Biography of Benjamin A. West

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West, Benjamin A., Sardinia, was born in that town, on the farm where he now resides, February 17, 1853. son of Frederick (born in Tompkins county, January 12, 1821, son of Ashbel, born May 10, 1789, in Massachusetts) and Huldah (Thompson) West. Ashbel West was at the burning of Buffalo in the war of 1812, and came to Sardinia in 1843; he died December 10, 1876, and his wife, Elizabeth Hanford (born April 22, 1792), died June 6, 1869. Benjamin A. West is a farmer and a Democrat. The family homestead consists of 160 acres and has been in the possession of the family for foity-five years. Mr. West married, August 20, 1893. Ella, daughter of Ezra and Diantha (Haynes) Bull A brother of Frederick West, Hanford C., born October 2, 1817, went to Illinois in 1840 for five years, returned and in 1853 went to California, starting from Chicago, driving 100 head of cattle, six horses and a mule, being six months on the way. After three years he returned to Sardinia where he has since lived. He married in 1857, Alvira Newton, born March 3, 1836, in Jefferson county.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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