HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

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J. G. BENNER - Mr. Benner, one of the enterprising farmers of Bunker Hill township, was born near Marburgh, Hesse Cassel, Germany, March 29th, 1836; son of John Benner and Mary Urbach. In the spring of 1848, his father emigrated with the family from Germany to America. Crossing the Atlantic, they landed at New Orleans, and came up the Mississippi and Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky. After living in that city one year, the family moved to New Albany, Indiana, and two years afterward back to Louisville. Mr. Benner was the third of a family of five children. He was twelve years old when he came to this country. He had gone to school quite regularly in Germany, but in America attended an English school less than two months in the city of Louisville. While in Louisville, he learned the trade of a butcher with his brother. He moved to Utica, Indiana, in 1853, and was employed in a mill and lime-kiln till 1856, when he embarked in the butchering business on his own account. May 19th, 1857, he married Charlotte W. Bartels, who is a native of Germany, and came to American in 1852. He commenced business with but little capital, having just enough money with which to purchase a single cow. By industry and economy, he managed to succeed, and having accumulated sufficient money, determined to buy a farm and go to farming. He came to Macoupin county in December, 1864, and bought the farm which he now owns, in sections twenty and twenty-two, Bunker Hill township. He owns three hundred and twenty acres of land. His children are: Mary W., Charles C., S. Theodore, Ellen, Lydia, Emma, William J., and Annie. He was a democrat till during the war of the rebellion, when he became a republican. He has been an enterprising farmer, and a man who won success by his own industry. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church at Fostersburg, in Madison county.
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