Born: 1761 probably Pennsylvania
Burial Site: Johnson Cemetery, Haddon Township, Sullivan Co., Indiana
Inscription on stone reads: Soldier was ine of the framers of the Constitution of the State of Indiana
Service: Ranger on the frontier from Cumberland Co., PA 1778-1783
Pvt 4th Class Cumberland Co Militia, 7th Co, 4th Battalion under the command of Capt Robert Dickey, Capt William Huston and Col Samuel Culbertson
Proof: Penn Archives 3rd Series, Vol 23, pp 288, 704, 765, 747
Penn Archives 5th Series , Vol 4 page 620
Penn Archives Vol 6, pp 314, 285, 615
History of Dearborn and Ohio Co., page 524
History of Hamilton County, Ohio, page 402
History of Butler County, Ohio page 429
1820 Census of Sullivan County, Indiana
DAR application number 428229
Married: Rebecca Fitzjames, born
Robert: Born abt 1788 married in KY Died Knox Co., Indiana
Mary: married John McCleavor
and probably others
Information above was Mrs Marvyn Fish of Vincennes, Indiana.
Sullivan County, IN Cemetery Records
Volume 5, Pg 28
John Benefiels service included Ranger on the frontier from Cumberland Co, Penn. 1778-1783.
Private, Fourth Class, Cumberland Co, Militia, 7th Company, 4th Battalion, 1780-1781 under the
command of Captain Robert Dickey Capt Wm Huston and Col Samuel Culbertson.
At some period he rec. the title of "Colonel" This may have been during the Indian uprisings
of the period 1785-1800. It is said that he was in the War of 1812 and that he was Colonel of the
regiment of Light Horse Dragoons at Carlisle when the Indians were still there.
In addition to his military service, John Benefiel was one of the signers of the Indiana
Constitution in 1816, and a member of the Legislature in 1820. Carlisle American Legion Post
No. 236 was in charge of the military rites at this dedication ceremony on May 26, 1974.
The stones of Col. John and Rebecca Benefiel were almost destroyed by a tornado several years
ago. The stones were saved by the school children of Carlisle. Mr Harold Bowen, whose farm surronds
the cemetery, was one of the children who contributed their pennies, nickels and dimes to buy material.
This was about 1928 and Mr Jim Boone did the work.
Information provided by Edward Hitchcock, a member of the Daniel Guthrie SAR Chapter in Bedford, IN.
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