Heinrich "Henry" Bender

Gernsheim, Landkreis Groß-Gerau, Hessen, Germany
Death 1 May 1849 (aged 36)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
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Heinrich, who commonly went by Henry, was a tinsmith, or blacksmith - perhaps both, by trade, as was his son Conrad, as well as his son Johann Michael. He died in Louisville May 1, 1849 after being stricken with cholera while attending a wedding reception.

Heinrch left Gernsheim in May 1845, leaving behind his wife and four surviving sons. Child Phillip Bender, an infant, had died on Sep. 30, 1844. She became pregnant again in December 1844 and his wife gave birth to their final child, Elisabeth on Sep 19, 1845, four months after Henry had vamoosed to Amerika, leaving his five-month pregnant wife and young sons behind. Unfortunately, the child Elisabeth also died as an infant on Oct 1, 1845. The book Familien Buch der Stadt Gernsheim 1652-1875 states Heinrich "moved to Amerkia in May 1845 and has left his family maliciously."

Given name only known as Heinrich Bender, but may have have Georg or some variation and may have included the initial “L” - see Lou City Directory listing for 1870 under link to wife Elizabeth's find-a-grave memorial.

Elizabeth (name?), born Bensheim, Hesse, Germany, about 13 miles from Gernsheim. They married ca. 1836 at St. George Catholic Church in Bensheim.

George, Conrad, Franz, Nikolaus, Phillip and Elisabeth.

Article below from Louisville Anzeiger (a German language daily), Wednesday, May 2, 1849 on death of Henry - George, Conrad’s and Nicholas' father.

Stadt Louisville
As it appears, the terrible illness, the Cholera, has made its way in reality here in to Louisville. In fact, as a result of the above mentioned illness, there were 5 deaths alone yesterday on 5th Street between Main and Water (a one block long location now under the Belvedere). Among them we regret to report were two Germans. One of whom, Heinrich Bender, was among us and in good spirits together with a number of ladies and gentleman at a dinner party of a young newly wed couple before he was struck by that illness. He was overcome with such great agony and pain that he passed away at 7 o’clock yesterday evening. Mr. Bender was supposed to have been a very courageous, unassuming and respect commanding gentleman. He leaves behind a grief stricken wife and children.

Believe buried in St. Michael as that where his widow Elisabeth is buried, although he may have been originally buried at another location, likely Western Cemeteries Catholic section. No grave marker apparent for either (early records, in German at Catholic Cemeteries not complete and/or avail).

On June 3, 1862 Georg married Catherine “Kate” Rehm (born 10/17/1845 Shaffhausen, Switzerland – 2/6/1883), by Rev. P. Edmund Eschmann, at St. Boniface Church, witnesses Nicholas Bender and Catherine Leibundgust;

His wife Kate died of Brights disease (chronic inflamed kidneys), buried by Schildt Funeral Home.

1870 real estate valued at $8,000 and personal estate of $1,000.

1875 Lou City Directory, Georg listed as living at 212 Jefferson Street, near Jackson. In August 1875, George was mugged and suffered injuries which contributed to his death 10 years later according to his obituary in the Sunday, Nov. 29, 1885 Courier-Journal.

Georg was also administrator of his mother’s estate, and also bought and sold real estate (see Grantee Indexes 1866-on);

1880 census, niece Katie Rehm, age 14, born KY, lives with Bender’s.

Georg Bender family except daughter Lilly Bender Dehler buried in a plot in St. Louis Cemetery, Louisville. Statues on grave monument believed to represent Faith, Hope, Charity and Love - according to Fr. Clyde Crews - with the top statue believed to represent the Virgin Mary.

Obituary from Sunday, November 29, 1885 Courier-Journal for George Bender, page 5:
Bender, Geo, died 10:15 a.m., November 28, after long illness, age 48. Private funeral Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. from residence, 520 East Jefferson. St. Boniface service at 9:00 a.m.

C-J ARTICLE, page 11 (re-typed including typos)

A Brutal Assault Made on Him Ten Years Ago, From Which He Never Recovered

One of the best known and most esteemed German citizens of Louisville died yesterday morning shortly before 10 o’clock, at his residence No. 520 East Jefferson street. Mr. George Bender, the well-known barber, had been ailing for a number of years, and his death was by no means unexpected. The direct cause was pneumonia, combined with other causes, chief among which was a brutal assault committed ten years ago on Mr. Bender by a couple of negroes while he was returning from a professional errand. Since that time he has complained of severe headache and other symptoms of a less alarming nature. Mr. Bender was born at Bensheim, Germany, August 16, 1837, and came to this city when only twelve years old. He first found employment at Jack Pfeiffer’s barber shop, and eventually settled down for himself, and since the year 1849 he has never removed from the square where he first located, and where he died. He leaves one child, Mrs. Cillie Dehler, the wife of Mr. Chas. P. Dehler, clerk at the German Insurance Bank. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning.

Campbell’s 1864 Louisville City Directory. Below advertisement placed by George Bender…
“BENDER, GEO. BARBER, DENTIST, CUPPER, LEACHER, BLEEDER AND VACINATOR s. side of Jefferson, bet. Hancock and Jackson. Fresh leaches always on hand.”

His impressive 3-story brick home and business stood where a massive mixed-income Liberty Green redevelopment project is taking place.

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