Nutting, Benjamin Franklin (History - 1849)


Janet Schwarze




 ----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                                              B. F. Nutting Family and Descendents

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN NUTTING, an elderly resident of the village of Loyal, where he and his wife are much esteemed, has been a resident of Loyal Township since 1867, and for many years lived an active and somewhat strenuous life, first as lumberman and afterwards as a pioneer farmer. He was born in the township of Madison, Somerset County, Maine, Jan. 1, 1840, son of Josiah and Abial (Ames) Nutting. Both parents were natives of Maine, in which state they were married, residing there subsequently for about twenty-four years, Josiah working at farming and shoemaking. Four children were born to them: Josiah Marshall, James Melvin, Chandler Baker and Benjamin Franklin (subject of this sketch)., After the death of his wife, Abial, Josiah Nutting came to Clark County, Wis., and here contracted a second marriage. His son, Josiah M., died in Maine. James M., the-second son, came west a few months after his father, and the third son, Chandler B., joined a Maine volunteer cavalry regiment and served through the Civil War.


In the fall of 1860 B. F. Nutting came west alone, locating in La Crosse, Wis., where he was hired as a lumberman to work in the woods. In this kind of work he was engaged for thirty winters, taking part in twenty-six spring drives. At the age of 27 he was married to Josephine Hayden, daughter of William D. and Naomi (Lawrence) Hayden, the marriage taking place July 30, 1867, in Skowhegan, Maine, he having made the trip East for that purpose. Returning to Wisconsin with his wife, Mr. Nutting bought 120 acres of wild land -in Loyal Township, Clark County, also buying a small house, which he moved onto the place. This farm he developed during the summers, getting his supplies from La Crosse. During the twenty-two years that he spent on it he cleared about sixty acres, built an addition onto the house and erected a barn, 40 by 60 feet. He raises cattle, sheep, hogs and horses.


 In 1901 he bought a residence in the village and moved to town, where he and his wife are now living in the enjoyment of a well-earned competency. On July 20, 1917, they will celebrate their golden wedding. While on the farm Mr. Nutting served for a number of years as a member of the township board, and as a good citizen, he has always taken an interest in all measures for the benefit of the community in which he resides.


He and his wife have three children: Clifford H., William J. and Dumont H. Clifford H., born in Maine, married Lottie Demouth and lives on a farm in Clark County. He and his wife have four children-Erma, Robert, Reuben and Emma. William J., who was born in Beaver Township, Clark County, married May Smith and resides in that township. He has two children-Naomi and Rudel. Dumont H. married Flossie Greeley and resides in Butternut, Wis. His children are: Franklin, Mildred, Ronald and Josephine. While in the township Mr. Nutting served as a member of the town board. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. of Greenwood. Mrs. Nutting, at one time, was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. The family church is the Methodist.



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