Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, 1879, page 700.
Benjamin Searles, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Castle Grove; born in Lake Co., Ohio, in 1821; he went to Sheboygan Co., Wis., in the fall of 1846; he returned to Ohio in 1848. He was married to Lucretia Cunningham; returned to Sheboygan Co., where he remained till 1853, when he removed to Dane Co.; his wife died in 1865; he came to Jones Co. and located on his present farm in October, 1874. His present wife was Mrs. Caroline Thompson. Mr. Searles has five children by his first marriage, Ada, Gilbert, Abbie, Benjamin and Lucretia. His present wife has four children by her former marriage, Lucy, Libbie, Josephine and Ella. Mr. Searles has 150 acres of land. Members of the Baptist Church.
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