I need help locating information on a John Oliver Benson. He may have gone by just Oliver in his later years (1901/2 on). He may have been born in 1879 in Washington DC, South Carolina or Pennsylvania - but I would say most likely DC. His mother's name was "May Benson". In 1902 and 1911 she lived in "Jersey City NY" with NJ post mark. He married Annie Richards in 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had two children (1 b, 1 g) by 1902. I am looking for anything about (John) Oliver Benson after 1900.
I'd also love information on this May Benson. Husband? Other children?
There is mention that he had friends in Chicago. Also, he had gone out to "work" out "west". Any thoughts on what that could be? It would seem the rest of the men returned, with the exception of Oliver. Discovered from James R. Durity of Washington DC in 1911 that he had lost his job "with the Road" - whether that was the job out west or what caused him to go out "west" for work.
Any and all help would be massively appreciated. I am at a loss.