Benjamin S. McKinley was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, July 31, 1825. In 1835 he came to Ohio with his parents, and settled in what is now Mohican Township, Ashland County.
September 10, 1848, he was married to Sarah Ryland, daughter of William and Catharine Ryland, who were among Ashland County’s early settlers. Mr. And Mrs. McKinley’s parents are dead. They have four children, two sons and two daughters; Judson, Lillie, A, Emer, and Sadie A. Lillie A. is wife of Abraham Hossler, who owns a farm adjoining his father in-law. Emer married Mary Brubaker, of Mohican Township, and owns a farm adjoining Mr. Hossler. Judson owns a farm adjoining his fathers place, but as he is yet living in single blessedness, he makes his home with his parents. Sadie A. is yet unmarried and lives at home. Mr. McKinley is one of the most through go-ahead farmers of Vermillion Township, and is a neighbor highly respected by all who know him.
Though a very hard worker for a man of his age, he is genial and companionable. He loves a good horse, and has the gratification of having some that he raised on his own farm. In Politics he is a Democrat. Both himself and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church at Hayesville, Ohio