|Dr. Ben'j Dean Lucas|
|Cert. of Reg. of American Citizen|
Although their second child and son, Thomas Lawman Lucas was also born in China in 1910, no such form has been found for him.
|Mar 1910 Passenger List|
I have not found them in 1920; perhaps the family had returned to China!?. In 1930 they were back in Chesterfield where Ben'j was employed as a high school teacher and Ella, as a public school teacher. Their two sons were still living at home with the parents.
In 1940, Benjamin was enumerated as married, wife absent; odd because Ella had died nearly four years earlier. Ben'j Jr. and his wife, Zenith were renting space in Benjamin's home at the rate of $5 per month. Jr. and wife did not yet have children.
When Benjamin died in 1956 his obituary, which appeared in The Florence Morning News at Florence, SC on March 13, page 7, revealed that he had been married again after Ella died. His second wife was Irene Worley of Bennettsville, SC.
Bennettsville, March 12 - Dr. B. D. Lucas, 87, died at 2 p.m., at his home following an illness of two months.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hursey Funeral Home at Chesterfield.
Dr. Lucas was twice married. His first wife Ella Coffey Lucas of Lynchburg, Va. died several years ago. From this marriate three children survive; Mrs. J. Williams of Charleston, Dr. T. L. Lucas of Alexandria, Va. and Ben D. Lucas of San Antonio, Texas.
Other survivors include his widow, Mrs. Irene Worley Lucas of Bennettsville; two brothers and a sister.
Dr. Lucas attended The Citadel and graduated in pharmacy from the College of Charleston.Both Ella and Benjamin are buried at the Chesterfield City Cemetery. Their graves can be found at Find a Grave, memorial no. 72025231 and 72025068. Benjamin's parents are also buried at the Chesterfield cemetery.
Library of Virginia "http://www.lva.virginia.gov/" "Miss Coffey to Wed", Wedding announcement, Times-Dispatch, Vol. 1903, No. 16275, Page 3, Col 6, Richmond, VA, 24 June 1903; viewed; 24 September 2013
"Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959", Ancestry.com http://tinyurl.com/p5dhm37.
Passport Applications, 1795–1905. NARA Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls. General Records Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
"Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940", index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR3L-MHM : accessed 18 Feb 2013), Benjamin Dean Lucas and Ella Rue Coffey, 08 Jul 1903; citing reference Pg 11 Ln 131, FHL microfilm 2048489.
US Federal Census Records
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