Benjamin Franklin McDaniel, born in ME in 1831, married Minerva (Minnie) Downs (b. 1840, IL) and settled in Wright Co., Iowa, 4 children: Emma b, 1861, Charlie, b. 1869, Frank, 1867, and Irene 1870.He shows up in Iowa in 1880 census.
I suspect he's a younger brother of one of the two following cousins: Samuel F. McDaniel, Lovell Co. ME, b. 1838, or Eleanor Flint McDaniel, Lovell Co. ME, b. 1828.Not named in rootweb.