JOSEPH BENNINGHOFF was born December 18, 1843, in Cherry Tree Township, Venango Co., Penn., within one mile of Petroleum Centre, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Heise) Benninghoff, both of whom died in Greenville. Joseph was the eleventh in a family of eight sons and four daughters, and received his primary education in the public schools of Venango County. In 1868-69, he attended the commercial college of Meadville, and graduated in March of the latter year. He then entered the law office of Hiram L. Richmond & Son, of Meadville, but on his mother’s death, in 1872, he came to Greenville to reside with his father, and did not renew his legal studies till 1880, when he returned to Meadville and was there admitted to the bar in the spring of 1882. Since his admission he has resided in Greenville. Mr. Benninghoff was married to Miss Ella Affantranger, of Meadville, daughter of the late P. A. Affantranger, a merchant of that city. Five children have been born of this union: Maud E., Arthur H. (deceased), Leon A., Josephine and Helen M. Politically he is a stanch Republican, and was elected burgess of Greenville in the spring of 1887, and served one term. For the past twenty years Mr. Benninghoff has been a member of the Masonic fraternity.
History of Mercer County, 1888, page 777