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John Bender
Born 4 February 1835
JOHN BENDER, farmer, Madison Twp., Sec. 26; P.O. Wyoming; born February 4, 1835, in Pennsylvania; in 1845, he came to Ohio; in 1849, to Illinois; in 1852, to Jones Co., where he has since resided. He owns 210 acres of land. On June 4, 1852, he broke the first land ever broken in Madison Township. He married Lavina R. Brownell in 1859; she was born July 5, 1840, in Chautauqua Co., N.Y.; they have four children—Mary R., James L., Carrie I. and Ada E. Mr. Bender is School Director. Republican; family attend the M.E. Church.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 614.
Submitted by: Joanne Jones

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