BENJAMIN PRESTON, whose fine farm of in acres is situated in section 22, Franklin township, is one of the representative
agriculturists of this part of the county. Mr. Preston was born on the old Preston farm in Franklin township, Mercer
County, Ohio, June 9, 1848, and is a son of Isaac and Susan (Hoel) Preston.
Isaac Preston was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, and was a son of William Preston, who was of Scotch-Irish parentage.
William Preston was a blacksmith by trade, but subsequently turned his attention to farming on account of failing
eyesight, and became the owner of 700 acres of land in Mercer County. He reared nine children, namely: Isaac, Demaris,
Sarah Jane, Margaret, Cynthia, James, Benjamin, William and Ferman, all of whom are deceased with the exception
of Sarah Jane, who is the wife of Thomas Green and resides in Shelby County.
Isaac Preston was reared in Hamilton County and there married Susan Hoel. They moved to Mercer County and bought
a farm in Franklin township on which they lived for many years before removing to Missouri, where Mr. Preston died
at the age of 71 years. His widow still resides in Missouri. They had the following children: Sarah Frances, who
married George Circle and lives in Bates County, Missouri; Benjamin; Samuel, who married Sarah Long and lives in
Bates County, Missouri; Caroline, who died aged 14 years; George, who married Jane Swartz and lives at Montezuma;
and William, who married Ella Brown and lives at Dayton, Ohio.
Benjamin Preston was reared in Franklin township and was educated in the country schools. His whole life has been
devoted to farming and naturally he thoroughly understands all the various subjects which it is necessary for a
successful agriculturist to comprehend. A part of his land was left to his wife by her father and the rest of it
was purchased by Mr. Preston. He raises wheat, corn, oats and hay and some stock. At one time oil was found on
his farm and a well was drilled, but it is not now in operation.
On October 30, 1871, Mr. Preston was married to Cassandra Ann Brown, a daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Meeks) Brown,
of Clermont County, Ohio. Mrs. Preston died December 8, 1901. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and was
a consistent member of the United Brethren Church. Mr. Preston and wife had seven children, the first three dying
in infancy. The others are: William Wayne, born April 21, 1873, who was married October 71, 1896, to Leota Watson,
daughter of John and Roxanna (Aldridge) Watson, has two children, Bernice and Charles Victor, and resides in Franklin
township; Harry F., who was married May 27, 1899, to Caddie Carter, daughter of Jacob and Diana (Gray) Carter,
has had three children - Frances Willard (deceased); Leonard Dale and Alta - and lives in Franklin township; Justice
Park, an oil driller in Indiana, who married (first) Emma Ellis, and (second) Nella O'Brien, daughter of Henry
O'Brien; and Lyman Ward, a worker in the oil fields and a resident of Franklin township, who married Plezzie Colston,
daughter of Joseph Colston, and has one child, Alma.
In his younger years Mr. Preston took considerable interest in township affairs and served several years on the
School Board and two terms as assessor. He is a leading member of the United Brethren Church.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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