Benton L. Barrett was born on the farm where his son now lives, in Green township, Hancock county, October 28, 1851. He is a son of Edward H. and Mary A. Barrett, who were pioneer settlers in this neighborhood. They settled on and improved the farm on which Benton L. lived until he retired from farming and removed to Greenfield. Edward H. Barrett had a farm of two hundred and forty acres, a greater part of which he cleared and improved. He put up the first log building, which he used for some time as a residence. He and his wife died here.
Benton L. Barrett was reared and educated in Green township, and lived on the home place until he retired from active work and removed to Greenfield, in 1907. He had two hundred acres of land, well improved, with good residence, barns and other buildings, all of which he built. He was engaged in general farming. He was married on October 31, 1872, to Sarah E. Stuart, of Knightstown, Indiana. To this union the following children were born: Eva May Albea, Ila S., Margaret A., Laura B. Woods, Carrie A. Simmons, Edward S. (Ward), Charles H. and Earl I. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Edward S. Barrett (Ward) was born on October 23, 1886, and was reared and educated in Hancock county. He has always lived on a farm and now owns the old home place, a farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He was married in October, 1907, to Bernice Howard, daughter of John and Martha A. Howard, both deceased. He has one child, Lewis. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, at Eden.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 1011-1012.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI October 25, 2001.
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