Noted events in his life were:
1. Census in 1850 in Centre Twp., Berks County, PA. 6 The 1850 census recorded David Clay, 32, living with sons Jaret, 12; Frank, 9; Benneville, 6; and Abba, 11, and Elizabeth, 4. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania.
2. Military in Jun 1863 in Centre Twp., Berks County, PA: Civil War Draft Registration Record: Berks County, Centre Township: Klee, Benneville, 20, laborer. 7
3. Census in 1870 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA. 8 The 1870 census recorded Benneville Clay, works in limestone quarry, 29, living with wife Rebecca, 28; Sarah, 6; and John L., 4 months old. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Benneville had no real estate value and his personal estate was worth $100. The post office was Reading.
4. Census in 1880 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA. 9 The 1880 census recorded Benniville Clay, working in stone quarry, 38, living with wife Rebecca, 38; and son John, 10. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.
5. Census in 1900 in Muhlenberg, Berks, PA. 10 The 1900 census recorded Benneville Clay, laborer in stone quarry, 58, born Dec 1841, living with wife Rebecca, 58, Jan 1842; and step-daughter Katie Shadel, 17, Dec 1882. Benneville and Rebecca were married for 32 years and she had birthed 3 children, 2 alive in 1900. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania.
6. Cause of Death: broncho-pneumonia, influenza, 13 Feb 1917, Reading, Berks, PA. 1
7. Residence: 127 Amity St., Reading, PA on 13 Feb 1917 in Reading, Berks, PA. 1
8. Obituary: Reading Times: obituary of Benneville Clay on 14 Feb 1917 in Reading, Berks, PA. 2 Benneville Clay, aged 75 years, died at his residence, 127 Amity street, at 2:45 a. m. Tuesday of pneumonia. He was born in bern township and lived in Reading the greater part of his life. His wife, Rebecca (nee Beechart), died 12 years ago. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Sallie Bear, and John Clay, of Reading; one sister, Elizabeth, wife of Edward Connor, and one grand child. He was a member of Eplers Reformed church. Undertaker, Seidel.
Benneville married Rebecca Beecher, daughter of John Beecher III and Susan Schmidt. (Rebecca Beecher was born on 9 Jan 1842 in Bern Twp., Berks, PA 11 12, christened on 22 May 1842 in Bern Twp.: Epler's Church, Berks, PA,12 died on 10 Mar 1905 in Tuckerton, Berks, PA, USA 13 and was buried on 16 Mar 1905 in Bern Twp.: Epler's Church Cemetery, Berks, PA.)
1 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (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 19845. Beneville Clay. Father David Clay. Mother Christianna Freeman.
2 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 14 Feb 1917, page 5. Obituary of Benneville Clay.
3 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 9 Nov 1893, page 4. Obituary of Mrs. John Bechert.
4 <i>Berks History Center Library (Reading, PA)</i> (http://www.berkshistory.org), File GA-414. Beecher research contirbuted by John Franklin Beecher (1877-1971) including research of Dr. Abraham Clifford Wolf Beecher (1845-1893).
5 <i>Epler's Church, Bern Township, Berks County, PA</i> (FHC Microfilm 1433080), Page 61.
6 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Census Place: Centre, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_752; Page: 74A; Image: 153.
7 <i>U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865</i> (www.Ancestry.com), Benneville Klee.
8 <i>1870 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZLN-J1H Benneville Clay, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. 6, family 41.
9 1880 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW6Y-TW4 Benniville Clay, Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 4, sheet 55D.
10 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3MG-J34 Bement C Clay, Muhlenberg Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 37, sheet 5A, family 96.
11 <i>1850 United States Census</i>, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Bern Township, Series: M432 Roll: 753 Page: 428.
12 <i>Epler's Church, Bern Township, Berks County, PA</i> (FHC Microfilm 1433080), Page 6.
13 <i>Reading Times (Reading, PA)</i> (Reading, Berks, Pernnsylvania.), 11 Mar 1905, page 5 . Obituary of Mrs. Benneville Clay.