3. Benjamin Tyson (1814-1883)

History and Biography of Benjamin Tyson & Christina Flinchbaugh

Benjamin Tyson is the tenth child of Jacob Tyson and Elizabeth Lehman.  According to his tombstone, he was born August 20, 1814 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  On February 16, 1836, the York Gazette had the announcement that Benjamin Tyson married Miss Christianna Flinchbaugh were married by the Rev. Oswald.  According to the History of York County, Pennsylvania by John Gibson in 1886, Rev. Oswald was assistant pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in York from 1829-1836, making it likely that is where they were married.  Christina is the daughter of Frederick Flinchbaugh and Christina Pfister and according to her tombstone was born April 11, 1808 in York County, PA.

Benjamin’s father Jacob passed away in 1822, just a couple of weeks before Benjamin turned 8 years old.  Even though Jacob died when his oldest son John was only 23 years old and Elizabeth did not re-marry after Jacob’s death, the family was still able to keep his land in the family.  In the 1830 census, Elizabeth Lehman is living alone, with John and his young family living right next door.  Benjamin was likely living in his older brother John’s household, as the 1830 census counts a male age 15-19 in the household, which fits the age of Benjamin but is too old for any of John’s children.  It appears that by 1840 Benjamin had taken possession of all the Tyson land, not his older brother John.  In 1840, John and his family are living in Spring Garden Twp, while Benjamin is living in Windsor Twp.  The 1840 census for Benjamin has a female aged 60-69, which is likely his mother Elizabeth since she was age 65 and she is also listed as living with him in the 1850 census.

Due to a lack of recorded deed transactions for this property, it is unclear when Jacob purchased it.  It appears he purchased it sometime between 1800 and 1810.  The 1800 census places him as neighbors to his father Henry and brother Isaac, who lived in the northern part of Windsor Twp near the intersection of Fresyville Rd and East Prospect Rd.  The 1810 and 1820 census place him as neighbors of people who lived in the area of his land, which is basically to the east of Felton Rd, near the intersection with Brownton Rd.  As of this writing (September 2017), much of this same land is still owned by a great-grandson of Benjamin Tyson and Christina Flinchbaugh, meaning the land has been in the Tyson family for over 200 plus years.

Benjamin took an active role in his community, much like his grandfather Henry did.  When Lebanon Lutheran Church, which was founded upon land donated by his father-in-law Frederick Flinchbaugh, built a new church building in 1859, Benjamin Tyson was one of the Lutheran trustees of the Union church.  In addition, Benjamin was also elected as one of the directors for the Peach Bottom Railway Company on August 3, 1870 for the York County line.  The Peach Bottom Railway was built from York to Peach Bottom, and ran along part of the northeast edge of Benjamin’s property.  Also, the Brownton station of the railroad was only about 1/2 mile down the road from his house.  Later on, the Peach Bottom Railway became known as the Ma & Pa Railroad.

Christina meanwhile, was a skilled seamstress.  One of the quilts she made is featured on the cover of the book Antique Quilting Designs, by Roberta Denvin, 2001.  The piece is called a Pieced Double Irish Chain Quilt.  The story passed down in the family is that Christina made the quilt, and the research in the book by the author suggests the colored prints used in the quilt date it to the mid-1830’s, which coincides with Christina and Benjamin getting married in 1836.

Quilt made by Christina Flinchbaugh Tyson in the mid 1830’s. Quilt is in the collection of Virginia Brenner

Like the Miller family, the Tyson’s have a school named after them as well.  It is unclear how early the school was built, but it was built by 1860 as it shows up on maps of that date.  The Tyson’s donated land near their farm for the school, as it is located on the west side of Felton Rd, where Brownton Rd merges into Felton Rd.  The school is still standing today, but it has now been converted into a private residence.

Benjamin Tyson born August 20, 1814 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died February 17, 1883 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Christina Flinchbaugh born April 11, 1808 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died September 4, 1886 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.

Children and Grandchildren of Benjamin Tyson and his wife Christina Flinchbaugh:

  1. Henry F Tyson born March 12, 1837 in York County, PA, died March 7, 1921 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Mary Barshinger born May 26, 1840 in York County, PA, died February 21, 1925 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.
    1. Amanda Tyson born December 12, 1863 in York County, PA, died January 28, 1947 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.
    2. William Henry Tyson born December 9, 1864 in York County, PA, died March 7, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married (first) Annie Grim born November 15, 1860 in York County, PA, died March 18, 1923 in York County, PA and buried at Home Cemetery in Dallastown, York County, PA.  He married (second) Emma Herbst born November 4, 1874 in York County, PA, died August 14, 1919 in York County, PA and buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
    3. Agnes Tyson born September 1, 1866 in York County, PA, died April 3, 1949 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  She married Edward Grove born August 8, 1866 in York County, PA, died October 4, 1954 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.
    4. Franklin Tyson born November 4, 1871 in York County, PA, died November 17, 1962 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married (first) Ida Sechrist born November 24, 1871 in York County, PA, died 1905 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married (second) Ida Mae Arnold born March 23, 1886 in York County, PA, died January 3, 1942 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
    5. John Tyson born November 23, 1873 in York County, PA, died March 23, 1963 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Emma Phillips born May 25, 1875 in York County, PA, died April 9, 1959 in York County, PA and buried at York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  They are second cousins, both are descended from Frederick Flinchbaugh/Christina Pfister and Jacob Tyson/Elizabeth Lehman
    6. Emma Tyson born October 4, 1877 in York County, PA, died February 20, 1966 and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA..  She married Harry Myers born October 16, 1885 in York County, PA, died January 8, 1945 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.
    7. Mary Ellen Tyson born January 23, 1881 in York County, PA, died June 21, 1955 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.
  2. Elizabeth Tyson born January 10, 1839 in York County, PA, died February 11, 1909 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  She married Samuel Barshinger born March 3, 1830 in York County, PA, died July 5, 1919 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.
    1. Henry B Barshinger born November 9, 1864 in York County, PA, died November 25, 1917 in Franklin County, PA and buried at Greenmount Cemetery in York, York County, PA.  He married Rozella Myers born October 6, 1873 in York County, PA, died October 6, 1873 in York County, PA, died March 29, 1950 in York County, PA and buried at Greenmount Cemetery in York, York County, PA.
    2. Charles Barshinger born September 11, 1868 in York County, PA, died February 16, 1920 in York County, PA and buried at Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Mary Jones born August 21, 1871 in York County, PA, died May 19, 1944 in PA and buried at Windsor Cemetery in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.
    3. Clara Barshinger born August 30, 1870 in York County, PA, died April 12, 1929 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.
    4. Samuel Barshinger born August 25, 1871 in York County, PA, died December 11, 1943 in York County, PA and buried at Freysville Cemetery in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Minerva Gable born May 20, 1869 in York County, PA, died January 21, 1955 in York County, PA and buried at Freysville Cemetery in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.
    5. Leah Barshinger born November 29, 1875 in York County, PA, died February 22, 1958 in York County, PA and buried at Saint Lukes Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA.  She married William E Craley born July 8, 1872 in York County, PA, died October 2, 1923 in York County, PA and buried at Saint Lukes Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Chanceford Twp, York County, PA
  3. Jacob Tyson born October 27, 1841 in York County, PA, died August 5, 1920 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Eliza Seltzer born March 16, 1838 in York County, PA, died December 15, 1908 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA
    1. Benjamin Tyson born October 27, 1865 in York County, PA, died November 25, 1937 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Salinda Blouse born March 16, 1862 in York County, PA, died November 23, 1946 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA
    2. Daniel Tyson born May 22, 1868 in York County, PA, died January 9, 1900 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Amanda Virginia Dosch born August 9, 1860 in York County, PA, died December 4, 1942 in York County, PA and buried at Bethlehem Stonepile Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA
    3. James C Tyson born September 5, 1874 in York County, PA, died September 20, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Zion United Methodist Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA.  He married Mary Ellen Grove born December 4, 1869 in York County, PA, died October 15, 1950 in York County, PA and buried at Zion United Methodist Church in Windsor Twp, York County, PA
  4. Benjamin F Tyson born May 2, 1844 in York County, PA, died January 30, 1882 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Mary Smeich born September 12, 1851 in York County, PA, died August 11, 1928 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    1. Elmer E Tyson born June 19, 1870 in York County, PA, died March 24, 1931 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Maggie Williams born February 28, 1873 in York County, PA, died September 29, 1952 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    2. Charles W Tyson born August 29, 1872 in York County, PA, died July 4, 1944 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Malinda Ziegler born March 16, 1872, died August 3, 1942 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    3. Pius Benjamin Tyson born October 31, 1874 in York County, PA, died April 21, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Carrie Mitzel born February 12, 1891 in York County, PA, died April 1979 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    4. William Henry Tyson born February 25, 1877 in York County, PA, died March 16, 1940 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Catherine Flinchbaugh born August 1, 1882 in York County, PA, died January 10, 1935 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    5. Park James Tyson born December 18, 1878 in York County, PA, died November 6, 1898 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
  5. John Tyson born November 29, 1846 in York County, PA, died February 22, 1903 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Susan Brenneman born September 25, 1854 in York County, PA, died October 10, 1934 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
    1. Daniel F Tyson born March 9, 1879 in York County, PA, died February 17, 1940 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Irene Miller born March 21, 1886 in York County, PA, died May 13, 1956 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
    2. Henry B Tyson born March 8, 1882 in York County, PA, died February 27, 1937 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Mary Conrad born 1886, died in 1978 and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA
    3. Edward Tyson born October 25, 1883 in York County, PA, died January 1967 in York County, PA.
    4. Archie Tyson born Septmeber 30, 1889 in York County, PA, died December 1973 in York County, PA.  He married Florence Grim born about 1895
    5. John Tyson born December 29, 1891 in York County, PA, died September 20, 1980 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  He married Elva Marie Runkle born March 17, 1905 in York County, PA, died November 22, 1941 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
  6. Emeline Tyson born January 8, 1850 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died March 22, 1875 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA.  She married William Henry Miller, son of Jacob Miller and Anna Maria Anstine.  He was born March 8, 1846 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died June 7, 1896 in Red Lion, York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.
    1. Benjamin Miller born in 1874 in York County, PA, died in 1884 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
  7. Leah Priscilla Tyson born June 21, 1852 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died April 25, 1915 in Red Lion, York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  She married William Henry Miller, son of Jacob Miller and Anna Maria Anstine.  He was born March 8, 1846 in Windsor Twp, York County, PA, died June 7, 1896 in Red Lion, York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.
    1. Anna Mary Christina Miller born October 27, 1880 in York County, PA, died October 8, 1884 in York County, PA and buried at Lebanon Lutheran Church in North Hopewell Twp, York County, PA
    2. Thomas Clark Miller born August 7, 1883 in York County, PA, died July 16, 1958 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.  He married Sarah Ellen Sechrist, daughter of Amos Sechrist and Sarah Elizabeth Craley.  She was born November 7, 1881 in York County, PA, died May 30, 1981 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.
    3. Priscilla Eliza Miller born November 10, 1886 in York County, PA, died January 14, 1963 in Dauphin County, PA and buried at Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA.  She married Roy Pomraning born February 21, 1877 in York County, PA, died April 4, 1961 in Dauphin County, PA and buried at Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA
    4. Kate Elmira Miller born July 22, 1890 in York County, PA, died March 23, 1892 in York County, PA and buried at Red Lion Cemetery in Red Lion, York County, PA.
    5. Agnes Ellen Miller born December 28, 1893 in York County, PA, died September 15, 1970 in St. Mary’s County, MD and buried at First Saints Community Church on St. George’s Island, St. Mary’s County, MD.  She married Richard Chesser born November 10, 1890 in St. Mary’s County, MD, died June 9, 1970 in St. Mary’s County, MD and buried at First Saints Community Church on St. George’s Island, St. Mary’s County, MD

Tombstone of Christina Flinchbaugh Tyson

Benjamin Tyson Tombstone

Memorial Card from the funeral of Christina Flinchbaugh Tyson

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