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Family: Johann Leonhard Benkelmann/Maria Dorothea Stähle (F35)

m. 20 Nov 1822


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  • Father | Male
    Johann Leonhard Benkelmann

    Born  6 Feb 1796  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  24 Feb 1848  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married  20 Nov 1822  [1, 2]  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Johann Jakob Binkelmann, III | F37 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Maria Catharina Baur | F37 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Maria Dorothea Stähle

    Born  5 Jan 1800  Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Oct 1853  Transit to America, Lost At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Father  Georg Friedrich Stähle | F570 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Anna Maria Leins | F570 Group Sheet 

    Johann Friedrich "Fredrick" BenkelmanChild 1 | Male
    Johann Friedrich "Fredrick" Benkelman

    Born  6 Jan 1822  Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  28 Aug 1897  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  29 Aug 1897  Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Rosine Müller | F5018 
    Married  26 Nov 1850  Bartenbach, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Christina Catharina Stadelmaier | F5019 
    Married  17 Jul 1859  Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    Leonhard Benkelmann

    Born  22 Dec 1823  Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 Jul 1824  Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Johann Adam BenkelmanChild 3 | Male
    Johann Adam Benkelman

    Born  13 Feb 1825  Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Dec 1897  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  2 Jan 1898  Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Anna Catharina Schaufele | F28 
    Married  24 Feb 1851  Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Female
    Maria Dorothea "Dorothy" Benkelman

    Born  13 Jul 1826  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 Jan 1888  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Johann Friedrich "Frederick" Krapf | F5020 
    Married  Abt 1853   

    Child 5 | Male
    Johann Georg Benkelmann

    Born  7 Aug 1827  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  19 Sep 1827  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Johann Leonhard "Leonard" BenkelmanChild 6 | Male
    Johann Leonhard "Leonard" Benkelman

    Born  5 Jul 1828  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 May 1913  Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Jane McCormick | F5021 
    Married  19 Feb 1855  Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location

    Johann Georg "George" BenkelmanChild 7 | Male
    Johann Georg "George" Benkelman

    Born  25 Jun 1830  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  16 Jan 1908  Denver, Denver County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Christina "Christine" Rommel | F1283 
    Married  Abt 1861  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 8 | Female
    Maria Catharina Benkelman

    Born  16 Aug 1831  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  9 Dec 1883  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  George Anthony Kolb | F1090 
    Married  6 Dec 1854  Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 9 | Female
    Anna Maria Benkelmann

    Born  18 Oct 1832  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Nov 1832  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Luise "Louisa" BenkelmanChild 10 | Female
    Luise "Louisa" Benkelman

    Born  14 Sep 1833  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Oct 1910  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Jacob Striffler | F1783 
    Married  Abt 1853  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 11 | Male
    Johannes "John" Benkelman

    Born  3 Apr 1836  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 Jan 1917  Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Sarah Jane Keech | F5022 
    Married  7 Jun 1857  Emerald Grove, Rock County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location

    Anna Maria "Mary" BenkelmanChild 12 | Female
    Anna Maria "Mary" Benkelman

    Born  22 May 1839  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  4 May 1913  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  John "Uncle John" Striffler | F5023 
    Married  14 Nov 1858  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 13 | Female
    Magdalena Benkelmann

    Born  13 Sep 1840  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Sep 1840  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 14 | Female
    Rosine Benkelmann

    Born  10 Mar 1842  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Nov 1844  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Maria Magdalena "Aunt Lena" BenkelmanChild 15 | Female
    Maria Magdalena "Aunt Lena" Benkelman

    Born  31 Aug 1845  Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Jan 1926  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  George Deverney | F1291 
    Married  12 Feb 1864  Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Johannes "John" Schwegler | F1292 
    Married  Feb 1892  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Documents
    Benkelmann, Johann Leonhard and Dorothea (Stähle), Church Family Registry (German), page two
    Benkelmann, Johann Leonhard and Dorothea (Stähle), Church Family Registry (German), page two
    German Church Family registry, second page, which lists the fifteen children born to Leonhard and Dorothea. Four of these children died young, the twelfth child was stillborn ("todgeborenes"), and the remaining 10 children all emigrated to the United States between 1849 and 1873.
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    Striffler-Benkelman Annual Labor Day Family Reunion, 1936 Newspaper article
    In the mid 1850's, in Erie County, New York, two sons of Jacob & Otilla Striffler married two Benkelman sisters. Shortly after their marriages, the couples moved to the Michigan frontier, many of their brothers and sisters following them. The two families remained intertwined for subsequent generations. At a reunion of the Henry Striffler family in 1930 it was decided to enlarge the scope of the reunion to include descendants of Henry, Jacob, Joseph, Christian, John and Susan Striffler. Members and "in laws" of these families first gathered at the Assembly grounds in Sebewaing for a reunion in 1932. As the Benkelman-Striffler family had remained very close over the years, all branches of the Benkelman family were invited to their Sixth Reunion, and since that time it remained a joint event. This articles from the 1936 "Cass City Chronicle" details one of the earliest joint reunions. Attended by over 170 family members, the reunion was held on the John Striffler homestead northeast of Cass City, with attendees travelling from Ontario, Ohio and many places in Michigan. President W.D. STRIFFLER presided at a business meeting in 1936, and Harry HUNT, Mrs. S.G BENKELMAN (the former Mary Striffler), and Mrs. Ben SCHWEGLER (the former Joanna Mark) were elected officers for the ensuing year. The first volume of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST was published for the September 1936 reunion.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion 1954 Handbill
    Handbill advertising the annual Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, 1954, featuring Cass City's Main Street. At the fiftieth Striffler-Benkelman Reunion in 1981, Ruth Schenck Esau recalled a time when on Main Street, the owners of the newspaper, a farm implement store, both meat markets, the grocery store, paint store, insurance agency, funeral home, and photography studio were all members of the Striffler-Benkelman clan; not to mention a bank teller, many clerks, the music teacher, and many of the town's farmers.
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Striffler-Benkelman Reunion Photo, 1961
    Group Photo fromthe 30th Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, held September 4, 1961 at the Cass City Evangelical Church, founded by members of the Striffler and Benkelman families
    Börtlingen, Germany
    Börtlingen, Germany
    Börtlingen 1683/1685 im Kieserschen Forstlagerbuch

  • Notes  Married:
    • BonnieMargaret and her husband Bruce visited Germany in September, 1980. In a letter to Ben and Avis dated October 13, 1980, she shared the following information "Then we were on to Börtlingen, where Adam and Catherine were married. The church there was built in 1484 and is one of the most beautiful we saw anywhere. I decided to see the village of Breech--for no particular reason except I that I'd heard Elsie Anthes speak of it and it had turned up in various records. WE had no real family association there--but it was nearby. What a stroke of dumb luck! Without that decision we might never have found the Schneiderhof, where Adam and his siblings were born and lived until they emigrated. The Schneiderhof is not a town and is not on any map. It's just a cluster of about 4 houses and supporting buildings, just down and across the road from Breech, and if you were looking away for just a second, you'd miss the sign to it.

      I cannot tell you my excitement! ...There is nothing new there. Adam would recognize it as if he had never left. The tools and equipment are there as they have been for who knows how long. It is surrounded by orchards (apples) and small plots of vegetables. Börtlingen is on a hill and is lovely with good views. The Schneiderhof is on top of the world, looking out on miles of hills and valleys and villages. It is incrediably beautiful. Again I found myself out in some cabbage patch, trying to explain to some farmer that this was my family heimat (home)...Clearly Americans are accepted as eccentric and harmless!...Vocabulary doesn't reach the beauty of that hilltop and its vistas out over hazy valleys, looking at other hills where red tiled houses form little villages. I can just imagine it at night--looking out over perhaps two dozen sparkling little villages on other hills around. One climbs from Börtlingen to the Schneiderhof. But going down the back side of the mountain, through dense forest, the trail winds back and forth across the mountain into Waldhausen--which the Schneiderhof also looks down upon. This is the trip the family took to get to church, and probably to work."

      In her 1981 unpublished manuscript, BonnieMargaret noted that only the top floor of the Benkelmann home shows from the road leading in. The house is three stories high on the back side, two stories high in the front. It was built in 1733, by the state, to provide housing for state licensed artisans who were not allowed in the town as guild craftsmen. Apparently it gained its name from its first inhabitants, since the name literally means "the place of tailors." The official state description of the Schneiderhof in 1845 states that it was a place with 22 Evangelical residents, lying on the mountain top about one-half an hours walk from Waldhausen. The rents were paid to the city of Göppingen, in 1845 twelve of those residents would have been Leonhard and Dorothea and their 10 living children, others would have included Leonhard's widowed mother and some of her children by Herr Heller, and likely their families. The land was described as rocky and and lying on a mountainside, "even today it is impossible to use machinery to work the land" and that the "people who lived there would have to have outside work." The house itself lies on the very crest of the mountain, with the house built on the downside of the mountain, overlooking Waldhausen. A very small patch of is on the level crest at the top of the mountain. When BonnieMargaret visited the home in 1981, she said it had four or five dwellings in all, and barns and sheds nearby the house and in the orchards. Just west of the house stands the old Bauernhaus, perhaps the homestead of Leonhard's maternal grandparents. The fields to the south were planted in potatoes and turnips, the high production crops that all of southern Germany turned to in the early 1800's. Beyond the westernmost buildings were apple orchards, beautiful and well tended. (pp. 68, 69 and accompanying photos).

      BonnieMargaret also noted that German life centered in the family. Even today we're told that day to day life included few close relationships with people outside the family. Certainly they were cordial and friendly with neighbors and cooperating artisans, but the joy of living was carefully protected within the walls of the home. Country people had no protection but each other, and the trusted "other" were kinsmen. Unlike the towns that were structured to protect the citizens from difficult times, the country folk were on their own, in good and bad times. Parents carefully nutured the bonds of affection and caring, and though they may have experienced the sibling rivalry that modern children do, it was not expressed in the German home, where only mutual caring and consideration were approved and encouraged.

      Names and birthdates for this family were from the Waldhausen Parish Kirchlichen Familienregister Band I, Blatt 244, Dekanat Welzheim, Schwäbisch Gmünd. BonnieMargaret noted that all the family information shown on pages 95 and 96 of her book were certified by Pastor Rau of the Ev. Pfarramt Waldhausen to be the complete record of the family of Johann Leonhard Benkelmann, with the exceptions of the dates of death, which were included by BonnieMargaret from other sources. They had one stillborn child, neither name or sex listed, on 4 July 1838. She also noted that they were married on November 20, but the year was illegible.

      The family register for the family of Georg Friedrich Stähle and wife, Anna Maria Leins shows that Maria Dorothea was the fifth of their 15 children. She was married at the Schneiderhof on 20 Nov 1822, approximately 10 months after the birth of eldest son Friedrich.

  • Sources 
    1. [S469] Williams, Dorothy Ball--Family Researcher (dotwfl@comcast.net) 3331 Southwest Villa Place, Palm City, FL 34990 ; based in part on BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacob's unpublished typescript, THE FAMILY BENKELMAN.

    2. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 95 (Reliability: 3).