On March 09, 1889 , Benajah Daniel Owen was born . Benajah was the
sixth child of Theodore Bacon Owen and Lillious Elizabeth Lester Owen.
He was named after Theodore Bacon Owen's father , Benjamin Dott Owen .
Both Benjamin Dott and Benajah Daniel would be called " B.D.Owen." Some
records calls Benajah as " Ben Owen ".Benajah Daniel was born in Mt.
Calm , McLennan County, Texas. His grandfather Benjamin Dott Owen was a
Captain in the Civil War. Benjamin Dott was wounded in the Civil war
and he never recovered from his injuries .
At the time of Ben's birth , he had two brothers( Christopher Columbus
, and Theodore Elmore) and three
sisters(Mallie Leona, Hattie Bell, and Venola Ann) and three step
siblings ( Sarah, Della D., Les Edwin) . His step brother,Les Edwin
Owen died before Ben's birth.His step sisters Sarah and Della D. Owens
were living with their grandparents in Louisiana at the time of Ben's
birth . Curtie May and Nina Gene Owen was born after Ben's birth . When
Ben was 5 years of age , Ben's his little sister , Curtie May died (
June 29, 1894) Curtie was only 1 year , 3months, and 13 days of age
.Three years and six days after Curtie's death Ben's beloved father (
Theodore Bacon Owen) died. Ben was only 8 years, 10 months , and 4 days
of age at this time.Ben's little sister Nina Gene dies only 23 days (
on April 14, 1896) after Ben's father ( Theodore Bacon Owens) dies.Nina
Gene lived only to be 10 months and 11 days of age .Christopher
Columbus ,Theodore Elmore , Ben, and Albert Jefferson would have to be
the men of the house.
Christopher was the oldest son. He was almost 14 years of age.
Theodore's death leaves Lillious as a young widow of 39. Lillious has 7
young children under the age of 15 to care for.
In the 1900 Census, Ben and his family are living in McLennon County,
Texas . Their farm is located as being west of the M. K. &
Abt.1901 , Ben's mother , Lillious marries a widower. His name was
Charlie Alex Askins. Charlie brings with this marriage 8 children
:Frank , Willie H., Charlie Alex, James, Sidney, Jimmie, and Robert Lee
and an unknown name of an infant. Now ,Ben's family has now grown to be
15 children. The family soon leaves McLennon County to move to Lamkin
,Comanche County, Texas. There, Ben attends school.There at school ,Ben
met Lillie Adelia Stevens. Lillie Adelia would later become his wife.
He attended school to the
fifth grade.Ben's new step father , Charlie Askins dies on May 13, 1907
in Comanche County , Texas. Their marriages onlylasts for about 6
years. It is not known where his children ended up.This leaves Lillious
as a widow and Ben and his siblings as being fatherless again.
In 1909 , Ben joined the Lamkin Primitive Baptist Church. Lillie Adelia
and her family are also going there.
In the 1910 Census , Ben is still in Comanche County , but in the
Hazeldell Community. He is employed as a Farm Laborer by the Patrick
Thomas family. He is living in their home.
During this time Ben falls in love with Lillie Adelia Stevens. They
plan to wed but only after Ben's return from the World War II.Lillie
continues to live at home with her parents James Alexander Stevens and
Eliza Jane Davis Stevens. Her father is a farmer and they run a
telephone operator assistance in their home Lillie and her sisters
Sarah Della, Carrie, and Effie were all operators.
By January 18, 1913 , Ben enlists in the United States Army. He was 23
years and 10 months of age. He was sent to Ft. Logan Colorado for his
enlistment. His Captain's name was unreadable ( _nenermann) . He
enlisted for 7 years.
His enlistment records shows that he was born in Robinsonville, Texas.
His occupation at that time was being a farmer, He had dark blue eyes ,
dark brown hair , and a dark complexion . His height was 5 feet 7
inches . He was in the CAC (Coast Artillery Corps) the 34 Brigade. On
January 18, 1916, he was transferred to the Army Reserves .
After the war Ben returned to McLennan County , Texas. Perhaps to visit
his brother Christopher Columbus Owen and his family. He heard of cheap
land in New Mexico. He walked from McLennon County , Texas to New
Mexico.He walked as far as he could each day until night fall. When
nightfall came. He would go to a house and call out a greeting. When he
got a reply he would ask if he could sleep on their property. Before he
left each day , he would do an act of kindness and appreciation such as
cutting firewood or some other task, Eventually , he made it to New
Mexico. There he purchased 320 and 76 hundredth of acres of land at
$.50 an acre. This sale was approved on May 01, 1922. Later Ben sold
the land for $1.00 an acre.
By the 1920 Census ,Ben's mother Lillious has remarried to William T.
Brown On January 21, 1920 , He returns home and marries his Sweetheart,
Lillie Adelia Stevens.
Before September 1921 Ben was an Ordained Minister at the Lamkin
Primitive Baptist Church. Ben was liberated to exercise his gift of
speaking by 1922. Ben was also noted as being one of the serving clerks
that was mentioned while they were organizing the church and their
On the 1930 census , It shows that Ben was renting his home. They lived
in Lamkin , Texas on the Hamilton Road. Ben's occupation was being a
Railroad laborer.In his home were his wife Lillie Adelia and his
Children: Billie Rae ,Wayne Lester, James Marcom , Dorothy Nell, Della
Fay, Olan Dowell, and Infant Joe Lee. Joe Lee was only 6 days of age
when the census taker took this information.
By July 29, 1932 another daughter Jane was born to Ben and
Lillie's family .the following year their last child Bobby D. Owen was
born. Bobby was named so with the initials B.D. This was in respect of
Ben's Name Benajah Daniel and In respect to Ben's grandfather Benjamin
Dott Owen that was killed in the Civil War .
In December of 1937, they moved to Alexander in Erath , County, Texas .
There they bought a farm . There they were well and happy until their
home burned down. They moved into an old abandon home for a while. Ben
found a house to replace his burned home . It was very large. The House
was to large to cross over the bridge to their house.The house had to
be taken apart in sections. Ben hired a man with a truck to bring it
over to the farm . Ben got tired of waiting for the man and went
over to get it himself on his team and wagon. There he rebuilt it a
section at a time. This home is still standing .
Ben continued to farm the following days. After all of the children
left home Lillie and Ben bought a house in Dublin, Texas. While most
family downsized their home after their children left. Ben and Lillie
wanted a big home. There they bought a two story home in Dublin.
In this home they had many family get togethers for all of their
children and grandchildren . Grandchildren remembers tales of a Gumdrop
tree. And the legendary Christmas Gift from Grandad and Grandmother a
Silver Dollar for each of his grandchildren. Each person that came to
their house felt loved and valued as they left. They weren't blessed
from material wealth but they always felt a little closer to our Lord
after they left there. Some said that sometimes it seemed that Ben had
a direct line to the throne of God. They all agree .Ben lived a life of
Love and Service to God ( His first love) , his Bible , his wife ,
children , community and country.He filled the lives of those he met
with memories of love , devotion and his guidance to the Lord. Lillie,
his loving wife was always loving and supportive of him until her death
on March 06, 1973 in Dublin. Ben spent his life in service of God
and always trying to doing the right thing.. Ben died March 12, 1976
which was 3 years and 6
days after Lillie's death.
Register of Enlistments For The United States Army
Register shows that Ben D. Owen , enlisted on January 18, 1913 . He was
23 years and 10 months of age. He was sent to Ft. Logan Colorado for
his enlistment. His Captain's name was unreadable ( _nenermann) . He
enlisted for 7 years. He was born in Robinsonville, Texas. His
occupation at that time was being a farmer, He had dark blue eyes ,dark
brown hair , and a dark complexion . His height was 5 feet 7 inches .
He was in the CAC (Coast Artillery Corps) the 34 Brigade. On January
18, 1916, he was transferred to the Army Reserves .
1930 Census shows that Ben was renting his home. He lived at Lamkin ,
on the Hamilton Road . He was 41 and 3 Lillie was 39 years of age. The
records shows that Ben got married at the age of 30. Lillie got married
married at the age of 29. His occupation at this time was listed as a
Laborer on a Railroad .
Abilene Reporter News ( Abilene , Texas ) March 14, 1976
Obit of Benjah Owen ( As Is the Paper )
DUBLIN (RNS) - Benjah Daniel Owen 87, of Abilene , formerly of Dublin ,
died at 4:50 a.m. Froday in the West Texas Medical Center in Abilene .
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Harrell Memorial Chapel.
Elder Tommy Hart of Primative Baptist Church in Stephenville will
officiate, assisted by Elder Raymond Buch of Primative Bapyist Church
in Lipan. Burial will be in Toliver Cemetery , southwest of Dublin .
arrangements were handled by Elliott - Hamil Funeral Home .Born March
09, 1889 at Mt. Calm , he married Lillie Adelia Stevens Jan,2, 1920 in
Lamkin . He lived in Dublin 43 years before moving to Abilene a few
weeks ago. He was a member of the Primative Baptist Church , the
American Legion , Powell-Davidson Post No. 219 in Dublin in which he
was past comander and chaplain. He was a War I Veteran of the U.S.
Army.His wife died March 1973. Survivors include six son , James and
Billy , both of Keller, Joe Lee and Wayne , both of Lubbock, Olan D. of
Irving and Bobby of 2126 Marsalis: three daughters , Mrs. Earl
( Dorothy ) Owens, of 1741 Anderson , Della Crowder of Dublin and Mrs.
George ( James ) Spradlin of 4149 Don Juan ; 36 granchildren ; 28
greatgrandchildren ; and a great - great -
granddaughter.Grandsons will be pallbearers. The family will be at 4249
Don Juan untill noon Saturday.
Errors are : Wedding Date of Benjah & Lillie was January 21, 1920
.......... not January 2, 1920
Daughter as Mrs. George ( Jane ) Spraudlin ..........not Mrs. George
(James ) Spradlin
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391.2.5 Records of coast artillery units (1916-39) History: Coast
artillery companies renumbered separately for each Coast Defense
Command by General Order 98, War Department, July 26, 1917. Additional
coast artillery companies organized, by General Order 21, War
Department, May 18, 1922, from the residual elements of composite
artillery regiments (cavalry, infantry, and coast artillery) that had
been established by General Order 115, War Department, August 29, 1917,
and substantially demobilized by 1919. By General Order 8, War
Department, February 27, 1924, companies redesignated batteries and
organized into 1st-16th and 65th CAC Regiments, to which were added the
41st, 60th, and 61st- 63d CAC Regiments, formed by redesignation of
artillery battalions bearing the same numbers. Textual Records: Records
of Coast Defense Command coast artillery companies, 1916-21 (105 ft.).
Records of the 1st-75th Coast Artillery Corps Regiments, 1916-34 (237
ft.). Records of the 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th-11th, 13th, 15th, 16th,51st,
53d, 61st-65th, 68th, 69th, 206th, and 895th Coast Artillery Regiments,
1922-39. Records of Coast Artillery
Corps regimental bands, 1907-21. Records of the 1st and 18th Sound
Ranging Batteries, 1924-31.
Accession/Serial #: 861394 BLM Serial #: NMR 0034746
Patent Description Legal Land Description Document Image Certified Copy
Patentee: BENAJAH D OWEN
State: NEW MEXICO
Issue Date: 5/1/1922
Land Office: Roswell
U.S. Reservations: Yes
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: February 19, 1909: Homestead Entry-Enlarged (35 Stat. 639)
Document Nr.: 034746
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 0
Accession/Serial Nr.: 861394
BLM Serial Nr.: NMR 0034746