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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  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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WILLIAM BENNINGTON (deceased) is the third son and fourth child of Thomas and Mary (Rains) Bennington who were among the early pioneers of Brown County. He was born in Fleming County, Ky., September 20, 1818. He remained on his father’s farm till of age, and obtained his education in the common schools of the county. February 12, 1856, he joined himself in marriage with Miss Mary J. Porter, a daughter of James B. and Mary Porter. Mrs. Bennington, a most estimable lady, was born in Union Township April 5, 1835. This union was blessed with seven children; three are living — I. N., born March 27, 1860; William L., born June 5, 1865; and Edwin K., born May 24, 1869. Luella, a very accomplished young lady, was born May 12, 1861, and died November 3, 1878. Mr. Bennington was a farmer by occupation, and followed its pursuits with success. For the latter twenty years of his life, he dealt in tobacco, and for three years in pork-packing. In both these branches of business, he was eminently successful. His dealings with men all through life were marked with the purest principles of honesty and uprightness, and a due amount of liberality. His death occurred January 25, 1875. He was Elder of the Presbyterian Church at the time of his demise. His political affiliations were with the Republican party. He was a man sincere in his convictions of right, and conscientious in all the principles and doctrines of his life. Mrs. Bennington and her children are members of the Presbyterian Church. She owns a well-improved and cultivated farm of 123 acres. which is adorned with a commodious brick residence erected in 1877 at a cost of $1,500.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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