Ginger, I believe the Benjamin Ishmael you are referring to was Benjamin Reeves Ishamel, my3rd great grandfather.He was born 10 Dec 1824 in Fleming Co, KY and died 2 May 1891 in Nokomis, Montgomery Co, IL.He served in the MEXICAN War. A Private, Co. C, 3rd. Illinois Foot Militia.He drew a penion for this service and also received bounty land.
I am descended through his son Samuel M. Ishmael.
I used to correspond with your grandfather and am very sorry to hear of his passing.