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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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MILTON BERGEY BENNER, farmer and dealer in livestock, is a native of Lower Salford township, Montgomery county, where he was born, March 20, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of the vicinity, leaving school at the age of eighteen years. He engaged in the occupation of farming in Lower Salford, remaining there until he was about twenty-five years of age, when he married. He removed to Worcester township in 1890, and purchased the Rev. David Krieble farm, upon which still stands the dwelling house erected in 1827. Mr. Benner owns about sixty-five acres on this farm, and it is very fertile and productive. Besides farming, he deals quite extensively in livestock, as has been stated. He is a Republican in his political views and is a member of the Schwenkfelder church.

Mr. Benner married December 24, 1887, Minnie, daughter of Milholn H. Cassel. They have five children as follows: Essie, fourteen years of age; Robert, twelve years of age; Carrie, ten years old; Mamie, eight years old; and Henry, three years old.

Abraham Benner (father) was born March 28, 1827, and died October 25, 1889, and is buried in Lower Salford township. He was a tailor by trade, and worked for many years in Limerick township.

Caroline (Bergey) Benner, was born March 19, 1831, and is still living in Limerick township. Their children were, seven in all: the eldest died in infancy; Mary Amanda, died when about six years old; Sarah Ann, wife of Abraham Slemmer, lives in Lower Salford; Caroline, died when nine years of age; Katie is the wife of John Peterman; Addie is the wife of George Seyer, of Limerick township.

Abraham Benner (grandfather) married Sarah Markley. Both lived to an advanced age and are long since deceased.

The grandfather on the mother’s side was Christian Bergey, of a well-known Montgomery county family. He married Mary Souder and both are long since deceased. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Benner’s mother were Henry; Bergey; Mahlon; Aaron; Maggie; Mary, who lives in Michigan; and Kate, who died unmarried.

The brothers and sisters of Mr. Benner’s father were: Charles, deceased; Elias, deceased; Maria, deceased; Sarah, living, at nearly ninety years of age, married to Jacob Markley; and Deborah, deceased.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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