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PVT: Benjamin F. Hames, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County. And of the “California Column“ in the “8th California Infantry, in Company “A”. 

Benjamin F. Hames was born in Soquel, Santa Cruz County in 1847. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the “8th California, Infantry in Company “A” in Watsonville, Ca. His Service dates: November 12th, 1864 and was mustered out of service at Fort Point, San Francisco on October 25th, 1865. Not much is known about this man’s Civilian life. He died on the morning of April 26th, 1927 in King City, Monterey County. He is buried in the “King City Cemetery” in the city of King City, Monterey County, California. He was a member of the “Grand Army of the Republic” but what GAR post affiliation is unknown. He was also a member of a Salinas Lodge No.614 B.P.O.E. and was one of the oldest members of that fraternal organization.

(Salinas Daily Index September 26, 1927) 
King City Pioneer Crosses the Divide 
The death of Benjamin F. Hames, well known resident of the southern part of the county for more than half a century, occurred this morning in King City. The deceased was a native of California, born in Soquel, Santa Cruz county, 80 years ago. A veteran of the Civil war, he served in Company A, 8th California volunteers during the struggle between the northern and southern states. Fraternally he was a member of Salinas Lodge No. 614, B.P.O.E., and was one of the oldest members of that organization. He is survived by a son, Bert Hames of San Jose, and a sister, Mattie Hames of Santa Cruz. 

The remains are in the Foot funeral home in King City, from which place the funeral will be held at 2:00 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, with burial in the King City cemetery. Rev. J.A. Tancock of this city will officiate.

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base