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Born on Staten Island, N. Y., 10 April 1832, Andrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham was appointed a Midshipman in 1847. He took part in the Paraguay Expedition (1854-55) and served with both the South Atlantic and West Gulf Blockading Squadrons during the Civil War. He commanded the North Atlantic Station 1892-93, and retired the following year. Rear Admiral Benham died at Lake Mahopac, N. Y., 11 August 1905.

Was surprised to find this ship with my paternal surname while surfing today.
Had just mentioned in the Chat this morning about the ugly experiences my
brother, Moultrie Benham (1926-1972), endured in his assignment as "houseservant, babysitter, cook" in the home of the naval commander. Life has many strange turns. A Benham cousin, Robert(1932-), was the first African American to be elected as Chief Justice, State of Georgia, Supreme Court and still serves in the court.

My Benham lines connects via William Benham, CT to Elizabeth IRBY in Laurens SC to Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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