Elisabeth Brechtel Bender

Bensheim, Kreis Bergstraße, Hessen, Germany
Death 26 Apr 1884 (aged 77)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 174334648 View Source
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Elisabeth was born in Bensheim, although based on her obituary, year would be 1806, making her seven years older than her husband, a considerable age at that time either way.

Elisabeth's father was Anton Brechtel from Amberg (Mayer’s Gazetter list’s 9 places with this name, but I suspect it would be either one of the two largest, villages in Bavaria or Baden-Wuertemberg, both about the same distance from Bensheim). Elisabeth's mother was Catharina Weber (information from SPV and WGK/7-2020).

According to son Konrad's Baptismal record, he was named for his Godfather, Konrad Brechtel, a likely relation of Elisabeth. Konrad's father was given as Jakob Brechtel.

Bender Konrad. In the year of Christ eighteen hundred thirty-eight, on 7th [sic]
the seventh of September, at nine o’clock in the evening,
according to credible report already made, to the citizen
and tool smith from here, Heinrich Bender, of his wife,
Elisabetha, née Brechtel, was born their second child,
their second boy, and on the nineth, he was baptized,
whereby he received the name Konrad.
Godfather is: Konrad, legitimate son of the citizen and
master mason from here, Jakob Brechtel and his wife,
Katharina, née Schwörer, who, along with the father
of the child and me, the priest who performed the
baptism, signs the present record.
P. Pfeiffer
Heinrich Bender
Konrad Brechtel
(translation and family data Stephen P Van Bibber)

Heinrich Bender, died abt 1 May 1849, Louisville, having contracted cholera following a wedding celebration.


Died "age 78”; will probated 5/2/1884 (Will Book 12, page 210). Records indicate that son Georg was administrator for his mother's estate and that Georg also bought and sold real estate (see Grantee Indexes 1866-on).

A ships manifest for July 27, 1847 lists an Elzt Bender, age 35, from Germany, arriving in New York, NY from Antwerp, Belgium, aboard the “Sylvester.” With her were George Bender, age 11; Peter (likely Conrad) Bender, age 9; Franz Bender, age 6 and Nicolas Bender, age 4. Info found Dec 2006. Other family agree that this is likely our Bender ancestors.

Elizabeth’s husband Henry immigrated in May of 1845 to establish himself before the arrival of his family in July 1847. Elisabeth and her sons were granted permission to immigrate and left Bensheim in December 1846. The German Familien Buch der Stadt Gernsheim 1652-1875, states Heinrich "moved to Amerkia in May 1845 and has left his family maliciously." Regardless, they obviously reunited in Louisville. Their child Franz must have died soon after their arrival in America, the trip to Louisville, or after settling here, but before the 1850 census. The remaining child, would be Konrad, who, if Peter was using one of the many given names characteristic in German naming traditions, in addition to being called Konrad. Elisabeth had lost a husband and a child all within two years of moving to America, not to mention her two babies who died in Germany.

On 10/17/1854 Elizabeth Bender purchased from George and Magdelina Miller a frame home for $700 due in six payments of $113.66 every 6 months, situated on a lot 26.25’ x 204’ on the south side of Green Street (now Liberty), part of lot 234 of Preston’s Enlargement (DB 91, p 275); George, Konrad and his wife Louisa, sold the house on 9/9/1884 to Christine Young for $1300 (DB 275, p 268). On 8/14/1860 Elizabeth Bender also purchased property on the north side of Walnut, 62’ east of the NE corner of Wenzel, a 22’ wide lot for $352 ($152 down, plus four payments of $50 each every six months; DB 109, p 502 – Elizabeth Bandar) from Mrs. M. Preston Pope, through her attorney Frederick J. Wedekemper (a builder and banker - I have a mantle at Taj from the Wedekemper home that was on East Jefferson, demolished early 1980s). That property was sold by Konrad, Louisa and George on 5/20/1884 for $900 to Louis Weber (DB 269, p 599).

Burial information for Elizabeth found on page 31 of the April 1884 Mortuary Records, stated she lived on Jefferson, between Jackson and Hancock (home of her son George) and that she was buried by H. Bosse Funeral Directors in St. Michael on April 28 making it very likely she would have been next to or near her husband Henry.

Select Census and Louisville City Directory listings proving that her husband had died and that Elizabeth remained in and died in Louisville:

1858/59-Mrs. Bender, widow, residence south side of Green between Shelby and Campbell

1860 Census, Ward 1, page 81, Elizabeth, age 52, Germany; George, 22, barber, Germany; Conrad, 21, tinner, Germany, Nicholas, 16, barber, Germany

1861-Elizabeth, widow of George, house 364 Green

1867/68-Conrad, carpenter, 279 Campbell between Jefferson and Green
-Elizabeth, widow Henry, residence 364 Green between Shelby and Campbell (our line – Conrad’s mother)
-George, barber, 242 Jefferson between Jackson and Hancock (Conrad’s brother)

1870-George, barber, cupper and leecher, 242 Jefferson between Jackson and Hancock
-Henry L., 364 Green between Shelby and Campbell – House address is of Elizabeth Bender. IS THIS ELIZABETH USING HUSBAND’S NAME OR ANOTHER BENDER?
-Konrad, stoves, residence and business 238 Preston bet. Walnut and Madison

1871-Elizabeth, widow Heinrich, r 364 Green nr. Shelby

1876-Elizabeth, widow of Henry, 364 Green (Liberty) near Shelby
-George, 212 Jefferson near Jackson
-Konrad, stoves and tin ware, 248 Preston near Madison

1884-Conrad, tinner, 722 Preston
-Elizabeth, widow of Henry, r 810 East Green (while the house remained the same, the address system changed)
-George, barber, 518 East Jefferson

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