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Stinson and Benton Families to Attend Reunion at Old Home Place Near Indian Trail, 1941

Beasley’s Farm and Home Weekly, Charlotte, N.C., July 31, 1941

Stinson and Benton Reunion August 6th

The descendants of Cyrus Stinson of Mecklenburg County and of Washington Benton of Union County will hold a family reunion on August 16th at the D.D. Stinson old home place, 2 ½ miles east of Indian Trail. This is now the home of Mr. E.J. Stinson and he urges all descendants and collateral relatives to make their preparations to be present.

Immediately after the Civil War, D.D. Stinson and P.C. Stinson, sons of Cyrus Stinson, settled in Union County. They married sisters, daughters of Washington Benton. Mrs. Martha Ann Benton, widow of P.C. Stinson is the only sister now living and she is 91 years of age. Her only remaining brothers are Messrs. W.A. Benton of Hamlet and Lonnie Benton of Florida. Union County has never had better citizens than the Benton and Stinson families.

Mr. E.J. Stinson says he is expecting a large number at the reunion and he has already heard from a number of descendants living in other states who expect to attend.

Mr. Stinson has some family relics which he will exhibit. One is a box with glass cover in which are examples of his father’s handicraft. Also there is his parole, given at Appomattox Courthouse on April 10, showing his discharge from Co. B, 15th Regiment N.C. Troops with the Army of Northern Virginia, immediately after Lee’s surrender. His father, D.D. Stinson, was a prisoner during the war and while in prison employed his time partly in making small articles of bone, which was the only material he could get. One article is a shield with ?? and heart and one is a star and crescent. One is a small piece of turning which was done on a little lathe made by Mr. Stinson for the purpose.

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