Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Aaron Taylor Benedict  





Aaron Taylor Benedict b. Birth 20 Oct 1817 in Warwick, Orange, New York died abt 1898 in Saline County, Arkansas. He married 31 Aug 1844 ,Miami, Indiana Cordelia Hill b. Birth 20 Jun 1827 in New York, USA died abt 1898 in Saline County, Arkansa Children:

    Daniel Wood Benedict born19 Oct 1845 in Perrysburg, Miami, Indiana died 7 Sep 1846 in Perrysburg, Miami, Indiana

    Eugene Spencer Benedict born 23 Jan 1848 in Perrysburg, Miami, Indiana died 10 Oct 1933 in Indiana

    Augusta Phoebe Benedict 1849 – 1939 married 31 Mar 1879 William Leander Warner
    br> Sarah Jane Benedict born 4 Feb 1851 in Miami County, Indiana married Guy Taylor Bigley

    Annette Benedict born 25 Dec 1855 in Miami County, Indiana died 1863 in Miami County, Indiana

    James Buchannan Benedict born 1 Oct 1859 in Miami County, Indiana, died 19 Sep 1931 in Bandon, Coos, Oregon He married Lillian M. [-?-] b. c. 1859 Indiana. Child:
      James A. Benedict b. c. 1879 Indiana


    Corydon Julius Benedict born 2 Dec 1860 in Plymouth, Marshall, Indiana died 15 Aug 1924 in Arkansas, He married Cora Lee Braswell born 18 Feb 1877 in De Roche, Hot Spring, Arkansas died 17 Aug 1952 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, daughter of irvin McDaniel Braswell and Elizabeth Ann caraway



    Corydon Julius Benedict




    Cora Lee Braswell


      Mona Grace Benedict born Jan 29, 1893 in Arkadelphia, Clark, Arkansas died Feb 21, 1951 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon She married Traskwood, Saline, Arkansas 2 Sep 1910 Barnie Herbert Hawkins born July 1, 1890 in Traskwood, Saline, Arkansas died Feb 21, 1958 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona son of John Cicero Hawkins and Laura Louisa Mitchell


    Vernie Florence Benedict born 25 Oct 1864 in Indiana died 23 Nov 1936 in Granger, Yakima, WashingtonS he married 29 Jul 1896 Hot Spring County, Arkansas Charles Blacknell Holmes born 8 Sep 1865 in Arkansas
      Walter C. Holmes 1897 – 1969
      K Holmes 1899 –
      John B Holmes 1901 – 1992
      Hollis Holmes 1904 –
      Thelma M Holmes 1906 –
      Charles B Holmes 1908 –
      Cordelia J Holmes 1910 –



Year: 1850; Census Place: Union, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M432_160; Page: 156B;
    Aaron Benedict 22
    Cordelia Benedict 22
    Eugene Benedict 3
    Phebe Benedict 1


Year: 1860; Census Place: Union, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M653_281; Page: 221;
    Aron Renadict [Benadict] 39
    Cordelia Renadict [Benadict] 33
    Uzena Renadict [Benadict] 12
    Augusta Renadict [Benadict] 10
    Sarah J Renadict [Benadict] 8
    Anett Renadict [Benadict] 4
    James Renadict [Benadict] 2


Year: 1870; Census Place: Union, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M593_343; Page: 256B;
    Aaron Benedict 52
    Cordelia Benedict 43
    Eugene S Benedict 22
    Sarah J Benedict 19
    James B Benedict 12
    Corryden J Benedict 9
    Verna F Benedict 4


Year: 1880; Census Place: Maxinkuckee, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: 297; Family History Film: 1254297; Page: 189B; Enumeration District: 108
    Aaron T. Benedict 62
    Cordelia Benedict 52
    James B. Benedict 22
    Lillian M. Benedict 21 daughter in law
    Corrydon J. Benedict 20
    Vernie Benedict 14 daughter
    James A. Benedict 1 Grandson


The quote from the Thomas Bigley Biographical sketch in speaking of Aaron Benedict is:

    He also owned considerable acreage north of the lake along Aubbenaubbee Bay, 83 acres along the lake front and 200 acres thence north. He built a home approximately a half mile from the lake and planted pine trees around it. He never l ived there, but rented it to his daughter, Augusta, and husband William WARNER and family. Later the house burned but the pine trees stand to this day; the site is historically known as the Pine Tree House. His land holdings were later acquired by Henry H. CULVER for the Culver Military Academy.



and another quip under the Wayne Flagg biographical sketch found in the same book [History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -,Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg 169] that gives the location of this farmhouse is:

    Wayne's maternal grandparents, William b. Warner (1846-1898) and Augusta Benedict Warner (1848-1939),....

    The William Warners owned a farm that is now part of the Culver Military Academy Campus. Wayne's mother was born on this farm. The house was located near the pine trees where the activities of the Woodcraft Council Fires are held.


And from One Township Yesterday's - Corwin:

    The new-comers to the lakeside settlement are Aaron T. Benedict and his wife Cordelia, with their children. They had moved here from Miami County and settled at the extreme north end of the lake. It was in 1872 that, they located here.

    The Benedict homestead was established on a knoll somewhat back from the lake. Pine trees were planted around it. These grew and grew, and in the passing years witnessed the changing for­tunes of the family in the house they sheltered. Finally, by marriage and death, the Benedicts were parted and scattered, and there came a day when the homestead was deserted. At length the house itself was gone, and only the pine trees remained on the knoll that overlooked the lake. There they stand to this day, a little grove of them, grown real tall now, landmarks, telling the story of human habitation there once where no dwelling stands any more. The Benedict homestead beneath these trees was north of the present Road 10 and east of the Hibbard Road. The highways today are not as they originally were. In the 'seventies the old roads ran close to the house. There was a three­-point intersection almost in front of the house, where the highway from Marmont, coming diagonally and directly northeast from the lakeside, joined the eastbound Argos Road and the Hibbard Road. The Argos Road was immediately south of the Benedict house, while the Hibbard Road then followed a northwesterly trend till it reached the Shaw school house, then proceeded north a short stretch before turn­ing east, as now.

    "Aaron T. Benedict, my father, owned two hundred acres at the north end of the lake," says Mrs. Augusta Warner of Culver. "All of this is now the property of Culver Military Academy. The original site of the Academy was on the Benedict tract, bordering the bay. It was acquired by Henry H. Culver from the family." A. T. Benedict also owned a small tract west of the Hibbard Road. It consisted of 39.5 acres. The Shaw school house stood in the southeast corner of it. The Benedict land bordering on what is now Aubbeenaubbee Bay comprised an area of 83 acres. North of this and adjoining was a plot of 83 acres. "My father," says Mrs. Warner, "bought his two hundred acres from James Mitchell, father-in-law of Thomas Houghton." A. T. Benedict had other property back in the 'seventies. This was back from the east shore of the lake and a short distance southeast of Maxinkuckee village. In fact, it practically came up to the edge of the village itself. There were 120 acres in this plot. At the same time, Eugene S. Benedict, his son, had forty acres adjoining. His land comprised the northeast quarter of Section 26.

    Although the property at the north end of the lake has been designated as the Benedict homestead, Aaron T. Benedict never lived there himself, in the house in the midst of the pine trees. His home was at Maxinkuckee. It was north of the lake, however, that lie first took up land and settled. He came in the month of March, 1872. The "pine tree house" was rented out by A. T. Benedict to the Warners, William, and Augusta, his son-in-law and daughter, who with their children occupied the place for a period of fourteen years. A. T. Benedict's own home at Maxinkuckee was standing until very recently. It burned down early in 1934, at which time it was the Clifford Wooldridge property. "Henry H. Culver bought the place at the north end of the lake in 1885," says Mrs. Augusta Warner.

    On his Maxinkuckee property, A. T. Benedict ran a saw mill, combined with which was a sort of grist mill. No wheat was milled there; corn only was ground. Mr. Benedict kept about the whole community in corn meal. The mill was on what is now the Chester Bigley land. Its location was on quite a little stream, just south of the old Parker homestead that burned in recent years. The stream was fed by a flowing well, which may not be flowing so well now as it did then. The stream in turn fed Benedict's mill with power; the lumber was sawed and the corn milled by stream power and not by steam power. The mill was not at all modern, but it did its work well. Cattle instead of motor trucks and tractors played a part in the milling business. A yoke of oxen used to haul the logs. Mr. Benedict was always interested in lumbering, and when he and his wife, who before her marriage was Cordelia Hill, decided finally to depart from Maxinkuckee for a more westerly land of promise, they headed for Arkansas, where timber was plentiful. On their arrival in Arkansas, Benedict procured nine hundred acres of timber land and proceeded to lumber it, kiln-drying the timber. He suf­fered a disastrous fire. Three thousand dollars worth of lumber went up in smoke.

    Aaron and Cordelia Benedict both died in Arkansas, and were buried there. After their death, their son Jim ran the lumber business. His brother "Cory" helped some. "Cory's" family lives there yet.

    The family of A. T. and Cordelia Benedict was an interesting one. Let us look at each of their children separately. The first child, Daniel, died at the age of three mouths. Eugene S., the oldest of those who grew to maturity, was born January 23, 1848, and died October 10, 1933. Rosa A., Eugene's wife, was born August 2, 1854, and died Septem­ber 27, 1921. Eugene and his wife were buried in Poplar Grove Cemetery. Their oldest son, Edgar, now lives in the State of Washington. Ernest, the second son, resides east of Maxinkuckee yet. Forest, the youngest boy, lives near Walnut.
    Phebe Augusta Benedict was born in Miami County, August 14, 1849, and was married in the same county to William Leander Warner. Not long, after their marriage, they located on the Benedict place at the north end of Lake Maxinkuckee. The children of William L. and Augusta Warner were twelve in number. Of the boys, the oldest was Elmer L., born February 22, 1871, in Miami County. He died June 4, 1883, on the Benedict farm of the pine trees. Aaron Luther Warner, who was called "Lu", was born October 25, 1872, and is now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was in the house among the evergreens and near the lake that Harvey was born, February 12, 1875. He now resides in Culver. Roy was born October 4, 1885, and is living in Compton, California. Arthur, who was born December 6, 1890, in Green Township, resides in Culver. Herbert, born May 5, 1893, is living near Richland Center, Indiana. There were five girls, four of whom are living. Annie, the oldest, married Minor Flagg. Elvie married Elmer Scheuerman, and Vernie, deceased, married Elmer's twin brother, Harvey. Jennie, who was married thrice, is now the wife of Earl Barton. Marie, the youngest, married L. M. Long. The widowed mother, Augusta Warner, at the age of eighty-five is a resident of Culver.

    Returning to the Benedict family, we find that Sarah Jane was born February 4, 1851, and was married to Thomas Bigley of Maxinkuckee. Her husband is now deceased, but she is still living, at the age of eighty-three, with her daughter, east of the lake. Maxinkuckee is her old home, and there she remains in the sunset of life. Her sister, Annette Benedict, died at the age of nine. A brother, James Buchanan Benedict, who was born October 1, 1859, was married to Lillie Louden. He died, September 19, 1931, and was survived by his second wife, Eva J. Benedict. An incident is related concerning Jim. It is about his going away and being gone a long time, his family not knowing where he went. Finally he came back; then later away he went again, but his folks kept track of him thereafter. In his young manhood he went west, to Arkansas, where for a number of years he was engaged in the lumber business. Then, in 1917, he went to Astoria, Oregon. Two years later he moved to Bandon, where he died. James outlived his brother "Cory." Corydon was his given name. He was born December 2, 1861, and passed away several years ago. He is survived by Cora Lee Benedict. Vernie Florence, youngest of the Benedict children, was born October 25, 1864, and was married to Charles Holmes. Both are living in the State of Washington.







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