The primary purpose of this document is to trace and maintain the genealogy of theancestors and descendants of Elmer Wiegner Benner. For purposes of this document,the count of generations starts with Johannes Benner who is the ancestor of Elmer
Wiegner Benner that first came to America from Germany. The “J” designations arefrom the articles “Detective Work Among the Benners,” by Hannah Benner Roach.
The secondary purpose of this document is to relate the history of the Benner familyand to preserve some family documents and photographs of interest. Family membersmay contact the author(firstname.lastname@example.org)for corrections, additions, to add data,
addresses, e-mails, etc. for their convenience.
, (J-1) (ancestor of Elmer Wiegner Benner) was born about 1725 inLaubenheim, Germany, d 1767, m Oct 28, 1750, Elizabeth ?. Both buried at FranconiaMennonite Cemetery in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Esejas Benner, married toMaria Margaretha Schenbach. Johannes arrived in Philadelphia on September 19,1743 on the ship Lydia, which crossed from Rotterdam. On the ship's passenger list,his age was listed as 18.
In the spring of 1759, Johannes and brother SebastianBenner went to Philadelphia and at the Supreme Court on April 10 they affirmed theirallegiance to King George.
It should be noted that there were numerous Benner men with the name JohannesBenner, one of which settled in northern Ohio.
1. http://www.immigrantships.net/1700/lydia430919.html2. Detective Work Among the Benners, Hannah Benner Roach, Bulletin of the Historical Society ofMontgomery County Pennsylvania, Vol. VII, No. 3, October 1952, page 202