2nd Lt. Napoleon B Benham (1842 - 1890) 106th New York Co. H

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Napoleon B. Benham enlisted August 16, 1862 in the 106th New York Infantry Co., H. at Lawrence, New York. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. He mustered out June 22, 1865. We need help adding more sources for him. The FindAGrave source shows burial in Iowa. A little help is needed finding his parental lineage  

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Source: "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDVD-X96 : 19 March 2020), Napoleon Benham, 1870.

United States Census, 1870  Algona, Kossuth, Iowa
: Napoleon Benham    Male        28   New York
: Emma Benham          Female    26   New York

Source: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD2R-LLV : 11 August 2017), Napoleon B Benham, Algona, Kossuth, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 143, sheet 289C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,349.

United States Census, 1880 Algona, Kossuth, Iowa
: Napoleon B Benham   Self    Male      38    New York/VT/VT Court Clerk
: Emma Benham            Wife   Female  28    Ohio, United States
: Charles V Benham       Son    Male        8    Iowa, United States
: Lela Benham       Daughter   Female    5    Iowa, United States

Source:  "Iowa State Census, 1885," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:H8J8-4T2 : 2 December 2019), Napoleon B Benham, Algona, Algona, Kossuth, Iowa; citing p. 2, 1885, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,021,487.

Iowa State Census, 1885  Algona, Algona, Kossuth, Iowa
: Napoleon B Benham    Male      42    
: Lelia E Benham             Female  33
: Charla V Benham          Male      13
: Lela E Benham              Female  10
: Beryl D Benham           Male        3
: Agnes Carlson              Female   18

Source: "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2QV-CVF7 : 11 February 2019), Napolean B Benham, May 1890; citing Iowa, United States, The State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.; FHL microfilm 2,166,813.
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations
: Napolean B Benham
: Death May 1890  Iowa
: Birth 1842

Source: "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6WR-M4X : 20 August 2019), Napoleon B Benham, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,186.  IMAGE: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-ZB9S-JH?i=644&cc=1832324&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AK6WR-M4X

United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards
: Beneficiary Lelia E Benham, Widow
: Soldier Napoleon B Benham
: Service SGT ''?H''  106 NY
: Commenced May 9, 1890
: Inc.  Oct 6, 1917
: Inc. May 1, 1920

Source: "United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDPT-YBK : 13 March 2018), Napoleon B Benham, 1868.  IMAGE: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9T5N-9SHS?i=205&cc=1919699&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AKDPT-YBK

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
: Napoleon B Benham
: Service H 106 NY Inf
: Filing  June 29, 1868  Class:  Invalid
: Filing June 6, 1890  Class: Widow
: Pension 1868 Iowa
: Beneficiary Lelia E. Benham  Iowa

Also at : "United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NHZL-2ZS : 24 March 2016), Napoleon B. Benham, 1868.

Child's death with wife's name Lelia E. Lyons : Source: "Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001," database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Z4NX-MWZM : 7 July 2020), Napoleon Benham in entry for Lela B Corriston, 30 Jun 1928; citing Death, Minnesota State Department of Health, St. Paul.
Minnesota Deaths
: Lela B Corriston
: Death 30 Jun 1928 Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota
: Age 52 Birth 1875  Algona, Iowa
: Father Napoleon Benham
: Mother Lelia E Lyons
: Spouse Col Frank T Corriston
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (757k points)
selected by Andrew Simpier

Leila Emma Lyons is definitely the wife. The location is Iowa. The widow pension was a great source !

I found his obit and Here

There is also a photo of N.B. Benham on FamilySearch with some great notes. He was wounded in the lung. 

I added daughter Lela (Benham) Corriston who passed in 1928 also his parents Peleg and Martha 

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Napoleon Benham, mentioned in the record of Howard C Benham. Son, Howard married Beatrice E Emlow 3 Sep 1923 at St. Lawrence, NY. Son's birth year est. at 1897.

Groom's parents are Napoleon Benham and Agnes Fisk. Bride's parents are John Emlow and Carried Ploof.

Record Collection: New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936.    familysearch.org
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

Ohh I wonder if this is his FindAGrave nope his birth date is 1870  so our guy is the one buried in Iowa 

Obituary I’m not sure this is our guy from the 106th New York

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Napoleon B. Benham, US Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917  Pension 29 Jun 1868 New York, United States

106th Regiment, Sgt. Shipping Company H, File Name 4936070

Record Collection: US Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917    familysearch.org
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)

Definitely him.

He is buried at Riverview see Kossuth County Civil War Veterans

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Very much so as it matches his birth of 1842. He is listed as 8 years old in this 1850 census

Possible father Peleg Benham FindAGrave

Wife possibly Martha Fales

Napoleon wife possibly Leila Emma Lyons

No sources.
The widow pension matches her as spouse being a Leila Emma (Lyons) Benham. This is definitely the wife
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Source: "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC1N-74V : 4 April 2020), Napoleon Benham in household of Peleg Benham, Hopkinton, St. Lawrence, New York, United States; citing family 21, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

United States Census, 1850  Hopkinton, St. Lawrence, New York
: Peleg Benham      Male        44    Vermont
: Martha Benham   Female   40     Vermont
: Helen Benham     Female    14    New York
: Charles Benham  Male        10    New York
: Napoleon Benham Male      8     New York
: Dallas W Benham Male        5     New York

Source: "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC4R-K32 : 19 March 2020), Napoleon Benham in entry for Martha Benham, 1860.

United States Census, 1860  Hopkinton, St Lawrence, New York
:  Martha Benham    Female    50   Vermont
: Charles Benham     Male        20   New York
: Napoleon Benham Male        19   New York

Source: "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV2N-8SWK : 9 June 2020), Peleg Benham, ; Burial, , ; citing record ID , Find a Grave, Peleg at:  http://www.findagrave.com.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/66884458/peleg-benham
: Capt. Peleg Benham
: Burial Mound Hill Cemetery, Nicholville, St. Lawrence, New York, United States of America
: Age 47  Burial 1853
: Died Dec. 11, 1853

Source:  Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 August 2020), memorial page for Martha Benham Convese (1809–7 Mar 1888), Find a Grave Memorial no. 58428651, citing Mound Hill Cemetery, Nicholville, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Donald Wilcox (contributor 47332553) .
Martha at: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58428651/martha-convese
: Martha Benham Convese
: Birth 1809 Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
: Death     7 Mar 1888 (aged 78–79) Hopkinton, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
: Burial     Mound Hill Cemetery
:  widow of late Parker Converse and former wife of Peleg Benham
: sons Charles Benham and  N.B. Benham, of Algona, Iowa.
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (757k points)
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Wife:

Source: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC35-9RT : accessed 29 August 2020), Lelia E Benham in household of Charles V Benham, Dash Point, Pierce, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 18, sheet 1B, line 55, family 15, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2509; FHL microfilm 2,342,243.

United States Census, 1930  Dash Point, Pierce, Washington
:  Charles V Benham    Head      Male      58   Iowa
: Lelia E Benham          Mother  Female   78  Ohio?MA/CT  White Widowed

Source: "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3TR-FB5 : 10 March 2018), Lelia E. Benham, 13 Feb 1945; citing Tacoma, Pierce Co., Wash., reference 109, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2,032,399.  IMAGE: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-67XH-ZV?personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AN3TR-FB5

Washington Death Certificates
: Lelia E. Benham
: White Widowed Housewife
: Death 13 Feb 1945  Tacoma, Pierce Co., Wash.
: Age 94 yrs 2 mos 12 days Birth December 1, 1850  Ohio
: Spouse N. B. Benham
: Father  Asa Lyon   Birth England
: Informant ''?DB'' Denham
: Removal 2/16/ 45  Minneapolis, Minnesota
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (757k points)

Leila E. Benham on  FindAGrave. I believe her correct spelling is Lelia Emma (Lyon) Benham last name I don’t think has a letter “S”

I agree, probably no ''s''.

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