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BENJESTORF, Emma[1]

Female 1883 - 1967  (83 years)


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  • Name BENJESTORF, Emma 
    Born 14 Oct 1883  Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 28 Sep 1967  Taft, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father BENJESTORF, Heinrich Christian,   b. 16 Dec 1849, Osterwald, Kingdom of Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1923, Colton, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother GELLENBECK, Mathilde Catharina,   b. 20 Feb 1857, Mentrup, Kingdom of Hannover Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1935, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1874  St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MORGANROTH, Frank,   b. 1880, Birth year approximate Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [1
    Married 1900  Otter Tail County, Minnesota ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F543  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 BAMPING, Fred,   b. 2 Oct 1871, Altrinham, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1938, Long Beach, los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [1
    Married 5 May 1908  Yorkton, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. BAMPING, Hazel,   b. 22 Jan 1909, Fenwood, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 2000, Bakersfield,Kern, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. BAMPING, Fredrick Clayton,   b. 4 Oct 1917, Fenwood, Saskatchewan,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 2004, Bakersfield, Kern, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 DALE, Bert,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. Yes, date unknown  [1
    Married 1935 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 FITZPATRICK, John,   b. Yes, date unknown,   d. Yes, date unknown  [1
    Married 1950 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [Info from Helma Benjestorf's bible & Joan Benjestorf & letter from Angie & Howard Benjestorf; article in Perham Newspaper abouty divorce].


      Emma was born in or near Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, on 14 October,1883. Her parents may have been living in the town of Perham at the time, since only 5 years residence on a piece of land were>
      required to "prove" a homestead, they probably had not moved onto the land before 1885. However, the 1884 Pine Lake Township tax platt shows H. Benjestorf already on the land.
      Emma grew up on the Benjestorf homestead, and would have been not quite 20 years old when her parents moved to Canada. She married Frank Morganroth of Perham, Minnesota, and the two and their fir>
      st son, Clarence, accompanied her father when he moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, in April, 1903, to start a new homestead. Frank homesteaded in the Fenwood area the same year Emma's father did.
      Emma and Frank's marriage did not go well, and in the summer of 1906 Emma and her son, Clarence, moved to Spokane, Washington, where she lived with her sister Tillie and brother-in-law, E. Carl Bal>
      zer. Emma worked for the Balzer's as a housekeeper for a year, then filed for a divorce on the grounds that her husband was a "... professional pool player ..." who had not supported his family since>
      they had ".... been in the west".
      The court awarded Emma a decree of divorce effective 30 August, 1907. Emma was also awarded custody of her son, Clarence, and the right to resume using her maiden name.
      After the divorce, Emma returned to Fenwood, Saskatchewan, and married her next door neighbor, Fred Bamping, who had homesteaded the same year the Morganroth's had. Emma & Fred were married in th>
      e Methodist Parsonage in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday, 5 May, 1908. She showed herself as single vs divorced on the marriage certificate.
      Emma & Fred had two Children: Hazel, who was a few years older than Mom (Lucille Benjestorf) so probably born around 1908 +/-; Clayton was born on 4 October, 1917. The two children were born in>
      or near Fenwood, Saskatchewan. Emma's eldest son, Clarence Morganroth, assumed the Bamping name after his mother's marriage to Fred Bamping, but Clayton told me Fred never legally adopted him.
      Mom stayed with the Bamping’s during the school week once she started school so she could be closer to the school.
      Emma was a talented harmonica player and played with a prize winning amateur band, according to Clayton Bamping. Clayton said that all the Bamping family played musical instruments and used to pr>
      ovide the music for the dances that were frequently held at the Bamping Farm House.
      In 1929, after all her brothers except Oscar had moved to California, Fred & Emma also moved their family to southern California. Her brother Hugo and his wife, Daisy, acted as "sponsors" for the>
      Bamping’s, and Emma, Fred, and their three children lived with them and their four daughters in their small house in Colton, California , for a while until they could get their own place. They later>
      lived on an orchard near the Cooley Ranch in east Colton, California. The family eventually settled in Long Beach, California.
      In 1939, Fred Bamping died, apparently of "natural causes", during an attempted robbery while he was working as a night watchman for the WPA in Long Beach.
      After Fred's death, Emma married Bert Dale and after his death she married John Fitzpatrick. She had no children by either husband.
      Emma died on 28 September, 1967 and is buried in the same cemetery as her mother and Fred Bamping in Long Beach, California.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] File (merged): C:\Users\Don\Desktop\RodBen1.fh_data\RodBen1.ged.
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