Benjamin Joseph was die seun van Barend Jacobus Nel en Magdalena Dorothea Schoeman.
Uit hulle pa se sterfkennis van 1903:
Nel, Benjamin Joseph Krantzhoek, (Paardekraal) Ladysmith 5.1.01 High Treason Fined ,50 or 3 months imprisonment Owner of a section of Paardekraal. Joined the Boers in November/December 1899. Entertained Boer visitors. Assisted in the removal of property from the home of W Wright of Colworth. Participated in operations around Ladysmith before retreating to the OFS to assist with the war effort.