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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  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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AMERICUS BENEDICT, merchant, Markland, Ind., was born in Campbell County, Ky., in 1838. He is a son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Herbert) Benedict, his father having been an early settler of Kentucky. Mr. Benedict was reared on a farm in his native county, and in 1865 located in this county, where he followed agricultural pursuits two years, establishing himself in business in 1867. He was married, October 12, 1862, to Miss Edna Todd, of Kentucky, and daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Rardin) Todd, also old residents of Kentucky. They have four children: Walter, Samuel, Ida and Warren. Mr. Benedict has been a successful merchant of Markland since first locating there. He is an honored member of the F. & A. M., and a popular business man and citizen. In 1878 he was elected treasurer of the county. He has also served with credit in the minor offices of justice of the peace and assessor.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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