Charles Bennington is a native of New York, born Feb. 12, 1854, and is the eldest son of Samuel Bennington. The mother died in Sperry Township, Clayton County, April 7, 1881, leaving five children - Charles, Williams, Samuel, Anna and Esther. The subject of this memoir came to this county in 1856 with his father, and settled upon a farm in Sperry Township. His education was received, and his marriage occurred in this county to Aveline J. Branch, on Nov. 14, 1877. She was born in Farmersburg Township, Clayton County, Ia., July 3, 1856. Two children have been born to them - Lester E., born Dec. 4, 1878, and Ruth E., July 20, 1879. He is farming in partnership with his father over 500 acres of good land, and is an extensive stock-dealer. He also operates a feed mill, doing the grinding for the farmers in the vicinity of Sperry Township. In his political views he is independent, voting for principle rather than party. He is one of the prominent men of the county of Clayton.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1090-1091
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