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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DeWITT C. BENJAMIN, deceased, Hudson. Mr. Benjamin was born in Red Rock, Columbia Co., N. Y., May 28, 1820; he received his early education at the Academy at Kinderhook, N. Y., and, being a great student, became proficient in Latin and Greek at quite an early age; When 16 years old, he was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and, three years later, was licensed to exhort; in 1841, he received his first license as local preacher. In October, 1849, he was married to Miss Sarah Swartz, who was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., March 6, 1821. Four years after their marriage, they came to Illinois, locating in Hudson Township, this county, where his widow and the surviving members of the family, with the exception of one daughter (Mrs. Price), now reside; they had a family of six children, three of whom are living — Mary and Martha, graduates of Wesleyan University, now at home, and Annie, wife of Scott Price; they have lost three — Roger, died July 6, 1861; Emma, Nov. 10, 1864, and their son, DeWitt C., who was a graduate of the Wesleyan University, died Feb. 8, 1875. Mr. B., for many years, was an earnest worker in the cause of Christ, traveling through the West and Northwest, contributing also liberally to societies in need and to institutions of learning, always lending a helping hand; for some years he served as one of the Trustees of the Wesleyan University at Bloomington, and to this institution he contributed liberally and gave much of his time to its work and needs. His widow still occupies the farm in Hudson Township, which contains 730 acres of land; the heirs also own 960 acres of land in Kansas.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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