Martin BENSON Edward BENSON Mary BENSON Roe Andrew DEMPSEY Harrison L DEMPSEY Thelmer DEMPSEY Elvis J DEMPSEY Rosella DEMPSEY Rube ELLENBERG Joe L MEDCALF Belle Rosella SCRUGGS Mini tree diagram

Josie BENSON1,2,3,6,7,4,2,2,5

Feb 19001,2,3,4,2,5 - 19th Mar 19723

Life History

Feb 1900

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,2,5

3rd Oct 1917

Married Roe Andrew DEMPSEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2


Birth of son Harrison L DEMPSEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,3

7th Aug 1920

Birth of son Thelmer DEMPSEY in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,8,5,9,10

4th Dec 1922

Birth of son Elvis J DEMPSEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,3,5

about 1934

Birth of daughter Rosella DEMPSEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

24th Jun 1937

Death of Roe Andrew DEMPSEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas.11,12

5th Feb 1938

Married Rube ELLENBERG in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

7th Mar 1951

Married Joe L MEDCALF in Faulkner County, Arkansas.2


Death of son Harrison L DEMPSEY.3

19th Mar 1972

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

after 19th Mar 1972

Buried in St Charles Cemetery, St Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas.3


  • In 1900 Josie is reported as the youngest child of her widowed mother,being 3 months old.  Her father must have died earlier in 1900 or latein 1899.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 19 June, PrairieTownship, Hse #228, Fam #233
    Scruggs, Martha Head W F Jan 1837  63 Widow 12 children/5 living TN TNTN No Occup Owns
    Benson, Belle R Dau W F Aug 1875  21 Widow 4 children/3 living AR TNTN
    Benson, Josie Granddau W F Feb 1900 3mos Single AR AR AR

    In the 1910 census, Josie is reported under her stepfather's name ofJenkins (Jinkins).  Her mother Emma Belle Scruggs was first married toMartin Benson, who died before the 1900 census.  That census reportsthat Josie was just 3 months old, and born in February 1900.  Josiewas the last child of Martin Benson and Rosella Scruggs Benson.

    Josie's sister Goldean (Glodine here) was 7 years old in 1910, meaningshe was born in about 1903.  Her mother Belle did not marry Charly(Charles Doyle) Jenkins until 1905.  Goldean's memorial on Find aGrave mistakenly reports her maiden name as Benson, even though the1900 census clearly indicates that Martin Benson died before 1900.Goldean's father was Charles Jenkins and his first wife, whose  namewe have not discovered.  Or otherwise perhaps Rosella was her mother,but she was born out of wedlock, before her parents married in 1905.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, St Charles,District 12, page 3A, Hse/Fam #41
    Jinkins, Charly Head M W 48 Marriage 2 Married 4 yrs MS SC MS Farmer[b abt 1862]
    Jinkins, Belle Wife F W 31 Marriage 2 Married 4 yrs 7 children/6living AR Unk Unk [b abt 1879]
    Jinkins, Edd Son M W 16 Single AR AR AR
    Jinkins, Mary Dau F W 12 Single AR AR AR
    Jinkins, Jossie [sic] Dau F W 10 Single AR AR AR
    Jinkins, Goldine Dau F W 7 Single AR AR AR
    Jinkins, Arthur Son W M 3 Single AR AR AR
    Jinkins, [No Name] Son W M 8mos Single AR AR AR [b abt July 1909]

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Roe Dempsey
    Age 30, Birth Year abt 1887
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse Josie Benson
    Spouse's Age: 18
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 3 Oct 1917 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 3 Oct 1917

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 12 April, PrairieTownship, District 24, page 3B, Public Road, Hse #51, Fam #52
    Dempsey, Roc (Roe?) Head Rents M W 42 Married at age 30  AR MS ARCotton Farmer
    Dempsey, Josie F W 30 Married at age 18  AR AR AR
    Dempsey, Harrison Son M W 11 AR AR AR
    Dempsey, Thelmer (Thomas?) Son M W 9 AR AR AR
    Dempsey, Elvis Son M W 7 AR AR AR
    Dempsey, Jack Father M W 72 Widowed  MS MS MS

    Josie's husband Roe Dempsey died in 1937.  In 1938 she married RubeEllenberg.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Josie Benson
    Gender Female
    Age 35, Birth Year abt 1903
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Rube Ellenberg
    Spouse's Age 28
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 5 Feb 1938 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 5 Feb 1938

    After the death of Roe Dempsey in 1937, Josie married Rube Ellenbergin 1938.  In the 1938 census, Josie and Rube are reported in CrockettTownship of Arkansas County, with her daughter Rosella, age 6, Josie'stwo Dempsey sons, and a cousin named Robert Weathers.

    Rosella is reported as the daughter of Rube Ellenberg.  But note thatshe is 6 years old, and her mother married Rube only in 1938.  Rosellawas born about 1934, 4 years before Josie married Rube, and 3 yearsbefore Roe Dempsey died.  So it appears she should have been reportedas a step daughter.

    Josie's two sons Thelma and Elvis are reported as stepsons, with thecorrect surname of Dempsey.  But I see that Thelma is reported as agirl, though in all other records, he is reported as a boy.  AndThelma's record of marriage to Clara Hood And Elvis is reported asEllis.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 April, CrickettTownship, District 1-6, page 7A, Country Road, Hse #94, Rents $2
    Elenberg, Rube Head F W 30 Married Grade 3 b Ark same house 1935Cotton Farmer [b abt 1910]
    Elenberg, Josie Wife F W 40 Married Grade 3 b Ark same house in 1935[b abt 1900]
    Elenberg, Rosella Dau [stepdaughter] F W 6 Grade 0 b [unrptd] [b abt1934]
    Dempsey, Thelma stepdaughter F W 18 Single Grade 5 b Ark same house in1935 Farm Laborer
    Dempsey, Ellis Stepson M W 16 Single Grade 4 b Ark same house in 1935Farm Laborer
    Weathers, Robert Cousin M W 47 Single Grade 5 b Ark same house in 1935Farm Laborer

    Thelma is also reported in the household of his cousin ThomasPatterson and wife Goldine in Monroe County Arkansas.  He is reportedcorrectly there as male.

    It appears that Josie and Rube divorced, since Rube's date of death inhis Soical Security records in in 1973.  Josie married Joe T Medcalfin Faulkner County, Arkansas.  At the time her residence wasJacksonville, Pulaski County, Arkansas.  She and Joe moved to his homeof Wichita, Kansas.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Josie E Dempsey
    Gender Female
    Age 50, Birth Year abt 1901
    Residence Jacksonville, Pulaski, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Joe L Medcalf
    Spouse's Gender Male
    Spouse's Age 51
    Spouse's Residence Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
    Marriage 7 Mar 1951 Faulkner County
    Marriage License Date 7 Mar 1951

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Wichita, Kansas, City Directory, 1958, p 740
    Medcalf Joe L (Josie) formn City Bd of Comnrs 2330 S Topeka av

    Josie Medcalf
    Birth Mar. 30, 1900
    Death Mar. 19, 1972
    Spouse Joe L. Medcalf (1899 - 1987)
    Harrison J Dempsey (1918 - 1969)
    Elvis L Dempsey (1922 - 2012)
    Burial Saint Charles Cemetery, Saint Charles, Arkansas County,Arkansas
    Created by Dale Houghton Apr 04, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #88070129,


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