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William Lloyd Benham Florida orphan.

William Lloyd Benham Florida orphan.

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 12:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Dec 2012 12:22AM GMT
My mother left my father before I was born and we never talked about him.

After mom died I got buzy looking for him. This is what I have found out abt him in my research.
He(William Lloyd Benham) grew up in Florida as an orphan. He obtained a social security number at the age of 16 (around 1940) and it lists his place of residence as Jacksonville, Florida. He witnessed the murder of his mother(Emma Brazzell) around 1929 at age 3-4. The man listed on his birth certificate (Charles Fred Benham) is an inmate in the Ohio Penitentiary in the 1930 and 1940 census. Young William living at the Ohio House of Refuge next to the prison in the 1930 census.

I have attempted to locate prison records revealing what Charles was in prison for. The prison is no longer there and I have been unable to locate records.

There is no death record for Emmie Brazzell (Native American) and no marriage record for Charles and Emma. Maybe they never married.

The only thing I think I can do now is possibly find a newspaper article about her death. Or records of his life as an orphan. The last record I have of her is her as a mother to a baby girl who died at 2 days old in July 1928 in Miami-Dade Florida. Any advice in locating information would be appreciated.

Re: William Lloyd Benham Florida orphan.

Posted: 9 Feb 2013 8:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you tried each of the county courthouses in the state of Ohio? In Calif anyway, the court sends 2 certified copies of the court's "abstract" listing what each count, special allegation, or enhancement attached to each count is. The sheriff gets one copy for transporting the inmate to the state prison, the 2nd one is sent to the prison. The court keeps the original in the court file. Each law enforcement also gets notified, I don't believe criminal felonies or misdeanor records in california are destroyed. I would try the courthouses in each county first. In California there are 3 indexes, one by case title, one by chronological order, and one by alpa list. My guess is other states do similiar things. Sometimes they are on microfilm, or computer, but don't believe they get destroyed, unless minor infractions. The circumstances are usually in a probation report, in Calif. they're public record about 30 or 60 days from the time of filing or sentencing, whichever is earlier, then they become confidential. Try and talk to a clerk at the courthouses. Any of all counties can send someone to the state prison. Law enforcement involved such as city police would also have a record at one time, unknown on their destruction of records procedures. State Criminal agencies also have criminal records, but unknown if available to public or just other agencies for the justice department.

Re: William Lloyd Benham Florida orphan.

Posted: 7 Dec 2013 7:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank You for your help!!
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