Ellen (White) Edwards

Ellen Phoebe (White) Edwards (1866 - 1929)

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Ellen Phoebe Edwards formerly White aka Benham
Born in Freeville, Tompkins, New Yorkmap
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Wife of — married (to about ) in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesotamap
Wife of — married in Eugene, Oregonmap
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Died in Corvallis, Benton County, Oregonmap
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Contents

Biography

Ellen was born in western New York and eventually migrated to Bellfountain, Benton County Oregon where she was an active member of the First Methodist Church and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. Ellen was married twice and had a daughter by her first husband. Ellen had a lifetime love of music and was an accomplished singer and pianist. She was described as "generally beloved for her beautiful character, her friendliness and the courageous cheerfulness which continued after she had been deprived of eyesight." [1] She passed away on June 5, 1929.[2]

Early Life

Ellen Phoebe White was born on June 13, 1866 in Freeville, Tompkins County, New York to William "Riley" White and Amanda Oakley.[2]

Freeville, New York.

Her father Riley was a veteran who joined the New York 109th Infantry and served in the U.S. Civil War from 1862 until 1864.[3]

Ellen's great grandfather, Daniel White was the founder of the village of Freeville, New York.[4][5] Ellen was born on the farm of her grandfather, Henry White, and lived there with her extended family until after her grandfather Henry died on December 23, 1867.[6] The White family was still living in Freeville when Ellen's father Riley was the executor of her grandfather's estate on January 13, 1868 in Tompkins county, New York.[7]

Family and Migrations

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Ellen (White) Edwards migrated from New York to Minnesota.
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Ellen (White) Edwards migrated from Minnesota to Washington.
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Ellen (White) Edwards migrated from Washington to Oregon.
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By the time that Ellen was four years old her family had migrated to Pleasant Grove, Minnesota where she was listed in the 1870 U.S. Census. Her younger brother Virgil White was born while the Whites resided in Pleasant Grove in 1869.[8]

On June 1, 1875, Ellen is enumerated on the New York State Census living back in Tompkins county with her parents and brothers. It is unknown why the Whites returned to Freeville from Minnesota, further research into land and tax records might suggest a reason.[9] By 1880 the family was back in Minnesota and living in Aldrich in Wadena County.[10]

Tragedy struck the family in 1880 when Ellen was about 14 years old. Her older brother, Edwin (cited as Edward) was struck and killed by a train in July. [11]

White - On Tuesday, July 27, 1880, Edward P., eldest son of William R and Amanda White, aged 18 years, 11 months and 22 days
"The deceased was born in Freeville, Tompkins County, New York, on the 5th of August in 1861. He was a young man of excellent character and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all that knew him. His death was very sudden and terrible, and the circumstances surrounding it are still shrouded in mystery. All that is definitely known is that he was lying upon the railroad track about three miles east of Aldrich station, at about eleven o'clock on Tuesday morning and was run over by the passenger train eastward bound and instantly killed... The affliction upon the parents and other relatives of the unfortunate young man is severe, and their grief is almost uncontrollable."[12]
On July 1, 1884 Ellen was married to Curtis Monroe Benham at the home of her parents in Verndale, Minnesota by Rev. Benham of St. Peter.[13][14]
Curtis and Ellen had one child, a daughter named Josephine Oakley Benham born in Verndale, Minnesota on February 4, 1886.[15]
Josie Benham.

After the death of Ellen's mother Amanda in 1889, the family left Minnesota and migrated to the Pacific Northwest.[16]

"During the late 1800s, hundreds of thousands of people moved west by way of train. Before railroads, people emigrated west over the Oregon Trail, a sometimes dangerous, always precarious journey of four to six months. An estimated 350,000 people moved west between the years of 1841 and 1866. Once transcontinental railroads began operating, the journey could take a mere one to two weeks. In this way railroads were like time machines: compressing travel from months to weeks, from weeks to days, and from days to hours."[17]

Ellen and Curtis Benham migrated west to Washington where they were counted with their daughter Josephine in Renton, King County, Washington in 1892. Curtis's occupation is listed as "railroad man" in the census record.[18]

Ellen's younger brother Virgil White migrated to Oregon where he was counted on the 1900 U.S. Census.[19][20] Ellen's father Riley also moved to Oregon sometime before 1892 when he remarried to Lucretia Larabe Parker on May 23rd of that year.[21] In the 1900 U.S. Census, Riley is enumerated with Lucretia and his step-son Bryan Parker in Junction City, Oregon.[22]

Josie, Ellen and Curtis Benham Pruett.

Sometime after 1896 Curtis and Ellen divorced.[23][24] As early as 1895 there is mention of her as "Mrs. Benham" without reference to Curtis in local newspaper articles in Oregon. She participated in the "Bicycle Picnic" held in Junction City on May 24th, 1895 and is listed on the program as singing for the participants.[25] Ellen and Josephine are counted living with her brother Virgil in Cottage Grove, Oregon in the 1900 U.S. Census. [26] Josie so loved her father that in 1920 she named her youngest son in his honor, Curtis Benham Pruett.[27]

The early twentieth century was a time of social reform in America and the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was active in Oregon and Washington.[28] Ellen was the President of the WTCU of Benton County, Oregon in 1910.[29]

Ellen married again on May 29, 1901 to Joseph Holt Edwards in Eugene Oregon.[13][30][31]

Birdseye view of Corvallis 1908.

On June 26, 1907 Ellen's daughter, Josephine Benham married James Ralph Pruett at the home of her parents in Corvallis, Oregon.[32]

The ceremony was performed at 9 o'clock by Rev. M. M. Waltz in the presence of seventy-five guests. Preceding the ceremony Ellen sang for the couple who then took their places on the porch, unattended, under a large bell of roses, where the impressive ring ceremony was carried out. As congratulations were being offered, someone pulled a wire and a bell of roses fell in a shower over the happy couple. The porch was lavishly decorated with mock orange and ferns. [33]

State Fair 1907.

Ellen and Joseph went to the Oregon State Fair in Salem in September of 1907 and sent this postcard to their daughter Josephine. Oregon State Fair In March of 1910, Josephine and infant daughter Caryl Pruett arrived in Corvallis for a visit. They were looking for a suitable home in the area.[34]

Josephine, Ralph and Caryl Pruett celebrated New Year's Day of 1915 with Ellen and Joseph. They all went to the home of Mrs. Ray Pears (Joseph's daughter) in Alpine.[35]

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Ellen and Joseph's 14th wedding anniversary in June of 1915.[36]

In 1916 Ellen's granddaughter Caryl Pruett was living temporarily with her grandparents Ellen and Joseph[37] while her parents were getting settled at the logging camp in Bullwinkle, California where Ralph was made manager of the general merchandise store for the Little River Redwood Company.[38]5

Home in Corvallis.

In 1918, Joseph and Ellen moved to the Edwards farm near Bellfountain, Oregon. [39] Ellen and Joseph spent the winter months of early 1920 in Bullwinkle, California with Josephine, Ralph Pruett and family and returned to Bellfountain in May. They purchased Ralph and Josephine's home on North 5th Street in Corvallis. They enjoyed their stay in California but were happy to be back home in the Willamette Valley.[40][41]

In 1926 the Edwards took a road trip to Santa Rosa, California to visit the Pruetts for several weeks.[42]

The Pruetts came up from Santa Rosa, California in early August of 1928 to enjoy an extended visits with Ellen and Joseph. They stopped in Cottage Grove on the return trip to visit with Josephine's Uncle Virgil White. [43]

Love of Music

The inscription on Ellen White Edwards headstone reads "Her service was in song." [44]

Ellen loved to sing and was prominent in musical circles in Corvallis. She sang in the First Methodist Church choir and was a soloist at local events and family occasions. [1][45][46]

Mrs. J. H. Edwards, soloist

In 1920 Ellen sang soprano in the Methodist choir of twenty-four voices on December 20, 1920 in Corvallis[47] and again on March 21, 1921 where she sang a solo in the program.[48]

In addition to singing, Ellen also played the piano. In 1916, she played the "Wedding March" at the wedding of her niece, Mary Edwards.[49]

On November 25, 1923 at the 75th Anniversary service at the First Methodist church in Corvallis, Ellen was a soloist and also delivered a historical address titled the "Past 75 Years". State Senator Booth and other local dignitaries were in attendance.[50]


Residence and Timeline

1866 - Freeville, Tompkins County, New York: born to William "Riley" White and Amanda Oakley on June 13[2]
1869 - Pleasant Grove, Olmsted, Minnesota: birth of brother Virgil White on May 4[8]
1870 - Pleasant Grove, Olmsted, Minnesota: residence (U.S. census) [8]
1875 - Dryden, Tompkins, New York: residence (NY state census)[9]
1880 - Aldrich, Wadena, Minnesota: residence (U.S. census)[10]
1880 - Aldrich, Wadena, Minnesota: death of older brother Edwin in tragic accident in July[11]
1884 - Verndale, Wadena, Minnesota: marriage to Ellen White on July 1[13][14]
1884 - Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota: Curtis has ownership in roller skating rink[51]
1886 - Verndale, Wadena, Minnesota: birth of daughter Josephine Oakley Benham on February 4[15]
1888 - Verndale, Wadena, Minnesota: Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 on January 12
1889 - Verndale, Wadena, Minnesota: death of mother Amanda Oakley White[16]
1892 - Renton, King County, Washington: residence (1892 Washington census) [18]
1895 - Ellen and Curtis Benham separate and divorce
1895 - Junction City, Oregon: Ellen and Josie are leaving in Lane county, Oregon where they are participants in the program for the Bicycle Picnic on May 24[52]
1900 - Cottage Grove, Oregon: Ellen and Josephine are living with her brother Virgil White (1900 U.S. Census) [26]
1900 - Clarks Fork, Kootenai, Idaho: Curtis Benham residence (1900 U.S. census) Boader in the household of Elmer Gilmore and occupation is "Lumber Dealer".[26]
1900 - Idaho: Curtis Benham marriage to Susan Deeds Carson.[53]
1901 - Eugene Oregon: marriage to Joseph Edwards on May 29[54]
1906 - Portland, Oregon: father Riley died after complications from surgery at the age of 75 on October 17, 1906[55]
1906 - Rest Lawn Memorial Park, Junction City, Lane County, Oregon: father Riley White buried on October 19[55]
1907 - Bellfountain, Oregon: Marriage of daughter Josie to James Ralph Pruett on June 26[13]
1908 - Oakland, California: First grandchild Caryl born on August 19[56][57]
1910 - Bellfountain, Benton, Oregon: residence (US census)[30]
1911 - Bellfountain, Oregon: Birth of second granddaughter Ruth Precious on October 21[57][31]
1913 - Corvallis, Oregon: Birth of third granddaughter Esther Josephine on August 4[57][31]
1913 - Corvallis, Oregon: granddaughter Ruth wins Best Baby contest at the Benton County Fair in September[58]
1916 - Corvallis, Oregon: Birth of first grandson James Robert on May 31[31]
1919 - Crannell, Humboldt County, California: Josie and Ralph move to Humboldt County, California[59]
1920 - Crannell, Humboldt County, California: Birth of last grandson Curtis Benham on January 16[60]
1920 - Trinidad, Humboldt, California: residence (U.S census)[31]
1920 - Corvallis, Benton, Oregon: moved back to Corvallis and purchased Ralph and Josie's home on north 5th street on May 28[61]
1921 - Trinidad, Humboldt, California: daughter Josie suffers appendicitis and has surgery in April and Ellen visits to nurse her[62]
1925 - Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California: Josie and Ralph moved to Santa Rosa sometime before November[63]
1929 - Bellfountain, Oregon: Ellen White Benham Edwards died on June 5[64]
1934 - Benton County, Oregon: death of second husband Joseph Edwards on February 12[65]
1938 - Chetco, Curry County, Oregon: death of first husband Curtis Benham at his home on February 22[2]

Death and Legacy

Ellen White Edwards in later years.

Ellen suffered from high blood pressure and lost her eyesight sometime in 1928. Her granddaughter, Caryl Pruett, came up from Santa Rosa, CA to care for her until she passed away in 1929.[1] [66] During that time they grew very close. Caryl would act as her Grandmother's eyes. She read to her and took her to the movies where she would relay the action on the big screen into her ear. My Grandmother Caryl Pruett, told me many stories about her Grandmother Edwards and her kind and loving nature. She said that she had never known a more beautiful person.[27]

Ellen died in Oregon on June 5, 1929 at her home in Bellfountain surrounded by her family.[67]

Mrs. J. H. Edwards, Paralysis Victim, Called Last Night
Death Follows Stroke of One Week Ago Brought on by Complications
Following a paralytic stroke of just one week ago, during which time she has remained unconscious, Mrs. Ellen Phoebe Edwards, wife of J. H. Edwards, died Wednesday night at five o'clock at the family home, 343 North 5th Street. Her last illness and blindness which overtook her less than one year ago developed from frail health of recent years and high blood pressure.
Mrs. Edwards was born in Cornell, New York, June 13, 1866, and was the daughter of W.R. and Amanda White, prominent residents of that place in earlier years. She came to Oregon in 1890 and resided in and around Bellfountain and Alpine until members of the family came to make their home in Corvallis 20 years ago.
Surviving her are her husband, J. H. Edwards, and one daughter, Mrs. J. R. Pruett, of Santa Rosa, Cal., two step-daughters, Mrs. Caryl Kyle of Alpine and Mrs. Hazel Coade of Olympia, Wash., and one brother, Virgil White of Cottage Grove. All of these were called to her bedside and were present at the end. There are several grandchildren, among them Miss Caryl Pruett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pruett, who has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Edwards during the school year and attended Corvallis High School. She is one of the members of the class to be graduated tonight. Mrs. Edwards was aged 62 years, 11 months and 22 days.
Mrs. Edwards loved music and was prominent in musical circles of the city and for years was a soloist and member of the choir of the First Methodist Church. Probably no one in Corvallis had received more requests from relatives to sing at funeral services conducted in Benton county than Mrs. Edwards and she never denied the request until failing health compelled her to do so.
At the funeral at the First Methodist church at 2 o'clock Friday, Mrs. Juanita Manning will sing "No Night There" and "Goin' Home". Mrs. Genevieve Baum-Gaskins will play the accompaniments. Dr. James H. Milligan will conduct the service and interment to be in the family plot at Bellfountain cemetery. The body is at the J. B. Hollingsworth funeral home.
A member of the First Methodist and for years on of its most active members and affiliated with several local clubs, Mrs. Edwards had a wide circle of friends in Corvallis and was generally beloved for her beautiful character, her friendliness and the courageous cheerfulness which continued after she had been deprived of eyesight. [1][68]

Ellen was buried at the Bellfountain Cemetery in plot 16S. My Great-great-great grandfather Buckingham donated the land for the cemetery in the early 1850s[44]

"Heman Chapin Buckingham, who came to the area in 1848, took up a Donation Land Claim just south of Bellfountain. He also purchased a part of the Jonas Belknap Donation Land Claim, and in the early 1850's donated ground for the cemetery. This land was first deeded to a Board of Trustees to be held for the use of the community; later a corporation was formed. The cemetery plat was filed with Benton County in March 1900. Additional land was donated by J. P. and Vernon GRAGG. The cemetery now contains a total of 11 acres. The oldest marked grave (22 July 1859) is that of the infant daughter of J. and P. KELSEY. It is likely that there were burials earlier in that decade.  It is not known which is the oldest part of the cemetery. There is no overall map and early records were burned." [69]
Family Buried in Bellfoutain Cemetary

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  44. 44.0 44.1 "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK4-4JGZ : 11 July 2016), Ellen Phoebe White Edwards, 1929; Burial, Bellfountain, Benton, Oregon, United States of America, Bellfountain Cemetery; citing record ID 35446358, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  45. "Society", Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), Saturday, October 3, 1925, p. 5, col 4, for "Mrs. J H Edwards singing at Golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Starr"; digital images, Newspapers.com (http://www.newspapers.com : accessed 31 Aug 2017).
  46. "Honoring Lincoln and Washington", Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), Monday, February 22, 1915, p. 2, col 4, for "Mrs. J H Edwards Solo: Mrs. J. H. Edwards who responded to enthusiastic encore"; digital images, Newspapers.com (http://www.newspapers.com : accessed 31 Aug 2017).
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    Name: Benham Pruitt
    Birth Date: 16 Jan 1920
    Gender: Male
    Mother's Maiden Name: Benham
    Birth County: Humboldt
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  68. Obituary entered by Caryl Short Ruckert, 3 Sep 2017
  69. Bellfountain Cemetery, Benton County, Oregon, "Bellfountain Cemetary," article on Rootsweb.

see also:

  • Additon, Lucia H. Faxon. Twenty Eventful Years of Oregon Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1880-1900. Statistical, Historical and Biographical. Portraits of Prominent Pioneer Workers. Portland, OR: Gotshall Printing Company, 1904.
  • Bordin, Ruth. Woman and Temperance: The Quest for Power and Liberty, 1873-1900. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1990.
  • Corvallis Historical Images, Digital Oregon.


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