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[Gellenbeck.GEDCom courtesy Ellen Strunk (Hennessy);

Address in 1900 was S. 13th St., St. Louis, MO, living with daughter and
son-in-law, Mathilda and Henry Mangels.

Immigrated in 1841. (1910 Missouri Census) 
ROTTMAN, Elizabeth Wilhelmine (I500)
[Heinrich Schneehage Benjestorf Family History; info from Wolfgang Ewig, Barsinghausen] [

Ilse Marie married Johann Heinrich "BENJESTÖRP" in Hannover-Linden on 10 July, 1768.
Lampen is the feminine form of Lampe. 
LAMPEN, Hanna Ilse Catherina Marie (I659)
[Heinrich Schneehage Benjestorf Family History][Barsinghausen Kirchbuch].

Johann was a shepherd from Wennigsen in the vicinity of Barsinghausen, near Hannover in the middle of the 18th century. He was married to Ilse Marie Lampen. They had at least one son, a>
lso called Johann Heinrich Benjestörp (Pfennigstorf?) who was my great-great-great grandfather.
Note: Heinrich Schneehage theorized that his name was originally "Pfennigsdorf" and that he originated in a Hochtdeutsch language area. This was probably because he received a transcript of the>
birth records from Barsinghausen which showed that as his name. The actual name in the Kirchbuch fo rthe marriage is Benjestörp. (BENJESTÖRP may have been a Lindener Platdeutsch form of Pfennigst>
Copies from the Hannover Kichenbuchamt archives provided by Willi Benjestorf show his name as "Benjestörp". 
PFENNIGSDORF [BENJESTÖRP], Johann Henje (Heinrich?) (I658)
[Info from Heinrich Schneehage letter; Benjestorf Family History, by Heinrich Schneehage].

Sophie was born on 27 March, 1843. She married Fritz Hansing, from Neustadt.
Her nickname was "Minna".

Minna may have had three children. There is contradictory information about that from Heinrich Schneehage. 
BENJESTORF, Sophie Marie Elisabeth Wilhelmine (I8)
[Info from Joan Benjestorf & Jeanette Benjestorf, June 2002] & [Family Group Record of Denise Benjestorf] [Letter from LaVere Benjestorf dated 10 August, 2002][California Death index].

Stanley was Albert & Louisa's first child. He was born on 22 October, 1919 almost immediately after his parents arrived in Fenwood, Saskatchewan after his father's return from England near >
the end of WWI. Some time after his sister, Winona was born his parents moved the family to San Pedro, California.
After WWII Stanley married La Vere Louise Welke on 5 April, 1946 in Lakewood, California. They had one child, a son, Ronald Stanley, born in Long Beach, California on 29 March, 1947.
Stanley died while living in Bellflower, Californioa on 3 October, 1993.
He was buried on 13 October at Whittier, California. 
BENJESTORF, Stanley Clemence (I493)
[Info from Joan Benjestorf & Lucille Benjestorf] [Family Group Record of Denise Benjestorf] [California Death Index].

"Winnie" was Albert & Luisa's second child. She was born 12 February, 1921 in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada
Lucille Benjestorf liked "Winnie" because "... she was always sticking up for..." her.
Winnie married Alan Walker in March, 1940. She divorced him and on 22 Sept, 1947 she married William Darnell.
William Darnell died and she married Art Rodriguez. Art died.
Winnie died on 12 Aug, 1988.
BENJESTORF, Winona "Winnie" Coralie (I491)
[Info from Joan Benjestorf] [California Death index]

Mary had a son , Henry Jensen, by a previous husband. Henry & Donald F. Roddy were freinds in the Army. Mary tried to set Henry up with Lucille Benjestorf, but she met Don Roddy at the same tim>
e and was attracted to him instead of Henry.  
STILES, Mary (I511)
[Information from Lucille Benjestorf & Sundance Benjestorf].[scratch paper note from LaVere Benjestorf].[Interview with Robert Benjestorf; Skagit Valley Herald obituary]

Robert was born in Colton, California, in January, 1916. His parents moved to Long Beach, California, shortly after he was born, and Robert grew up in southern California. As a teenager and young man he worked with some of his cousins on his Uncle Alex Benjestorf's dairy and hay farm.
Robert moved to Guemes Island, Anacortes, Washington, around 1948 and has lived there ever since. Since that time he has had almost no contact with other branches of the Benjestorf family.
He first worked at a saw mill, but later became a machinist for a machine shop.
Robert and his wife, Thelma, had three children, two daughters and a son, Theodore.

Sundance advised me that in the past there was some sort of trouble in his family, "... and the communications lines are not really open any longer with ..." his father & grandfather.
In late May, 2004 I received a message from Sundance Benjestorf telling me that Robert had recently passed away at his home on Guemes Island, Washington.
According to an obituary in the Skagit County newspaper, Robert died on 19 April, 2004. He died at home.

"Robert Lavern Benjestorf, 88, a 56-year resident of Guemes Island, died at
his home on Monday, April 19, 2004. Bob was born January 18, 1916,
in Colton, CA, the son of Henry and Louisa (Wendt)
Benjestorf. He met and married Thelma Louise Wilson and they
were married for 46 years. Bob was a machinist by trade and also a
"jack of all trades." He spent most of his working years at Pacific
Tow Boat, aka "Dillingham Tug & Barge" in Dakota
Creek. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife,
Thelma Louise Benjestorf in 1986; daughter, Geri Laverne Glasscock
in 1998; and five sisters. He is survived by his daughter and
son-in-law, Julia and Howard Berry of Everett; son and
daughter-in-law, Ted and Cindy Benjestorf of Honolulu; 8
grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and his longtime
companion, Darlene Johnson. The family would especially like
to give thanks to Darlene, Jeremy, Cindy, Ronnie, Carrie, Bud
Ashbach, and Hospice for the care that Bob
received. Remembrances may be made to Island Hospital, Skagit
Hospice, or a charity of choice. Private interment will be held at
Guemes Island Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Evans
Funeral Chapel, Anacortes. " 
BENJESTORF, Robert Lavern (I538)
[Jeanette thinks she & Clarence had 3 daughters].[CA Death Index]

Clarence Benjestorf's first (?) wife?

BRILLIANT, Diana Phyllis (I684)
[Last Will & Testament of Mathilde Mangles], [Ellen Hennessy Gedcom], [Photos of Gellenbeck/Mangels graves].

Apparently Mathilde had no children. Her will leaves the bulk of her estate to two minor cousins. A small ammount of cash was left to the children of Mathilde Benjestorf and of Mary Ellen Strunk, both cousins. 
GELLENBECK, Mathilda (I501)
[LDS Ancestral File Number 12NV-CTV].

Catherine was born in Ireland sometime around 1805. She subsequently emigrated to America and probably met & married Mathew Roche there around 1835.
Their first child, Maria, was born in New York about a year after their marriage. 
unknown, Catherine (I596)
[LDS Ancestral File Number 12NV-CV3]

Maria was born in April, 1836, somewhere in New York State.
She married Patrick Burns about 1855 when she would have been about 19.
Maria may have been Patrick's second wife, considering their age difference.
Their first child, Catherine Mary "Kate" was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin about a year after their marriage.
Maria died in Milwaukee in January, 1886 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee as is her husband. 
ROCHE, Maria (I594)
[LDS IGI. Film #6142800] [Alan Boefer genealogy] [St Louis Post-Dispatch 9/7/1918, pg 6]

Emily Heuer [or Hoyer] married William Boefer on 23 January, 1873, probably in St. Louis.

Emily died in St. Louis on 7 January, 1891.
LDS information shows Emilie DENNER or DENNY. This may have been because a researcher confused Emily with her daughter who married a man named Denner. 
HOYER, Emily (I529)
[Letter from Angie & Howard Benjestorf dated 20 June 2002].

Helma married Con in Saskatchewan around the time her parents and most of her brothers moved to Southern California.
She later divorced him and moved to the San Francisco Bay area of California.
Beverly Benjestorf (Huppert) believes she saw him again when he was very old "...Like maybe on his 100th birthday".
Conmee had a farm west of school property in the same township that Heinrich homesteaded.  
McLellan, Conmee (I312)
165 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I70)
166 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I69)
167 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I599)
168 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I478)
169 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I731)
[Letter from Heinrich Benjestorf (III) dated 14 July, 2002].

Marie and her husband, Henrich (I) Benjestorf had 2 children, a son , Heinrich (II), and Marieluise.
There may have been a third child, Wolfgang who may have died in infancy.
Marie died in 1967. 
EVERS, Marie (I728)
[Letter from Heinrich Benjestorf dated 25 June 2002].

Heinrich (II) was born in Osterwald on 3 November, 1927. He married Frieda Stelzer. They had 3 children, Heinrich (III), born 25 July, 1950, Inge, 17 February,1952 and Christine 18 April, 19>
61 Heinrich (II) died 11 March, 1977. 
BENJESTORF, Heinrich (I674)
[Letter from LaVere Benjestorf dated 10 August 2002].[Margaret Benjestorf Console]

Harry was the husbanf of "Tillie" Benjestorf [Henry the younger's daughter]. 
WEBSTER, Harry Edgar (I754)
[Letter from LaVere Benjestorf dated 10 August, 2002].

Pat was of Oriental ancestory. She married Ronald Benjestorf "about 15 years ago" [ca. 1987].
They divorced ca. 1993. 
Mei, Ching "Pat" (I757)
[Obituary of Emma Wagner Boefer from St. Louis Public Library] [Alan Boefer genealogy] [1880, St. Louis Census]

Adelaide was born in St. Louis in March, 1878. Ca 1898 she married a man named Rode. By 1900 she was living with her mother but still married. In 1910 she was a divorcee. Adelaide apparently never remarried and still lived with her mother in 1930. 
BOEFER, Adelaide C. (I682)
(Info from Heinrich Schneehage letter, et al.) (also some information from LDS Pedigree Resource File [CD #40 PIN #877861][scratch paper notes from LaVere Benjestorf][Osterwald (or Hannover-Kirchr>
ode ?) Kirchbuch] [Baptismal Records, St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church]

Heinrich was born in the Kingdom of Hannover (probably in Osterwald since his father was born & died in Osterwald, and his mother died there) on 16 December 1849.
In 1866, when Heinrich was 17, the Prussian Army invaded the Kingdom of Hannover and sent their king, Georg V (the blind king) into exile.
With the encouragement of his father, Heinrich emigrated to America in 1869 [or possibly 1870 ( a letter from Heinrich to his sister states that he arrived in New York on 27 December, 1870)] at the age of 19 to avoid being drafted into the Prussian army. Family tradition has it that Heinrich and a cousin stowed away on a ship from Germany to the United States ( according to Lucille Benjestorf the cousin‘s name was "Chris". Heinrich Schneehage recalls his name was Böfer), . Bremen was the closest port to Osterwald, and therefore the most likely port of departure. Chris Böfer was reported to Heinrich Schneehage by Alex Benjestorf to have last been thought to be living in Chicago. More recently discovered information suggests he was probably actually living in St. Louis, Missouri. [Another possibility has arisen about cousin Chris; In 1960 Olga "Violette" DeRosia, Mina Benjestorf's daughter, wrote an article about her grandparents. In it she identifies cousin Chris as the person who not only accompanied Heinrich from Hannover to the USA, but also as the Christian Benjestorf who accompanied him to Canada in April 1903 to start a new homestead].[however, LaVere Benjestorf has notes which state that Heinrich and Chris Benjestorf came to America seperately]
Heinrich had learned to be a shoemaker in Osterwald, and worked as a shoemaker in St. Louis, Missouri. He eventually owned his own shop and is said to have made Mathilde's wedding shoes for her.
In America Heinrich was called Henry. Henry met and married Matilda (Mathilde Gellenbeck) in the United States. They were married on 15 September, 1874, in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Wilhelm Boefer and Elisabetha Gellenbeck were witnesses to the marriage [Wilhelm Boefer was Christian Böfer’s brother. Christian, in turn, may have been the "Cousin Chris" who stowed away with Heinrich. Elisabeth Gellenbeck may have been Mathilde’s mother, or an older sister who had came to the US in 1869 or possibly her younger sister by the same name (?). All three had "Elisabeth" as a middle name]. Mathilde was 17 at the time. (The St Nicholas Catholic Church record book for 1874 shows Mathilde's name as "Mary Mathilde Gellenbeck". Perhaps Mathilde anglicized her name to "Mary" before settling on "Matilda" ?).
Henry was raised a Lutheran, but converted to Catholicism on 1 May, 1874 probably to enable him to marry Mathilde.
Henry and Matilda lived in the St. Louis area for at least 5 years, and possibly as many as 8 or 9 years. Their first three children were born while they were there: Matilda "Tillie" was born >
20 February, 1875; Henry in 1877; and Mina "Minnie" was born 12 November, 1879.
Heinrich is said to have had smallpox while in St. Louis. The family decided that city life was bad for the health of the family members and decided to take up farming.
In December 1882 the Benjestorf Family headed west (actually northwest), as many Americans were doing at that time. They may have stopped for a time near Grinnell, Iowa, but continued on to the town of Perham, Otter Tail County, Minnesota and may have actually lived in the town for a time. Their fourth child, Emma, was born in (or near) Perham, Minnesota on 14 October, >
1883. No later than July of 1885 they moved onto a piece of land in what became Pine Lake Township, Otter Tail County near Perham, Minnesota, and started the improvement procedure required to file a>
On the way to Perham they may have traveled west with a group of fellow Germans. That was the usual practice, and they all tended to settle in the same locale. A website run by Otter Tail Coun>
ty, It is more likely that they took a train since the railroad had recently been extendeed through Perham. Minnesota Genealogy lists Henry Benjestorf among approximately 79 original land owners in Pine Lake Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. It is interesting to note that in the 1905 State census over 20% of the population of the township had been born in Germany! Henry and his famil>
y homesteaded 120 acres in the South half of the SW quarter and the NE quarter of the SW quarter of Section 26 in Township 136N of range 38W of the 5th Principal Meridian in Minnesota. After "proving" the land and living on it for the required 5 years Henry received a patent (Original Title from the BLM) to the property on 3 July, 1890. Six of their remaining seven Children (Alex, Oscar, Hugo>
, Edward, Walter & Albert ) were all born on the Homestead in Otter Tail County where the family remained until April, 1903. On 3 April, 1897 their last child, a daughter, Helma, was born in New York Mills, Minnesota which is located on the east side of Otter Tail County, on the opposite side from Perham. Perhaps Matilda stayed with friends or relatives there to be closer to medical help if n>eeded for the birth [Matilda was 40 at the time].
In April,1903 Henry moved most of his large family to start a new homestead near the village of Fenwood, Saskatchewan, Canada. He probably heard that Canada had opened up some land for homesteading and saw an opportunity to sell his property in Minnesota, and get another 160 acres "free".
In addition to the younger children [Alex, Oscar, Hugo, Edward, Walter, Albert & Helma], Heinrich and Matilda were accompanied in their move to Canada by "Minnie" and her husband, William Lustig and son Albert. They had been living in Spokane, Washington, but apparently joined the Benjestorf's in Minnesota prior to their departure for Canada. Emma and her husband Frank Morgenroth & son Clarence who had been living in Perham, also accompanied them.
In addition to Heinrich's immediate family and in-laws, he was also accompanied by his cousin, Christian Benjestorf with his wife and 6 children. Christian had been living in Grinnelle, Iowa prior to this time, but had moved to the Perham area sometime previously.
Heinrich's eldest son, Henry and his wife Louisa, & "Tillie" and her husband, Carl Balzer were the only members of the family that remained in the United States.
Yorktown, Saskatchewan was apparently the official port of entry for homesteaders coming from the USA. When the 23 members of the Heinrich Benjestorf group arrived at Yorktown, there was, literally, no room at the inn. The town was completely full, including the immigration hall. Not only were there numerous would be homesteaders, but this was the year that a fanatical religious sect, the Dukhobors, were searching for Christ, believing his second coming would be in 1903. It was also one of the rainiest springs on record.
The Benjestorf's ended up some 40 miles or so west of Yorktown, near Fenwood. In the Yorkton area they were helped by a good freind, Barney Griffith (whom they apparently knew in Perham), who "...opened his home, granaries, sod roofed sheds, and lean-tos..." to provide shelter and food for the Benjestorf's and their livestock.
Heinrich became a Canadian citizen on 30 June, 1906, probably a prerequisite for receiving patent to his homestead. He retained his US citizenship.
In 1907 Henry received patent to the SW quarter of Section 24 in Township 24, Range 8, W2. It is interesting to note that a cousin, Christian Benjestorf and his family moved from Grinnell, Iowa and started homesteading the North West quarter of the same section in 1903, and also received patent to his homestead in 1907.
About 1915 Henry decided to get out of the farming business (He would have been 66 in 1920. His cousin, Christian, died in 1917, as did his son, Henry). During this time frame he and most of his sons moved to southern California. According to Clayton Bamping, he left Matilda, who was ill at the time, on the ranch while he checked out California, then sent for her and they settled in Long Beach, California, buying a house at 822 Sunrise Blvd.
Henry & Mathilde were living in Long Beach, California, according to Mom (Lucille D. Benjestorf), but he was in East Colton being cared for by Aunt May (Kathleen May (England) Benjestorf) when he died. [Death Certificate shows "Chronic Interstitial Nefihritis" complicated by Chronic Artereo-sclerosis]. He was reported to have been very demanding during his 2 month long illness. (according to >
Lucille Benjestorf). He died 16 Jun 1923 in Colton, California. He was 74 I/2 years old.
Henry was cremated on 19 June, 1923, at Mt. View Cemetery in San Bernardino, California. Presumably Matilda kept his ashes until her death on 23 February, 1935. His "..ashes.." are said to be > interred with the body of Matilda in Sunnyside Mausoleum, Long Beach, California (according to Helma Benjestorf’s notes in Matilda’s bible; also an obituary of Mathilde)[ Sunnyside Mausoleum is now >
operated by Forest Lawn. Mathilde is interred in a mausoleum (Crypt 0105-tier J) in Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary located at 1500 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach, California] [source: , Long Beach Library records ; courtesy of Kathleen (Roddy) Minniti].
BENJESTORF, Heinrich Christian (I9)
[ From Jeanette Benjestorf] 
WARD, Alice (I565)
[ Telephone interview with Lucille Benjestorf]. [Letter from "Tillie & Harry" to "Uncle Albert & Aunt Lou" dated 6 January, 1965].[scratch paper notes from LaVere Benjestorf] [Pine lake, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, Birth Registry].

LaVere's notes say Elizabeth was Henry's oldest child.

Pine Lake Twnp, Otter Tail County Birth Registry shows Elizabeth Benjestorf born 14 February, 1899, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Benjestorf.
Elizabeth does not appear anywhere in the 1900 census.

BENJESTORF, Elizabeth "Betty" (I540)
[Based on accounts by Lucille Benjestorf, and my reccolection of reported events].

According to Mom (Lucille Benjestorf) Jim was a physically abusive husband. He reportedly hit Ginger over the head with a rifle during a fight and left her uncoscious in the woods.
After the divorce he got custody of their daughter, Donna Lee.
Many years later Jim was arrested and charged with sexually molesting a young girl. He alegedly commited suicide while in jail awaiting trial. 
STODDARD, James (I168)
[Benjestorf Family History, by Heinrich Schneehage].

Catharine was born in Osterwald, probably during the French occupation of Hannover.
Catharine married Anton Heinrich Böfer in 1831 .
The Landesarchiv Hannover records show a "Dorothea Katharina BÖFER [geboren BENJESTORF]" who emigrated to America on14 March, 1867.
Alan Boefer's information shows she died at Schloss Ricklingen on 8 October, 1889. Perhaps she didn't like it in America and returned to Hannover, or perhaps she was just visiting family in Germ>
any when she died. 
BENJESTORF, Catharine Dorothee (I665)
[Benjestorf Family History, by Heinrich Schneehage].[Alan Boefer genealogy]

Heinrich married Catharine Dorothee Benjestorf on 25 November, 1834 [1831 according to Gretel Schneehage].
He was Chris & Wilhelm Böfer's father.
He was a Kötner and blacksmith at Castle Ricklingen.
Heinrich died at Schloß Ricklingen, Second German Empire, on 12 May, 1890. 
BÖFER, Anton HEINRICH Ludwig (I666)
[From a letter from Howard & Angie Benjestorf dated 20 June 2002; Helma Benjestorf's bible & comments by Lucille Benjestorf. Also information on the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Cemetery web site]. [Ce>
rtified Copy of Birth Register]

Oscar was born on the Benjestorf homestead in Otter Tail County, Minnesota on 27 October, 1887. In April, 1903, when he was 15, his parents moved the family to homestead a wheat farm in Fenwood T>
ownship, Saskatchewan [about 30 miles northwest of Melville] [SW qurtr, Sec 24, District 215, Twnshp 24, Rnge 8, W 2nd].
The Benjestorf farm house was a small building made of poles and "chinked" with clay. The attic probably served as a bedroom for the children, and perhaps the whole family. [See photo taken in 19>
83 by Howard/Angie Benjestorf].
In 1905, when he was 18, Oscar went to Seattle, Washington, and went to work for E.C. Balger (?) [perhaps his brother-in-law, Carl Balzer ?] of Spokane. Not long after that he went to work for the>
Northern Pacific Railway, and the Colorado Southern [2 different railroads or a compound name?]. He didn't stay at these jobs in the USA very long, because in 1908 he returned to Canada and took a >
job with the Canadian National Railway as an engineer working out of Melville, Saskatchewan. He continued working for the Canadian Railway until his retirement c. 1952.
On May 15, 1915, Oscar married Marie Wilhemina Haas in Melville, Saskatchewan. Everyone called Marie "Maria".
According to what Mom [Lucille Benjestorf] was told, Oscar and his wife "Aunt Mary" had a house in Melbourne, Saskatchawan, and Daisy England (Benjestorf) stayed with them when Mom was born in Feb>
ruary, 1916, to have access to medical services if necessary, and because the house in town was warmer than the log cabin on the farm.
Oscar & Maria's first child*, Howard, was born , however, at the old Benjestorf log farmhouse located in Fenwood township about 16 miles northwest of Melville in 1919. [Why would Maria have chosen>
to travel so far away from the nearest medical services to have her baby? Perhaps they were visiting Oscar's parents and the baby came unexpectadly? Or perhaps Heinrich & Mathilde had already moved>
to California and turned the farm over to Oscar and they were actually living there?].[Later information from David Benjestorf and Joan Benjestorf Mathews suggests that Oscar & Marie may have taken o>
ver Alex Benjestorf's farm].
After he retired, Oscar & Maria moved to a farm they bought near Love, Saskatchewan [located about 80 miles east-northeast of Prince Albert]. They lived there a few years until Oscar developed can>
cer and they had to move to Saskatoon to be close to apropriate medical facilities.
Aproximately a year later Oscar died in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 18 October, 1957 at 70 years of age.
Oscar is listed on the Saskatoon, Saskatchawan Cemetery web site as being buried there. The number 19480 is associated with his name (grave sight # ?).
His wife Marie is also listed at the same cemetery along with the number 38683.

* Oscar and Marie's son, Howard, had a sister, Wilhelmina "Minnie" Benjestorf who was born on 18 December, 1907. She would have been born 7 1/2 years before Oscar & Marie were married, and while >
[From Beverly Benjestorf (Huppert); letter from Angie & Howard benjestorf]. [Mathilde Gellenbeck Benjestorf's will].

Helma was born in the small town of New York Mills located on the east boundary of Otter Tail County, Minnesota on 3 April, 1897. When she was 6 years old her parents left the homestead in Otter Tail County and moved the family to homestead a wheat farm in Fenwood Township about 30 miles northwest of Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.
When her parents and most of her brothers moved to southern California around 1920, she stayed at Fenwood and married Conmee McLellan [on 20 November, 1919]. Olga Lustig and Clarence Bamping were witnesses. Conmee was a Presbyterian and Helma was a Lutheran.
Some time after 1925, Helma left Conmee and moved to Long Beach, California. [According to Beverly , Aunt Helma saw "Kon" again when he was "...very old. Like maybe his 100th birthday".
Helma next married George Jester. She was married to him & living in San Francisco by August, 1939. Helma & George remained married until his death [in the early 1960's?].
After George died Helma married Glen Howell. They remained together until he too died [in the mid 1970's ?].
Aunt Helma never had any children.
Aunt Helma lived in the San Francisco Bay area (Daly City) at the time I went to work for World Airways.
Notes in her Family Bible and a letter to her (?) from Heinrich Schneehage plus her own notes on her siblings provide much of the information available about the Benjestorf line.
Heinrich Schneehage aparently visited Helma on a trip to America in the mid or late 1950's, and possibly again in 1965 [according to Heinrich Benjestorf in 2002].
Helma was very close to Howard & Angie Benjestorf's family & visited them often in Canada.
Beverly Benjestorf (Huppert) was Aunt Helma's "caregiver" during her terminal illness. Helma died on 27 November, 1991 in the San Francisco Bay area. 
[From Jeanette Benjestorf; Soc. Sec. Death Index].

June 2002: 258 Grey Ghost Ave.
San Jose, CA 95111

Tel: 408-578-5955

A Richard L. Benjestorf died in San Jose on 10 October, 2002. 
BENJESTORF, Richard L. (I566)
184 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I572)
[From LDS Ancestral File Number 12NV-C5Q].

Patrick was born at an undisclosed place in Ireland on 15 Aug 1818.
He emigrated to America and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He probably met Maria Roche in Milwaukee (or possibly New York] and married her there.
Their daughter, Catherine "Kate", was born about a year after their marriage.
Patrick was Maria's senior by about 18 years, so it is possible she may have been his second wife.
Patrick died on 5 April, 1904 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee. [Kim shows he died on 5 Jan 1904]. 
BURNS, PATRICK "Talk" (I593)
[From Melville Book; e-mailfrom Erving Benjestorf 1 Jan 2007].

Clarence married Eileen Benjestorf and in 1982 they were both living in Lebret, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Clarence passed away at 02:30 on 1 January, 2007. He had been in a nursing home for many years after suffering a stroke. 
Grubb, Clarence (I623)
[From personal acquaintance with Jeanette].

Jeanette was born on 4 June, 1920 in Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada. Jeanette's parents moved from Melville to Colton, California when she was very young. Her father got a job on a dairy near Co>
lton, and the job included living quarters on the dairy. At a very young age (aroud 1 year old, +/- 6 months) she was struck by polio. She spent most of the first 12 years of her life in the Shrine>
rs Hospital in San Francisco. She has been physically disabled ever since, and is confined to a wheel chair. In spite of her Handicap, Jeanette always seems to have a cheerful, uplifting disposition>
whenever I see her.
She lived with her parents until both of them had passed away.
She learned to drive her own, especially equipped car, and after her mother died of cancer, she was determined to get off welfare, and went to work as a clerk for a Church in the San Bernardino area>
While she was working at the church a high school class mate, Paul Jillson, looked her up, and they were eventually married on 26 September, 1993.
In the fall of 2001 Jeanette & Paul were living in Goleta near Santa Barbara, California.
Jeanette passed away on 12 March, 2010 in a hospice (?) near Goleta. 
BENJESTORF, Jeanette Ruth (I105)
[From photograph dated 27 Feb, 1921, from Alice Jones]

Name, birth date and place. 
Myatt, Dorothy Fanchion (I844)
[From photograph dated 27 Feb, 1921, from Alice Jones]

Name, birth date and place. 
Myatt, Evelyn Irene (I930)
[From photograph dated 27 Feb, 1921, from Alice Jones]

Name, birth date and place. 
Myatt, Dolores Anita (I931)
191 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I932)
[From Sundance Benjestorf e-mail and Phone interview].

Pamela was Theodore'ssecond wife. they also divorced. 
Wendling, Pamela (I542)
193 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I543)
[From Vollbrecht Letter]

In mid January, 1840, when he was not yet 16, Caspar started an apprenticeship as a Sandformer in the new ironwworks in Hagen Beckerode. The first blast furnace in the Kingdom of Hannover had been built there the previous October.
In April, 1842, he apparently got sick of working in an iron mill and, at not quite 18 years of age, he emigrated to the USA.

[From Gellenbeck. GEDCom courtesy Ellen Strunk (Hennessy);

Emigrated to America May 1842. Arrived at Baltimore 5 Jul 1842 on Ship Agnes. Baltimore Pass

"Auswanderungen" - Niedersaechsisches Staatsarchiv
Schlosstr. 29
49074 Osnabrueck

1860 Census. Worked in a Provision Store.
1870 Census. Life Insurance Agent. 
GELLENBECK, Caspar Heinrich (I499)
[Info from Joan Benjestorf & Jeanette Benjestorf, June 2002]
[Additional from SS Death Index] [California Death index]

Leon had an accident while riding a bicycle and suffered a severe head injury which caused brain damage ("...some of his brains came out of his ears..."). After the accident "... he was crippled >
and (mentally) slow...".
Leon married Alice (?) and had 2 children. 
BENJESTORF, Leon S. (I509)
[Info from Vollbrecht letter] 
GELLENBECK, Anna Catharina Gertrud (I512)
[Letter from Angie & howard Benjestorf]
[letter from Helma to Denise]

George married Aunt Helma sometime after she divorced her 1st husband. He died on 13 February, 1965. 
Jester, George (I311)
[Letter from Angie & howard Benjestorf].
[letter from Helma to Denise]

Glen was Helma's 3rd husband, and died on 21 May, 1972. 
Howell, Glen (I310)
199 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I733)
200 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I735)

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