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Benjamin Kuykendall
Buena Vista Twp.

Benjamin Kuykendall, one of the prominent farmers and stock- raisers of Buena Vista Township, was born in White County, Ill, July 11, 1824. In 1845 he went to Flattville, Wis., where he remained six months, and in 1846 enlisted in the Mexican war at Galena, Ill., and was mustered into service in Alton, Ill., in the second regiment of Illinois, under Captain White. He participated in all the battles of his regiment, and was honorably discharged at Alton, Ill., at the close of the war. He engaged in mining at Flattville, Wis. One year, and from there went to California where he mined until 1850, when he came to Clayton County, Ia. He resides on section 28, Buena Vista Township on a farm of 150 acres, which he cultivates in the summer, and in the winter engages in mining. He was married Sept. 30, 1851 to Susie Husk, a native of Indiana, born Sept. 30, 1834. Six children have blessed this union, viz.: George, born May 15, 1859; Laura, born Oct. 11, 1861, died Oct. 25 of that year; John L. born Oct. 11, 1864; Benjamin W., born Aug. 17, 1867, died Apr. 30, 1874; Susie Etta born Mar. 31, 1870, died Jan. 11, 1874, and George L. born Oct. 7, 1873. Mr. Kuykendell has held all the offices of the School Board, and politically he is a Democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 679-680


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