A Nine Year Search Has Come to an End!!!


For nine long years I’ve searched for my 2nd great-grandmother’s maiden name and I finally found it! I acquired her death record in 2013, but there was no vital information on it.

She is Mamie PENNY, wife of Edward Benton, my 2nd great-grandfather.  My grandfather’s sister, my Aunt Marguerite, told me her mother, Artimease (Benton) Willis-Jackson and her siblings were born in Gramercy, Louisiana.  This Social Security Application Index of her youngest sibling, Ernest Benton, Sr., confirms the birth location and now presents their mother’s maiden name.  HELLO GRANDMA MAMIE!
U.S. Social Security Application and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Below is her death record–the only other information I had on Mamie.

According to Aunt Marguerite, her mother told her Mamie died at a young age–when Artimease, my great-grandmother & the oldest of seven children, was 15 years old. Artimease, and her father, Edward Benton, had to raise her younger brothers and sisters.  Edward was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  When his wife died, he moved his family from Gramercy (in St. James Parish) back to East Baton Rouge Parish. Their youngest child, Earnest was just 2 years old when their mother died.

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