"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
ANTHONY BENSMAN, who owns eighty-eight acres of fine land in Turtle Creek township, is one of the well known citizens and successful agriculturists of this section. He was born December 16, 1867, at Minster, Auglaize county, O., and is a son of William and Catherine (Densing) Bensman.
William Bensman was born in Germany and came early to the United States, and during a large portion of his life was a farmer in Auglaize county, O., where he died. His wife, Catherine Densing, died in 1880. To this union six children were born: William, Henry, Herman, John, Anthony and Charles. In politics he was a democrat and in religious faith a Catholic.
Anthony Bensman attended the public schools until he was fourteen years of age and then gave all his time to work on the home farm. When he married he purchased his present place in Turtle Creek township. He found the property needed a great deal of attention and immediately set about making improvements and these included the remodeling of the farm house and the erection of a new barn and other farm buildings, and all these have been completed in a substantial manner. He makes no feature of stock-raising, producing only enough for home use, but carefully superintends his crop growing, using methods that produce very satisfactory results. Mr.
Bensman is a very industrious man and looks after his affairs in a careful and practical way. He casts his vote with the democratic party.
On May 18, 1892, Mr. Bensman was married to Miss Anna Schmitmeyer, who was born March 29, 1870, in Shelby county, O., a daughter of Frederick and Liesetta (Lamping) Schmitmeyer, who had other children as follows: Elizabeth, Mary, Barney, John, Louis, Stephen, Joseph, Henry and Anthony. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bensman: Julius, Mary, Jerome, Leonard and Lietta. The family belong to the Catholic church at McCartyville, O.