Conrad Bender


Conrad Bender

Bensheim, Kreis Bergstraße, Hessen, Germany
Death 12 May 1895 (aged 56)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 39715205 View Source
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Heinrich "Henry" Bender, born Apr 2, 1813, Gernsheim, Hessen, Germany, died ca. May 1, 1849, Louisville
Elisabeth Brechtel Bender, born Mar 29, 1807, Bensheim, Hessen, Germany; died Apr 26, 1884, "aged 78," according to her obituary in Louisville

Born Bensheim, Starkenburg Province, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (see brother George's tombstone in St. Louis Cemetery, Louisville). Christened as "Konrad" but also used "Conrad," throughout his life.

Transcription and Translation
by Stephen P. Van Bibber, Evansville, Indiana, 28 July 2020,
(spelling of surname "Brachtel" corrected to "Brechtel, 20 July 2020)
Bender Konrad. Im Jahre Christi achzehnhundert acht und dreißig 7.
den siebenten September Abends um neun Uhr wurde
nach geschehener glaubhafter Anzeige dem hiesigen Bür-
ger und Zeugschmied Heinrich Bender von seiner Ehe-
frau Elisabetha geborner Brechtel das zweite Kind
der zweite Knabe geboren und am neunten dieses ge-
tauft, wo er den Namen Konrad erhielt.
Pathe ist: Konrad des hiesigen Bürgers und Maurer-
meisters Jakob Brechtel und deßen Ehefrau Katharina
gebornen Schwörer ehelicher Sohn, welcher mit dem
Vater dieses Kindes und mir dem Geistlichen, der die
Taufe verrichtet, gegenwärtiges Protokoll unter-
P. Pfeiffer
Heinrich Bender
Konrad 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

April 11, 1869 Conrad married Louisa Sauer at St. Boniface Church in Louisville

Elizabeth Margaret Louisa Jacobina Bender, 6/7/1870 – 10/18/1876

George William Bender, 4/2/1872 – 8/2/1939 (married Bernadina Elizabeth "Lily" Grieve)

Lorena Louisa Francisca "Lolly" Bender, 7/13/1874 - 9/30/1944 (married first Ben Kraus; Andrew Maloney)

Henry Edward Bender, 8/16/1876 – 12/5/1937 (married Lena B. Hillenbrand)

Louis Phillip/Robert Bender, 8/31/1878 – 9/24/1944 (married Carrie Goetz)

Katherine Wilhelmina "Kate" Bender, 12/25/1880 – 12/31/1969 (married Bernard "Ben" Goodman)

Barbara Isabella Bender, 6/26/1883 – 2/12/1947, (married George Thomas Kleber)

Edward Herman Bender, 10/25/1885 – 10/21/1888

Catherine Bertha Elizabeth "Lily" Bender, 6/24/1893 – 8/29/1950 (married Lawrence Henry Rapp)

George Bender, born Germany Aug 16, 1837 - died Louisville Nov 28, 1885 (married Catherine "Kate" Rehm, born Oct 17, 1845 Shauffhausen, Switzerland – Feb 6, 1883; their children, Ophelia Bender, May 22, 1863 - Jul 31, 1864; Cordelia Bender, Dec 30, 1863 - Aug 10, 1864; Lillie M. Bender, born ca. 1862 - Sep 17, 1940, married Charles P. Dehler; Georg Stephan "Georgie" Bender, May 4, 1868 - Aug 10, 1869); George was attacked and beaten several years before his death and his obituary states that lingering problems from this occurence contriubted to his death.

Franz Bender, born ca. 1841 Germany - ca. 1847; either died while enroute to Louisville (either at sea or soon after landing) or soon after family arrived in Louisville.

Nikolaus "Nick" Bender, born Jan 11, 1843, Gernsheim, Germany - Apr 27, 1865; listed as barber on 1860 census working with Frank Henry, a 28 year old barber from Germany; joined Union Army as a corporal in Company B, 4th KY Calvary on 5/26/1863 in Louisville for a three year term, captured 4/5/1865 Centreville, AL. At wars end, on April 27, 1865, after loading passengers and cargo and making repairs to its boilers, the Sultana left Vicksburg headed for stops in Memphis, TN, Cairo, IL, Evansville, IN, Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH. Shortly after taking on fresh reserves of coal and water near Helena, Arkansas, nine miles north of Memphis, the steamboat Sultana's three boilers exploded, either by sabotage or accident. Of the estimated 2300-2500 people on board, approximately 1700 - mostly former POW Union soldiers - died in the blast. The boat normally carried 376 passengers and crew. Also see Union Regiments of Kentucky, by Thos. Speed, 1897, for more information.

Heinrich Bender immigrated prior to his wife and four sons, arriving in America in 1845, having left Gernsheim in May of that year. His wife Elisabeth and children arrived in New York City on July 27, 1847 from Antwerp, Belgium aboard the "Sylvester." Conrad was listed aboard the manifest as "Peter", which may have been his middle name.

Conrad was a tinner by trade and operated a successful business at 238 Preston between Green (Liberty) and Walnut (Muhammad Ali Blvd) Streets.

Conrad could speak but not read or write English; he may have briefly served in Union Army during Civil War in the Thurston Guard Regiment (two Conrad Benders from Louisville enlisted, one deserted).


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Conrad Bender (7 Sep 1838–12 May 1895), Find a Grave Memorial ID 39715205, citing Saint Michael Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Mike Maloney (contributor 46558027) .