John Henry Benfield
Emma Louisa Nuss
Horace Nelson Benfield


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1. Helen Catherine Bury

Horace Nelson Benfield 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 6 May 1883, Clayton, Berks, PA, USA 2 5 7
  • Marriage (1): Helen Catherine Bury on 13 Jun 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA 1 2
  • Died: 29 Oct 1938, Allentown, Lehigh, PA at age 55 4 5
  • Buried: 1 Nov 1938, Allentown: Union-West End Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 4 5

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1900 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 7 Note: This may not be a match, in which case his date of birth is not May 1883. Needs confirmation.
This census listing shows a Horace Benfield, age 17, born May 1883, single, living in Ward 19 in Philadelphia. He was a boarder in the household of Thomas Davison at 160 Dauphine. Both his parents are listed as being born in Pennsylvania.

2. Occupation: painter and paper hanger on 13 Jun 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 2

3. Residence: 1226 Gordon St., Allentown, PA on 13 Jun 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 2

4. Census in 1910 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 1 Horace N. Benfield, age 27, occupation house painter, is listed living at 229 West Street in Allentown in the 1910 Census in enumeration district 0160 as visit 0151. Living with him is his wife, Helen, age 24, whose birthplace is listed as Germany and 1885 as the year she immigrated, which is her year of birth. She was married to Horace for 4 years at in 1910 had no children born. Her marital status is listed as M2, which appears to indicate this was her second marriage -- Horace is listed as M1. Also in the household is brother-in-law Frank H. Bury, age 23, single, bookkeeper in a cement mill; sister-in-law Violet P. Bury, age 17, single, stichery in a shoe factory; and brother-in-law Martin H. Bury, age 11, single. Horace and his parents were born in Pennsylvania. Frank, Violet, and Martin were born in Pennsylvania with both parents born in Germany.

5. Occupation: paper hanger at H. Goldberg, 206 New St., South Bethlehem, PA in Sep 1918 in South Bethlehem, Northampton, PA, USA. 6

6. Residence: 232 North St. Cloud St., Allentown, PA in Sep 1918 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 6

7. Residence: 938 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA in 1920. 8

8. Census in 1920 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 9 The 1920 Census shows that renting a home at 938 Hamilton Street in Allentown was the household of Horace N. Benfield, age 37, paper hanger, living with wife Helen C., age 34. Living with them are Martin H. Bury, brother in law, 21, a purchasing agent in a steel works; and Helen B. Hale, age 6 [Helen's neice who is the daughter of Violet P. Bury]. Helen's parents were both born in Germany, as was she, and he date of immigration is listed as 1887 [although it really was 1885.]

9. Residence: in 1930 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. The 1930 census recorded renting at 938 Hamilton St: Horace M. Benfield, paper hanger and painter, 47, living with wife Helen C., 44; and Helen's niece, Helen B. Hale, 16. Helen C. and her parents were born in Germany, the others in Pennsylvania.

10. Cause of Death: neuro tabes dorsalis, 29 Oct 1938, Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5

11. Occupation: paper hanger and painter on 29 Oct 1938 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5

12. Residence: 127 N Franklin St., Allentown, PA on 29 Oct 1938 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 5

13. Obituary: on 1 Nov 1938 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA. 4 Horace N. Benfield
Funeral Will Be Held This Afternoon at 1.30

Funeral services for Horace N. Benfield of 127 N. Franklin St., Allentown, who died at his home Saturday morning, will be held in St. Paul's Lutheran church today at 1:30 p.m. Rev. George A. Greiss, D.D., will officiate. Interment will be made in the West End cemetery.

Mr. Benfield, 56, was a paperhanger and painter for the Allentown National bank in its service department. Born in Clayton, Berks county, he was the son of John and Emma, nee Nuss, Benfield. He was a resident of this city practically all his life and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Helen, nee Bury; a niece, Helen Hale; two brothers, Edgar of Emmaus and Wilbur of Ohio; four sisters, Mrs. Lillian Rabenold, Mrs. Ella Bittner, Sadie and Emma of this city.

Horace married Helen Catherine Bury, daughter of Hubert Bury and Martha Alwine Sophie Papenkuhl, on 13 Jun 1905 in Allentown, Lehigh, PA.1 2 (Helen Catherine Bury was born on 30 Apr 1885 in Lennep, Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DEU,2 10 11 12 died on 25 Oct 1973 in Quakertown, Bucks, PA 10 11 12 13 and was buried on 27 Oct 1973 in Emmaus: Moravian Cemetery, Lehigh, PA 12.)


1 1910 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Allentown Ward 11, Roll 1364 Book 1, Page 230.

2, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950, Horace N. Benfield and Helen Worman, 13 Jun 1905; citing Lehigh, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 2,080,096.

3 1910 United States Census.

4 Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 1 Nov 1938 Edition: Obituary for Horace Benfield.

5, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966 (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 89943. Horace N. Benfield. Father John Benfield. Mother Emma Nuss. Spouse Helen K. Bury.

6 United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Horace Nelson Benfield FHL microfilm 1,852,508.

7 1900 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Ward 19, Roll 1460 Book 2, Page 186.

8 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Apr 2013), entry for Horace N. Benfield, person ID LZK9-D7T.

9 1920 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Allentown Ward 3, Series: T625 Roll: 1588 Page: 124.

10 U.S. Social Security Death Index.

11 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Death Certificate (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA 16101 (724) 656-3100, Certificate # 3068462.

12 Find A Grave,

13 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Pennsylvania Death Certificate (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA 16101 (724) 656-3100, PA Death Certificate 9649373.

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