BENJAMIN F. BONE, grocer and confectioner of Mt. Pleasant was born September 5, 1846 son of Benjamin and Lenora (Evans) Bone. The father a native of England came to this country when about fifteen years old, married Miss Evans a native of the county, and they lived happily together until her death in 1860 at the age of forty-eight years. He died December 1, 1877 at the age of sixty-three. Eleven children were born to them, as follows: Sarah (Mrs. J. H. Butler); Hannah, wife of S. Packer, died aged thirty-four years; Josephine, wife of C. C. Harris; Robert, Pickley L., Benjamin F., Alfred E.; Lenora, wife of George Dugan; Belle, wife of William Jones; William H., and Mary, wife of George Bowers. The sons did valiant service for their country, Robert serving in the federal army and navy, five years, Pinckney, three years, Benjamin, eight years and Alfred one. Benjamin F., in his nineteenth year, left his Mt. Pleasant home and enlisted, July 18, 1866 at Wheeling for the term of three years in the regular army. At the expiration of that period he was engaged at home at the trade of shoe making until April 8, 1870 when he re-enlisted at Concinnati for the term of five years. He served three years on Governor's Island in New York harbor, in what is known as the "permanent party", selected on account of height and passed there a monotonous period, devoted to drill, parade and the firing of salutes. While there he experienced an attack of cholera. He also took an ocean voyage of thirteen days, conveying prisoners to Texas for the Seventeenth infantry, and went through a violent storm of twelve hours' duration. On the western plains he served four years in Indian warfare and garrison duty, was in seven engagements with the red men, and helped construct Fort Lincoln. He marched 472 miles in Kansas and Indian territory, 1, 500 in Montana and Dakota, and also traveled in all sorts of conveyances while in the service, in all about 17, 000 miles. In May, 1875 he resumed civil life and after working at his trade two years, embarked in his present business. He was married March 4, 1879 to Maggie, daughter of Saul and Jane Davis, of Columbiana county. Mrs. Bone is a member of the Presbyterian church. He is a Mason and in politics a prohibitionist.
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