George Blaufuss
(Cir 1795-After 1880)
Wilhelmina Baecker
(Cir 1795-Cir 1865)
Friedrich Krehl
(Cir 1828-1893)
Philipine Blaufuss
Augusta Catherine Friedricka Krehl


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John Adam Benkelman

Augusta Catherine Friedricka Krehl

  • Born: 6 Mar 1870, Franklin Center, Lee Co., Iowa
  • Marriage: John Adam Benkelman about 1889 in Cass City, Tuscola Co., Michigan
  • Died: 8 Feb 1934, Elkland Township, Tuscola Co., Michigan at age 63
  • Buried: Elkland Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola Co., Michigan

bullet  General Notes:

The obituary below lead to the 1870 census record which lead to the birth record ...
Obituary for Mrs. John A. Benkelman in the Cass City Chronicle - Friday, February 16, 1934
Mrs. John A. Benkelman
Funeral services for Mrs. John A. Benkelman, 64, who died suddenly Thursday morning, Feb. 8, were held Sunday, from the home on West Main Street, at 2:00 p. m. Rev. P. J. Allured officiated and interment was in Elkland cemetery.
Augusta Catherine Krehl was born March 6, 1870, at Franklin Center, Iowa. Her mother died when she was two years old and she made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Striffler, neighbors of the Krehls. Within a short time, Mrs. Striffler also answered the final call and soon after Mr. Striffler and family came to live in Cass City, bringing Augusta Catherine with them and she has lived in and near Cass City since. About forty-four years ago she was united in marriage with John A. Benkelman.
She is survived by her husband, four sons and one daughter, Glen of Cleveland, Ohio; Dorus, at home; Alvin of Manassas, Va.; John of Detroit Mrs. James Brown (Marie) of Pigeon; and five grand children. One daughter, Ida, preceded her in death.

The 1870 Federal Census for Franklin Township, Lee Co., Iowa, Franklin Center P. O., page 113B, dated July 15, 1870 records Kate Krehl (2/12) living with her parents Frederick (42 - Wuttemberg) and Phillipence (35 - Bavaria) Krehl. Frederick is a Farmer with real estate valued at $1,400 and a personal estate valued at $475. Nearby are Joseph (45 - France) and Rosina (35 - Wuttemberg) Stiffler and their children Fanne (14 - Iowa) and Mary (8 - Missouri). Joseph is a Farmer with real estate valued at $4,000 and a personal estate valued at $750. Of course Joseph and Rosina are the people that take in the orphaned Catherine Krehl as described above in the obituary for Mrs. John A. Benkleman [Catherine Krehl].

The 1880 Federal Census for Elkland Township, Tuscola Co., Michigan (ED# 400, page 96A), dated June 12, 1880 records Augusta Crale (sic) [Krehl] (10 - Iowa/Wurtemburg/Bavaria) living with Joseph Srtiffler (France/France/France) and his daughter Mary Striffler (19 - Missouri/France/Wurtemburg). Joseph is listed as married; however, his wife had died several years ago in Iowa. The previous page (95B) records the John Benkleman family whose son, John Adam Benkleman, will marry Augusta in 1890. Next door is Jacob Striffler (61 - France) and his wife Louisa (46 - Wurtemburg) and children.

Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947 <>
Catharine Friederike Krehl
Name: Catharine Friederike Krehl
Birth Date: 29 Mar 1870
Birth Place: Franklin, Lee, Iowa
Christening Date: June 18, 1871
Christening Place: Franklin, Lee, Iowa
Father's Name: Friedrich Krehl
Mother's name: Philipine Blaufuss
FHL Film Number: 7803


Augusta married John Adam Benkelman, son of Johann Adam Benkelman and Anna Catharina (Catherine) Schaufele, about 1889 in Cass City, Tuscola Co., Michigan. (John Adam Benkelman was born on 26 Apr 1856 in Bowmansville, Erie Co., New York, died on 8 Aug 1952 in Cass City, Tuscola Co., Michigan and was buried in Elkland Cemetery, Cass City, Tuscola Co., Michigan.)

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