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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

B[ateman] L. BERESFORD, residing on section 26, Jackson Township, is a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, born Jan. 14, 1835. He is a son of John C. and Matilda (Culp) Beresford. His father was a native of Ireland, but of English descent, and his mother of Ohio. In 1863 Mr. Beresford emigrated to Benton County, and settled on section 26, Jackson Township, where he purchased eighty acres of raw prairie land. He at once erected a dwelling-house, in which he lived until 1882, when he erected a better building on the northwest quarter of the same section, 24x28 feet, two stories in height, with an L 12x14 feet, costing #1,100. Here he still lives. In 1885 he further improved the place by the erection of a barn 40x70 feet and costing $1,600. He now owns 220 acres of land, all well improved.

Upon the 8th day of November, 1856, Mr. B. was married to Sarah Crabb, a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, daughter of Abram and Mary (Shane) Crabb. Mrs. Crabb is a sister of Judge Shane, formerly Judge of the Eighth District of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Beresford are the parents of six children — Howard L., engaged in farming in Jackson Township; Alexander M., now at New Orleans, Neb., practicing law; Emery, killed by a kick from a horse, May 7, 1881, aged twenty-one years; Abram C., farmer in Dawes County, Neb.; John S., and Mary E., wife of Edward Moon, a farmer in Sheridan County, Neb.  Mrs. Beresford is a member of the Presbyterian Church. The father and mother of Mr. Beresford are still living, the former aged eighty-seven, and the latter eighty-five years.

In politics Mr. Beresford is a Prohibition Republican. He has held the office of Township Trustee two terms and Township Assessor two terms, giving general satisfaction. Mr. Beresford has been quite prosperous in coming to this county. He makes a specialty of stock-farming, his cattle being thoroughbred and high-grade Short-horns, and his horses Clydesdales.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 258-259.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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