Biography of Benjamin Rennells
Potter County, PA Biographies

BENJAMIN RENNELLS, Coudersport, is a son of Ezra and Lydia (Clark) Rennells, and was born in Bradford county, Penn., in 1822. He remained with his parents until fourteen years of age, during which time the family removed to near Coudersport, Potter Co., Penn., where Benjamin, our subject, attended school. In 1836 he became an employe of Isaac Strait, at that time proprietor of a hotel, with whom he remained until 1843. He then learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed until within a few years. He has been continually a resident of Coudersport since the date of his coming, with the exception of a brief period he passed at Port Allegany, where he was employed in the lumber business. When he came here the present site of the borough was an almost unbroken wilderness, the land low, in fact a swamp; in excavating for the cellar of his present residence, he was compelled to dig to a depth of thirteen feet before reaching a good gravel foundation. While digging here he found a solid white ash log, pine knots, hemlock buds, leaves, and what, under a microscope, proved to he sawdust; upon examination of the logs found, with a powerful glass, it became evident that it was occasioned by the work of beavers, and gave unmistakable evidences of its having been, in past ages, a beaver dam. Of those who are how residents of the borough that were here in 1831, but two are now living, Mrs. Ross and Titus Losey. Mr. Rennells is a member of Eulalia Lodge, No. 342, F. & A. M. He is an active Republican, and has been honored by being elected burgess of the borough, member of the council, school director, and to various other positions of honor and trust. In 1817 he married Maria, daughter of John Nelson, of Sweden township, Potter Co., Penn., and they have one son, W. C. Rennells, who married Ella, daughter of Isaac Strait; they also had one daughter, Martha, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rennells, in the evening of their life, are enjoying the fruits of earlier labor, and are living in Coudersport.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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