INFORMATION FROM PERLE STINE: (suspicion- strong- unproven) "Ben Kamberling (Sr.) had come to Cedar Co. to look for land for a home. Was carrying gold. Went to stay at a stage stop for night before returning for family. Several men travelers died suddenly after eating there. Poison or other means were used. Another version says they were hit over the head from behind a curtain, bodies disposed of in old well. Victims chosen if thought to have money or valuable possessions. Audis Bennett said 'Osborn', the murder lived on old Slater farm, (about 1 mile east of Sutliff). The old well was cleaned and many bones were found and presumed to be human bones. I also heard from someone that he was killed at Muscatine for his gold." (Note: Benjamin had died before 1850 Census and appeared to have died about 1845, according to the obit below.)
Benjamin married Rosanna GLANCEY on 15 Apr 1858 in Cedar Co, IA.1 (Rosanna GLANCEY was born on 28 Jun 1840 in MO,5 died on 2 Jan 1867 in Cedar Co, IA 5 and was buried in Wallick Cem, Linn Co, Cedar Co, IA 6.)
Benjamin next married Hannah Elizabeth WICKHAM, daughter of Elias WICKHAM and Rebecca DEVORE, on 25 Dec 1867 in Cedar Co, IA.2 (Hannah Elizabeth WICKHAM was born on 30 Oct 1848 in Morgan Co, OH,4 died on 8 Apr 1912 in perhaps Hardin Co, IA 4 and was buried in Union Cem, Hardin Twp, Hardin Co, IA 4.)
1 Cedar Co, IA Marriage Records - Book D, 161.
2 Cedar Co, IA Marriage Records - Book E, 184.
3 1900 IA Census.
4 Hardin Co, IA GenWeb.
5 Stones & Sites of Cedar Co, IA.
Cedar Co, IA WPA Graves Registration.