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The BENNER Family


This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.

This column's focus is on BENNER. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).

Two books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal in part with the Benner family. They are: Philip Benner's, Lenore Peters Benner's, and Eleanore Benner Bathurst's The General Philip Benner Family (1987), and Charles William Forney's Forney's Five Family Records of Genealogy of Benners, Clappers, Ettlemans, Forneys, and Studys, with Historical Sketches (Boone, Iowa: Standard Printing Co., 1931).

There are 27 first-name entries for Benner in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898).

And, now, your ancestors' Benner neighbors in 1890:

BELLEFONTE Borough:

Harvey H., 63, notary public--113 E. High
	Lydia
Jennie--122 S. Spring
	Henry H. 24
	Kate H.
Sarah E.--8 W. High
	Delinda H.
Thomas R., 48, letter carrier--121 E. High
	Eva A.
	Herbert T. 16
	Lidie H.

BENNER Township:

Harvey, 43, laborer--Bellefonte
	Elizabeth
	Samuel R. 21
	William H. 19
	Maud
	Harriet R.
	Budd C. 6
Minnie A.--Bellefonte
Mordecai W., 38, laborer--Bellefonte
	Ada C.
	Ira T. 12
	Marion M. 10
	Laura B.
	Henry B.
Nettie H.--Bellefonte
Philip H., 65, farmer--Bellefonte
	Mary T.
	Sarah
	John W. 23
	Clarence 12
	Jared D. 9
	Matilda D.

COLLEGE Township:

John, 21, laborer--State College
William, 53, laborer--Lemont
	Mary H.

HAINES Township:

Benjamin, 57, farmer--Woodward
	Mary E.
	Sarah C.
	William W. 22
	Mary J.
	Daniel 15
Chester A.--Woodward
Thomas K., 33, laborer--Bellefonte
	Mary A.
	Elsie R.
	Lizzie S.
	Kate J.
	William W. 10 mos.

PHILIPSBURG Borough:

William H., 40, miller--6th St.
	Henrietta
	William A. 14
	Lucy
	Catherine
	Duncan 7
	Nettie
	Harry 3

POTTER Township:

Milton S., 12--Potters Mills
William H., 67, farmer--Centre Hall
	Nancy
	George O. 26
	Bessie B.
	Frank W. 18
	Breeze