Biography of Benjamin W. Holley

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Benjamin W. Holley, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Cortland County, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1832, a son of Isaac and Rosanna (Tinker) Holley. He was reared on a farm, receiving an academic education. He was married in Syracuse, N. Y., Dec. 23, 1852, to Miss Martha Allen, born in Onondaga County, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1833, and a daughter of John and Permelia (Pinckney) Allen, ot Baldwinsville, N. Y. They had a family of eight children - Cecil S., married Nancy Smith, of La Salle County, now of Colorado; Celia E., deceased; Ethel I.; Arthur, deceased; Merrill, deceased; Shirley, deceased, and two infant daughters, deceased. He gave those that lived to age the benefits of a good education. Celia E. and Ethel I. attended school at the convents in Ottawa and Streator, La Salle County, and college at Galesburg, Ill. Cecil S. attended college at Galesburg and Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1880 Mr. Holley came to Livingston County, Ill., and was engaged in the mercantile business, and in 1869 he settled on his present farm in Otter Creek Township. He was also engaged in dealing in hardware and machinery in Livingston County two years previous to his. settlement in this township. He has served as Justice of the Peace eight years, and is again elected for a term of four years. He has held the offices of Assessor and School Trustee, besides holding many other local offices. He has also served as Postmaster, receiving his appointment March 9, 1864. He has also taught district school in Michigan and in this county. He has a well-cultivated farm of 240 acres, valued at $75 per acre. His parents located in Onondaga County, N. Y., in 1846, and in 1854 removed to Ingham County, Mich. They had a family of seven children - Chester, deceased; Orlando, Naomi C., Joseph, Alfred J. and John T. Mr. and Mrs. Holley were members of the Baptist church, in which he was a Deacon. In politics he was a Republican.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886