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Jan. 21, 1839 Norwich Ontario, Canada
Feb. 28, 1909 Palisade Mesa County Colorado, USA
From "History of Guthrie County [Iowa]"
"Benjamin F. Wire, an enterprising farmer of this township, lives upon section 17. He was born in Canada, on the 21st of January, 1839. In 1848, in company with his stepfather, he came west to Dodge county, Wisconsin, and in 1852 moved to Ward's Grove, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. Here he was married on the 10th of November, 1857, to Miss Mary A. Daws, who was born in Kent, England, on the 23d of December, 1838. The year following their marriage they moved to Stephenson county, Illinois, where they resided until 1879, when they came to Guthrie county, locating on the farm which he now owns. During the late civil war, Mr. Wire enlisted in Company G, 147th Illinois volunteer infantry, and was mustered with the company into the service of the United States, on the 18th of February, 1865, and moved direct to Dalton, Georgia, then the extreme front of our lines. Until the surrender of the rebel forces, this regiment was actively engaged in scouting and fighting the guerrillas in Northern Georgia. After the surrender the regiment moved to Resaca, Calhoun, Americus, Hawkinsville, Augusta and Savannah, protecting the Union interests of the people. Previous to this, in 1860, Mr. Wire made a visit to Pike's Peake, where he engaged in mining and prospecting for the precious minerals in the neighborhood of Blackhawk, Central and Nevada cities. He has always been a republican in politics, independent in religion, and a strong and earnest advocate of temperance and prohibition. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and an active worker in all good and righteous causes. Mr. and Mrs. Wire have seven children, named as follows-- Orpha V., Lydia A., Cora M., Aeschylus B., Florence L., Matta A., and Chloe B. G."
B. F. and Mary Ann Wire (who were my great great grandparents) later moved from Iowa to Palisade, in Mesa County, Colorado, where their daughter Orpha was living. They died in Palisade and are buried in the Palisade cemetery. Their daughter Lydia Wire Baker was my great grandmother.