Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday
Charlie Benson 1878 - 1962

Son of James Benson and Laura Mae Pierce
Husband of Lula Young and Dora Henderson
Father of Joanna, Nannie, Nathaniel, Louada, R W, Laura, Charlie Ray, and Helen

How does Charlie connect to my family?
Charlie's daughter, Joanna, married Smylie Arthur Coleman.
Smylie was the son of Henry Coleman and Eudora "Dora" Markham.
Eudora and my maternal grandmother, Alice Markham Marshall, were siblings.

Photograph courtesy of Cory Broadnax
Direct Descendant of Charlie Benson


  1. Mr. Benson's expression draws the viewer in, doesn't it? He is serene, yet compellingly warm and just a hint of what might have been a smile waiting to emerge. This is the most interesting portrait I have seen in a long time.

    1. Yes, it does. He has a warm friendly face with a hint of boyish charm. His gray hair betrays his age. He appears youthful, bright eyed and ready for today's challenge.

  2. I also immediately noticed his expression. It is very compelling. He looks like a thoughtful person who would be fun to talk with.

  3. Based upon my recollection of family oral history, my great grandfather Charlie Benson and Dora Henderson had three (3) children: R.H. (uncle Bob), Charlie Ray, and Helen. I am the daughter of Gilbert Baker and Nannie Benson Baker's daughter, Hallie.