Benjamin Franklin LOVIN Ida Lucinda LOVIN Nemmie LOVIN Sarah Alice LOVIN Rosa Lee LOVIN Mattie Arletta LOVIN Annie L LOVIN Living LOVIN Ruby LAKIN Clarence Brady LOVIN Roy Jean LOVIN Ida May DILLINGHAM Minnie Mae LOVIN Lucinda Pink BREWER Mini tree diagram
Benjamin Franklin LOVIN

Benjamin Franklin LOVIN1,2,7,4,8,9,5,6,3

28th Jul 18901,2,3,4,5,6 - 9th Nov 19766

Life History

28th Jul 1890

Born in Washita, Caddo, Oklahoma Territory.1,2,3,4,5,6

about 1909

Married Ruby LAKIN

before 1917

Divorced from Ruby LAKIN in In June 1917 WWI Draft Reg, Ben is Single;  In the 1 January 1920 census, Ben is married to his second wife Ida May Dilingham.4,9,3

about 1919

Married Ida May DILLINGHAM in Texas

25th Nov 1919

Birth of son Clarence Brady LOVIN in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.4,5,10

3rd Jan 1923

Birth of son Roy Jean LOVIN in Los Angeles County, California.11

1st Dec 1933

Death of Ruby LAKIN in Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma.4,12

9th Nov 1976

Died in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada.6

Other facts


Birth of son Living LOVIN


  • Benjamin Franklin Lovin, Jr, was born 28 July 1890, according tofamily sources reported in genealogies.  This is the birth date givenalso in his WWI Draft Registration card.  He is reported as born inWashita, which is a town in Caddo County.

    The 1900 census reports he and the other children of Benjamin andMattie Lovin were born in Indian Territory.  However, Caddo County wasin Oklahoma Territory, not Indian Territory, and became Caddo Countyof the State of Oklahoma.  He is first recorded with his parents inthe 1900 census for Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Territory.  We aretold he was born in Indian Territory.  It seems this was in ChickasawNation.

    In 1900 we find his two older half-brothers Edward and James Henryliving in Township 4 of Chickasaw Nation.  According to this census,Ben's two older sisters Mattie and Anna were also born in IndianTerritory.

    1900 Federal Census, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Territory, 25 June,Burnett Township, District 194, page 15B, Hse/Fam #278
    Lovin, Benjamin F Head W M May 1850 50 Married 25 yrs MS MS MS
    Lovin, Lucinda P Wife W F June 1852 47 Married 25 yrs AR MS MS
    Lovin, Benjamin F Son W M Aug 1891 9 Ind Terr MS AR

    In 1910, B F married Ruby M Lakin.

    They are enumerated in the 1910 census in Alex, Grady County,Oklahoma, where her name is spelled Rubie.

    1910 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma, 30 April, Alex Township,District 89, page 6B, Hse/Family #94
    Lovin, Benjamin F Head M W 20  Married 0 yrs US US US Farmer  Rents [babt 1890]
    Lovin, Rubie M Wife F W 16 Married 0 yrs TX US US [b abt 1894]

    A granddaughter of Ruby tells us that Ben left Ruby and took thechildren.  The only child is reported in a genealogy associated with afamily photo as Clyde.  He appears to be about 3 or 4 in the photo.But Clyde is reported in Ben's household in 1920 as 8 years old.  Theonly other child is a 1-month-old baby named Clarence, presumably thechild of the wife reported in 1920, Ida May Dillingham.

    There is another discrepancy with the report of children and thedivorce from Ruby.  In 1917 when B F registered for the draft, he wassingle.  Ben is working in the Houston area, in the town of Gladsell,Texas.  So that photo of Ben and Ruby with one son may have been takenbefore they were divorced in 1917 or earlier.  In the Draftregistration he reports his mother and "one child," presumably hischild, are dependent on him.

    His Draft Registration provides some missing personal details.  Notethat he is living in Liberty County, Texas.

    U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Benjamin Franklin Lovin
    Born 28 July 1890 Washita (Caddo County), Oklahoma
    Residence Gladsell (Liberty County), Texas
    Single, Occupation Log Hauler, Grogan Mfg Co
    Reports his mother and one child are dependent on him.
    Medium Height and Build, Gray Eyes, Light Hair
    Registration 5 June 1917 Liberty County, Texas

    In 1920, he has moved to Dallas, Texas, and is married again with twosons.  Clyde is reported by Ruby's grandson as Ruby's son, born in1917.  If he was born in 1917, it was before July, when Ben reportshimself as single, not married (or divorced).

    1920 Federal Census, Dallas County, Texas, 2 January, Dallas, Precinct10, District 27, page 1A, 3404 Swiss Avenue, Hse #6, Family #7
    Lovin, Benjamin F Head Rents M W 29 Okla US Ark  House Carpenter [babt 1891]
    Lovin, Ida May Wife F W 23 Mass Mass Mass [b abt 1897]
    Lovin, Clyde Son M W 8 Okla Okla Mass [b abt 1912]
    Lovin, Clarence Son  M W 1 month TX Okla Mass [b abt November 1919]

    Ben and Ida May are living as a second family in the household of WestMoon and his wife Elizabeth.  By 1923, Ben and Ida had moved toCalifornia, and were listed in the Santa Monica City Directory.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1923, p 378
    Lovin Benjamin F (Ida M) carp h 1338 Euclid S M

    Ben and Ida May later moved to British Columbia, Canada.  This waslikely before 1938, when their son Roy Lovin appears iin the SantaMonica City Direcotry as the sole listing under this surname.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1938, p 321
    Lovin Roy r 9 Av 18 Venice

    Ben moved to British Columbia, Canada.  His death is reported there on9 November 1976, in the town of Terrace, British Columbia.  "Terraceis a city on the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada. TheKitselas people, a tribe of the Tsimshian Nation, have lived in theTerrace area for thousands of years."  --  "Terrace, BritishColumbia," Wikipedia,,_British_Columbia

    British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990
    Benjamin Franklin Lovin
    Death Age 85, Birth Year abt 1891
    Death 9 Nov 1976 Terrace
    Registration #1976-09-017006
    BCA #B13356, GSU #2050569


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