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 Fred Bentz, Sr

Fred Bentz, Sr

Death 30 Mar 1949 (aged 69)
Burial Lodi, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Plot Old Park, block 2019, space 2
Memorial ID 5855679 · View Source
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Fredrick Bentz was born in Russia on January 9, 1880 to George and Maria (Niess) Bentz.

Although Fred reported that he was born in South Dakota, he wasn't. He probably did this because he hadn't filed for citizenship by 1890 when he should have. This is understandable since he was only about 10. Normally the father would apply for citizenship and his citizenship would apply to all his children. It is assumed that George Bentz, Fred's father, died before applying for citizenship.

On June 10, 1900 Fred was single, had his own homestead, was enumerated in the home of with George Reiswig, was reported as George's brother-in-law, and said that he immigrated to the US in 1885. Fred's mother Maria (Niess) Wall Bentz Suelzle, was also enumerated in the 1900 Federal Census with George Reiswig's family. Maria was the mother of George Reiswig's second wife, Elizabeth Wall. She was also the step mother of George's first wife who was Elizabeth Bentz, Fred's 1/2 sister, who died in child birth of George and Elizabeth's first child, Joseph Reiswig.

We believe that George Bentz, Fred's father, immigrated to the US in about 1885 with his wife Maria Anne (Niess) Wall Bentz, two of Maria's children from her first marriage to August Wall, some of George's children from his previous marriages, and four children of George and Maria. No record of their immigration has yet been found.

Fred was living on his own homestead about a mile from George Reiswig, Sr's and George's mother & father, Conrad Johann & Maria (Hoff) Reiswig lived next door to George. In 1900, living with Conrad & Maria, was their daughter Marie Reiswig and their youngest son Abraham. It is no mystery how Fred met Marie.

Fred and Marie Reiswig were married in about 1900.

Fred and his wife Maria (Reiswig) Bentz homesteaded 160 Acres in the SW corner of section 22, township 148 N, Range 76 W (near Lincoln Valley) and filed that homestead on 8/5/1905. Conrad C. Reiswig filed his homestead on 2/13/1905, and George Reiswig, Sr. on 11/14/1905. For Fred to have filed this early, he had to have come up to North Dakota with George and Conrad.

As reported in the "Lincoln Valley S.D.A. Cemetery" contributed by Lorraine Werner, Emil, Bentz, & Bill Bechtold, "an indeture was made between Fred and Marie Bentz with the Dakota Conference Association of the Seventh Day Adventist, in consideraton of $25.00 for one and one half acre of land, more or less, of the south west corner of section 22, Township 148, north of range 76. The land was to be used for a church and cemetery only by the party of the second part." According to the same source, that sale was recorded on 7/21/1902. It also states that "the church building was completed in 1907". The same information is reported in the "Lincoln Valley History, 1899-1985, which states that this church was the first Seventh-day Adventist church in North America, according to the book "Nothing to Fear" by Bob Dupuy, a history of the Seventh Day Adventist churh in North Dakota.

In the 1910 Census, Fred's mother isn't living with them, or with George Reiswig, or with his brother Jacob. By the 1920 Census, Fred is in Harvey, ND and listed as an implement Salesman. His mother is not living with him or with his brother Jacob, who works at the same implement dealer. The individual who is living with Fred & Maria is Marie's mother, Maria Katherina (Hoff) Reiswig. This is confirmed by Ruth (Reiswig) Kelly who visited her grandmother at Fred & Marie's home in Harvey, ND. Edna (Bentz) Manz, Fred & Marie's daughter, also confirms that Maria (Hoff) Reiswig lived with Fred & Marie in Harvey, ND. Edna also confirms that after Maria (Hoff) Reiswig's death, Maria Anne (Niess) Wall Bentz Suelzle, Fred's mother, also lived with them until her death in 1932.


Review and Herald (a Seventh-day Adventist Periodical), May 26, 1949, p. 23

"BENTZ -- Fred Bentz was born Jan. 9, 1880, near Marion, S. Dak.; and died March 30, 1949, at Lodi, Calif. He embraced the Advent faith in 1930, and remained faithful. His wife, two sons, and three daughters are left to mourn."

Bio by: John Kelly

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  • Created by: Thomas Mantz
  • Added: 18 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5855679
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Bentz, Sr (9 Jan 1880–30 Mar 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5855679, citing Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, San Joaquin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Thomas Mantz (contributor 1361681) .