Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Force

Benjamin, son of David Force, was born in 1793. died in 1873. He spent his youth in his native place in New Jersey and was a pioneer settler at Steuben county, now (1910) Schuyler county, New York, where he followed farming all his active life. In politics he was a Whig and afterward a Republican. An intense Abolitionist, he was prominent in all anti-slavery movements and his house was a station of the Underground Railroad. His grandson and namesake was instantly killed while serving in the Union army in the civil war in Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in 1864. He married (first) Sophia Caswell, born in 1796, died in 1836, daughter of Thomas Caswell, who was born in 1756, died in 1831. Her mother, Miriam (Smith) Caswell, was born and raised in Massachusetts. A number of the descendants of Thomas and Miriam Caswell were prominent business men in Ohio. Children of Benjamin Force: John, Lodencia, Dr. Lyman, Dr. Alfred, Chester B. Benjamin Force married (second) Sarah Russell, by whom he had three children: Eliza, Julia, and David.



Ontario County NY,

Milliken, Charles F. The History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. 1911.

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