Sunday, October 19, 2014

Johan George Bender 1721-1782


Johan George Bender
son of Johan George & Anna Maria Bender
Born September 20 1721
Died 1782
Married
Anna Elisabeth
daughter of
Born
Died

Children
Mary Elizabeth Bender 1755 – M. John Fissel
Henry Bender 1756 – 
Anna Elizabeth Bender 1757 – 1790
Anna Margaretta Bender 1758 – 1808
Mary Catharine Bender 1760 – 1840
John William Bender 1763 – 1847
George Bender 1764 – 
John Benderr 1770 – 1840

Maria Barbara Bender 1773 – 

Yes - there really are both a Mary Elizabeth AND an Elizabeth, listed in his will.  "John Henry, John William, John Georgeand John Bender and my daughters; Mary Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Mary Catherine,  Ann Margaret & Mary Barbara Bender."

Timeline:

1721 - Johan George Born
20 Sep
Kirchardt, Margraviate of Baden


Baptismal Record for Johan George Bender
1721 - Baptism
22 Sep
Kirchardt Lutheran Church
Kirchardt Lutheran born 20 September 1721 baptized 22 September Joh. Georg son of Joh. Georg Bender and wife Anna Maria, witnesses: Ambrosius Weydler, and Magdalena wife of Antonius Eauts.


1734 - Confirmation
18 Apr
Age: 12
Kirchardt Lutheran Church


1750 - Emigration
31 Aug
Age: 28
Arrived at Philadelphia
Ship Nancy, Capt. Thomas Coatam, from Rotterdam by way of Cowes, 270 persons: Hans Jerg Banner, Hans Georg Benner

Another researcher says:
Johann Georg Bender, known as "the Younger", was born 24 April 1722 and christened 26 April 1722. He remained behind in Germany when his father, Hans Georg Bender first immgrated to the colony of Pennsylvania. After his grandparents had passed away in Germany, Johann's father returned home to settle his parents' estate. Johann Georg then accompanied his father back to Pennsylvania, travelling on the ship "Duke of Bedford" which arrived September 14, 1751.

Another:

He arrived in America on the "Duke of Bedford" on 14 Sept 1751 from Rotterdam and Portsmouth.  Burial Jul 1782 in Manhrim, Lancasterm PA.  He died 28 Jul 1782 in Mount Joy, Lancaster PA.
He was the warrantee for 25 acres of land in Lancaster, PA Mar 8 1756. His will was admitted to probate on 29 Mar 1783 in Lancaster County PA. 

CHECK SHIPS LISTS


U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Johann Georg Bender
Name: Johann Georg Bender
Arrival Year: 1741-1767
Arrival Place: Pennsylvania
Source Publication Code: 8602
Primary Immigrant: Bender, Johann Georg
Annotation: Identifies immigrants to Pennsylvania and Carolina in the middle of the 18th century, with indication of their birthplaces. Refers to migration in Central European countries, as well. Discerns and corrects some of the surnames misspelled in items 9041 and
Source Bibliography: SMITH, CLIFFORD NEAL. Emigrants from the Principality of Hessen-Hanau, Germany, 1741-1767. (German-American Genealogical Research Monograph, 6.) McNeal, Ariz.: Westland Publications, 1979. 22p.
Page: 21

1752 - Research Note -
Look in records of Pastor Wagener at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster
PA, Vol. 1 (1730-1767). Find marriage of a George Bender on 21 Jun 1752.
(This marriage record mentions that George's father was George Bender, Sr.,
born in Germany.)


1756 - Land Warrant
3 Aug
Age: 34
Land in Mount Joy Township
George Bender's first appearance in the records


1769 - 
Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Records
1769 George Painter 0.3.0

1770
Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1770 George Painter 50 acres 30 acres cleared 2 horses 1 cow
1770 George Painter  0.2.6 tax 1.0

1771 -  Church
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown (Records begin in 1770)
Communicants and Confirmants


A list of those who had their names for the Preparatory Service July 6, 1771 and who were admitted to the Holy Supper on the 7th, the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.
26 people listed.
#3. John George Bender


Those who handed in their names today, Dec 24, 1771, attended the Confessional services, and who partook of the Lord’s Supper on the following day, Dec 25th, ie Christmas. 24 people listed, no Benders.


Today, viz, Christmas day [1771] the following were confirmed and received the Lord’s Supper the first time. 7 people listed.
#3. Joh. Geo. Bender and wife Elizabeth’s son Henrich aged 15.
#4. Joh. Geo. Bender dau. Maria Elizabeth, aged 16.
#5. Joh. Geo. Bender dau Anna Elizabeth, aged 13.

George Bender & wife An Elizabeth sponsors 26 Feb 1771 for c/o Michael Deuweler


1772 - Church & Taxes

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown (Records begin in 1770)
Communicants and Confirmants


Those who handed in their names at this place June 6, 1772, attended the Confessional services and thereupon the 7th, being Whit Sunday, received the Lord’s Supper.

33 People
#24 Henrich Bender
#25 and Maria Elizabeth Bender
#26 and An. Elizabeth Bender

Those who handed in their names on the 17th , came to the Confessional Services, and on the 18th of October 1772 were admitted to the Lord’s Supper XVIII after Trinity. 28 people listed.
#26. George Bender
#27 and dau Mary Elizabeth
#28 and dau An. Elizabeth

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1772 George Painter  0.2.0 tax 1.0

1772 Dec 9 George Painter 0.2.0 tax 1.0

1773 - Church & Taxes
Age: 52
Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown (Records begin in 1770)

Maria Barbara b. 12 April 1773 bp. 9 May 1773 Joh. Georg Bender & An. Elizabeth. Sp. Michael Haack & wife Elizabeth.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1773 George Painter 50 acres 20 cleared 2 horses 1 cow
1773 Assessment George Painter 0.2.0  tax 1.0

1775 - Church
Communicants Mar 25, 1775 viz Ascension Day 39 persons
#33 Georg Bender
#34 son Henrich
#35 and dau Ann Elizabeth
#36 Mrs. Maria Eliz. Fissler

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1776 George Bander tax 5.0

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1777 George Painter 50 acres 15 cleared 1 horse 2 cattle 2 sheep

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1778 June 12 Continental tax: George Painter 1.10
1778 May 28 Assessment: George Painter  1.10.0


1779 - Residence

Age: 58
Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown (Records begin in 1770)

Communicants April 25, 1779. 37 persons listed
#18. George Bender, wife Reformed.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1780 Return: George Penther 50 acres valued at $2530 2 horses 2 cattle
1780 George Panter 0.16.0 tax .32
1780 Aug 13: George Painter 0.16.0 tax .32


1781- Residence
Age: 60
Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Survey of Land: Survey A-44-77 for a tract called "Roundtop."


Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1781 Jan 18 taken Sept 1780: George Penther 36.0.0
1781 George Painter  hard money 1.0.3 other 0.18.11
1781 George painter 60 acres warranted valued at 90 1 horse 2 cattle valued at 11 total 101 pounds


1782 - Writes Will



21 Feb
Age: 60
Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Writes his Last Will & Testament

Source: Lancaster Will Book Y-2-43Written: February 21, 1782
Recorded: March 29, 1783

In the name of God, Amen, I John George Bender of Mount Joy Township in the 
County of Lancaster in Pennsylvania, being sick and weak of body but God be 
thanked, of sound understanding and therefore make my Last Will and Testament 
in the manner and form following viz; First, I recommend my soul into the hands 
of my Creator trusting in the mercy of my Redeemer Jesus Christ for remission 
of all my sins and admission into the Regions of Bliss and my body to the earth 
until the great day of our Lord Jesus Christ and as to my worldly estate 
wherewith it  hath pleased God to bless me I bequeath in manner following. 
First I order that all my just debts shall be paid after my decease. Further it 
is my will and I order that my widow Ann Elizabeth shall have the rights to my 
land & house during her life she remaining my widow and shall carry on the 
husbandry with my children until the youngest attain their age if she should 
live so long, but in case my wife should not be inclined to carry on the 
husbandry and one of my children would take the same in hand then my said wife 
shall remove into the new house over the hill & shall possess the same during 
her widowhood but never the less with the will and consent of my said wife and 
not otherwise. And if it should happen as aforesaid she then nevertheless shall 
have a right in the land, house and movable goods of what name soever and keep 
the same in her hands and act and do with the same and she and my hereafter 
named executors shall think fit during her widowhood. But if she against my 
expectations should marry again then she shall have no more than what the law 
allows her. And further I order that after the death of my said widow my 
plantation & land with the buildings shall be sold at public venue as also my 
movable goods which my widow shall leave at the time of her decease and the 
money raised by the sale of my land and movable goods shall be divided amongst 
all my children share alike viz; my sons John Henry, John William, John George
and John Bender and my daughters; Mary Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Mary Catherine, 
Ann Margaret & Mary Barbara Bender. But my eldest son John Henry shall have for 
his birthright five shillings aforehand and this shall be in full for his 
second share and no more but shall a equal share with the rest. And in case one 
of my younger children or any of those, which are yet under my care should die 
then I order that the share of the one so dying shall be equally divided 
amongst the rest.

And I hereby nominate and appoint John Nissly and Abraham Sherer of Mountjoy 
Township Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, empowering my said 
Executors after the decease of my said widow to give the purchaser of my said 
land a good title for the same his heirs and assigns as fully and amply as if I 
had done it with my own hands and further my said Executors shall have a right 
as aforesaid to sell my land at public venue for cash or in yearly payments as 
also my moveable goods as they shall find proper and divide and divide the sum 
among my children as well as they can. And I do hereby make null and void all 
former and other wills by me heretofore made, claiming this and no other as my 
Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I John George Bender have hereunto 
set my hand and seal the 21st day of February A. Dom 
1782.                                                                           
                                        John George Bender  seal
Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by John George Bender as his Last Will 
and Testament in the presence of and in his presence have signed our names 
hereto. David Nissly, Henry Helt
Lancaster County ss

On the 24th day of March Anno Domini 1783 before the subscriber personally 
appeared David Nissly and Henry Helt the two subscribing witnesses to the above 
will and the said David Nissly on his solemn affirmation and the said Henry 
Helt on his solemn oath respectively and severally did and say that they were 
present and saw and heard John George Bender the testator above named sign, 
seal, publish and pronounce, declare the foregoing writing as and for his Last 
Will and Testament and at the doing thereof he was of sound mind, memory and 
understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief. John 
Hubley, Regr.

Be it remembered That on the 29th day of March Anno Domini 1783 the Last Will 
and Testament of John George Bender late of Mountjoy Township in the County of 
Lancaster, yeoman, deceased, was proven in due form of law and letters 
Testamentary therein were granted to John Nissly and Abraham Sherer the 
Executors therein named they being first duly qualified well and truly to 
administer the estate of the said deceased and especially to exhibit a true and 
perfect inventory thereof into the Registers office at Lancaster on or before 
the 29th day of April next and to render a perfect and true amount of their 
administration in one year or when thereto lawfully required. Given under the 
seal of the said office. John Hubley Reg’r.



Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1782 George Painter land valued at 130 taxable property 16 total 146 pounds 3.7.0

1782 - Death
26 Jul
Age: 60
Mount Joy Twp., Lancaster, Pennsylvania


1782 - Burial
28 Jul
Manheim Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rapho Twp.
J. George Bender of near Elizabethtown, age 60, buried 28 July 1782


1783
Mount Joy, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Widow Panther

Will Inventory -



Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1785 Widdow Painter 50 acres warranted land 1 cow. Freeman: William Bender.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1786 Widdow Benter valuation: 75 pounds.
1786 Mar 21: Assessment: Widow Benter 0.8.4 County tax 0.2.3. Freeman: William Benter 0.8.4 County 0.6.0

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1787 Widow Bender 50 warranted acres 1 cow. Freeman: William Bender
1787 Mar 1 Valuation: Widow Bender  58 pounds.
1787 Widow Bender 0.5.0. Freeman: William Bender 0.10.0
1787 May 1: Widow Bender 0.5.0 Freeman: William Bender 0.10.0 (crossed out).

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1788 Mar 24: Widow Bender 50 warranted acres 1 cow 0.52.0. Freeman: William Bender.
1788 Assessment: Widow Bender 0.6.0
1788 List of Taxible inhabitants: Widow Bender.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record

1789 Widow Benter 0.6.6, William Benter 0.10.0, George Benter 0.10.0.
1789 May 5: Widow Bender Supplies 0.6.6 County 0.1.6, William Bender 0.10.0, 0.6.0, George Bender 0.10.0, 0.6.0.
1790 May 5: Widow Bender  0.2.2 County tax. Freeman: George Bender 0.6.0, William Bender 0.6.0.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1792 June 12: Widow Penter 0.2.2. Freeman: George Penter 0.6.0, George Penter 0.6.0.
1793 Widow Penter 50 acres 1 horse 1 cow. Freeman: George Penter, William Penter.

Mt Joy Twp., Lancaster County, PA, Tax Record
1793 Nov 26: Widow Penter 0.5.0. Freeman: William Penter 0.9.0, George Penter 0.9.0. (taxes for 1793-1794)


1796 - Estate sale


Research:
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1777-1854: Stone Valley Lutheran and Reformed Congregations

View Record Name Description Date of Event Event
Johann Georg Bender Father Baptism
Johann Georg Bender Mrs. Mother Baptism
Johann Georg Bender Sponsor Baptism

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The Bender family, pronounced Bainter, immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany in the early 1700's. During the Revolutionary War, the British hired German mercenaries to fight on their behalf. After the war, the families of these mercenaries and many other innocent Germans were persecuted for their mercenary activities. To avoid this persecution, some Benders moved to Virginia and anglicized their name to Painter
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From Find a Grave -
Information below provided by "Bender-Bainter-Painter Smith and the Allied Families of Phillipson-Marino-Alioto" by Joseph Linn Marino. Future research must be done to confirm that he was the father of Henry and George Bender.

Johann Georg Bender, known as "the Younger", was born 24 April 1722 and christened 26 April 1722. He remained behind in Germany when his father, Hans Georg Bender first immgrated to the colony of Pennsylvania. After his grandparents had passed away in Germany, Johann's father returned home to settle his parents' estate. Johann Georg then accompanied his father back to Pennsylvania, travelling on the ship "Duke of Bedford" which arrived September 14, 1751. Having settled in Lancaster county, John George Bender (as he was called in Pennsylvania), married to Maria Regina Kraemer, daughter of Christopher Kraemer, on June 21, 1752. Maria Regina having died in 1767, he married a second time to Anna Elizabeth, who was still living when Johann Georg Bender wrote his last Will and Testament on February 21, 1782. He died in Mount Joy Township in Lancaster county. 

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Bender Records from the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown

Records begin in 1770

Communicants and Confirmants

A list of those who had their names for the Preparatory Service July 6, 1771 and who were admitted to the Holy Supper on the 7th, the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

26 people listed.

#3. John George Bender

Those who handed in their names today, Dec 24, 1771, attended the Confessional services, and who partook of the Lord’s Supper on the following day, Dec 25th, ie Christmas. 24 people listed, no Benders.

Today, viz, Christmas day [1771] the following were confirmed and received the Lord’s Supper the first time. 7 people listed.

#3. Joh. Geo. Bender and wife Elizabeth’s son Henrich aged 15.

#4. Joh. Geo. Bender dau. Maria Elizabeth, aged 16.

#5. Joh. Geo. Bender dau Anna Elizabeth, aged 13.

Those who handed in their names at this place June 6, 1772, attended the Confessional services and thereupon the 7th, being Whit Sunday, received the Lord’s Supper.

33 People

#24 Henrich Bender

#25 and Maria Elizabeth Bender

#26 and An. Elizabeth Bender

Those who handed in their names on the 17th , came to the Confessional Services, and on the 18th of October 1772 were admitted to the Lord’s Supper XVIII after Trinity. 28 people listed.

#26. George Bender

#27 and dau Mary Elizabeth

#28 and dau An. Elizabeth

Those who handed in their names for Preparatory services on may 22nd and on the 23rd, 1773, being the sixth Sunday after Easter, received the Lord’s Supper.

29 people on the list.

#17 Henrich Bender, single person.

#20 Miss Anna Elizabeth Benderin

 

Those who handed in their names Nov 20th and attended the Confessional service, and then on the 21st 1773, being the 24th Sunday after Trinity, were admitted to the table of the Lord. 19 Persons Listed.

#14. Jacob Bender [probably Jerg Bender and incorrectly translated Jacob.]

#15 and dau Maria Elizabeth

Those who handed in their names May 21, 1774, attended Confessional services, and also the Lords Supper on the 22nd, being Wit Sunday. 37 persons listed.
#2 Georg Bender
#26 An. Elizabeth Benderin
#27 Henrich Bender, single.
#28 Mrs Maria Elizabeth Fisslerin

Preparatory service Dec 17, 1774, Communion Dec 18, 4S Advent. 27 persons, no Benders.

Communicants Mar 25, 1775 viz Ascension Day 39 persons

#33 Georg Bender

#34 son Henrich

#35 and dau Ann Elizabeth

#36 Mrs. Maria Eliz. Fissler

Communicants Nov 12, 1775 – 22nd Sunday after Trinity. 23 persons no Benders

Preparatory services May 18, 1776 and Communion may 19, 1776. 37 persons listed.

#28 Mrs. Maria Eliz Fisslerin

#29 An. Elizabeth Benderin

Confirmed: 22 persons listed.

#2 Anna Maria, dau of G. Bender and wife An. Elizabeth

#4. Mary Cath. dau of G. Bender and wife An. Elizabeth

 

Preparatory services on Dec 7, 1776, Communion Dec 8, 1776. 32 persons listed.

#7 Miss Mary Catherine Benderin

#8 Miss An. Margareth Benderin

#11 Mrs Mar. Eliz. Fisslerin

#20 Henrich Bender, single

Preparatory services on May 2, 1777, Communion May 3, 1777. 57 persons listed

#34 Miss An. Elizabeth Benderin

#35 Miss Mar. Cath. Benderin

#36 Miss An. Marg. Benderin

#38 Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fisselin

 

Preparatory services on Nov 29, 1777, Communicants Nov 30, 1777. 20 persons listed

No Benders

Confirmed May 1778 13 persons, no Benders

Communicants May 18, 1778 Cantate Sunday. 50 persons.

#36 Henrich Bender, single

#39 Mrs Mary Elisa. Fisslin

#40 Miss Elizabeth Benderin

#41 Mar. Cath. Benderin

#42 Miss An Marg. Benderin

Here follow several lists of communicants under the pastorate of Rev. J.D. Schroeder which, he says, he copied into the large and later record.

Communicants April 25, 1779. 37 persons listed

#18. George Bender, wife Reformed.

Confirmed April 24, 1779. 20 persons listed.

#5 Anna Margaretha Benderin

#7 Catherine Benderin

Communicants, June 17, 1780. 40 persons listed.

#20 Mar. Eliz. Fieselin, husband Reformed.

Single Persons who communed June 17, 1780 22 persons listed

#8. Anna Marg. Benderin

#9 Marg. Cath. Benderin

Confirmed June 17, 1780 and first Communion the 18th 15 persons listed

#6. William Bender

#7. Georg Bender

All that is crossed out in this book, is entered in proper form in the large new church record. J.D. Schrooter, P.L.

George Bender & wife An Elizabeth sponsors 26 Feb 1771 for c/o Michael Deuweler

Maria Barbara b. 12 April 1773 bp. 9 May 1773 Joh. Georg Bender & An. Elizabeth. Sp. Michael Haack & wife Elizabeth.

Burials:

Wilhelm Bender s/o Wilhelm Bender 2 May 1812 aged 10 months.

History of the Classis of Lancaster of the Eastern Synod of the

Reformed Church in the United States, 1852-1940;

Part II, Histories of the Congregations of the Classis of Lancaster, Pg. 214-217

Printed by The New Holland Clarion, New Holland, PA;

Editors Rev. Daniel G. Glass, Rev. C. George Bachman, Rev. Harry E. Shepardson,

Rev. John F. Frantz, Rev. J. N. Le Van, D.D.

CHRIST REFORMED CHURCH, ELIZABETHTOWN

Rev. L. C. T. Miller, Pastor

The year 1744 marks the date of the organization of a congregation that is

usually regarded as the beginning of Christ Church, Elizabethtown. In this year

the Rev. John Lischy organized a group of Reformed people into a congregation at

Centerville, now Milton Grove, located about five miles northeast of

Elizabethtown. The Moravians and Lutherans were already worshipping at this

place when the Reformed congregation was organized. Little is known about this

congregation except that very shortly after its organization a disagreement

arose with the result that the Reformed group was forced to seek elsewhere for a

place to worship.

There was another group of Reformed people in the northwestern end of what is

now Lancaster County, who came together for worship as early as 1721. The Rev.

Michael Schlatter visited this group in 1747, and reported that John Conrad

Tempelmann had been preaching to those people for some time. In his report to

the Holland Church, Schlatter mentions "the congregation at Jeremiah Miller's in

Donegal where seventeen men promised 8 pounds and 38 bushels of fruit" for the

support of a pastor.

One of the most prized historical possessions of the Elizabethtown congregation

is a deed bearing the date, July 28, 1767, in which Peter Blasser and his wife,

Magdalena, conveyed one acre of land for the consideration of twenty shillings

of lawful money of Pennsylvania, with annual rental of "one grain of wheat" to

certain men designated as "Representatives of the High Dutch Presbyterian

Congregation". Of equal value, historically, to the congregation is a recently

discovered church record containing a list of 422 baptisms, written in German

script by the ministers who served the congregation from 1752 to 1809. Since

the Donegal congregation or "Blasser's", as it came to be known after 1767, was

not more than four or five miles from the Centerville group, and in view of a

combination of circumstances that are historically reliable, it is not without

reason to conclude that Lischy's organization united with this congregation some

time between 1744 and 1767. Although the year, 1744, has been accepted as the

date of the organization of Christ Church, it is certain that its antecedents

reach back considerably earlier than this date.

Not much is known about the years 1767-1815. The Rev. John Runkel, 1779-1784,

reported 20 families in the closing year of his pastorate. Rev. Runkel also

reports 11 pupils as students in the "church school," probably a parochial

school.

The year 1815 is an important date in the history of the Elizabethtown

congregation, for it was then that Blasser's was abandoned and the congregation

brought to Elizabethtown. Here a church was erected on a site less than one

square from the present location. With the improvements that were made from

time to time, this building continued to serve the needs of the congregation

until 1909, when the present edifice was dedicated.
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Family Research Notes on George Bender 1721 - 1782
(no author given, found on ancestry.com)
To find my Bender line I had to research every Bender line in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to ensure I had the right man. Others helped me work them out for the same purpose then decided to finish the project just out of general interest. I have or will post all of the information I have found on all these lines so that other researchers can use the information. You should double check everything I have worked on, no doubt there are a few mistakes. Some of what I have found on this family will make more than a few people raise an eyebrow, but this is what the evidence shows. Published genealogies without sources are simply not reliable.

I also used Y-Dna testing by familytreedna.com to break down my brick wall and encourage others to use it. Y-Dna matches in combination with a good paper trail proved my line and found several long lost branches and proved their lines. Y-Dna testing is ongoing for this family.

I believe I have posted all the documents and information that can reasonably be found on the family of John George Bender 1721 - 1782. The evidence shows he purchased a warrant from some unknown person then settled on it on or after 1756. Before that time no Benders of any spelling lived in Mount Joy or Donegal Townships as tax payers. George Bender was a Lutheran and his wife Anna Elisabetha was a member of the Reformed Church and she is mentioned in the records as far back as 1771 and as the mother of Henry born in 1756.

There is a lot of unproven genealogy on this family that tracks back to a book called "the Bender-Bainter-Painter Book" by Joseph Marino and edited by Sandy Fackler. Mr. Marino, due to illness, was not able to finish his research project and at his death left monies to hire someone to finish his book. Ms. Fackler was hired to put together the existing notes into a genealogy, but not to research or double check the information. The book appears accurate until it reaches the early family then the research falls apart.

Here are some of the mistakes:

1. The families noted before John George Bender 1722 – 1782 did not exist as they are presented. Tax records show these people did not live in Lancaster County let alone Donegal Township.

2. If Georg Bender was married to Regina Kramer she died shortly after as the records only show her as his wife. The Lutheran Church records state that Anna Elizabeth was the mother of son Henry born in 1756, contrary to what the book states.

3. The eldest son Henry Bender did not serve in the German Regiment proved by the pension record of the true Henry Bender/Painter of Virginia. He did not serve in Capt. Custer/Kuster’s Company from Warwick Township, but he did serve in Capt. Abraham Scott’s Company, Col. Lowery’s Battalion on active duty. A Y-DNA comparison between a descendents of Henry Bender of Bedford County, Pa, and Fayette County, Ohio, with a descendent of George bender's son John Bender show no relation as the book states.

4. George Bender of Fayette County, Ohio, did not marry Susannah Nissly, he was thought to have married first Catherine Stuckey then married her sister Susannah Stuckey of Washington County, Maryland. This is proven by her father’s estate and deeds. That is why they followed the Stuckey's to Bedford/Somerset County and on to Ohio and why they are buried in the Stuckey Family cemetery. Dna is needed to prove this connection also.

  5. The daughter Margaret did not marry Abraham Stuckey, he was married to Margaret Peterson, Margaret Bender was the second wife of Valentine Wisehaupt who moved with her brother John Bender to Juniata County about 1801. Valentine Wisehaupt was also first married to her sister Elizabeth. This is documented in the Juniata County History, church records and articles on Valentine Wisehaupt.

6. There was no Bender Mill on Chickies Creek that was owned by this family. There were Mills owned by other Benders in Lancaster County in Manor and Earl Townships.

7. Some of the families mentioned that were put in the wrong family or never existed:

Pages 9-19 Children of Georg Bender & Katrina Hostettler (This family was thought to be Mennonite)

1.  Johan George Bender 1721 –1782, since proven wrong by Y-DNA testing.

2. Johan Peter Bender b. 11 Oct 1737 -1820 Chickies Creek, Donegal, Lancaster m. Catherine Babb. He is actually the son of Christoff Bender who came in 1750 and settled in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., Pa, - no relation. The Plainfield Benders are a well researched and proven line.

3. Johan Heinrich Bender b. 1737 m. Catherine Betz – He lived in Warwick and Hempfield Townships, Lancaster, was associated with a Peter Bender. No connection found with any other Bender family.

4. Jacob Bender b. 1740 Donegal to 1820 m. Elizabeth Catherine Schaeffer – He is a brother of Peter and son of Christoff Bender of Plainfield Twp., Northampton County born in Germany. – no relation.

5. Johan David Bender b. 1743 m. Anna Schnaeble – he is the son of Adam Bender of Earl and Leacock Townships, no relations. This line is also well documented.

6. Johann Bender b. 1746 – Probably the brother of David above and no relation to the Mt Joy Benders.


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Johannes Bender 1706 – 1782 Bender Mill Chickies Creek M. Maria Neff, 2nd Catherine Frederick

This man never existed in Lancaster County and never lived in Donegal or Mt Joy. The John Bender that died in 1782 was from Kirchardt, Baden and no relation to the Mt Joy Benders. The John Bender married to Catherine also lived in Warwick Township, also from Kirchardt, Baden.

There is no evidence that any of the families mentioned in the book before John George Bender 1722 - 1782 existed, no sources or documentation.

It appears that George and Henry Bender/Bainter/Bender of Fayette County, Ohio, are the sons of John George Bender of Mt Joy, Lancaster, but there are no legal documents to make the connection. This can easily be solved by comparing Y-Dna between the descendents of Henry and George of Fayette County, Ohio, with the descendents of John Bender who settled in Juniata County, PA. Y-DNA testing was completed and the tests show no match between Henry Bender of Bedford, PA and Fayette County, Ohio with the John Bender family of Juniata County, PA. The testing did show a match with the Bender lines that came from Kirchardt, Baden.
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for all your work and your willingness to share it. Catherine Bender is my 4th Great Grandmother. You answered a lot of questions I had about George Bender/Painter. Such as: why the name change and why the move to Ohio. I use Ancestry.com and the information on George is very misleading. Once again, thank you!!!

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  2. The name Painter, I believe was due to the pronunciation of the name Bender when said in the German accent of the region. Sounded more like Bayn-ter. That's why you get some of the family standardizing the name as Bainter or Painter. However, my line, which stayed in Somerset County, PA after most moved to Fayette, Ohio, kept the name Bender. And the land records of Henry Bender have his name being signed Heinrich Bender in German Script. Most of the census and tax records have them listed as Painter, because that's probably how the census takers and tax collectors thought it should be spelled. Most of Henry's family, and that of his brother, George, were going by Bainter in Fayette County, Ohio. Some Painters, but most of the Painters I've found were from another family in Virginia. Not sure if they're related or not. I am the descendant of Henry whose DNA does not match the likely descendant from Johann Georg Bender of Mt Joy Township in Lancaster, PA. I know Henry is my ancestor because I am pretty much a match with another descendant of Henry through his son Jacob (I am from Peter). It seems that my Bender line, through Henry, is YDNA Haplogroup G, which is not the case with any other Benders from the Eastern PA branches that we've seen. The earliest we know of Henry is that he shows up in tax records as a Freeman in 1780-1781. It is, therefore, unlikely that he is the same Henry who married Elisabeth Schneider in York, PA in 1780, unless he was somehow given permission to marry a 14-16 year old girl, then leave her back east for a few years while he farmed in Bedford County, PA. I believe Henry had been living in the area for some time and only appears in tax records in 1780 because he would have turned 21 then.

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