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    Benjamin G. Inman, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; was born Aug. 11, 1836; he received a liberal common-school education, and has been a close student of medicine for twenty-three years; at present he operates a woolen-mill at West Milton, Ohio; he is the son of the elder George Inman, a pioneer of Newton Township, and one of its prominent and valuable citizens; George was born in Newberry District, S. C., June 24,1798, and was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Inman, who were born in England, near-the city, of London; Benjamin was. a man of small means, and, being zealous in his religion, he met with a great deal of persecution, which caused him to emigrate to the United States; he located in South Carolina, where he erected a flouring-mill, which proved a great source of profit to him; this he was not long permitted to enjoy, death calling him from ;works to rewards when George, the youngest of a family or three sons and one daughter, was only 3 years old; his wife, Elizabeth, moved with the family to Burke Co., Ga., where she had some relatives; here, in this remarkably poor, sandy country, she found it a great struggle to sustain herself and family, and received but little sympathy from friends she remained here in destitute circumstances for eight years; while here, in the heart of slavery, George daily witnessed the cruelties and atrocities of the system; many horrible scenes were indelibly impressed upon, his youthful mind; one, the burning of three slaves at the stake, of which he was an eye witness, he used to relate with much feeling; these scenes firmly biased his mind against the system of slavery; at the age of 14, he suffered the loss of his mother by death, and then realized what it was to be left an orphan among strangers; he now moved back to South Carolina, were he received his education, which consisted of nine months' schooling; in this time he learned to read and write, and laid the foundation of his future life; he then began to study the Bible, and was, the remainder of his life, a close student of the Word of God; he could repeat from memory at least one-eighth of the Bible; he emigrated to Ohio in 1818, and, in 1820, married Julia Ann Burns, who emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1813, and located on the present site of Pleasant Hill; she died May 9, 1872, esteemed by all who knew her, a Christian woman, true and noble-hearted; they had four sons and six daughters, one daughter, Polly, dying when a small child, in 1823, and one son and two daughters within a month, in 1850 ; the rest still survive, useful members of society. Mr. and Mrs. Inman became members of the Hopewell Christian Church of Pleasant Hill in 1820, and remained faithful members and exemplary Christians till their death; George was ordained an Elder in the church in 1822, and earnestly and faithfully discharged its duties till 1859, when he was ordained a minister, which position he filled till death; during his ministry he preached over 6,000 sermons; as a minister, he possessed many natural gifts; eloquent in his address, gifted with a musical voice, pungent and bold in his remarks, forcible in his arguments, and winning in delivery, he was eminently efficient in his ministerial work; in 1822, he purchased a farm, consisting of 1021 acres in See. 24, Newton Township, where he passed the remainder of his life, his death occurring Jan. 15, 1880, in his 82d year; as an early and earnest supporter of the Abolition cause, an advocate of the free-school system, an ardent temperance worker, and a man of benevolence, he will long be remembered.

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