McLemoreStrong
Genealogy
Strong - McLemore History and Ancestry
First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]

Ward William Benkelman

Male 1894 - 1989  (94 years)


Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Ward William Benkelman  [1, 2, 3
    Born 15 Feb 1894  Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1989  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried 6 Feb 1989  Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Cass City Chronicle
      Wednesday, February 8, 1989
      Cass City Michigan
      Page Four

      Ward Benkelman

      Ward William Benkelman, 94, lifelong resident of Cass City, died Friday, Feb. 3, at Hills and Dales General Hospital after a short illness.

      He was born Feb. 15, 1894, in Elkland Township, Tuscola County, as son of Samuel and Mary (Striffler) Benkelman.

      He married Miss Anna STEINMAN Dec. 8, 1925, in Cass City. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church of Cass City, and had served in World War I with the United States Army.

      He is survived by his wife, Anna, and many nieces and nephews.

      Funeral services were held Monday at Little's Funeral Home, Cass City, with Rev. Clare Patton, pastor the Salem United Methodist church, officiating.

      Interment was in Elkland Cemetery, Cass City.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Summer 2007)
    Person ID I12014  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Samuel G. Benkelman,   b. 26 Aug 1857, Bowmansville, Town of Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1940, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Mary Striffler,   b. 8 Dec 1860, Madison, Monroe County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1952, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1888  [1, 2, 4
    • Lorraine Smith Benkelman transcribed the following letters from Salome to her brother, George Albert

      November 29, 1888

      Today is Sam and Mary's wedding day. Rev. N. Wienderlich performs the ceremony. I was not invited....
    Family ID F619  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Anna Steinman,   b. Abt 1900, Chandler Township, Huron County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1996, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 96 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1925  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Documents
    Benkelman, Ward
    Benkelman, Ward
    Letter written to his future wife, Anna Steinman, while they were courting. From the Benkelman Striffler vertical files, Rawson Memorial Library, Cass City, Michigan.
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F5033  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Feb 1894 - Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Dec 1925 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Feb 1989 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Feb 1989 - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Maps 
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Benkelman, Ward William ca 1894
    Benkelman, Ward William ca 1894
    The son of Samuel Benkelman and Mary Striffler
    Benkelman Cousins in the Sugar Bush, ca 1905
    Benkelman Cousins in the Sugar Bush, ca 1905
    L to R, Glen Benkelman, Alvin Benkelman, Joe Benkelman, Ward Benkelman, and Dorus Benkelman, ready to "sugar" maple trees

    Joe and Ward, in the center of the photo, were sons of Samuel Benkelman.
    Glen, Alvin and Dorus were the eldest children of John Adam Benkelman, Sam's brother.
    Benkelman, Adam and Anna Catherine (Schaufele) Descendants ca 1912 Family Reunion
    Benkelman, Adam and Anna Catherine (Schaufele) Descendants ca 1912 Family Reunion
    Back, Standing, l to r: Mae Benkelman, Kate Schwegler, John Benkelman Sr., Ester Ackerman Benkelman, Minnie Jesse Benkelman, Joe Benkelman, Augusta Krehl Benkelman, Dorus Benkelman, Will Schwegler, Ward Benkelman, Ben Schwegler, Sam Benkelman

    Middle Row, kneeling, l to r: Alvin Benkelman, Harold Benkelman, Ruth Benkelman, Marie Benkelman (standing), Lena Benkelman Schwegler, Barbara Rommel Benkelman, Louisa Benkelman Schwegler

    Bottom Row, seated, l to r: Bertha Benkelman, Glen Benkelman, Ida Benkelman, Lottie Benkelman, Ben Benkelman Sr. behind his nephew John Donald Benkelman, Lois Benkelman, Ben Benkelman Jr., Alice Ross Schwegler with her baby Edward William Schwegler, and ,facing left, Mary Striffler Benkelman (Mrs. Sam)

    (Legend Courtesy of Bonnie-Margaret Benkelman Jacobs)
    Benkelman, Joseph A. ca 1910-1920 with his brother Ward
    Benkelman, Joseph A. ca 1910-1920 with his brother Ward
    Sons of Samuel Benkelman and Mary Striffler. It appears this photo was taken between 1910 and 1920.
    Benkelman, Ward William  ca 1920's (left)
    Fred (l) and Ward (r)
    Simply labeled "Fred and Ward". Appears to have been taken in the early 1920's in or around the Cass City area, after a hunting expedition? Perhaps the Fred (left) is Frederick Maier, Ward's first cousin on his mothers side of the family?

    HELP US POSITIVELY IDENTIFY FRED.

  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.

    2. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, December 27, 1940 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Wednesday, February 8, 1989 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [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. 133 (Reliability: 3).