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WENDT, Elizabeth(?) "Luisa"[1]

Female Abt 1881 - 1974  (~ 93 years)


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  • Name WENDT, Elizabeth(?) "Luisa" 
    Born Abt 16 Jan 1881  Oderberg, Mark Brandenberg, German Empire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 May 1974  Anaheim, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I537  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father WENDT, Edward,   b. 11 Dec 1853, Oderberg, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1933, Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Lehman, Ulreka,   b. Cal 20 Jul 1854, Oderberg, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1939, Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1874  Oderberg, Brandenberg, German Empire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F693  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 BENJESTORF, Henry,   b. 3 Oct 1877, St Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1917, Long Beach, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)  [1
    Married Est Jun 1898  Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. BENJESTORF, Elizabeth "Betty",   b. 14 Feb 1899, Pine Lake Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1971, Anaheim, Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. BENJESTORF, Matilda "Tillie",   b. 31 Oct 1900, Nez Perce Prairie, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. BENJESTORF, Elsie,   b. 9 May 1902, Kamiah, Lewis, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1981, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. BENJESTORF, Helen G(eraldine?),   b. 3 Apr 1909, Wallace, Shoshone, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1983, Newport Beach, Orange County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     5. BENJESTORF, Robert Lavern,   b. 18 Jan 1916, Colton, San Bernardino, Calif Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 2004, Guemes Island, Skagit, Washington. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jaacks, Hermann,   b. 27 Jan 1878, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1957, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [1
    Married Est 25 Mar 1920  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [Notes from LaVere Benjestorf; US Censuses; interview with Sundance Benjestorf & Robert Benjestorf, et al.; letter from "Tillie & Harry" to "Uncle Albert & Aunt Lou" (6 January, 1965)]


      According to Lucille Benjestorf [telephone interview 16 June, 2002] Henry was married and had at least one son & "a couple of daughters". She doesn't remember the wife's name.
      Luisa Wendt was born in "Berlin Stadt" ca 1880. Her parents emigrated to the USA ca __1892________ and settled in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She lived on her parents farm near Richdale, Ott>
      er Tail County , Minnesota. In 1896, when she was about 16, Henry Benjestorf climbed up a ladder to her bedroom window and the two eloped. The 1920 census shows her birth place as Berlin Stadt.
      Sundance Benjestorf recalls that his great grandmother was still alive in southern California when he was a kid but can't remember her name. He thinks she was a cosmetic model for Max (Factor?). >

      In 1965 Luisa was in poor health and blind in one eye.
      *********
      [Letter from "Tillie & Harry" to "Uncle Albert & Aunt Lou" dated 6 January, 1965].
      [Notes on scratch paper from LaVere Benjestorf]


    • "Henry Benjestorf Family" by Tillie Benjestorf (via Melissa Correa) [1920 US Census]

      According to Elsie's letter, her mother married Herman Jaacks on 25 March, 1919. However, the 1920 census shows Luisa Benjestorf still a widow living with her daughter Helen and son, Robert. It seems likely that they married in March, 1920.

    • [Soc Sec Death Index & Calif death Index]

      Luisa Wendt (Jaacks) died on 9 May, 1974 according to the California Death Index. It shows her birth date as 16 Jan 1880. The Social Security Death Index shows her birth date as 16 January, 1881. This fits more closely with the statement that she was 18 years old when she married Henry Benjestorf.
      Her Social Security number was 572-76-9818.

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