John Benzel was born 11 January 1835 in Prussia. We do not know who his parents were. And at present we do not know for certain when he was married. We do know that he married Willhelmina Lambrecht sometime around 1860 in Prussia before coming to the United States.
John was a stone mason. He and Willhelmina went on to have at least eight children: William, August, John, Louie, Minnie, Matilda, Amelia and Josephine Sophie [b. 1865].
It was Josephine Sophie who married Henry Dreher, Sr. in 1884. And this couple had ten children. One of whome was Henry Dreher, Jr., my grandfather.
John Benzel is buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana.
I know very little about John Benzel. And in this coming year, it has become my goal to learn much, much more about this great-great-grandfather!