Where Ben Inman Lived

This page will trace Benjamin Inman's whereabouts at various times in his life:

Birth. When we started our family album, our only information on Ben's birth was a typed page which was handed down in our family with the birthdates and birthplaces of the Inman family. Ben is listed as "Benjamin Franklin Inman, October 31, 1846, Miami, Ohio." In all the references to him, he's listed as "Ben" or "Benjamin", but without any middle name. There is no city in Ohio called Miami. There is a Miami county and several Miami townships. We're not sure which place the chronicler had in mind.

There were numerous Inmans living in Miami county in the first half of the 19th Century, including several Benjamins and Johns, but none that can be identified positively with our ancestor or his parents. Most of these Inmans are Quakers who had left South Carolina because of their opposition to slavery. In the 1895 Census, which lists Ben as 48 years old and born in OH, his sister (?), Mary E. Jennings, is listed as 42 years of age and born in PA. On the other hand, Mary's birthplace may not have been recorded correctly.

Residences. The following are some traces which Ben Inman left in the public record:

Death. Ben Inman dies on New Year's Day, 1917, in Denver, Colorado. We don't have a death certificate or obituary yet, but believe this information to be accurate. For what it's worth, there's a Find A Grave entry for Crown Hill Cemetery, in Jefferson county, Colorado, near Denver, which lists a burial for "Ben Inman, 1846-1916", but with no further information, and no picture of a tombstone.

1 The directory entry says, "Inman, Benjamin, laborer, Logan st; rep; Meth; from Indiana." Other Inmans living in Lincoln included: Are any of the other Inmans in this very small Illinois town related to our Ben? Is Charles Ben's brother? Is Ezekiel the same man as is listed in the 1886 History of Logan county, page 221, as having served as a county constable from 1857 to 1859? Possibly. There's an Ezekiel in both the 1860 and 1870 censuses, who was born in Ohio about 1825 or 1827. (In the 1880 census, the only Inmans in Logan county are Ben and Lucy and their children.) The same directory, on page 400, lists Ben's younger sister Elizabeth and her husband. We've been able to trace their descendants, with the help of their great-great-grandson.
2 Minnesota information is taken from the web site of the Hubbard County GenWeb Project, which contains records formerly available from the Hubbard County Genealogical Society.
This page was last updated 28 Nov 2014.