BENJAMIN KNEFF, an old resident and a native of Steubenville township, was born August 8, 1821. He is a son of Benjamin Sr., a native of Pennsylvania, who engaged in distilling in his native state, under James Buchanan Sr. After being in that business there several years he moved to Steubenville in 1809 and settled near what is now known as Mingo Junction, where he again engaged in distilling and also cleared a large farm. Subsequently he devoted himself entirely to farming, at which he was engaged the remainder of his days. He had seven sons and three daughters, five of whom are living. Benjamin Kneff, the subject of this mention has from his boyhood been engaged in farming, and to this pursuit his industry and perseverence have won for him notable success. He has filled no official positions except that of supervisor, but all his relations to the public have been creditable and honorable. He is a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Mingo, and in politics is a democrat. March 25, 1852, he was married to Mary Ann, daughter of George and Margaret hill. They were both natives of Pennsylvania but came to this county with their parents in 1808. The father was a prosperous farmer, and died in March, 1884. Mr. and Mrs. Kneff have six children, Mary E., William M., Adda M., Catherine A., Jennie E., and Georgia M.
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