The original Elbert benjamin

The Church of Light convention provided many opportunities to talk about history, and one of the tidbits I picked up during research seemed to really interest the members.   This online family tree  includes a list of the siblings of Elizabeth Benjamine, born Elva Elizabeth Dorris and married to Charles Morris before her marriage to Benjamin Williams– who became Elbert Benjamine.  Elizabeth’s youngest brother Elbert drowned in 1899Family of Elizabeth Benjamine

at 14 or 15 years old.  When her husband adopted a pen name years later, he chose the name of Elizabeth’s youngest brother.   Then for the surname he chose the French word for “youngest child in the family”– although he chose the feminine form.