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Mark, Archibald ca 1870's with his maternal grandmother
Mark, Archibald ca 1870's with his maternal grandmother

"Any man has had countless myriads of ancestors and among them any number of rich men and beggars, kings and slaves, Greeks and barbarians" - PLATO

A corollary should be that anyone who pursues the hobby of genealogy has countless people to thank, and without further ado, we shall do so: Dennis Belohlavy, LaVonne Bennett, Robert McLemore Butler, Lyn Gentry Cordell, Rhodene Frederick, Linda Nugent Fuller, Ken Harvey, BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacobs, Nan McCoy Kittell, Carolyn Tomasek Mastny, Keith McGuire, James L. McLemore III, Esq., Melba Gene McLemore, Rev. William P. McLemore, Jo Bossert Peck, Charles Strong, Evon Tisdale, Jeanie Blanton Trimble, Bettye Bragg Wagstaff, Dot Ball Williams, Fay Yeager, and Bennie Zahn. This database could not have been compiled without their help, guidance and inspiration.

Please check the notes and footnotes carefully. Sources are cited whenever possible, along with assumptions made. We've gotten better about this as we've gone along! As a work in progress, it contains incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information. Be aware we sometimes use unverified or doubtful sources for research purposes, and do not know to what extent they reflect the information to be found in primary sources.

It is our desire for this to be as complete and accurate as possible, and as such corrections, comments, and additions are gratefully accepted! You can email us by clicking the CONTACT US button.

Please check back for updates and changes. If you copy information, please cite this website as a source, so others might have a chance to come look for updates and corrections as well.

This site is dedicated, with love, to our parents and our son. Our parents, Bonnie Jean Benkelman, Thomas Eugene McLemore, Patricia Marion McGuire and Charles Richard Strong gave us roots and wings. Our son, Michael, taught us that family bonds go deeper than blood.

Melinda McLemore and Tom Strong, Website established January 2006, Research began in 1984


Save the dates on the 12 and 13 August 2017, for The Striffler Benkelman Reunion.

On 12 August, we will hire a charter bus to take us on a driving tour of historic family sites in and around Cass City with plenty of stops to include the Octagon Barn, the John Striffler home, the EUB church, the cemetery and much more. We will have a catered BBQ lunch.

On the 13th we will have a family banquet at the Ubly Heights Country Club from 12:00 to 3:00. There will be some short presentations on our family history and how we are all related. No lectures!

Come and meet dozens of relatives that you have never met before. Rediscover your Michigan roots.

Registration will begin in August 2016. The entire cost for the reunion should be about $60. You will be responsible for your own hotel reservations.

Reunion Points of contact are Fran Burdsall ( Maggie Bethel ( and Don Staton ( Please reach out to them if you want to be included on emails.


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Latest News
30 May 2016 - 2017 STRIFFLER BENKELMAN FAMILY REUNION DATES See announcements section

20 July 2015 - Updated website software to The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, v.10.1.1

10-12 August 2012 - STRIFFLER ZINNECKER FAMILY REUNION took place in Cass City, Michigan. Images from the big event can be found at WES REUNION PHOTO PAGE. Check back for future reunion events!

14 April 2012 - John McLemore - Sons of the American Revolution dedication ceremony in Knox County, TN. INFORMATION PAGE

24 March 2012 - Updated website software to The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, v.9.0.1

15 November 2011 - Updated McLemore DNA PDF Spreadsheet

5 November 2010 - Awarded First Place Individual Member Website by the Texas State Genealogical Society at their annual conference.

22 May 2010 - Updated McLemore DNA results

6 November 2009 - Awarded First Place Individual Member Website by the Texas State Genealogical Society at their annual conference.

5 September 2009 - Updated all places by verifying counties for all U.S. locations.

24 July 2009 - Added new content to the Home Page.

5 July 2009 - Added a whole new look to my site.