I am Billy Joe Benefiel, was named for my grandfather- Joseph (Joe) Akers Benefiel Sr. who was born at Mattoon on Aug 25, 1882.As you are probably aware he came to Texas when a young man.His father was Robert N. Benefiel who was married to Sarah Jane Akers.He said they married Sept. 26, 1867 at Charleston, Ill. by G.W. Wilson. I have info. showing Sarah Jane Akers as being born Aug 15, 1847 in Ky.She died Aug 31, 1924 in Shelbyville, IL.We still have some Benefiel cousins around Mattoon.Our family knew the Lincolns real well; Robert N. Benefiel said "I split many a rail with Ol' Abe".They were the Thos. Lincoln's neighbors in Coles County.My Cousin Bertha Benefiel Misener who was one of cousin James H. Benefiel's daughters told me all about this.She grew up in your area, and has children living near you.