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Rosina Wahl

Female 1857 - 1886  (28 years)


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  • Name Rosina Wahl  [1, 2
    Born 5 Nov 1857  Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 May 1886  Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Per the MEMOIRS OF JOHN A. BENKELMAN by Hilda Jane Stickley Benkelman, Rosina was a German girl who came over to the United States when she was 13. She was the niece of John Schwegler's wife. She met John Benkelman in New York state, when he was visiting relatives. They married and returned to Michigan, and spent the first winter of their married live with Adam and Catherine Benkelman. John built a house in town for he and Rosina. Adam suggested that he and Catherine move to the house in town and John and Rosina stay on the farm. He offered to sell his farm to John and Rosina for $5,000, less the cost of the house in town. John at first declined, but Rosina spoke up, offering to help John with the farmwork so they could quickly pay off the debt. She worked side by side with her husband, like a man, often in her bare feet to save her shoes. They raised wheat and corn. They shocked up the corn in large loose shocks so they could sit inside and husk it after winter set in. Rosina caught a bad cold one winter, which developed into T.B. She was sick all winter and died in the spring. She and John had been married about 8 years.

      In Art Peck's book, he notes that she was probably a member of the Wahl family of Zell, a village near Bortlingen. Catherine, first wife of John Schwegler, was her aunt.

      A transcription of her tombstone reads:

      Benkleman, Rosina,d. 3 May 1886, 28y 5m 28d, w/o JA
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    Person ID I847  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Johann Michael Wahl,   b. 3 Feb 1814, Zell unter Aichelberg, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1884, Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Nagel,   b. 28 Sep 1823, Breech, Börtlingen Parish, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1920, Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1846  Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F621  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family John Adam Benkelman,   b. 26 Apr 1856, Bowmansville, Town of Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1952, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married Abt 1879  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F616  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Nov 1857 - Börtlingen, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1879 - Lancaster, Erie County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 May 1886 - Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elkland Township Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Benkelman, Rosina (Wahl)
    Benkelman, Rosina (Wahl)
    Rosina, wife of Adam and Catherine's son John, died in 1886. Her name was engraved same marker later used by her parents-in-law, along with her sister-in-law, Lydia Striffler Benkelman
    Benkelman, Adam and Catherine Family Plot
    Benkelman, Adam and Catherine Family Plot
    This marker was engraved on all four sides, with trees planted eight to ten feet out on either side of the marker. The engraving on the granite is very difficult to read, however, the four names engraved upon it are still legible, and are for Adam Benkelman, his wife, Catherine, and two of their daughters-in-law who died shortly after marriage, Lydia Striffler, the wife of Samuel Benkelman and Rosina Wahl, the wife of John Adam Benkelman. This marker was likely erected in 1886, when Rosina died.

  • Sources 
    1. [S337] Benkelman, Hilda Jane Stickley THE MEMOIRS OF JOHN A. BENKELMAN (Privately Published, 1966).

    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. 133 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S337] Benkelman, Hilda Jane Stickley THE MEMOIRS OF JOHN A. BENKELMAN (Privately Published, 1966), Shows the DOD as 18 May 1886 (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, shows DOD as 18 May 1886 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S311] Bonnell, Kathy Brandt (kbonnell@byu.edu) "Göppingen, Württemberg, Germany and surrounding villages" http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=kbonnell, (RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Göppingen, Württemberg, Germany and surrounding villages. This database is one large family tree; everyone is connected by birth or marriage. Many of the families were inputted from the family books which were compiled by the pastors of each village beginning in 1808. Villages include Heiningen, Bartenbach, Gruibingen, Faurdau, Schlat, Hattenhofen, Eislingen, Holzheim, Auendorf , Dürnau, Bezgenriet, Ebersbach , Maitis, Gammelshausen, Börtlingen, Boll, and others. Kathy Brandt Bonnell work directly from German records to the computer.).