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Contributed by: Adina Watkins Dyer


Bennett Foresman, farmer and stock-raiser, section 15, Union Township, is a native of Tippecanoe County, born in Wayne (now Union) Township, June 16, 1840, a son of Philip and Elizabeth (Bennett) Foresman, natives of Pickaway County, Ohio. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Philip Foresman came to Tippecanoe County in an early day and erected what is known as Lower Wea Mill, the first mill in the county, and also bought a tract of unimproved land. He had been married in Ohio, and his wife died in Pickaway County, Ohio. Soon after her death he returned to Ohio and was there married to the mother of our subject, who was a daughter of George Bennett, a native of Virginia. They were the parents of three sons -- Bennett, George and William. The father represented Tippecanoe County two terms in the State Legislature. He died June 7, 1847. The mother is still living in Circleville, Ohio, whither she removed after the death of her husband.

Bennett Foresman remained in Ohio until 1858, when he returned to his native county, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits, and now owns a landed estate of 575 acres, all improved and under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Foresman was married October 20, 1864, to Mary Groce, of Circleville, Ohio. They have two sons -- Philip and William Bennett. Mrs. Foresman is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana - Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago IL (1888); pp 500-501