1853 - 1924 (71 years)
||Louisa Benkelman [1, 2, 3] |
||9 Apr 1853
||Bowmansville, Town of Lancaster, Erie County, New York [1, 2, 3]
||11 Sep 1924
||Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan [2, 3, 4]
||13 Sep 1924
||Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan 
- Cass City Chronicle
Friday, May 12, 1916
Mrs. Louisa Schwegler and Mrs. M. M. Schwegler went to Crieff, Ont., Thursday to spend a few weeks with the former's daughter, Mrs. Charles Gregor.
Cass City Chronicle
Cass City, Michigan
Friday, September 19, 1924
Vol. 20, No. 19
Resident of Elkland Township for Nearly Sixty Years---
Mrs. Louisa Schwegler Faced Hardships of Pioneer Life in this Community---
The funeral service of Mrs. Louisa Schwegler was held at the Evangelical church at Cass City, of which she was a member, on Saturday afternoon, September 13, conducted by Rev. C.C. Smith, the pastor. Interment was made in Elkland Cemetery.
Louisa Benkelman was born April 9, 1853, in Bowmansville, New York. In 1865 she moved with her parents to Cass City, where she was brought face to face with the hardships of pioneer life.
At the age of twenty, she was united in marriage with Andrew Schwegler and moved with her husband to their farm one mile east and three miles north of Cass City, where she resided until some time after her husband's death which occurred December 25, 1899. Six children were born to this wedlock: Samuel, Laura, William, Mary, Benjamin and Katherine, all of whom reside with their families in the vicinity of Cass City excepting Samuel who preceded his parents in death, and Laura, who with her husband and family lives at Puslinch, Ontario.
Louisa was a genial, lovable women, an efficient housekeeper and an excellent homemaker, loyal to God and her fellowman. She will be sorely missed.
She departed this life September 11, 1924 at the age of 71 years, five months, and two days.
Besides her five children, she leaves five brothers, John, Samuel, and B.F. Benkelman of Cass City, William Benkelman of Detroit, and George Benkelman of St. Francis, Kansas, 14 grandchildren and many other relatives.
Relatives and friends from a distance in attendance at the funeral Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. C.W Gregor and daughter of Puslinch, Ontario, Wm. Benkelman and son, Jack, of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gregor of Elkton, Harold of Sandusky and Miss Mae Benkelman of Flint.
Cass City Chronicle
October 17, 1924
In the matter of the Estate of Louisa SCHWEGLER, Deceased
Laura GREGOR, Wm. J. SCHWEGLER, Mary JAUS and Ben SCHWEGLER having filed in said court their petition praying that the administration of said estate be granted to Wm. J. Schwegler or to some other suitable person, It is Ordered, That the 27th day of October A.D. 1924 at ten o'clock in the forenoon, at said probate office, be and is hereby appointed for hearing said petition; It is Further Ordered, That public notice thereof be given by publication of a copy of this order, once each week for three successive weeks previous to said day of hearing, in the Cass City Chronicle, a newspaper printed and circulated in said county. O.D. Hill, Judge of Probate
(Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong)
- (Research):Census Information:
Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp
Enumerated 12 and 14 June 1880
Page 16 SD Third ED 400
Schwegler, Andres M W 35 Farmer Wurtemberg Wurtemberg Wurte
Schwegler, Louisa W F 27 Wf Keeping (house) NY Wurtemberg Wurtember
Schwegler, Samuel W M 9 Son At Home Mich Wurtermberg NY
Schwegler, Laura W F 2 Dtr At home Mich Wurtermberg NY
Schwegler, John W W M 10/12 Aug Son (daughter was originally written, and then crossed through) At home Mich Wurtemberg NY
Buerk, Catie W F 14 Domestic Housekeeper Wurtemberg Wurtemberg Wurtermberg
Gombacher, William W M 24 Domestic Farmer Mich Wurtermberg Wurtemberg
Michigan, Tuscola County, Elkland Twp
Enumerated 19 and 20 April 1910 by John A. Benkelman
SD 8 ED 112 Sheet 2A
Schwegler, Benj. Hd M W 24 S Mich Germany NY Farmer
Schwegler, Louisa Mother F W 57 Wd 6/5 NY Germany Germany Own Income
Schwegler, Catherine Sister F w 17 S Mich Germany NY
Schwegler, William J Hd M W 30 M1 Mich Germany NY
Schwegler, Alice Wf F W 26 M1 1/1 Canada/Gaelic Canada/Gaelic Canada/Gaelic
Schwegler, Andrew Son M W 2/12 S Mich Mich Canada/Gaelic
Crocker, Henry Hired Man M W 26 S Mich Ohio Germany Laborer Farm
||Strong Family Tree
||17 Aug 2014 |
||Johann Adam Benkelman, b. 13 Feb 1825, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany , d. 30 Dec 1897, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 72 years) |
||Anna Catharina Schaufele, b. 23 Aug 1823, Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany , d. 23 Dec 1906, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 83 years) |
||24 Feb 1851
||Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany 
- Catharina and Adam were married in Börtlingen.
On May 16, 2002, Ingolf Vogel noted that "The Kingdom of Württemberg was made up of four Kreises - the Neckarkreis, the Schwarzwaldkreis, the Jagstkreis and the Donaukreis. These Kreises were much larger than today's Kreises. Each of them was divided into so-called Oberämter which are more similar in size to today's Kreises. The Oberamt for Börtlingen was Kirchheim.. Incidently the Oberamt Kirchheim was the only Oberamt of the Donaukreis west of the Schwäbische Alb (a mountain range). Börtlingen (today Kreis Göppingen) has only 745 people listed in it's telephone directory, so it probably doesn't have more than 2000-3000 inhabitants.
Adam and Catharina were married in February, 1851, and in June, 1851 they were formally released from the Kingdom of Württemberg and would be free to emigrate.
||Börtlingen, Württemberg Founded 1202|
Börtlingen is a small German village founded in 1202. It is in southwest of Germany in the Schwabish Alps, a few miles outside of Göppingen. The church on the bottom left of the card is the Evangelische Johanneskirche, the same church in which Catherine and Adam Benkelmann were married before departing for America.
||Börtlingen, Württemberg, Evangelische Johanneskirche, Summer 2006|
Evangelische Johanneskirche in 2006. This is the same church in which Adam Benkelman and Catherine Schaufele were married in in 1851.
||Group Sheet, Family chart
||Andreas "Andrew" Schwegler, b. 9 Jan 1849, Breech, Börtlingen Parish, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany , d. 25 Dec 1899, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 50 years) |
||12 Apr 1874
||Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan [2, 3, 4, 6]
| ||1. Samuel Schwegler, b. 26 Apr 1875, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 3 Feb 1886, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 10 years)|
| ||2. Laura Schwegler, b. 30 May 1878, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 24 Dec 1961, Puslinch, Ontario, Canada (Age 83 years)|
| ||3. William John Schwegler, b. 29 Aug 1879, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 22 Jan 1950, Charlotte, Eaton County, Michigan (Age 70 years)|
| ||4. Mary Schwegler, b. 29 Sep 1881, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 2 Nov 1933, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 52 years)|
| ||5. Benjamin Adam Schwegler, b. 15 Feb 1886, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 27 May 1961, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan (Age 75 years)|
| ||6. Catherine "Kate" Schwegler, b. 8 Jun 1893, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan , d. 21 Apr 1962, Marlette, Sanilac County, Michigan (Age 68 years)|
||Schwegler, Andrew and Louisia (Benkelman), and son Andrew Schwegler|
Andrew and Louisa's son, Samuel, predeceased them at age 11; his parents later sharing his marker
||3 Jul 2013 |
||Group Sheet, Family chart
|Born - 9 Apr 1853 - Bowmansville, Town of Lancaster, Erie County, New York
|Married - 12 Apr 1874 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan
|Died - 11 Sep 1924 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan
|Buried - 13 Sep 1924 - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan
|| : Address
: Not Set
||Benkelman, Louisa ca 1872-1882|
Wife of Andrew Schwegler
This tintype may have been taken before, or around the time of, her marriage to Andrew in 1874
||Benkelman, Adam and Anna Catharina (Schaufele) ca 1878, Family Portrait|
TOP ROW: Identified by Marjory Schwegler Battel, granddaughter of Lousia, to be l to r, standing, Sam (age 19), Ben Sr. (age 15), John (age 22), and George (age 27) BOTTOM ROW: from left to right, seated, Will (age 17), Louisa (age 25), Catharine (55) and Adam (53).
This is likely correct, however several descendants of Ben Sr instead believe he is seated next to his sister, Louisa, and elder brother Will is standing, second on the left.
It was probably taken near the families farm in Tuscola County, Michigan.
Wife of Andrew Schwegler
B. 1853 New York D. 1924 Michigan
||Schwegler, Andrew ca 1883 and Family|
Andrew Schwegler and wife Louisa Benkelman, with children William (b. 1879), Laura (b. 1878), Sam (b. 1875) and Mary (b. 1881), Cass City, Michigan. Marjory Schwegler Battel verified both the identity and order the children were standing in.
||Benkelman, Adam and Anna Catharina (Schaufele) Children, after 1910|
Top Row, L to R: Louisa Schwegler, John Benkelman, George Benkelman of Denver
Bottom Row, L to R: Will Benkelman, Ben Benkelman Sr., Sam Benkelman
Marjory Schwegler Battel indicated that she thought we had the order correct, with the possible exception of Ben Sr and John. However, descendants of both men are sure they are labeled correctly as is.
||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)
||Schwegler, Louisa (Benkelman) with granddaughters|
Louisa with granddaughters Mildred and Marjorie
||Gregor and Schwegler Gathering, ca 1920's|
This snapshot was labeled by Lena Mark Schwegler as "Schwegler Folks at Laura Gregor's Farm near Puslinch, Ontario."
Maggie Bethel had the following comments about this snapshot: "Woman on the right - Louisa Benkelman Schwegler, 5th woman - Alice Ross Schwegler, 6th woman from right - Kate Schwegler Klinkman. I'm thinking a couple of the men are Will and Ben Schwegler -- either the two sitting in front or the man standing between them, but the shadows from the hats are such that I can't tell who is who. Will might be holding one of his sons? I don't see Lena in the picture and since Alice is there, it is a safe bet Will has the boy. The pose of the first man reminds of Fred Gregor -- but I suppose that is too much to assume."
PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US POSITIVELY IDENTIFY ANY MORE INDIVIDUALS IN THIS PHOTO
- [S469] Williams, Dorothy Ball--Family Researcher (email@example.com) 3331 Southwest Villa Place, Palm City, FL 34990 ; based in part on BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacob's unpublished typescript, THE FAMILY BENKELMAN.
- [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, September 19, 1924 (Reliability: 3).
- [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).
- [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.
- [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, 128 (Reliability: 3).
- [S577] Dibean, Jack & Marianne "Michigan Marriage Index" http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/dibeanindex/.