My mother recently found Benjamin's birth as Portland, Maine. He applied for a passport Feb 27, 1849 just days before leaving for California. There is a full description of him as well. It states his age is twenty-two, height five feet 6 6/8 inches, forehead high, eyes light blue, nose roman, mouth medium, chin large, hair brown, complexion light, face medium.
A Joseph Hartwell signed the passport declaring Benjamin to be a native citizen of the United States.
I will work on uploading some photos to correspond with Benjamin's information. Who knows maybe someone will say .... hey he looks like great grandfather ..... Bailey!!