Marker Type: Headstone with footstone
Dimensions (H x W x D): 30 in x 19.5 in x 3.5 in
Direction Marker Faces: East
Inscription: BENJ. C. AIKIN / DIED / DEC. 18, 1867 / AGED 50 YRS 3 MS / AND 18 DAYS. / –
Biography: Benjamin C. Aikin was born on August 31, 1817 in Warsaw, New York. He was married to Zuleann P. Dutton with whom he had four children: Martha J. (1843 – ?), Marion (1844 – ?), Cortes E. (1846 – 1926), and Juliette (1848 – ?).
Benjamin died tragically at age fifty in an infamous train accident known as the Angola Horror. On December 18, 1967, two cars of the Lake Shore Express headed from Cleveland to Buffalo ran off the tracks over Big Sister Creek in Angola, New York. Fifty people died, Benjamin Aikin among them, in the crash.
Most of the victims burned to death, as the wooden cars were lit by kerosene heaters and coal-burning stoves. The accident led to increased regulations regarding railroad safety, including the prohibition of wooden cars.
Benjamin Aikin is buried in Ridgway Cemetery beside his wife, Zuleann.
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