Benjamin Franklin McKenzie

Benjamin Franklin McKenzie

Male 1823 - 1904  (80 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Franklin McKenzie 
    Born 22 Oct 1823  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Feb 1904  Narrows Park, Allegany Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Death of Mr. McKenzie – Mr. Franklin McKenzie, aged 81, a respected farmer of Cresaptown, died yesterday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at the residence of his son, Mr. Chas. J. McKenzie, Narrows Park, death being due to pleurisy and old age. Mr. McKenzie is survived by the following children: Charles J., grocer, of Narrows Park; Edward, Baltimore & Ohio railroad engineer; William, of the St. Louis, Mo. Fire department; Ambrose of Luke, Md.; John F. of near Borden Shaft; and Mrs. Thomas Llewellyn of Gilmore, Md. The deceased was familiarly known as Uncle Frank. He was a very earnest Methodist, and loved to attend revivals where, in singing and fervent praying, he always took a prominent role. The funeral cortege will leave the residence at 12:30 o’clock Saturday. The funeral will take place at 2:00 o’clock from the M.E. Church at Cresaptown where internment will be made. The Evening Times, Thursday, February 11, 1904

      Benjiman Franklin C. McKenzie
      b. October 22, 1823Allegany County, Md.
      m. Mary Ann Alexander September 19, 1845Allegany County, Md
      m. Margaret Boor March 19, 1857Allegany County, Md
      d. February 11, 1904Allegany County, Md

      Benjiman Franklin McKenzie is buried in the Methodist Church Cemetery, Cresaptown, Maryland.

      Sources of Information for Benjiman Franklin McKenzie:
      1) Allegany County Courthouse records;
      2) St. Patrick's Catholic Church:
      3) Allegany County, Maryland Census records;
      4) Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, Maryland.

      "Frank" McKenzie was born and raised in Allegany County, Maryland, near Cumberland, and was married twice. The records at the courthouse indicate a wedding license was issued to him and Mary Alexander on September 17, 1845. The family bible says they were married on the nineteenth, two days later. The children of this marriage were:

      James Sebastian b. July 26, 1846 d. 1900-1904 Uncle Bias or Bas
      Harriet Annb. Feb. 8, 1848d. January 20, 1861
      John Franklinb. Feb. 4, 1850d. Aft. 1926
      Mary Marthab. Dec. 28, 1852d. December 23, 1936

      The Federal census of 1850 for Allegany County, Maryland taken by J. Dilley on October 25 shows B.F. McKenzie and Mary on page 151, line 28. In their household were: Sebastian 4, Harriet 3, and John F. 1 as well as Daniel Alexander 12 and James 3. Since this was Mary's maiden name, these two boys could have been her nephews or brothers.

      She had another child in 1852, Martha, and when she died March 12, 1854, Frank was left to cope with their four children age 2 through 8. Three years later he married Margaret Boor. By the time the census was taken again on July 12, 1860 there were five children as Hannah had been born two years before.

      The census records of 1850 and 1860 show Frank living next door to his parents, Jessie and Catherine. On Saturday, January 3, 1863, his father died. On the following Monday he was selected by the Circuit Court to be part of the Petit jury for the month of January. This was learned from an article in the Cunberland Union & Allegany County Gazette dated Saturday, January 10, 1863, Vol. I No. 17 a copy of which is in the Library of Congress. Another issue of this newspaper lists "Qualified Voters" in 1865 and Benj. F. as well as eight other McKenzie men are listed in District 6.

      The census of 1870, taken on July 12, 1870 shows Frank, 49, a farmer with personal property valued at $700. Margaret was 38, James 24, John 20, Mary 18, Charles 9, William 7, Henry 5, Ida 2 and Ambrose 5/12 having been born in February. Nelson 23 was also listed in the household. He is not a son and no relationshio is mentioned. Everyone was born in Maryland, except Margaret who was born in Pennsylvania.

      By June 9, 1880 apparently the three living children of Mary and Frank had their own homes. So the household included Benj. F. at 57, Margaret at 45, Charles Jacob 19, William 16, Edward 14, Ida L. 12, and Ambrose 11. Mr. McKenzie was farming, Charles was "driving team" and William "works on Ct. House". Frank had not worked for six months of the year and Charles for one month. The parents of Frank were both born in Maryland and Margaret's were born in Pennsylvania.

      A page from a McKenzie Family Bible exists that lists Frank's marriages and the births of a number of his children. See "McKenzie Family Bible-Benjiman Franklin McKenzie" at www.mckenziesofearlymaryland.com web site.

      A city directory of Cumberland, Maryland for 1985-6, a copy of which is in the Library of Congress (Stack #2) states that Benjiman F. McKenzie is a farmer in Cumberland - exclusive of Cumberland City, Barton, Frostburg, Lonaconing, Mt. Savage, Cresaptown or Western Port. There were other McKenzies at Rawlings and at Cresaptown, including Moses, Jr.

      On June 18, 1900 the census was taken again and at that time Frank was 76, Margaret was 66 and the record states they had been married for forty years. With them was Annie, a 50 year old neice. Since her last name is not reported, it is assumed it was also McKenzie.

      Frank and Margaret made their home in a log cabin in Cresaptown. There was a small cemetary behind it as well as a stream and there were grape arbors in the front yard. His wife bought a parcel of land next to their cabin in 1987 from the Brethern Church and at that time he was listed as a trustee of that church. His grand-daughter, Marguerite, recalls that he was a Methodist and a circuit preacher.

      He had a beautiful singing vioce and at chataque meetings and at church he could be heard above all the rest. Chatque or camp meetings were held occasionally for a full day. Everyone came in their wagons, brought a picnic lunch and spent the day in the big tent with sawdust on the floors listening to the Marine Band or other music, singing and listening to speakers. Sometime's on a warm summer evening, Frank would sit outside of his home and sing and the neighbors ans passers-by stopped to enjoy it.

      At Christmas time Frank and Margaret spent several weeks with their son, Charles and his family in Narrows Park. And it was there that he sang "Lord I'm Coming Home" after which he went upstairs and had a "seizure" (according to his grand-daughter Helen) and he passed away. He is buried on the grounds of the Methodist Church in Cresaptown but there is no stone and norecord. There is a relatively new church there and when it was built, some graves were moved.

      Per the notes of Col. Gabriel Thornton MacKenzie, B.F. McKenzie was known as "Shouting Frank". It is interesting to note that Col. MacKenzie's research was independently from that of Ray Leidinger, yet both uncovered facts consistent with B. F.'s boisterousness.

      In 1866 another Complaint was filed in the Court of Equity of Allegany County, Maryland by the heirs of Jesse McKenzie seeking the equitable partition of land left by Jesse McKenzie when he died intestate. The Complaint references the children of Jesse McKenzie, including Benjiman Franklin McKenzie, who was living on the land at the time the action was filed. The case lists all of the children of Jesse McKenzie and also notes that Jesse’s wife, Catherine had passed away in 1864. Ultimately, the land was ordered to be sold by the Court and the proceeds distributed to the various heirs.

      Benjiman Franklin McKenzie's obituary reads as follows:

      Death of Mr. McKenzie

      Mr. Franklin McKenzie, aged 81years, a respected farmer of Cresap-
      town, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock, at the residence of his son,
      Mr. Chas. J. McKenzie, Narrows Park, death being due to pleurisy and
      old age. Mr. McKenzie is survived by the following children: Charles J., grocer,
      of Narrows Park; Edward, Baltimore & Ohio railroad engineer; William,
      of the St. Louis, Mo. fire department; Ambrose, of Luke, Md; John F., of
      near Borden Shaft, and Mrs. Thomas Llewellyn, of Gilmore, Md.
      The deceased was familiarly known as Uncle Frank. He was a very earnest Methodist and loved to attend revivals where, in singing and fervent prayer he always took a prominent part. The funeral cortege will leave the res-
      idence at 12:30 o’clock Saturday. Thefuneral will take place at 2 o’clock
      from the M.E. church at Cresaptown, where internment will be made.
    Person ID I00088  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2018 

    Father Jesse McKenzie,   b. Abt 1791, Maryland/Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1863, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Catherine Winter,   b. 1792, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1864, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 23 Jan 1818  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the notes of Tom Lancaster:

      He reports that Jesse and Catherine were married on January 23, 1818.

      Notes of Gabriel T. MacKenzie reflect that "Mose's Choice was surveyed for Jesse McKenzie on 15 JUN 1808.
    Family ID F00089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Ann Alexander,   b. 1826, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1854, Near Cumberland, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1845  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Sebastian McKenzie,   b. 26 Jul 1846, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1902, Cumberland, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [natural]
     2. Harriet Ann McKenzie,   b. 8 Feb 1848, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1861, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)  [natural]
     3. John Frank McKenzie,   b. 4 Feb 1850, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1929, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Martha McKenzie,   b. 28 Dec 1852, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1936, Lonaconing, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F00087  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Boor,   b. 4 May 1832, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1908, Near Cumberland, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1857  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hannah C. McKenzie,   b. 11 Feb 1858,   d. 24 Jan 1861, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [natural]
     2. Charles Jacob McKenzie,   b. 18 May 1861, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1926, Narrows Park, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
     3. William A. McKenzie,   b. 23 Nov 1863, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1912, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     4. Henry Edward McKenzie,   b. 21 Apr 1865, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1923, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
     5. Ida L. McKenzie,   b. 29 Jan 1868, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1887, Cresaptown, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [natural]
     6. Ambrose McKenzie,   b. 10 Jan 1870, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1940, Holyoke, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 69 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F00088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 1
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 1
    Allegany County Equity Court Records
    Bible reflecting Benjiman Franklin McKenzie (b.1823) and Family
    Bible reflecting Benjiman Franklin McKenzie (b.1823) and Family
    Family Bible reflecting Benjiman Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823), the dates of his two marriages and the births of a number of children and other relatives
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 2
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 2
    Allegany County Equity Court Records
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 3
    Equity Case 1604 (Mike McKenzie Partial Translation) Page 3
    Allegany County Equity Court Records
    Death Certificate of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823)
    Death Certificate of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823)
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 1
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 1
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 2
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 2
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 3
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 3
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 4
    Genealogy of Benjamin Franklin McKenzie (b. 1823) and Margaret Boor Page 4


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