Benson, Nathan, was one of the early settlers in the western part of Groton, and was the head of a respected
family in whose honor the locality known as Benson's Corners received its name. Mr. Benson was a man of influence
in the early history of the town, and was identified with many of the prominent measures for the welfare of the
locality. In his family were four boys and five girls, one of the former being Chandler Benson, subject of sketeh.
Like his father, Chandler was an important man in West Groton, and is remembered as having been a successful farmer.
He died March 8, 1872. Mr. Benson was three times married. His first wife was Maria Townley, by whom he had three
children Eveline, Addie and Elvira. His second wife was the daughter of Lewis Townley, and of this marriage there
were no children who grew to maturity. Mr. Benson's third wife was Philena Buck, by whom he had three children:
Giles H., Charles F. and Orlin D. Mr. Benson was originally a Whig and afterward a Republican, and was frequently
elected to the office of assessor. Moreover, he was a successful farmer and left a good farm to his children. Giles
H. Benson was born in Groton, May 15, 1849, and has always lived in the town, October 25, 1871, he married Mary,
daughter of John H. Haring, of Lansing, and they have one child. Mr. Benson lives on part of the old home farm,
and his buildings are among the best in town.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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