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Benjamin Croxen

Benjamin Croxen
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he displays firm purpose, unfalteringly sup-porting his honest convictions and winning therespect of his fellowmen by his well knownfidelity. BENJAMIN CROXEN. Among the venerable citizens of Will countynunc are mere deserving of mention in this volumethan Benjamin Croxen, who has reached the ageof four-score years and now resides in Peotonetownship, lie was born in Northamptonshire,England, in 1S26. His father, Benjamin Croxen.was a farmer by occupation, and both he and hiswile died in England. Mr. Croxen of this re-view had no school privileges and the success whichlie has won has come as the reward of his force ofcharacter ami unfaltering determination in busi-ness affairs. He crossed the Atlantic to the Uni-ted Slates in 1850, locating in Joliet, and as hehad no capital he earned his living by workingby the month on a farm. When he had savedfrom his earnings a sufficient sum of money tojustify his purchase of land, he bought one hun-dred and sixty acres on section 30, Peotone town-
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HEXEY LEACH. PAST AND PRESENT OF WILL COUNTY. 741 ship. This was in 1854 and he has resided con-tinuously upon the farm, covering a period ofmore than a half century. Throughout his en-tire life he has carried on general agriculturalpursuits and has prospered as the rears have gone by- Mr. Croxen had four children: Ida, at home;Sallie, the wife of George Bartlett; Ira. who isoperating the home farm; and John, deceased.Ira married Jennie Berry, a daughter of Georgeand Jane Berry, and they have four children,Gerald, James Temple, Eugene and George. Benjamin Croxen of this review votes with therepublican party, having been one of its stanchadvocates since its organization- His son Ira isan independent republican. Mr. Croxen has led alife of activity and usefulness, developing acharacter which commands respect and is worthyof emulation, and now in the evening of life hereceives the esteem and veneration which shouldever be accorded to those who have traveled far onlifes journey
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