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ALBERTS, JACOB, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Urbanna.

Alberts, M., far., Sec. 6; P. O. Urbanna.

BABCOCK, R. D., far., Sec. 9; P. O. Urbanna.

Baltus, T., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

Barnard, J., far., S. 13; P. O. Urbanna.

Barnard, T., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

Beebe, D. W., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Berry, R., far., S. I; P. O. Urbanna.

Berry, Robt., far., S. 4; P.O. Urbanna.

Black, J. C., far., S. 28; P. O. Urbanna.

Black, J. J., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Blackburn, D., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

BOARDMAN, HORATIO E., farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Spencer's Grove; born in Saratoga Co., N. Y., in 1841; came to Benton Co. in 1854; has ninety-five acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Rachel Manwell in 1855; she was born in Indiana in 1848; they have four children -- Charles, Loretta, Stephen and George F. Republican in politics.

BRODY, HUGH, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Urbanna; born in Richland Co., Ohio, in 1817; came to Benton Co. in 1840; has 584 acres of land valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Joanna Osborne in March, 1844; she was born in Indiana in 1827; they have nine children -- Samuel, Clarinda, Stephen, Hugh, Jr., John, William, Rebecca, Henry and Alexander. Mr. Brody was among the earliest settlers of the county, and has made his property, with extensive improvements, by hard labor and economy since coming to the county.

Brody, Samuel, farmer, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

BROWN, ABRAHAM, farmer,, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna; born in West Virginia in 1806; came to Benton Co. in 1852; has ninety-three acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mrs. Charlotte Cagley in 1839; she was born in Virginia in 1813; they have three children -- James, Samuel and Catherine. Democratic in politics. Has held the offices of Township Trustee and School Director. Members of the Lutheran Church.

Brown, J., far., S. 33; P. O. Urbanna.

BRYSON, JOHN, Sec. 24; P. O. Urbanna; born in Tennessee in 1821; came to Benton Co. July, 1845; has 9 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Elizabeth Speak in 1851 she was born in Lebanon Co., Ky., Aug. 22, 1827; they have three children -- John F., born in 1855; Emma V., born in 1857, and Julia E., born in 1860. School Director; Mr. and Mrs. Bryson and the two girls are members of the Evangelical Church. Enlisted August, 1862, in the 20th I. V. I.; participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Vicksburg, Forts Blakely and Morgan; mustered out at Mobile, Ala., July, 1865.

Burk, J. L., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Burk, J. L., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Burk, W., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

Burkhart, C., far., S. 9; P. O. Urbanna.

Burrell, J. D., far., S. 9; P. O. Urbanna.

CAGLEY, J. C., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

Carl, G., far., Sec. 22; P. O. Urbanna.

Casner, E. W., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

Chambers, J., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

Claser, M., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna.

Cline, C. M., far., S. 19; P. O. Urbanna.

Cline, J. C., Tar., S. 8; P. O. Urbanna.

Cook, R. E., far., S. 29; P. O. Urbanna.

Cramer, A. B., far., S. 17; P. O. Urbanna.

Crawford, J. P., far., S. 21; P.O. Urbanna.

Cross, J., far., Sec. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Cross, J. W., far., Sec. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

Crossland, J., far., S. 11; P. O. Urbanna.

Cumberland, P. C., far., S. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

DARIN, J. H., farmer, Sec., 30; P. O. Urbanna.

Denison, S. H., far., S. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

Derers, D., far., Sec. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

Dingman, G. W., Sr., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Urbanna.

Dingman, G. W., Jr., far., Sec. 1; P. O. Urbanna.

DOTY, GILLES, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Urbanna; born in the State of New York in 1819; came to Benton Co. in 1874; has 100 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Clarisa Brown in 1848; she was born in New York State in 1828; they have five children -- Mariah, Helen M., May, Eunice M. and Stephen. Democratic in politics.

DOWNS, J. C., far., S. 27; P. O. Urbanna.

Drips, A. J., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

EATON, T. J., farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Urbanna.

Ervin, Thos., far., S. 16; P. O. Urbanna.

FERGURSON, A. J., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

Fergurson, J., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

Fetherkile, A. A., far., S. 2; P.O. Urbanna.

FETHERKILE, ADAM F., S. 27; P. O. Urbanna; born in Nelson Co., Ky., April 1, 1812; came to Benton Co. in Oct., 1852; has 314 1/2 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Jemima Bailey in June, 1832; she was born in Phillips Co., Ark., in 1817; died July 4, 1837; then married Miss Sidney Bailey in Dec., 1837; she died Aug. 27, 1841, leaving one child -- Lucinda M., born Jan. 2, 1840; died March 22, 1860; Mr. F. married Amelia J. Holley in 1843; she was born in Indiana in 1820; divorced from Amelia in 1849; she left one child -- George M., born March 17, 1844; Mr. F. married Nancy Pawley in 1849; she was born in Kentucky in 1819; died Oct. 5, 1850; he then married Sarah M. Weysong April 19, 1851; she was born in North Carolina Dec. 26, 1825; they have eight children -- Adam A., Polly, John F., Abraham W., Sarah J., Mary E., Nancy C., Julia I. F. Democrat. Has held the office of Township Trustee. He is a member of the Dunkard Church. His son, George M., now a resident of Kansas, enlisted in the 28th I. V. I. in 1862; participated in the battles of Red River, Vicksburg, all through the Shenandoah Valley, Va., with Sheridan. Was a prisoner three months; taken foraging; mustered out at close of the war. Mr. F. is among the early settlers, and has made all he has, with his fine improvements, since coming to this State, by his untiring energy and perseverance.

Francis, A. W., far., S. 20; P. O. Urbanna.

Francis, J. S., far., S. 20; P. O. Urbanna.

Francis, W. W., far., S. 20; P. O. Urbanna.

Fulton, F. J., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

GARDENKAUF, ADAM, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Urbanna.

Gates, J. O., far., S. 32; P. O. Urbanna.

GILLMAN, E. D., farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Brandon; born in Indiana in 1847; came to Benton Co. in: 1873; has 320 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Calphurnia Andrews in 1867; she was born in Indiana in 1849; they have four children -- Sarah O., Martin L., Lillie E. and Adelbert C. Independent in politics. School Director in Independent District. Enlisted in the 27th Iowa V.I. in 1864; was taken sick at Nashville, and was in hospital until mustered out in 1865.

Goasch, John, far.; P. O. Urbanna.

GOINGS, DELILA, farming, Sec. 11; P. O. Spencer's Grove; born in Ohio in 1830; came to Benton Co. in 1862; has 200 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Joseph A. Goings in 1844; he was born in Virginia in 1823, died June 18, 1877, from a stroke of lightning. leaving eight children -- Susan, John, Sarah, George W., Alexander, James, William E. and Mary M. A. Members of the Free Methodist church.

Goings, John , far., S. 11; P. O. Urbanna.

Goodwin, R., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

Gray, Wm. R., tinner, Urbanna.

Gresie, F., far. , S. 28; P. O. Urbanna.

HAKE, G. W., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Urbanna.

Hardesty, M. W., far., S. 21; P. O. Urbanna.

Harrison, R., far., S. 24; P. O. Urbanna.

Haseltine, E. D., far., S. 12; P. O. Center Point.

Hawley, J. A., far., S. 21; P. O. Urbanna.

Hawley, William.

Heath, J. T., far., S. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

Hemphill, F., S. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

Hines, W. S., far., S. 6; P. O. Urbanna Holly, C., far., S. 16; P. O. Urbanna.

Holt, John, far., S. 29; P. O. Urbanna.

Hoon, J. W., far., S. 19; P. O. Urbanna.

Hunt, Wm., far., S. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

JOHNSON, G. W., far., Sec. 5; P. O. Urbanna.

Johnson, J., far., S. 31; P. O. Urbanna.

KATTERMAN, J., far., S. 26; P. O. Urbanna.

Keitges, Peter, far., S. 13; P. O. Urbanna.

Kelso, S., far., S. 9; P. O. Spencer's Grove.

Kelty, H. H., far., S. 28; P. O. Urbanna.

Kelty, S. D., far., S. 2; P. O. Urbanna.

Kelty, W. H., far., S. 33; P. O. Urbanna.

KETTERMAN, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Urbanna; born in Delaware Co., Ind., in 1838; came to Benton Co. in 1852; has 175 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Lucy J. Storts in 1861; she was born in Perry Co., Ohio, in 1842; they have seven children -- Allice C., Chas. L., Emma V., Bell M., Olie, Effie, Eddie. Democrat in politics. She is a member of the Christian Church. Both are members of the Pleasant Valley Lodge, No. 1671.

Kimmus, Paul, far., S. 13; P. O. Urbanna.

King, A. A., far., S. 30; P. O. Vinton.

King, A. M., far., S. 32; P. O. Urbanna.

King, Wm., far., S. 32; P. O. Vinton.

Kirkland, C., far., S. 26; P. O. Urbanna.

Kisling, John, far., S. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

Kisling, Joseph, far., S. 34; P. O. Urbanna.

Kieser, Mike, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna.

Kizer, A., far., S. 11; P. O. Urbanna.

KIZER, B. F., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Urbanna; born in Cedar Co., Iowa, in 1838; came to Benton Co. in 1867; has eighty-six acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Isabel Beckworth in 1865; she was born in Canada in 1843; they have four children -- Maggie S., Ida May, George E. and Sidney. Is a member of the I.O.O.F., No. 328, Marysville; has held the office of School Director.

Kuntz, H., far., Sec. 3; P. O. Urbanna.

Kramer, J., far., S. 15; P. O. Urbanna.

LARSON, S. H., farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. Urbanna.

LANDON, L. D., blacksmith, Urbanna; born in Ithaca, N. Y., in 1824; came to Benton Co. in 1864. Married Miss A. M. Lapp in 1852; she was born in Tioga Co., Penn., in 1832. Is a member of the Church of God. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., No. 324; also Altar Lodge, No. 362. Enlisted in the 1st Pennsylvania Rifles May, 1861; mustered out Aug., 1861; re-enlisted in the 132d Penn. V. I. in 1862; participated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and others; mustered out in 1863; was promoted to Second Lieutenant. Democrat in politics.

Lash, H. F., far., Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

Leaven, N., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna.

Leaven, W., far., Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna.

Liebsch, J. H., far., S. 4; P. O. Urbanna.

Likens, J., far., S. 16; P. O. Urbanna.

Lockhart, C., far., S. 24; P. O. Urbanna.

LOCKHART, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Urbanna; born in Adams Co., Ohio, in 1812; came to Benton Co. in 1840; has 411 acres of land, valued at $30 per acre. Married Miss Malinda Wright in 1832; she was born in Spencer Co., Ind., in 1815; they have six children -- Thomas, Milton, Cass, Grure, Nancy E. and Malinda. Is a Democrat in politics. Was County Commissioner six years; also School Director and Trustee. They are members of the Christian Church. They are members of the Pleasant Valley Grange, No. 1761. Mr. Lockhart has the honor of building the first house erected in Benton Co.

Long, W. P., far., S. 19; P. O. Urbanna.

McMILLER, R. F., far., S. 20; P. O. Urbanna.

McCULLEY, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Urbanna; born in Pennsylvania in 1818; came to Jefferson Co., Ohio in 1840; then went to Guernsey Co., Ohio in 1849; then went to Tuscarawas Co. in 1852; then went to Guernsey Co. in 1861, and to Benton Co. in 1865; has 120 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Mary A. McCulley in 1841; she was born in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1825; died in 1849, leaving four children -- Eliza M., John H., Mary C. and James A. Married Carterette Fiester in 1850; she was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, in 1830; died in 1857, leaving one child -- Olinthus A., born in 1854. Married Miss Lucy J. Ward in 1858; she was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1830; have five children -- Eugene W., Florence L., Elmira J., Jessie V. and Carrie A. Mr. and Mrs. McCulley are members of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., Urbanna Lodge, No. 328.

Merideth, W. J., far., S. 5; P. O. Vinton.

Mikiel, N., Sr., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

Mikiel, N., Jr., far., S. 9; P. O.. Urbanna.

Miller, C., far., S. 6; P. O. Urbanna.

Miller, D. D., far., S. 16; P. O. Urbanna.

Miller, G., far., S. 36; P. O. Urbanna.

Miller, J. F., blacksmith, Urbanna.

Moore, J. M., far., S. 22; P. O. Urbanna.

Moore, J. W., far., S. 22; P. O. Urbanna.

Mossinan, A. P., far., S. 23; P.O. Urbanna.

Mossman, B., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

Mossman, J. H., far., S. 15; P. O. Urbanna.

Mossman, W., ret. far.; P. O. Urbanna.

Moulton, G. C., far., S. 7; P. O. Burk.

NEWLAND, JAMES, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Urbanna.

Nichols, C. S., far., S. 9; P. O. Urbanna.

Northrop, J. R., far., S. 10; P. O. Urbanna.

O'NEAL, T. K., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Urbanna.

Osborn, T. F., far., S. 2; P. O. Spencer's Grove.

PHELPS, R. G., farmer, Sec., 7; P. O. Urbanna.

Pitts, W. H., far., S. 5; P. O. Urbanna.

PORTER, W. H. H., farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Urbanna; born in Ireland in 1828; emigrated to America in 1847; came to Benton Co. in 1865 has 345 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Grace Sloan in 1856; she was born in Ireland in 1835; they have five children -- Wm. H., James, Mary J. and Angeline (twins) and John. Democratic in politics. Members of the Evangelical Church. Enlisted at Buffalo, N. Y., in 1855, in the 10th Regulars, under Col. E. B. Alexander, for the frontier; was on the expedition to the Red River; crossed the plains in 1857 on foot; on half rations the whole of the Winter of 1856, and again the Winter of 1857; the officers, all Southern men except three or four, going with the South at the breaking out of the war.

Powley, E. H., far., S. 31; P.O. Urbanna.

Primmer, P. E., far., S. 6; P. O. Vinton.

REED, JOHN, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Urbanna.

Remer, A. L., far., S. 5; P. 0 Urbanna.

Remington, J., far., S. 19; P. O. Urbanna.

Rice, A., dry goods merchant, Urbanna.

Ribble, J. S., far., S. 8; P. O. Urbanna.

Richards, J. W., far., S. 8; P. O. Urbanna.

Robinson, J. D., far., S. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

Robinson, J., retired far., P. O. Urbanna.

ROLLINSON, FRANKLIN, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Vinton; born in Delaware Co., Ohio, in 1847; came to Benton Co. in Sept., 1877; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Florence Berkhardt in 1878; she was born in Benton Co., in 1854. Republican in politics. Was supervisor of the township which he left. Members of the M. E. Church.

Rouse, J. C., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

SAND, PETER, farmer; P. O. Urbanna.

SAUNDERS, S. T., far., S. 31; P. O. Urbanna; born in Nicholas Co., Ky. in 1837; came to Benton Co. in 1868; has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Lucy J. Wilson in 1866; she was born in Iowa, in 1845; they have three children -- George W., Frank N. and Josie M. Republican in politics. Has been Justice of the Peace; is now President of the Independent School District. Members of the Disciple Church.

Sargeant, G. W., far., S. 25; P. O. Urbanna.

Shepard, D. G., far., S. 13; P. O. Urbanna.

SMITH, FERDINAND, farmer, Sec. 14; P. O. Urbanna; born in Prussia, Germany, in 1828; emigrated to America in 1852; came to Benton Co. in 1855; has 170 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Magdalina Graff in 1858; she was born in South Germany in 1837; they have eight children -- Joseph, Frank, Louis, Ferdinand, Jr., Emma, John, Willie and George. Democratic in politics. Has held the office of School Director. Are members of the German Catholic Church.

SMITH, JOHN N., farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Urbanna; born in Clark Co., Ind., in 1828; came to Linn Co., Iowa, in Feb., 1853, and to Benton Co. in 1867; has ninety-two acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Charlotte E. Smith in 1853; she was born in Ohio in 1829, died Nov. 5, 1861, leaving two children -- Mary E. and William H; then married Mary C. White in 1863; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio in 1830; they have three children -- James O., M. Almira and Emeline. An Old-Line Whig, and now a Republican; members of the M. E. Church.

Spencer, A. N., far., S. 10; P. O. Spencer's Grove.

Spencer, C. H. far., S. 11; P. O. Spencer's Grove.

Squires, W. S., far., S. 12; P. O. Urbanna.

STARFF, DANIEL, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Vinton; born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1849; came to Benton Co. in 1849 has eighty acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mariah Lash in 1873; she was born in Keokuk Co., Iowa, in 1855; they have one child, Dallas Earle, born Aug. 9,1876. Democrat in Politics. Road Supervisor. He is a member of the Christian Church.

Stevens, T., blacksmith, Urbanna.

Stevenson, B. M., far., S. 7; P. O. Urbanna.

Stevenson, J. H., far., S. 29; P. O. Urbanna.

Storts, J. H., far., S. 13; P. O. Urbanna.

TAGUE, DAVID, far., S. 18; P. O. Burk.

Titus, G. D., far., S. 33; P. O. Urbanna.

Todd, J. V., far., S. 35; P. O. Urbanna.

USHER, G. S., farmer, S. 8; P. O. Urbanna.

VANDEVENTER, W. H., far., S. 16; P.O. Urbanna.

Volentine, J., far., S. 26; P. O. Urbanna.

WAITMAN, J. G., Sr., far., S. 28; P.O. Urbanna.

WAHL, ANTHONY, farmer, S. 24; P. O. Urbanna; born in France in 1820; emigrated to America to Erie Co., N. Y., in 1848; thence to Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1852thence to Benton Co. in 1864; has 145 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married Mary A. Aman in 1842; she was born in France Sept. 3, 1817; they have three children -- Lana, born in France in 1843; Catharine, born in France in 1846, and Charles, born in Erie Co., N. Y., in 1850. Democrat. Mr. And Mrs. Wahl, and all their children, are members of the Catholic Church.

Walters, J., fax., S. 16; P. O. Urbanna.

Wariner, J. G., farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Burk.

Wheeler, P. V., far., S. 23; P. O. Urbanna.

Whitney, S. H., far., S. 29; P. O. Urbanna.

Whitus, U. B., physician, S. 22; P. O. Urbanna.

Wilson, G. W., far., S. 32; P. O. Urbanna.

Wilcox, Wm., druggist, Urbanna.

WYCKOFF, A. J., farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Urbanna; born in Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1821; came to Benton Co. in 1840; has 277 acres of land, valued at $35 per acre. Married Miss Rebecca Permenter in 1847; she was born in Hopkins Co., Ky., in 1831; they have six children -- Richard A., John W., Harriet P., Robert E., Nancy J. and Edmond E. Greenbacker in politics. Has held the township offices; also County Supervisor. Mr. W. and son; John are members of Altar Lodge, No. 362; Mr. W., wife, two boys and daughters are members of Cedar Ridge Grange; he is a member of the State Grange.

WYCKOFF ELIJAH, Sec. 4; P. O. Urbanna; born in Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1826; came to Benton Co. in 1850; has 278 acres of land valued at $40 per acre. Married Miss Mary Bryson in 1852; she was born in Sumner Co., Tenn., in 1836; they have eight children -- Lenora A., John F. Nathaniel G., Mary E., Charles H., Samuel F., George L. and Eugene F. An Old Line Whig; now a Republican; has held the offices of Assessor, Trustee and Treasurer. Mrs. W. has been a life-long member of the M. E. Church. He is a member of Altar Lodge, No. 362, Marysville; Treasurer; was Warden until last meeting. While District Treasurer, he held from $17,000 to $18,000; paid for every school house in his township.



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