Monday, January 21, 2019
Capt Benjamin Franklin Lowden
Benjamin Franklin Lowden (1847-1938) was born in New Jersey. He joined the Union army in the Civil war serving with the 6th Maryland infantry, company K. After the civil war he joined the Navy. About 1877 he became a railroad employee serving as a brakeman and eventually a conductor retiring in 1915 with 42 years and four months of service. He lead many Delmar parades on the fourth of July and armistice day.He married Nancy Addie Lynch (182-1943) who was the daughter of James r and Mary Lynch of Sussex county. Addie and Capt Ben had as children; Walter, Edward, Addie, and Clarence. Clarence was a great sports person playing with the Delmar team in 1912. He would become an athletic coach for Trenton High School in New Jersey. The other silblings also taught in schools before branching out to other projects. The Lowdens would spent the winter in Philadelphia with their daughters family and spent the summer in Delmar. The title of Captain must have been an honorary one as in the civil war he was a private and in the Navy he was an ordinary seaman.