Saturday, April 2, 2016
From Bischeim, Rhineland, Platz, Germany to Montgomery Co. PA
Germany to Pennsylvania, USA
Yesterday my sister in law Mary Pentico Nelson learned that John Pentico/off was definitely Germanic. DNA confirmed a link two years ago to the surname of Benighoff, Benninghoff surname.
It all made sense, because the Benninghoff family was only a short distance away from John and his young family in 1830. Of course John married a Catherine Young daughter of Henry Young (JUNG).
Amazing how the story got so out of sorts with facts. If you have the Pentico Family Book done in 1930's 40's by our dear cousin who attempted to piece this family together the story of arrival is fiction totally. The thirty seven letters she did not use was probably the accurate ones. But against almost 200 letters with the silly story, I understand why she used it.
She told me it would have added 30 more pages to the book and she could not afford it.
I am just grateful she did the book and gathered the many lines of children into the book.
Yes, there are errors in the book but there is so much more to be learned.
John died in 1857 in Pleasant Valley, Scott Co. IA in 18 July 1857. Mary and I have scoured the book and I talked to the writer prior to her death and attempted to help set the wrongs right.
So how does a story get so out of whack. ??? Good question, I think. His Grandfather came to USA in some time prior to 1766 when he married in Upper Salford Township Montgomery Co. PA.
Her name was Elisabeth Margareth Schwarn born in Montgomery Co. PA 1 Sept 1752, her death was pre 1845.
Phillip Jacob Benighoff b 30 Jan 1740, Bischeim, Rhineland, Pfatz, Germany and he died in New Tripoli, Lynn Township, Lehigh Co. PA.
I am sure there were several children because this time frame indicated that as normal.
His son Johann Phillip Benighoff b 28 Oct 1770, Montgomery Co. PA. He married a Catherine Miller b 23 August 1772, of Union Co. PA. He died 26 Sept. 1839 in Union Co. PA. She died 1848 Buffalo Twp. Union Co. PA.
It will take census records to fill in the blanks and church records if they can be found. Maybe other Benighoff, Benninghoff, Penticuff, Penticoff, Pentico family members will come forward with what data they have. Every one holds a piece of the great big jigsaw puzzle.
So Descendants of these surnames how about sharing what you know so we can complete the puzzle.
More interesting data will be coming.