Henry County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
Jacob Brenneman was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., Feb. 1, 1809, where he resided till he was twenty-two years of age. He learned the cabinet-makerÕs trade at Newton after which he went South for the summer. He came to Henry County, Ind., in 1835 and opened a cabinet shop at New Castle where he has carried on the business ever since, employing at times seven hands. He was associated with Adam Beam who died in April, 1871. In 1875 Mr. Brenneman became associated with his son, George Alspaugh and Hugh Mullin, the business being known as the New Castle Furniture Association. They continued together for seven years when they sold out and the name was changed to New Castle Furniture Company. Mr. Brenneman was married in 1837 to Margaret M. Branson, a native of Wayne County, Ind. She died in 1881. To this union were born eight children Š Daniel, George, Lavina (now Mrs. Gough), Eli and Henrietta (now Mrs. H.H. Hernley). Mr. Brenneman served as Town Councilman. He was largely instrumental in getting and locating the Pan Handle Railroad from Richmond to New Castle, Ind.