MATTHEW HENRY HENNING, of Wilkinsburg, division superintendent of the People's Natural Gas Company, was born
February 18, 1853, on the homestead in Wilkins township, son of Samuel Henning and grandson of John Henning, a
native of Ireland who came to this country about the beginning of the nineteenth century. He settled in Wilkins
township and purchased a tract of land one hundred and fifty acres, which he brought into a state of cultivation.
This farm is still in the family name.
John Henning was twice married, his first wife being Matilda Gill and his second Jane Deary. By the first wife
he had two sons: Matthew and Samuel. Matthew was thrice married, and by his first wife had one son, John. By his
second wife he had no children, and by his third, Martha Ross, he "had the following: Eliza Ann, wife of Thomas
Addenbrook; Clara J., Mary, Martha E., Ida, Sadie, Matthew, deceased, and Wilbert, married Belle Creighton.
Samuel Henning, son of John and Matilda (Gill) Henning, was born in 1810, and was reared on the farm, receiving
his education in the schools of his day. For some time he assisted his father in the management of the farm, and
on the latter's death inherited the estate. He continued to cultivate the soil until 1887, when he retired from
all active labor and moved to Wilkinsburg, where he owned property. In politics he was a Republican and at one
time held the office of tax collector of the township. For more than forty years he was a member and elder of the
Reformed Presbyterian church, and was a charter member of the Wilkinsburg Reformed Presbyterian church.
Samuel Henning married Elizabeth Ann, daughter of John and Jane Dodds, and the following were their children: Matilda
Jane, who died October 9, 1906; Annie E., married Dr. E. O. Anderson, children, Wilbur, William O., Frank E., Raymond
H. and Helen A.; John Dodds, married Mary Sterritt, children, Samuel, Carl and Helen; Matthew Henry, of whom later;
Mary Margaret, Josiah Francis, married Stella Lysinger, One daughter, Dorothy; Melissa Belle, wife of S. R. Wills;
Olevia Martha, wife of Hugh H. Hervey, one daughter, Elizabeth; Emily S., wife of W. A. Minteer, children, Elizabeth,
Eleanor, Wendell H. and Stanley A., the two last named deceased. Samuel Henning, the father, died October 6, 1892,
and the mother died March 28, 1896.
Matthew Henry Henning, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Ann (Dodds) Henning, was brought up on the farm, receiving his
education in the public schools of the township and at the Newell Institute of Pittsburg [sic], where heSW studied
civil engineering. After completing his studies he was employed by John McHenry, city engineer of Allegheny City,
and later returned to work on the home farm, afterward purchasing an adjoining farm, which he cultivated until
1885. In that year, when the People's Natural Gas Company was organized, he entered their service and has remained
with them up to the present time, occupying various positions until he reached that of division superintendent,
with headquarters at Wilkinsburg, which he still retains. He is a director in the Wilkinsburg Real Estate Trust
In politics he is a Republican, taking an active part in local affairs, having served for several years as a member
of the county executive committee, and for the last fifteen years as a member of the school board, during which
time he has served for six years as secretary of the board. He is a charter member of the Second United Presbyterian
church and a member of the Session. He is an active worker in the interests of the church and for the last seventeen
years has served as superintendent of the Sunday school.
Mr. Henning married, in 1876, Minnie E., daughter of Henry H. and Caroline (Clemson) Harman, and the following
children have been born to them: Harry H. H., Ralph Romaine, Mary Belle and Reubent Vincent.
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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