Clarke Historical Library Portrait & Biographical – published 1883
John W. Benscoter, farmer, sec. 7, Sheridan Twp., was born in Luzerne Co. PA., Jan. 24, 1827. He is the eldest of three children born to his parents, John and Sally (Masters) Benscoter, who were born in the above county in 1801 and 1803 respectively, of German lineage.
Mr. Benscoter was married to Ada B. Roberts, July 13, 1846, in Pennsylvania. She was born in that state, in Susquehanna County, July 9, 1829, and is the daughter of Oliver C. and Betsey (Harris) Roberts. The father was born in Peacham, VT., Dec. 6, 1797, and died Aug. 15, 1882, The mother was born April 4, 1798, in Massachusetts, and resides with her daughter.
Mr. And Mrs. Benscoter have been the parents of 12 children, nine of whom are living, Following are their record: Sally A., born Feb. 5, 1849; Alexander W., Nov. 27, 1850; Viola, Nov. 10, 1852; Prudence J., April 29, 1855; Francis M., July 2, 1857; Chas. E.., Jan. 4, 1860; Finella T., Nov. 3, 1862; Hattie L., May 7, 1864; Bessie F., April 23, 1867; Harris W., March 27, 1870; Erva, March 27, 1872. Bessie died Aug. 20, 1876; Erva died May 27, 1872.
Mr. Benscoter came to Flint, Mich., in April 1865.
In January, 1866, he went to Stanton, amd March 7, 1867, settled on his homestead of 80 acres, in Sheridan Tp. He has cleared 60 acres, and placed 30 acres under cultivation. He has a good frame house and barn, besides other necessary farm buildings.
In politcis he is a Republican and has held the office of Township Clerk five years, and in 1878-9 was Township Treasurer.