Birth: Mar. 24, 1864 Wythe County Virginia, USA Death: Nov. 3, 1947 Blakeley Kanawha County West Virginia, USA
Son of Mary Ann Rider and first husband, George Anton Schumacher. Ben and brother Bill, FAG #98631095, adopted the Dillard name of their stepfather, Joseph Henry Dillard.
Ben married Annie Eliza McCoy in 1885 in Kanawha County, WV.
DILLARD, Benjamin F.--83, died yesterday morning at his home at Blakeley. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Bertie Elswick, Pond Gap; Mrs. Thurza Epling and Mrs. Evaline Scarbro, both of Blakeley; Mrs. Rhoda Combs, Paris, and Mrs. Ollie Johnson, Blakeley; a son, Preston Dillard, Pond Gap; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Wills, Blakeley, and Mrs. Lettie Elswick, Mammoth; two brothers, George Dillard, Liberty, and William Dillard, Blakeley; 44 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. The body will be taken to the home at 2 p.m. today from the Fidler & Frame mortuary at Belle. Service will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the residence. Elder Wilbur Balser will officiate. Burial will be in the Dillard cemetery.
--Charleston Gazette (WV) Tues., Nov. 4, 1947
NOTE: Ben, his wife Annie and six other family members are buried at a family cemetery on property they owned near what was the community of Kendall's Mill/Kendalia. This area is known as Big Laurel. The postal address was Blakeley, WV.
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