|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1842|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1931|
Veteran of the Rebellion
215th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
Excerpt from Morton Montgomery's Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania
Aaron Benfield, son of Henry, was born June 14, 1842, in Pike township, in that section now included in Washington township. He attended the old pay school for one term, until the public school was established, after which he received the benefits of free education. When seventeen years old he went to learn the blacksmith's trade which he followed for eight years in all -- two years in Frederick township, Montgomery county, and about half a year at the Black Bear, in Berks county, thence returning to Frederick township. In 1877 he began farming in Washington township, where he was thus engaged for eleven years, at the end of that time removing to Hereford township, where he has since made his home. In 1894 he purchased the farm of eight-four acres upon which he has since lived, and which was the old Jacob Hoffman homestead. The present barn on the place was built in 1872, but many of the improvements were made by Mr. Benfield, who was known as a successful farmer throughout his active years. He retired from arduous labor in 1907, but his son Oscar had previously taken charge of the home place, which he has cultivated since 1895. Mr. Benfield owns another tract, of twenty-eight acres, near Oberholtzer's schoolhouse. Before settling at his present home he lived for fifteen years at Huff's Church, cultivating a twenty-three-acre tract in that location. His neighbors have shown their confidence in his business ability by electing him township treasurer. He is a Republican in politics. During the Civil war he enlisted at Norristown, April 7, 1865, for service in the Union army, becoming a private in Company D, 215th Pa. V. I., for one year or during the war, and served until after its close, being mustered out July 31, 1865, at Fort Delaware.
Mr. Benfield was married Oct. 2, 1866, to Maria Elizabeth Kepler, born Oct. 2, 1839, daughter of Copeland and Margaretha (Binder) Kepler, farming people of Upper Hanover township, Montgomery Co., Pa. Mrs. Benfield died Nov. 8, 1906, the mother of three children, Oscar, Harry N. and Elmer. All this family are Reformed members of Huff's Church.
Heinrich Keck Benfield (1803 - 1891)
Sarah Becker Benfield (1806 - 1886)
Maria Elizabeth Kepler Benfield (1839 - 1906)
David Benfield (1827 - 1903)*
Abraham Benfield (1830 - 1917)*
Elizabeth Benfield Dotterer (1832 - 1881)*
George B. Benfield (1834 - 1899)*
John B. Benfield (1836 - 1837)*
Henry B. Benfield (1838 - 1907)*
Aaron B. Benfield (1842 - 1931)
Huff Union Church Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45486266
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