Biography of Nathan Benson
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





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.

From:
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


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