Benton Green is a son of Thomas Green, one of the pioneers of Jones county, Iowa. Thomas Green was born in Orange county, New York, in 1811, and at the age of six years, removed with his parents to Ohio. From Ohio, the family moved to Warren county, Indiana, where he grew to manhood, and was married in 1831, to Effie Stingley, who was born in Ohio in 1814. In June, 1840, Mr. Green removed with his family, consisting of a wife and four children, to the State of Iowa, and settled in what is now Rome township, at a place called Walnut Grove. There he purchased a claim and improved a farm, upon which he lived about six years, then exchanged it for unimproved land in the same township. In the spring of 1852, he sold this land and bought a partially improved farm, where he lived till the spring of 1876. He then came to Cass county and bought property in Atlantic. In 1879 he purchased an improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres, of Judge Lorah, located on section 14, of Pymosa township. Here he resided until his decease, July 28, 1883. Thomas Green enlisted in 1862, in the Twenty-fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and served ten months, then on account of ill health resigned his commission as first lieutenant, and returned home. He was in the siege of Vicksburg, and several preceding battles. He began life poor, but at the time of his decease, was one of the wealthiest men of Cass county. He left, at his death, a widow and thirteen children. The children are...Polly Ann, born in 1832; Benton, born in 1834; Elizabeth, born in 1836; John H., born in 1840; Rebecca, born in 1843; Sarah J., born in 1845; Martha, born in 1847; Caroline, born in 1849; George W., born in 1852; Armelda, born in 1854; Loraine, born in 1856; Etna A., born in 1857; and Owen L., born in 1861. One daughter, Emily, born in 1838, is dead. The mother now makes her home with her children, three of whom are residents of this county. Benton Green was born in Indiana. In 1861 he enlisted in Jones county, Iowa, in the Ninth Iowa Infantry, company B. He served five and a half months and was then discharged on account of disability. He was married to Louisa Green, daughter of Erving Green, and a native of Ohio. They have three children...Thomas, Grace and Levi. Mr. Green has a fine farm of one hundred and sixty-five acres, located in the best part of Pymosa township.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 567.