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Benaiah J Farnum
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Birth: May 22, 1834
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 1896
Bremer County
Iowa, USA

Son of Samuel A & Orpha (Pierce)
Husband of Jane (Countryman) married 11/5/1858 in Marengo, McHenry County, IL
Father of Clarence C, Wesley Myron, Arthur Erastus, Hattie Edith, Lewis Reade, Roy Deaver & Ada Adell

1862 Benaiah Farnum traveled to Dubuque, Iowa from Marengo, Illinois with two brothers, William & Francis, and from there walked the entire distance to a site near Sumner, Iowa, where they selected land. They then returned to Illinois for their families, bringing them to Iowa in covered wagons. Their farm was located seven miles northwest of Sumner, which was a farm community with a post office name of Mentor. In later years Benaiah & Jane Farnum moved into Sumner, where they resided until their deaths. Their home was located on what is now Division Street on the north side of town. On July 4, 1896 Benaiah Farnum was accidently thrown off a wagon by a runaway team, crushing his head on a wooden sidewalk. He lived one day. The place of his accident was on the northwest corner of Railroad & 4th Streets in Sumner. On May 13, 1920 Jane Farnum passed away at her home in Sumner, IA. Both are buried at Mentor Cemetary, near Sumner, IA.
Family links: 
  Samuel A Farnum (1805 - 1889)
  Orpha Pierce Farnum (1806 - 1900)
  Jane Countryman Farnum (1839 - 1920)
  Clarence C Farnum (1860 - 1905)*
  Wesley Myron Farnum (1862 - 1940)*
  Arthur Erastus Farnum (1864 - 1945)*
  Hattie Edith Farnum Leach (1869 - 1903)*
  Lewis Reade Farnum (1874 - 1951)*
  Lewis Reade Farnum (1874 - 1951)*
  Roy Deveer Farnum (1876 - 1909)*
  Ada Adell Farnum (1881 - 1971)*
  William C Farnum (1826 - 1898)*
  Julia Ann Farnum Morse (1832 - 1917)*
  Benaiah J Farnum (1834 - 1896)
  Stephen Farnum (1836 - ____)*
  Lydia A Farnum Babcock (1838 - 1911)*
  Violetta Farnum Countryman (1843 - 1908)*
  Francis Eli Farnum (1846 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Mentor Cemetery
Bremer County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Diane Zabel
Record added: May 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26874292
Benaiah J Farnum
Added by: Lesley Gunnells-Ramos
Benaiah J Farnum
Added by: Lesley Gunnells-Ramos
Benaiah J Farnum
Added by: Lesley Gunnells-Ramos
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- Carolyn Farnum
 Added: Jan. 4, 2011

- Diane Zabel
 Added: May. 28, 2010
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- Diane Zabel
 Added: May. 28, 2010

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