Biography of Orange N. Benton
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Benton, Orange N., was born in Virgil, Cortland county, November 15, 1824, one of eleven children of Frederick and Rachel Benton. He lived on his father's farm until sixteen years of age, then started for himself and learned the carpenters trade. In 1854 he married Phoebe Ann Mix, youngest daughter of Ethan and Welthea Mix, of Groton. Mr. and Mrs. Mix came to Groton in 1813 from Vermont. Imbued with true New England spirit, a tract of land was cleared and a handsome home built. They raised a family of nine children. Mr. Mix became a man of prominence in town affairs, being twice elected Supervisor. He died in 1870, and his estimable wife a year later. Orange Benton and family came to Groton in 1866 and bought the old Hopkins farm, a mile east of the village. They have had three children Emily E., a teacher in the Groton Union School; Elmer M., who died in 1893 in Moravia, N. Y. He was a Christian gentleman, whose earnest, faithful work in places of trust lives after and Olia S., who died in 1887 while visiting in Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Benton has had marked success in selecting and raising colts to fine horses, and has sold some of the handsomest carriage teams in the State.

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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