Biography of Charles Benning
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CHARLES BENNING, a retired farmer of this county, now living at Milroy, where he has quite a snug piece of property adjoining his home, was born in the neighboring county of Franklin but has been a resident of Rush county since he was twenty years of age, and thus, of course, has long felt "perfectly at home" here. He was born on January 14, 1864, son of Charles and Catherine (Brinkman) Benning, both of whom were born in Germany but who had come to this country with their respective parents in the days of their childhood, both the Benning and the Brinkman families coming out into Indiana and settling in Franklin county where they established their permanent homes and where both families are still represented. The senior Charles Benning grew to manhood on a farm in Franklin county and after his marriage to Catherine Brinkman became engaged in farming on his own account and in time became the owner of a fine farm of 160 acres on which he spent his last days. He and his wife were the parents of eight children, of whom three are still living, the subject of this sketch having a brother, John, and a sister, Catherine. Reared on the home farm in Franklin county, Charles Benning, Jr., received his schooling in the schools of his home neighborhood and was from boyhood trained to the ways of the farm. In 1884 he came over into Rush county and was here engaged in farm work until his marriage in 1892 when he rented a farm in Orange township and began operations "on his own." For fifteen years he continued as a renter and then bought a small tract of fifteen acres, to which in the same year he added an adjoining tract of sixty acres, and continued to farm there for several years, at the end of which time he sold that place and a year later bought a farm of forty nine acres in Rushville township, on which latter place he continued to make his home until he sold it and in 1919 moved to Milroy, where he bought a home and eight lots adjacent, thus giving him ample garden space, and has since resided there, he and his wife being fixed very comfortably. They are members of the Methodist church and have ever taken an interested part in church work. Mr. Benning is a Democrat, but has never taken a particularly active part in political affairs. It was on August 18, 1892, that Charles Benning was united in marriage to Ella Campbell, who was born in the adjoining county of Shelby, daughter of William and Sarah (Land) Campbell, both of whom were born in Jefferson county, this state, members of pioneer families there. William Campbell and his wife moved from Jefferson to Shelby county shortly after their marriage and located on a farm, where Mr. Campbell continued engaged in farming until after his wife's death when he sold his farm and returned to Jefferson county. They were the parents of seven children, those besides Mrs. Benning being John, William, Morton, Robert, Ida and Bertha.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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