O. D. BANNING, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Hamilton, where he was born February 3, 1830, for many years has been closely identified with the agricultural interests of this part of the county, his well-kept farm ranking among the most desirable here. His grandfather, who was of English birth, came to this country at the age of thirty-five; and it is thought that he first settled in some small town in Connecticut, whence he removed to New Haven in the same State. He subsequently cast in his lot with the pioneers of this county, journeying all the way through the intervening wilderness with ox-teams. He became an early settler of Hamilton, buying a tract of timbered land here, which he partly cleared, and whereon he erected a log house and barn. Later he returned to Connecticut, and after that made his home there and here alternately, dying in that State. His wife, who lived to the advanced age of one hundred years, also died in Connecticut.
The father of O. D. Banning continued to live in Hamilton on the tract of land his father had bought after the return of the latter to Connecticut, busying himself in its further improvement. He tilled the soil with profit, and eventually bought other land, on which he erected a substantial set of buildings. He died here at the venerable age of eighty-five years. By his wife, Lucilla, he had three children besides our subject-Joseph D., Helen L., and John M.
Here on the old homestead O. D. Banning grew to a stalwart manhood, assisting his father in its management. He subsequently purchased a rich tract of farming land, which he has developed into a fertile, well-tilled farm, and has provided it with convenient buildings. He is an excellent farmer, having a practical knowledge of agriculture in all its branches; and his industry has placed him in comfortable circumstances. He is a man of good habits, is well liked in his community, and has the reputation of always dealing with fairness and justice in all his transactions. He was formerly a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. To the wife who has been his devoted helpmate these many years Mr. Banning was married June 26, 1861. She was Sarah Williams in her maiden days, and her parents were William and Floy Williams. The one child born to them died when quite young.
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