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George Benninghoff
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1825
Clearfield County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1909
Crawford County
Pennsylvania, USA

George Benninghoff, retired farmer and oil producer, Meadville, was born in Clearfield County, Pa., April 3, 1825, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Heist) Benninghoff, who were of German ancestry. His father was first a hatter by trade, was in later life a farmer, and succeeded at one time in accumulating a fortune of $300,000. He was a resident of Venango County, Penn., fourteen years, and before his death, lived in Greenville, Penn., where he died in 1882. He had twelve children, who were all at their father's funeral but one, who was sick at the time. The father and all his sons were Republican in politics.

George Benninghoff, the eldest of the family, received a common school education in Venango County, Penn., was reared on the farm, and for several years, pursued agriculture with success, commencing on fifty acres of unimproved land in Venango County, which he cleared up. In 1861, he purchased a farm in Mead Township, and removed to Meadville in 1880. From 1880 to 1883, he was engaged as an oil producer, since when he has been retired.

He was married in 1848 to Julia A., daughter of John Baney, a prominent farmer of Venango County, Penn. They have five children: Almena Helen, wife of E. L. Affantranger, farmer; Lewis Nelson, farmer in Sugar Grove, Mercer county, and who was also in the oil business for sixteen years; Livingston, a farmer; George E., a practicing physician of Bradford, Pa.; Julia M., wife of C. E. Morgan, of Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Benninghoff is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Politically, our subject is a Republican.

History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, V. 2, 1885.

George Benninghoff, aged 83 years, a farmer and a man well known in the community, was struck by Erie railroad train 5 at D.W. tower, two miles north of Meadville, at ten o'clock, Friday morning. He was killed instantly, his body being thrown some yards from the track. His head was badly injured, his arms and legs were broken and his right side crushed. Mr. Benninghoff's death occurred within thirty or forty rods of his home. He had left the house to go and look after some wood which was being cut for him. He walked along the railroad tracks and probably failed to see or hear the train until too late.

Mr. Benninghoff was born in Venango county. He was a son of John Benninghoff. The family lived between Oil City and Titusville on Benninghoff run and their home was the scene on January 16, 1868, of the most sensational robbery recorded in oil country history.

George Benninghoff had a fortune at one time in oil country investments but the greater part of his investment money was lost. He had long been a farmer of this vicinity.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters: Mrs. C. E. Morgan and Mrs. A. H. Affantranger, Meadville; Lewis Benninghoff, Warren, Pa., and Dr. Benninghoff, Bradford, and many relatives in Greenville.
The Evening Record, Sat., 06 Feb 1909, p. 2, Greenville, Pa. 
Family links: 
  John B Benninghoff (1801 - 1882)
  Elizabeth Heise Benninghoff (1804 - 1872)
  Julia Ann Baney Benninghoff (1826 - 1889)
  Lewis N. Benninghoff (1851 - 1929)*
  Livingston Benninghoff (1853 - 1908)*
  George Benninghoff (1854 - 1951)*
  George Benninghoff (1825 - 1909)
  Martin Benninghoff (1828 - 1898)*
  Charles Benninghoff (1828 - 1890)*
  Amelia Benninghoff Gahring (1829 - 1882)*
  Elizabeth Benninghoff Howe (1830 - 1909)*
  Catherine Ann Benninghoff Drake (1834 - 1883)*
  John E Benninghoff (1836 - 1888)*
  Frederick W. Benninghoff (1837 - 1907)*
  Mary Jane Benninghoff Reep (1839 - 1898)*
  Jeremy Benninghoff (1841 - 1903)*
  Joseph Benninghoff (1843 - 1924)*
  Milton Benninghoff (1845 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Greendale Cemetery
Crawford County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sec. B; Lot 136
Created by: Kathleen B
Record added: Mar 09, 2011
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George Benninghoff
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