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James I. Benham


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 1 Nov 2003

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Union Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


JAMES I. BENHAM, farmer; P.O. Lebanon; was born on the place where he lives Oct. 19, 1830; is a son of James and Lydia (Moore) Benham. His father was born in Washington Co., Penn., August 9, 1784, and was a son of Peter Benham, who settled in Newport, Ky., in the winter of 1793 and 1794, where he resided one year, when he returned to Pennsylvania, where he died in 1799. His widow, with her children, came to Warren Co., Ohio, the following year, and settled on land now owned by A. J. Keever, in this township. Robert Benham, the Indian fighter, and the man who figured so prominently in the early history of Ohio, was a brother to Peter above mentioned, Grandmother Benham lived with her children where she settled, till her death, which occurred in 1805. The children were: Robert, James, Peter, John, Ann and Martha, all deceased but Martha, who resides in Orange Co., Texas. James Benham was three times married: first in 1818, to Mary Robinson, who died soon after; secondly to Mary Russell, Dec. 9, 1827; lastly, to Lydia Irvin Moore, by whom he had six children three living, viz.: James I., Rebecca and Martha; the deceased died in infancy. Mr. Benham, Sr., was a continuous resident of the county, and a prosperous farmer. He served six years as Justice of the Peace, and in all ways was a successful man; he died Aug. 13, 1869; his last wife departed this life Oct. 12, 1847. Our subject was married, Feb. 2, 1853, to Martha J., daughter of Stephen Probasco, of a pioneer family of this county. Four children have been born to them, three living, viz.: Peter P., James E., and Kate; Frank deceased. Mr. Benham owns 124 acres of land in the home farm and 56 acres in Turtle Creek Township. The home place is well improved, and shows the thrift and enterprise of its owner. Since 1852, he has been

interested in Texas lands, having bought at that time 1000 acres of timbered land, and he is now engaged in working the timber into lumber. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge of Lebanon, Council, Chapter and Commandery.

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