Benninghoff, Lewis N.

Submitted by mercercounty on Sun, 09/26/2010 - 18:12

LEWIS N. BENNINGHOFF, farmer and oil operator, post-office Greenville, was born August 13, 1850, in Cherry Tree Township, Venango County, and is a son of George and Julia (Baney) Benninghoff. Our subject was reared at home, and in 1866 moved with his parents to a farm near Meadville, Crawford Co., Penn. In the following year Lewis returned to Venango County to oversee some interests for his father, where he remained until 1877. He was married in 1873 to Miss Mary M., daughter of A. J. McClintock, of Cherry-Tree Township, Venango Co., Penn. In 1877 they removed to Tarport, McKean Co., Penn., where he followed contracting and operating for oil until 1882, when they removed to Meadville, where they lived two years. He then settled on a farm that he had previously purchased of the Benninghoff heirs in Sugar Grove Township. He still follows contracting and drilling oil wells, and still has some undeveloped territory. There were six children born to them: Harry, Comer, Wilbur, Buss, Laura and Earl. Our subject obtained his education at the common schools, and attended one term at the Commercial College at Meadville. He is a member of the I. 0. 0. F., and politically is a Republican.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1136

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