From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 953

REV. MICHAEL BENSON, Pastor Methodist Episcopal Church; was born in Ontario, Province of Canada, December 24, 1832; was educated at Picton High School and Victoria College, at Coburg, Canada, then taught in public schools for two years, and, in 1853, entered the Niagara Conference of the M. E. Church, and was apponted to the Dorchester Curcuit; subsequent appointments were in larger places, and of increased responsibilities; the last eight years in Canada, he was Presiding Elder. Mr. BENSON was married Sept. 16, 1858, to Miss Sybill P. HAMILTON; they have had seven children, five of whom are still living - Ivah M., James H., Susie A., Lulu N. and Anna A.; the oldest daughter, in 1880, married Dr. I. D. WILTROUT, of Pennsylvania; the others are still at home. Mr. BENSON came to Wisconsin in 1876, and for two years, was Pastor of the church at Mineral Point; in 1878, he took charge of the church at Madison. He is a member of the A.F. & A.M., A.O.U.W. Good Templars, and Temple of Honor.

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