1925 Biography - James Benson

James Monroe Benson was born in Sangamon County, Ill., 1822, and came to this county from Gallatin. His characteristic of kindness and his loyality to the church is mentioned in another chapter. He married Celinda, daughter of William Slack and settled on a farm in Tunnel Hill Township where they lived most all their married lives of more than fifty years.
This farm is now owned by their grandson, J. D. Benson. Their children were N. J. (2), who received his elementary education in the county schools and later graduated from the Louisville Medical College. He practiced his profession in this county many years; he also served for a time as assistant physician at the Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane at Anna. He now resides in Vernon, Indiana, where he has a large field of work. He married Mrs. Emma (Beal) Cole. Margaret (2) married John Carson. The children were Maud (3), who married Dr. William Whitenberg. She died leaving George (4), who resides in Stillwater, Okla. Cora (3) married Frederick Nave of Franklin County, and died leaving Helen (4). Alonza G. (2) is a scientific farmer and fruit grower of Tunnel Hill Township. He married first Sidney (see Chapman); second Mary Rendleman. The children are Robert (3), Franklin (3) and Charles (3). James N. (2) is a farmer of Bloomfield Township and his modern residence situated on an eminence one and one half miles north of Vienna is surrounded by very beautiful views characteristic of this county, making it one of the most desirable locations in the community. He married Elizabeth (see Chapman). Their sons served in the World War; E. C. in the Quartmaster's Department and is a Lieutenant in the Reserve Corps. J. D. trained for Air service at Champaign, Ill.

Extracted 06 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 328-329.

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