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At his home about 3 miles east of Middletown on Wednesday afternoon, March 31--Mr. Benjamin F. Ellis, of erysipelas, aged 52 years. Mr. Ellis was a soldier of the late war and lost an arm in the service of his country. Services were held Thursday at the Middletown M. E. Church, of which he was a member, Rev. S. H. Martin, officiating, and the remains were interred at Irish Grove. He leaves a wife and six children who will have the sympathy of many friends in their great loss.

Source: Lincoln Herald, April 1, 1886

He was my great grandfather.