Benjamin Glines, a prosperous general farmer and stock-raiser of Northfield, was born in this town, October 3, 1839, son of Jacob and Elmira (Glover) Glines. His great-grandfather was probably the first settler in Northfield. Grandfather Abram Glines was a lifelong resident of the town. The father, now deceased, who was occupied in farming throughout the active period of his life, was twice married. The maiden name of his first wife was Nancy Glines. His second marriage was contracted with Elmira Glover, who bore him eight children. Of these two are living, Benjamin, the subject of this sketch; and Nancy, who married George Stewart, and lives in Franklin. The others were: Jacob, Elmira, Isaac, Darius, Jacob (second), and Nancy (first). The mother married for her second husband John B. Glover, a native of Canterbury, N.H., born in 1814, who now resides with his step-son in Northfield. Her death occurred in 1889.
Benjamin Glines received his education in the common schools of Northfield. After his marriage he resided in Canterbury for a year, and then returned to Northfield, where he has since been engaged in agriculture. In 1885 he moved to his present farm of one hundred and sixteen acres. Here he carries on general farming, dairying, and stock-raising. On April 28, 1860, Mr. Glines married Annie L. Robinson, who was reared by her husband’s step-father, John B. Glover. Mr. and Mrs. Glines have had seven children-Willie, Charles, Frank, Burt, Nellie, Ida, and Benjamin. Willie married Etta La Baron, of Sanbornton, and is now a carpenter in Tilton, N.H.; Charles wedded Mary Brown, and is following the same trade in Waltham, Mass.; Frank, who wedded Mary Leaman, of Laconia, lives in Northfield; Burt married Ena Randall, and is residing in Canterbury; Nellie died at the age of sixteen years; Ida died at the age of two years; and Benjamin is living at the homestead. Mrs. Glines has adopted a daughter, Rosa Tappen, who was born August 1, 1892. In politics Mr. Glines is a Democrat. His wife is a member of the Baptist church.