Josie BENSON Mini tree diagram

Rube ELLENBERG1,2,3,4

4th Jul 19091,2,3,4 - 10th Oct 19731,3,4

Life History

4th Jul 1909

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4

5th Feb 1938

Married Josie BENSON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1

19th Mar 1972

Death of Josie BENSON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4

10th Oct 1973

Died in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,3,4

after 10th Oct 1973

Buried in Childers Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4


  • After the death of her husband Roe Dempsey in 1937, Josie BensonDempsey married Rube Ellenberg in 1938.  Rube is a nickname forReuben.  In the 1930 census his name is entered as Rubin.

    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

    In the 1940 census, Josie and Rube are reported in Crockett Townshipof Arkansas County, with her daughter Rosella, age 6, Josie's twoDempsey sons, and a cousin named Robert Weathers.  Rosella is reportedas the daughter of Rube Ellenberg.  But note that she is 6 years old,and her mother married Rube only in 1938.  Rosella was born about1934, 4 years before Josie married Rube, and 3 years before RoeDempsey died.  So it appears she should have been reported as a stepdaughter.

    Josie's two sons Thelma and Elvis are reported as stepsons, with thecorrect surname of Dempsey.  But Thelma is reported as a girl, thoughin all other records, he is reported as a boy.  And Elvis is reportedas Ellis.

    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

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Rube Ellenburg
    Born 4 Jul 1909
    Died Oct 1973
    Last Residence De Witt, Arkansas, Arkansas 72042
    SSN 432-32-7952 issued Arkansas (Before 1951)

    Rube Ellenburg
    Birth Jul. 4, 1909
    Death Oct. 10, 1973
    Burial Childers Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Dale Houghton Jan 03, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #63683687,


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