Biography of William Benjamin
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Benjamin, William, was born in the town of Westmoreland, Oneida county, in 1800, a son of Benjamin Benjamin who was a blacksmith, with limited means and a large family. William, together width two older brothers, worked and paid for eighty acres of land for their father. At the age of thirty two years William married Nancy Shaver, and moved to Butler, Wayne county, on the farm he had previously bought. At this time the town was nearly an unbroken wilderness, only a small clearing around each log house. Selling this he moved to Rose, this county, where he continued to prosper, and at his death in his sixty fourth year, had accumulated a large property. Both he and wife were devoted to charity and Christianity. Their son, Manley F., was born in Rose, this county, in 1837, and served his parents faithfully until his majority, when his father placed him in the position of financial manager of his business, which post he held until the latter's death. Soon afterwards he bought the entire estate; carrying it on up to 1875, when he sold the farm, and married Jennie Stewart, daughter of William Stewart, of Clyde. They had two children: Roscoe, who died at the age of eight years; and Carlisle. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin are interested in all religious and educational matters.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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