Benjamin Giggy came to the United States with his parents, Benedict and Christina Giggy, in 1852. He was born August 29, 1844, in Canton Berne, Switzerland, and was one of five children. In Boston, Summit Co., Ohio, during the year 1853, he worked for $7 per month. Coming to this township in 1854, he was engaged in farm work for John Ray, and attended school until 1859. The three following years he worked at the stone mason's trade with this father. In August, 1863, he enlisted in company G, Eighty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but at Fort Wayne was taken down with lung fever, and was not able to report for six weeks. He was then furnished transportation to Louisville, Ky., where he was again attacked with lung fever, and in December returned home. In the spring of 1864, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the war closed. During his last three months of service he was detailed as clerk at Gen. Gillen's headquarters, District East Tennessee, and was mustered out at Nashville September 25, 1865. August 12, 1866, Mr. Giggy and Miss Sarah Bowen were united in marriage. She is a native of Holmes County, Ohio; born September 6, 1846. They have had seven children, viz.: May, Ella C., Alonzo B., Clara C., Clyde, Ray (died August 14, 1880), and Carl. Mr. Giggy purchased forty acres of his farm in 1864, and the other forty in 1871, and its improved conditions is mainly due to his efforts. 

 

 

History of La Grange County, Indiana, F.A. Battey & Co., 1882