15, 1850 where Harvey was farming. Harvey and Amelia had one daughter:
1) Mary Harvey ‘Mollie’ Nelson born December 22, 1851 in Indiana; Mary married Nathan Winfield Ader born January 22, 1848 in Putnam County, Indiana who died suddenly on May 10, 1910 in Indianapolis, Indiana; married May 17, 1868 in Putnam County, Indiana. Nathan opened a dry goods store in Putnam County in 1869 and moved to Florida in 1881 until his father died, at which time he returned to Putnam County and ran the family farm. He later remarried to Martha A. McKee on November 15, 1883 and it is unknown if he was divorced or left a widower by Mollie.
Nathan Ader was the son of David Ader and Elizabeth Aldridge.
Mary and Nathan had 2 children:
a. Charles E. Ader born May 11, 1870. He moved to California.
b. Lily ‘Lillie’ Rose Ader born November 19, 1876 in Indiana; she moved to South Dakota.
Amelia then married Dr. Benjamin F. West on May 13, 1855 in Putnam County, Indiana who seems to have died soon thereafter, before July 26, 1860, after having fathered 2 children.
Benjamin and Amelia had 2 children:
1) Rosette ‘Rebecca’ West was born about 1856 in Putnam County, Indiana. (Rosette West, age 4 with her mother Emily West were staying with her grandparents - the Johnson Darnall family in 1860.)
2) Dr. Benjamin ‘Franklin’ West was born about 1858and he died October 22, 1904 in Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska at about age 46 years and is buried in the Tecumseh Cemetery in Johnson County with his wife; he married Mary M. Smith between 1877 – 1885 in Johnson County, Nebraska. It is thought that perhaps they had a son named Franklin West, who is buried in the same place.
On July 25, 1860 ‘Emily’ West, a widow, was living with her parents in Franklin Township, Putnam County, Indiana. With her were two children, Mary ‘Harvey’ Nelson age 8 years, and Rosette West age 4 years; the Darnall Book lists a son, Frank, born to Amelia and Benjamin West, but he does not appear in this census. Following that, Amelia third married Theodore Langston who was born in 1834 in Indiana and died Nov 24 1918 in Putnam at the age of 84 years(and is buried with Amelia at the Tecumseh Cemetery, Johnson County, Nebraska) – married February 21, 1861 in Putnam County, Indiana. He became her children by Benjamin West’s legal guardian.
Emily and Theodore had 2 sons:
1) Johnston ‘John’ D. Langston born February 6, 1862 in Putnam County, Indiana; he married first Bina Brown - between September 1877 - March 1885 in Johnson County, Nebraska; he married second Mary Seruence - between March 1885 - September 1891 in Johnson Count, Nebraska.
2) Miles ‘Clay’ Langston born January 7, 1866 in Putnam County, Indiana.
On 20 June 1870 Theodore and Amelia were farming in Monroe Twp (Bainbridge P O), Putnam County, Indiana. Theodore's real estate was valued at $7,500.00, and his personal property at $1,200.00. With them were Rebecca West, age 14 and Benjamin West, age 12; and Johnston Langston, age 8 and Miles Langston, age 4. Amelia and part of her family were found in the 1880 Census in Bainbridge, Putnam County, Indiana, on page 407B.They all later moved to Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska.
Any further information on this family, especially regarding Dr. West and his children would be greatly appreciated,