After 50 years of research we have finally learned some neat facts about our surname.
We find John Penticoff in Pa, b about 1800 we find him in Jersey Shores,Lycoming Co. then Clearfield County, after a marriage and children and name change.
We then find him in Iowa with the FF's removed. Previously the ff's were used and not used and used and not used.
We started with a story that a cousin collected from 128 descendants of this family in the 1930's. I talked with her on the phone a few times. She is now deceased. She had 28 letters that told a story different than what she used to create the book. O how I wish I had those 28 letters and her husband in 1982 or so offered to send me all her files. We are learning the family story carried by so many are not true and I am betting those 28 letters were the right data.
So with hours and months and years spent digging we did YDNA tests. Also went back to our beginning for research and re read the census records information. Everyone of the census records said John was born in the USA. Not in Germany not coming on a boat not fighting with sibling over wife he married, etc.
Well, they may have fought over the lady but not on a ship coming from Germany. Because my Sister in Law Mary Pentico found his wife and her parents were born in Pennsylvania, their parents coming to USA much earlier than book stated. We wonder if that is why the family could not find the two oldest children of the Benninghoff's being John was one of those two.
More fun is that when one was crossing Europe, one many times altered names to get to borders to leave.
Pentico is in the Italian book of names, bringing up, did they start in Italy then move to Germany then to Holland to USA, moving name as they went.
Benninghoff's have been here as long as the JUNG's have been or close to. Jung was changed to Young over time. As some of the Benninghoff's changed to Penticoff's and then some changed to Pentico. We find kin less than 100 miles apart in ILL and IO. Mid 1800's or so.
We learned that the two oldest children of this line are not accounted for, which we now know one was John. Maybe the two oldest did fight over the wife of John.
The Benninghoff's have been very helpful in sharing in some information for us to determine the linkage. We even were able to pick up an adopted child by DNA use..
if Census is accurate John Pentico was born in PA in about 1800. We first find him for accuracy in
Lycoming, Jersey Shore, PA 1830 census. Using his name of John Penticoff
Jacob Young is next on the census list.
Some say that his marriage date was April 1825 Yorktown, Clearfield Co. PA
Side bar is my Plantz family is next on that list ( wouldn't have looked for him there)
Then 1840 Burnside, Clearfield Co. PA
Then 1850 Burnside, Clearfield Co. PA
1857 Pleasant Valley Scott Co. Ia Death.
His wife was Catherine YOUNG (JUNG) daughter of Henry (Heinrich) JUNG. born 1810 in New Hanover, Montgomery Co. PA dcd 21 Aug 1886 Mound Praire, Jasper, Iowa.
More stories and facts to follow. If you are a BENNINGHOFF, PENTICOFF, PENTICUFF, PENTICO and maybe even Penticoast. We will be happy to hear from you.
We will be happy to hear from any of you with any variant of this name.
It is great to see so many Pentico's on Facebook whose Grandparents etc are mentioned in the book.
Please bring us up to date on the newer generations of Pentico's etc. Thanks