William S. Twineham,

farmer and tanner, Bennignton, was born in Jefferson Township, Switzerland Co., Ind., August 23, 1823. His parents, Arthur S. and Esther (Johnston) Twineham, were born in Kentucky; the father in 1794, the mother in 1795. They moved to this State in 1819, where the father followed the trade of a tanner, and also engaged in farming, enjoying the respect and confidence of all his neighbors. He was school trustee for a long period, also township trustee, and justice of the peace for twenty-one years. Both he and Mrs. Twineham belonged to the Baptist Church, in which he was clerk for many years. He died in 1850, his wife in 1849. William Twineham was married August 20, 1846, to Miss Sarah A. Brant, a native of Hamilton County, Ohio, born September 27, 1823. Five children--Arthur P., Pleasant, Francis M., Mary C. and Robert E.--are the result of this union. Mr. Twineham enlisted August, 1861, in Company H, Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a private soldier, and served five months, after which he ws discharged on account of disability, contracted in the service while obeying orders in the line of duty. Since his discharge he has lost his left eye, and the right is seriously impaired, though as yet the Government has not granted him a pension. He was elected township assessor in 1871, and has been elected to the same office yearly ever since. He and his estimable wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the G.A.R., Minor Padgett Post No. 180; also G.T. and S.T. lodges. Mr. Twineham may be classed among the most exemplary citizens of the township.