FLORENCE AND BENJAMIN CARLETON
"Genealogy of the Betts-Robbins" (1995) by: Paul T. Betts, Jr.
Pages 73 & 74

Florence Lillian Betts
Florence Lillian Betts
(1894 - 1990)
"Genealogy of the Betts-Robbins" (1995)
Provided by: Paul T. Betts, Jr.


            Florence was the 3rd child of Tracy and Estella Betts. She was born December 22nd, 1894 at 393 Park Avenue in Corning, New York. It is the second house down from the road that goes into the Catholic Cemetery. She married Benjamin Carleton on October 26, 1921 at the age of 27. She attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

            Benjamin Harrison Carleton was born September 5th, 1888 in Hammond, Penna. His father's name was William H. Carleton. He was born 1852 and died 1930. William's parents were Darius Carleton born 1/7/1830 died 11/2/1896 and Roxana Carleton born 8/23/1834, died 1/26/1899. Benjamin's Mother was Elizabeth Nichols Carleton. She was born in 1851 and she died in the spring of 1934. They are all buried in Hammond Cemetery located on route 287 between Tioga and Holliday, Penna. William and Elizabeth had 7 children: Charles, John born in 1873 and died 1976 he lived in Philadelphia and worked in a steel plant, Cassie died 11/27/1976 she married Ray Giles they had a boy and 2 girls, Benjamin, twins and William Jr. born 1894.

            Ben was 1st married to Agnes for 6 years then she died in child birth. The baby died also. They lived in Middlebury, Penna. He was a telegrapher for the railroad. Ben Then married Florence October 26, 1921 in the North Baptist Church in Corning, N. Y. They lived in an apartment in Middlebury. When she got pregnant with Geraldine she went to see a doctor in Corning. She could ride on Ben's pass when she had to. Geraldine (Living - Withheld) was born (Living - Withheld) in (Living - Withheld).

            Ben and Florence moved to a house next to his parents in Middlebury. This is where Ralph (Living - Withheld) was born (Living - Withheld). They moved to Holiday. Geraldine started school there, her mother took her out because she had to have her tonsils removed.

            They moved to Tiadoten and this is where Geraldine started school. There was a girl that would pinch her, so she would take Ralph with her, so he would sit in the double seat with her. They lived on eels while they were there. There was a big hole near there where they caught them. They lived there 1 year then they moved back to Holiday. Ben had chickens, bees and he also raised raspberries.

            In 1934, the years that Elizabeth died, they moved to the farm. They had a thousand chickens and they shipped 4 to 6 crates of eggs twice a week to New York City. He had around 6 cows and at one time 3 horses. He also had pigs that he raised just for their own use. Ben also worked at Lodi up along Seneca Lake on the road that they were building. He would stay at a boarding house with other men from the Holiday area during the week and come back home week ends.

            Geraldine graduated from Wellsboro in (Living - Withheld) and shortly afterwards Ben and Florence moved to the house that Paul Betts owned for a while. Ralph graduated from Painted Post. When Paul and Orpha moved back to Interlaken, Ben and Florence moved to Bridge St. in Corning.

            This is where they lived when Ralph went in the service, in the fall of (Living - Withheld), the same year that he graduated from high school. He was a paratrooper. Ben made out some papers to get back on the railroad. They sent him to Endwell, and they moved down there in 1944.

            They moved back to Corning and lived on Ontario St. up over Rose Barnes. Ben then worked at the railroad guard shanties over town. He worked at each one. There was a guard shanty at each street that crossed the railroad. When they closed up Ben was the last one to work at them. He retired in 1953. He had an ulcer operation and they went clear to Chicago for his examination. The rode the train there. While he was there, they told him that they would give him his retirement.

            In 1954 Ben and Florence took Geraldine and Lewie's trailer and moved it up along West side of Keuka Lake and they stayed there 3 winters. They would stay at the cottage because it was better heat in it. They bought a place in Bradford, N. Y. and they lived there until 1979. It was across from the Baptist Church in Bradford.

            They sold the property and moved in the Village Apartments in Painted Post, N. Y. Ben was sick when they moved there. He went in the Pavilion Nursing Home for a year and he died April 8, 1982. He accepted Christ as his personal saviour in his later years of life. She stayed a while at the apartment then moved to Florida to Geraldine's for a couple of years. She moved over to Rockie Creek and live there until 1985. She went to a nursing home and died there with kidney failure February 16, 1990. Both Ben and Florence are buried in Hammond Cemetery.

Benjamin Harrison Carleton
Benjamin Harrison Carleton
(1888 - 1982)
"Genealogy of the Betts-Robbins" (1995)
Provided by: Paul T. Betts, Jr.


A newspaper clipping provided by the generosity of Mr. William G. Canfield, a volunteer at the Corning Public Library:
"The Leader" - Thursday, April 8, 1982
Benjamin H. Carleton
            Benjamin H. Carleton, 93, of Founders Pavilion, formerly of 321 Village Manor Apts., Painted Post, died today, April 8, 1982 in Founders Pavilion.
            He had lived there since 1980.
            He was born Sept. 5, 1888 in Hammond, Pa. to William and Elizabeth Nichols Carelton. He married Florence L. Betts Oct. 26, 1921 in Corning. She survives.
            He was a telegrapher for the former New York Central Railroad and later a watchman for the former Erie Railroad, retiring in 1952.
            He was an avid hunter and a member of the Erwin Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He spent most of his life in Crooked Creek, Pa., moving to Painted Post in 1942. He moved to Bradford, N.Y. in 1954 and returned to Painted Post in 1979.
            Other survivors are a daughter, Geraldine Ashley of Willow Street., Pa., son, Rev. Ralph Carleton of (living - withheld); brother, William Carleton of Corning; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
            Calling hours will be Friday 7-9 p.m. in Carpenter's Funeral Home. Services will bet there Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Jesse A. Peace officiating. Burial will be in Hammond Cemetery, Hammond, Pa.
            Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Erwin Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Building Fund.

Florence Lillian Betts' Grave
Benjamin Harrison Carleton
(1888 - 1982)
Florence Lillian Betts
(1894 - 1990)
Hammond Cemetery
Tioga, Tioga Co., PA.
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