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Benjamin F. Humphrey


Posted By: Fran Hunt, Volunteer
Date: 10/2/2001 at 19:28:07

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties - 1890

Benjamin F. Humphrey, a jeweler of Milton, is a native of Illinois, born July 3, 1854. His father was George Humphrey, who was born in Ohio, about 1826, and in 1832, with his parents came to Van Buren County, where he wedded Miss Mary Sheets, the mother of the subject of our sketch.
Benjamin F. Humphrey, during his childhood days, was brought by his parents to Van Buren County, where in the common schools, his education was acquired. His early life passed uneventfully and on nearing the years of maturity he made choice of the jeweler’s trade as a business, which he believed he could profitable and pleasantly follow, through life. In 1877, he began learning the trade in Lebanon, where he continued about a year. He came to Milton the following year and in 1879 established his present business. Mr. Humphrey has now been located in Milton some eleven years and has built up a fine trade, while his skill in his calling has won for him the confidence of those needing the services of a skilled watchmaker.
An important event in the life of Mr. Humphrey occurred on April 5, 1882, which day witnessed the celebration of his marriage to Miss Mattie Pennington, daughter of Benjamin Pennington of Milton. The lady is a native of Davis County Iowa and four children have been born of their union, one son and three daughters: Mabel, Laura Elota, Sidney Glenn and Edith LaRue, all born in Milton. Mr. Humphrey is a member of the Order of Knights of Pythias, belonging to Jackson Lodge, No. 28, K.P., and a Republican in politics.
I am not related, and am posting this biography for those who might find this person in their family history.


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