Ada Ladonna Spaulding
Born: 1902, Indiana
Father: David Spaulding
Mother: Mary Miller Spaulding
Married: Edward Bencik abt. 1919
Our Child: Anne Lorraine Bencik
John Bencik born 1920 married Evelyn
Edward (Dude) Bencik born 1926 married
Arthur David Bencik born 1923 married Marge
Mary Bencik born 1925 drowned as a child
Anne Lorraine Bencik born 1929
Married Fred D. Smith
Margie Bencik Born Married Richard Dyke
Ada was the first daughter of David Spaulding and Mary Miller
Spaulding. in 1910 they, together with Ada's siblings, brother
Eliza and sister Violet, lived in Jennings County, Bigger Townhip.
shows David and Mary Spaulding and children Ada, Eliza and Violet
Sometime after 1910 David Spaulding died and widow Mary Miller
Spaulding married Jesse Rutledge. Jesse and Mary had one child,
Ada married Edward Bencik in 1918, at the
age of 17, in Indianapolis.
by 1920 Ada and her husband Edward were living with her mother Mary
Miller Spaulding Rutledge and her husbad Jesse Rutledge.
Also living in the house where
Ada's sister Violet Spaulding and brother Eliza Spaulding, and Mary's
father and Ada's grandfather, 67 year old John O. Miller. Also
living in the house was Charles Rutledge, the
son of Mary and Jesse Rutledge.
1920 Census shows Ada living with new
husband Ed Bencik in Jesse Rutledge household
A couple of oddities to note on the 1920 Census. Notice that
Jesse Rutledge is listed as Head of Household, Mary as wife, Ada as a
daughter and Eliza and Violet as step-daughters. Could Jesse have
possibly known Mary before Mary married David, then got back together
after David died? Probably not, but it makes one wonder.
That same census also lists Eliza as a male step-daughter, so maybe the
census taker was just wacko. The 1910 census establishes that
Eliza was indeed a Male son. Fred Smith
told me he remembered a brother of Ada called "Elzie".
By 1930 the Soda Shop had become a Grocery Store. Ada was still
living in ther same house with Edward. They now had children
John(10), David(7), Mary(5), Edward(4) and Anna(1). Youngest
daughter Margie would not be born until 1934.
1930 Bencik Census
Sometime after the birth of Margie in 1934 Ada separated from Edward
Married: Charles Hanson
Child: Charlene Hanson
Ada married Charley Hanson. They moved to California and lived
there until about 1956, when they moved back to Greenfield,
Hanson opened a Grocery Store in Greenfield, IN a short distance from
where Adas mother, Mary Rutledge, was living.
Ada and Charles Hanson had one daughter, Charlene Hanson.
Ada died from leukemia in 196?
Ada shown with sister Violet, mother Mary, and
half brother Charles Rutledge