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Notes for Nicholas Benjamin ISCH

From Chapman Brothers. (1884). Portrait and biographical album of Newaygo county, Mich., containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county: Also containing a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. Chicago: Chapman bros.: Benjamin Ish, farmer, section 31, Dayton township, is a son of Nicholas and Barbara (Votle) [sic] Isch, natives of Switzerland, came to this country with his parents when he was one and a half years of age. They first settled in Stark Co., O., and afterward lived in Crawford and Wyandot counties. They came to Hillsdale Co., Mich., about the year 1843, where the father died, at the advanced age of 92 years; the mother died at the age of 74. Benjamin went to Hillsdale Co., Mich., when 21 years of age. He lived there 11 years, when he commenced farming. In the fall of 1854 he came to Newaygo County, being one of the first settlers. He took up 200 acres of land under the Homestead Act, to which he has since added 120 acres, and now has nearly 200 acres in a good state of cultivation, upon which he resides.
Mr. Ish was married in Sheridan township, Oct. 29, 1857, to Miss Helen, daughter of Norman and Charity Cunningham. The ceremony was performed under an elm tree, by Wm. L. Stewart, a Justice of the Peace. Mr. and Mrs. Ish have four children, viz.: Albert, Clarence, Theodore and Deroy.
At one time Mr. Ish was Township Treasurer seven years; has also been School Moderator. In politics he belongs to the National party.

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