GEORGE BECKENHOLDT, Lawrenceburgh, of the firm of George Beckenholdt & Co., coal dealers, was born in Dearborn County in 1848. His father, John BECKENHOLDT, immigrated to this country from Germany about 1830, and was for some time engaged in farming in this county. About 1845 he built the BECKENHOLDT Brewery in "Newtown" and for many years did quite an extensive brewing business in that city. He died in 1860. George BECKENHOLDT grew up on the farm and received the ordinary common school education. He continued his agricultural pursuits up to 1877, when he removed to Lawrenceburgh. In 1881 he began operations in the coal and produce business, in which he is still engaged. Mr. BECKENHOLDT is a reliable business man and an enthusiastic, Democrat. Mrs. BECKENHOLDT was Miss Mary HARREY.

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WILLIAM P. BECKETT, farmer, Washington Township, was born in this township, June 14, 1858, and completed his education at Moore's Hill College. His father, Joe S. BECKETT was born in England, October 8, 1816, and came to America in 1841. His mother, Mary (ABBOTT) BECKETT, was born in Clay Township in 1824. They were married in September 1843. Mr. William P. BECKETT, was married in March, 1874, to Miss Lydia A. HERRON, a native of this township, born August 29, 1852, and two children were born to them: Stella, December 10, 1874, and Gracie, February 12, 1879, died December 3, 1881. The mother died April 26, 1883, and he married Miss Mollie A. HERRON, March 26, 1884, who was born January 14, 1862. The happy couple are favorably located and surrounded with all the necessary comforts of life. Mr. BECKETT is secretary of the Mount Tabor Cemetery Association, and belons to Dillsborough Lodge, F. & A.M. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was elected steward in Mount Tabor Church in 1878, which position he has since filled acceptably.

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JOE S. BECKETT, farmer, Clay Township, was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, October 8, 1816. his parents, William P. and Marry (HARRISON) BECKETT, were also natives of Yorkshire, England, where they married and from thence, in 1841, immigrated to the United States, landing at New York City, and from there came to Cincinnati, Ohio, and shortly afterward to Dearborn County, Ind. They were the parents of eighteen children, viz: Samuel, William, Joe S. George, Elizabeth, Mary, Emma, Ellen, John, Alfred, Annie, Arthur, Hannah M., and five who died in infancy. Joe S., our subject, spent the greater part of his early life, while in England, in the mercantile business, and in 1841 immigrated with his parents to this county, where he was united in marriage, September 14, 1843 with Mary, daughter of William L., and Elizabeth (NAYLOR) ABBOTT. She was born in Dearborn County, Ind., June 27, 1824. After Mr. BECKETT'S marriage he first settled on his father's farm, and in the following year purchased a farm in Washington Township, where he moved in January, 1845, and resided until April, 1871, when he moved on his present farm, which he had purchased previously, and on which he has since resided. He owns at present 647 acres of fine land, which is well improved and under a high state of cultivation. They have had born to them seven children, viz: Ronald A., Mary E., Eliza A.(deceased), Dorathy, William P., John H. and Joe W.

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ALEXANDER BECKMAN, of Lawrenceburgh, junior member of the firm of George Beckenholdt & Co., coal dealers, is a native of Germany, born in 1825. His father died in Germany, and in 1832, Mr. BECKMAN with his mother immigrated to America, landing at Baltimore, from which point they came by wagon over the Alleghany Mountains to Cincinnati, which city they reached June 10, of the above year. He resided in Cincinnati (in "the bloody Fourth Ward"), till 1848, win which year he came to Lawrenceburgh. In this latter city, for about thirty years he acted as proprietor of the wharf boat, and also did a flat boating business during that time. In 1880 he engaged in the coal business and has since been thus employed. In June 1862, he organized Company E., Sixteenth Indiana, and was commissioned captain of the same. He did active duty in the field till December 1863, when he resigned his commission, having been captured by Gen. Bragg at the battle of Mumfordsville. Mr. BECKMAN was one of the prime movers in the Miami Valley furniture enterprise and has always taken an active interest in the welfare of the city. He served eight years as township trustee. He was married, November 28, 1847, to Catharine M. BERTE, and they have eight children living: William H., George W., Alice E., Emma, Jeannette, Maggie, Myron H., and Laura.

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ROBERT A. BELL, packer in the Aurora Furniture Factory, Aurora, was born in Evansville, Ind., January 3, 1854, where he received a good common school education. He parents, Joseph G. and Jane E. (CAMPBELL) BELL were both natives of Indiana. Robert served an apprenticeship at engineering, after which, in 1872, he located in Aurora, and has since worked for the Aurora Furniture Company. He was married, December 10, 1876, to Miss Flora L. WOOD, who was born in Sparta March 5, 1856. By this union two children, Clarence A. and Harry H., have been born. Mr. BELL is an industrious and peaceable citizen, and labors diligently to promote the best interests of his employers.

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EDWARD BENNETT, farmer, Clay Township, was born in Yorkshire, England, July 25, 1827. His parents were Joseph and Charlotte (OTLEY) BENNETT, both natives of Yorkshire, England. The former was a son of Edward Bennett, also a native of Yorkshire, England, where he was born about the year 1768, and was married, in 1794, to Fanny BROOKE, who was also a native of Yorkshire, England and was born about the year 1768. He was a cloth manufacturer, and after his marriage located at Horbury, where he carried on a large manufacturing establishment, and where he resided until his death, which occurred in September, 1841, and that of his widow in October, 1851. Their children were Mary, Fanny, John, Edward, Susan, Abraham, Hannah, William, and Joseph. The father of our subject was the eldest member of the family. He was born at Horbury, England, February 8, 1795, and was there married about the year 1818 to Charlotte OTLEY, who was born also at Horbury, England, in October 1795. In 1842, Mr. BENNETT immigrated to the United States, and in the following year moved his family over, and located in Dearborn County where he afterward resided until his death, which occurred September 22, 1860, followed by his widow November 2, 1873, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was living with her daughter. They were the parents of five children, viz: John B., George, Sarah A., Martha and Edward, our subject. He immigrated to Dearborn County, Ind., in company with his father in 1842, where he was married, September 25, 1851, to Catherine HUDDART, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 18, 1831. After our subject's marriage he settled on apart of the same tract of land on which he now lives. They have had born to them ten children, viz: William H., Charles E., Thomas B., Martha, George W.(deceased), Albert (deceased), Joseph, Julian, James (deceased) and Harry.

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PETER BIDNER, farmer, Manchester Township, was born in Germany, April 25, 1834, is a son of John Bidner, a native of Germany, who with his family immigrated to America in the spring of 1840, landing at Baltimore, then came to Pittsburgh, then to Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio, and soon after to Dearborn County, Ind., and purchased eighty acres of land, being a part of the southwest quarter of Section 29 and a part of the southeast quarter of Section 30, Manchester Township. Here his wife died. After residing here two or three years he sold his land, and returned to Hamilton, Ohio, where he married Barbara WISE. After residing there two or three years he returned to this township and purchased eighty acres, north half of the southwest quarter of Section 20, and subsequently the south eighty acres, thus owning the full quarter section. Here he spent most of his life. About two years prior to his death he removed to his son John's place on Section 30, where he died in December, 1867, aged 67 years. He was the father of three sons who survived and are still living, all married and residents of Manchester Township _ John, Peter and Michael. Peter BIDNER, our subject, was married May 2, 1858, to Dora FILLANWARTH, a native of Germany, but who came to America and became quite an early settler of Manchester Township. By this marriage Mr.BIDNER was the father of six children, five now living; John J., Anna K., now the wife of William BUSSE; Mary K; elizabeth and Emma M. Mrs. BIDNER died November 27, 1880, aged forty years. Mr BIDNER has made farming his business through life and by his industry and good management has been financially successful and is now one of the prominent farmers of Manchester township. He owns 250 acres of land well improved, and property in Lawrenceburgh.

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GEORGE M. BILL, farmer, Sparta Township, is a native of Germany where he was born October 12, 1811. His parents, Philip G. and Barbara BILL, were also natives of Germany, where they resided until their deaths. They were the parents of four children, viz: Christian, Lawrence, Barbara, and George M., our subject, the eldest member of the family. He was married, in Germany, November 5, 1832, to Caroline MARCEY, who was born in Germany , June 13, 1807. In 1844 Mr. BILL and family immigrated to the United States, landing at New York City in June of that year; from thence they moved to Stark County, Ohio, and in the spring of 1845 they removed to Dearborn County, Ind., settling in Sparta Township, where he has since resided. He owns 210 acres of fine land, the greater part of which he has improved himself. He lost his wife by death June 10, 1869, having had by her five children, viz: Caroline (deceased) George M. (deceased), Charles, Solomon (deceased) and Mary. Mr. BILL was again married at Lawrenceburgh, Ind., November 3, 1874 to Rosanna MENDEL, widow of John MENDEL, deceased, and daughter of David and Susanna (POE) WILSON. Whe was born in Ohio, March 18, 1824. Mr. BILL is a highly respected man. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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JAMES BILLINGSLEY, of Ohio County, died August 30, 1873. He was born at what was designated as Old Redstone Fort (now Brownsville), Penn., in the spring of 1776, while the parents were on their journey from Virginia to the Northwest Territory. After a voyage of two weeks the family landed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and located on the site of the present town of Reading, where they cleared up a farm and tilled it, operating for a period of seven years., in connection with farming, a saw mill. In 1803, the family removed to what saw then Dearborn County, and our subject since that period, until his death, resided in the counties of Dearborn and Ohio.

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OTHA BILLINGSLEY, farmer, Center Township, resides on Section 29 and possesses 300 acres of land, was born in Dearborn County, Ind., in February 1829, where he received a common school education. He has been a farmer all his life. He was married, September 10, 1858, to Miss Priscilla J. MEFFORD, a native of Kentucky, who was born in Newport, December 10, 1837. Eleven children have been born to their marriage, namely: Elizabeth, George, Rebecca A., Mary J., Eliza B., William James, Emily, Otha, Inez and Joseph. Mrs. BILLINGSLEY's father, James P. MEFFORD, was born in 1808, and was killed in California, in 1856, while blasting a mine. Mr. BILLINGSLEY'S father, John, was born in Red Stone, Va., in February, 1790, and as was very common in his day received no education. The mother, Elizabeth STITT, died June 6, 1866. They raised seven children: James, THomas, Otha, Mary, Nancy, Elizabeth, Emily P. Four have passed beyond the river: Thomas, Mary, Nancy and Elizabeth. Father BILLINGSLEY flat boated in early life, and walked from New Orleans to this county. The balance of his life has been devoted to farming, at which he has been successful.

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JOHN BLACK, superintendent Iron and Nail Company, Aurora City, was born in Allegheny County, Penn., February 2, 1840. His father Thomas, was born in Allegheny County, Penn., and mother, Susan FREDLY, was born in Germany. The father was a farmer. John not being favorably impressed with the idea of tilling the soil, left the farm in 1846 and began working in the nut and bolt works at which he continued for nine years. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, and served three months as corporal. September 15, 1861, he re-enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, and was appointed sergeant, serving in that capacity three years. he received a flesh wound at Malvern Hill. After returning home he learned the machinist trade, and worked at ti for eight and a half years. In 1873 he went to Covington, Ky., as foreman in nut and bolt works, thence to Aurora, Ind., in 1875, and officiated as foreman, in O.P. Cobb & Co's. mill. In 1878 he was promoted to the office of superintendent of the nail works, which position he has since held. Mr. BLACK was married in 1867 , to Miss Catharine ROLLAND, a native of Canada. Unto them have been born six children: Anna, John, Charles, Roy, Jessie and Glenn. Our subject is a member of Aurora Lodge No., 51, Aurora Chapter No. 13, and Aurora Commandery No. 17, and the A.O.U.W. of Pittsburgh, Penn. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. BLACK invented the cylinder nail picker in 1880, which is now in use at Cobbs' nail mill. He is now perfecting a system to remove the carbon from steel rails, which will enable them to make nails from the same by rendering the steel soft and pliable to the rolls, Mr. BLACK is truly an inventive genius. He has also completed and emery wheel.

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ROBERT R. BLAIR, of the firm Blair Bros., inventors of and manufacturers of revolving cylinder engines, headquarters, Eagle Hotel, Aurora Ind., with factory in Cincinnati, ohio, was born in Ripley County, Ind., January 1, 1854. His early training was upon the farm, but his education was completed in college, after which he taught school for two winters. In 1876, he engaged in selling threshers and engines in Kentucky, at which he succeeded admirably. He then read medicine under Dr. William Anderson, of Versailles, Ind., and attended lectures at Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio; not liking the profession he abandoned the practice. In the fall of 1878, he began traveling for Aultman, Taylor & Co., of Mansfield, Ohio, remaining with that firm until in 1881 when he began traveling for C & G. Cooper & Co., Mount Vernon, Ohio, with whom he remained until November, 1883. at which time he located in Aurora to develop the invention of the present firm. His father, Robert C. BLAIR, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, January 18, 1814. Hi mother, Elizabeth (FISHER) BLAIR, was born in Rising Sun, Ind., in 1820. They were married in 1837; the father came to Indiana in 1818. He followed the river for years and has farmed all through life. He raised six children. The parents are members of the Christian Church, and are an exemplary couple. Our subject is a member of Friendship Lodge No. 68, F&A.M., Milan Chapter, No. 32, at Moore's Hill, and Aurora Commandery No. 17, Aurora, Ind. He attended the conclave at San Francisco in 1883, with Raper Commandery, which was a great treat. Mr. BLAIR is a shrewd and thorough young business man, with genial and affable manners that endear him to his many friends and acquaintances and make him a popular gentleman.

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SHERWOOD F. BLASDEL, farmer, Miller Township, and assessor of the same, was born in Dearborn County, December 8, 1848. He is a son of John F., and Mary J. (HAMPSON) BLASDEL, the former born in this county in 1821, son of Enoch BLASDEL, the latter a native of West Virginia, but who came to this county in an early day with her people. John F. was educated in the Cambridge Academy, and after his marriage, taught school a few years, though his chief occupation from his youth up was farming. He reared eight children: John C. (now of Chicago), Mary S., Sherwood F., William H., Ambrose, Jennie, Pamelia and ALbert, nearly all of whom are school teachers. After abandoning the school work, Mr. B. purchased land in Kelso Township, where he resided til 1862, when he entered the service of the government as a member of the Eighty-third Indiana Regiment. He served about seven months and died in the spring of 1863, of typhoid fever, contracted while acting as hospital steward. His remains were brought home and interred in the Pella Cemetery on the same portion of land on which he was born and reared. Mrs. BLASDEL, with the rest of the family, was brought up on the farm and was educated in the common schools. He was married in 1878 to Elizabeth KIRKWOOD, a daughter of John and Eliza (MC GAHAN) KIRKWOOD, her mother and herself both natives of this county. Since his marriage, Mr. BLASDEL has been farming and trading, owning a farm of forty acres. He served his first term as township assessor in the spring of 1885, which is sufficient evidence of his good judgment in matters of business as well as his character and popularity as a citizen. Mr and Mrs. BLASDEL have two children, Nora and Arthur.

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CHARLES B. BLASDEL,(** see note below) of Lawrenceburgh Township, a member of one of the oldest families of this county was born in Miller Township, April 19, 1846. He is a son of Franklin T. BLASDEL, of the old BLASDEL family which was prominent in the early settlement of the county and is elsewhere referred to in this book. Our subject was reared on the farm and educated in the township and district schools, with the advantage of two years in the public schools of Lawrenceburgh. In the fall of 1862 he entered the war, enlisting in Company H. Eighty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and serving almost three years. He took part in some of the most important battles of the war among which were the siege of Vicksburg, and the engagements of Sherman on his famous march to the sea. On his retirement from the service Mr. B. taught school five terms, and in 1875 purchased fifty acres of land, which he has since been engaged in cultivating. He was married, October 4, 1870, to Mary E. LEMING, daughter of Lorenzo D. LEMING of Miller Township, an old resident of the county. They have six children: Flora E., Mabel A., Emma G., Quincy E., Franklin T., and Charles D.(**see note below) Mr. Blasdel is a member of the G. A.R. and Baptist Church, and is an industrious, reliable citizen in every particular.

** the above name is listed as Charles B. Blasdel and in the biography refers to him as Charles D. This is not a typo on my part.

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DANIEL BOHL, farmer, Kelso Township, Dearborn County, was born in the county and township July 31, 1839. His parents, Mathias and Margaret (HARE) BOHL, were both natives of Germany, and from thence, in 1830, immigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they resided until 1855, in which year they moved to Dearborn County, Ind. Our subject is the only member of his six children born to them. He was united in marriage with Miss Margaret GILMANN in 1861 and afterward settled on the farm where he at present lives. she was born in Germany August 8, 1834. They have had born to them seven children: Annie M., Mary D. (deceased), Mary, Elizabeth (deceased), Catherine and Peter and one that died in infancy. Mr. BOHL and family are members of the Lutheran Church.

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RICHARD C. BOND, M.D., physician and surgeon Aurora, was born in Wood County, W.Va., March 22, 1822. He is the seventh son of Lewis and Lydia (JOHN) BOND. His father was a farmer, and Baptist minister; he was of English descent, and spent his early life in Maryland. The mother was of Welsh ancestry, and was born in Fayette County, Penn. The Doctor's early education was received under his mother's kind and intelligent instructions, which impressed upon his mind that love of through which has marked all his subsequent career. At the age of eighteen, he was sent to New Geneva Seminary, Penn., where he remained three years, pursuing scientific and literery studies. In 1843, he began reading medicine with Dr. James Stevenson, of Greensboro, Penn., and completed the course with Dr. Nicklin, of Virginia. He had early applied himself to the study of the Bible, and was always regarded as a pious, and worthy young man; and when twenty years old, was baptized by his father, and received into the church. When about thirty-two, he was seized with the conviction, that he was called to preach the Gospel, and after consultation and prayers, submitted himself to the church for ordination. He was for several years pastor in charge of the churches at Wilmington, Rising Sun and Aurora, Ind., practicing medicine at the same time. Becoming convinced that the duties of one profession were ample for a man of the largest capacity, he reluctantly gave up his pastorates. In 1846 he settled in Ripley County, Ind., and located in Aurora in July 1848, where he has since been engaged in successful practice. By his skill in the treatment of cholera during the great epidemic of 1849, he saved many lives, and gained a wide reputation. In 1857 he attended lectures at the Miami Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he graduated with honor. In 1878 he received the ad eundem degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He is a member of the Miami Medical Association, Dearborn County Medical Society, and of the State Medical Association. He was chosen to deliver the oration at the annual reunion, of the Miami Alumni Association, at cIncinnati, in 1876, and acquitted himself with distinction. He is past president and vice-president of the Miami Alumni Association. In 1861 he was appointed surgeon of the FIfteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served with it in the battles of Cheat Mountain, Laurel Hill, Rich Mountain, Green Brier and in the campaign of West Virginia. Later was attached to the Army of the Cumberland, and served at the battle of Shiloh, and the siege of Corinih. In June, 1863, his health failed, and he was obliged to resign and return home, where after recovering in a measure, resumed practice. He has served several terms as a member of the city council, and has been an active member of the board of health for a number of years. His good judgment and efficient co-operation in all worthy enterprises, make him a power for good in the community. On April 1, 1847, he was married to Miss Eliza BEVAN, only daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth BEVAN, of Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born June 11, 1829; by their marriage have been born Flora B., now Mrs John A. Conwell; Charles R., Harry E., Fanny M., Marc L., Elizabeth B., Marc L., read medicine under his father, and graduated at the Ohio Medical College in March, 1882. Dr. BOND'S professional reputation is of the very highest order; he is of strong character and sympathetic heart; always calm in the sick room, he is th typical, family physician, and his scientious fidelity to duty and principle, has won for him the love and confidence of all who come in contact with him, either socially, or in his capacity of medical adviser. In 1854 he formed a partnership with Samuel L. Jones he having purchased the drug store of P.B. Vail and John Bevin. The firm existed until 1856, when Mr. Jones was elected county clerk, at which time Dr. BOND purchased his partner's interest in the drug store and continued to do a prosperous business up to 1857, when on account of not having time to superintend the same sold out, and has since devoted his entire time and talent to his profession. The Doctor is a member of Aurora Lodge No. 51, F. & A.M., and of Aurora, Chapter No. 13.

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JACOB BOURQUEIN, farmer, Harrison Township, was born in Germany in 1831. He grew to manhood in his native country, and in 1851 immigrated to the United States and spent three years in Ohio and thence to Dearborn County. He purchased forty acres of land in Miller Township, which he sold a few years later, and in April, 1871 purchased his present farm of ninety-five acres on which he has since resided. He does a general farming business and devotes some attention to the cultivation of grapes and other small fruits. Mr. BOURQUEIN was married, in 1854, to Margaret WEIST, a daughter of John WEIST, who immigrated to America about 1853. They have eight children: Lizzie, wife of Jacob KOLB; Rosa, George, John, Jacob, Kate, Mary and Bena. The family is highly respected.

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DR. HENRY J. BOWERS was born in Massachusetts in 1801. His father was an Episcopal minister and gave his son a good English education. At the age of twenty he immigrated to Dearborn County, settled at Lawrenceburgh, and commenced the study of medicine. In 1822 he married Miss Rispah MORGAN, at Lawrenceburgh. In 1824 he commenced the practice of his profession at Moore's Hill, and soon after bought a farm near this place, portions of which were in Dearborn and Ripley Counties, the farm being on the dividing line. His residence was in Ripley County and office in Dearborn. In 1856 he built a large residence near Moore's Hill, in Dearborn County, and resided at this home until his death, which occurred in January, 1866, aged sixty-five. He was elected a member of the Legislature in Ripley County in 1840, and re-elected twice, and was also elected twice to the Senate. In 1850 he was elected a member of the convention to revise the State constitution. He took great interest in the erection of Moore's Hill College and was one of the principal stockholders in the building. Dr. BOWERS was remarkable for his energy. He was a good political speaker, popular in manners, and had an extensive practice both in Dearborn and Ripley Counties.

** more about Henry J. Bowers in the biography of Hon. A.J. BOWERS, M.D.

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