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BENJAMIN E. EYRE is a general farmer and stock-raiser, and is located on section 28, township 15, range 11. H makes a specialty of Holstein cattle, of which he has a very fine herd. His farm is particularly adapted to the purposes of stock-raising, it being well watered and otherwise well fitted for this purpose. He owns 215 acres in another part of the township, which is the old homestead where his father originally settled in 1843, and here it was that Benjamin first saw the light of day on July 12th, 1844. His boyhood days were spent here, and here he was educated. He is the son of John and Ann (Elliott) Eyre, who were natives of Yorkshire, England, and whose parents were also English. After his marriage Mr. John Eyre commenced working at his trade, that of a forger of iron, and was thus engaged in his native shire when he and his family turned their faces toward the New World and in search of better times. He is the only member of his father's family that came to the United States, and was the last of the family. Four of his children were born in England: Alfred died in England, and Elizabeth breathed her last on the Atlantic Ocean as they were coming to this country, and was buried at sea. When John Eyre came to Morgan County with his wife and two children he purchased 120 acres of land at $13 per acre, and then commenced to make a home, and success crowned his efforts. Their original homestead was the scene of their labors until the death of Mr. Eyre, in 1876, at the good old age of seventy-eight. He was an active member of the Methodist Protestant Church, and was a Class-Leader. Politically, he was a Republican, and took great interest in politics. The mother of Benjamin died in 1872, at the age of sixty-eight. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and left behind her an excellent record.

Benjamin Eyre is the only child of his father's family born in this country. He has a brother and sister living, viz.: Joseph E., a resident of Sacramento, Cal., who went there in 1859, and is engaged in mining. His sister, Mary A., is the wife of Clinton S. Campbell. They are now living in Hancock County, Ill. The subject of this sketch was developed to manhood in this county, and after becoming of age he was married, at Winchester, Ill., Feb. 15, 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Frame, who is a native of Scott County, Ill., and a daughter of Peter and Rachael (Kelly) Frame, now both deceased, having died near Winchester on their farm. They were early settlers of this county, and were very successful in life. At the time of their death they had a family of seven children, one son and six daughters. Mrs. Eyre was the third daughter and child of the family, and in Scott County she was reared to maturity. She is the mother of six children, all of whom are at home: M. Anna, Minnie F., John Walter, Orpha E., Frank N., and Le-Roy.

Mr. and Mrs. Eyre are active and influential members of the Methodist Protestant Church, of which organization Mr. Eyre is Steward, and politically, he believes that the Republican party is right, and never omits an opportunity of voting for the candidates of that party. He is man well thought of in his community, and is a valuable citizen.

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