Thursday, March 11, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday

Wilhelmina Lambrecht Benzel
Josephiine Sophie Benzel Dreher
Florence Sarah Dreher Kimball – holding Mildred Louise Kimball
Ca. 1913

This is one of my favorite photographs. It shows four generations of this family. One the left seated is my great-great-grandmother, Wilhelmina Lambrecht Benzel.

Wilhelmina Lambrecht was born 25 May 1835, we believe in Germany. Sometime before 1860 she married Johan [John] Benzel, and the couple came to the United States and settled in Indiana.

They went on to have at least eight children: Josephine, Amelia, Matilda, Minnie, Louie, John, August, and William.

Wilhelmina died 7 Mar 1924 in Bedford, Lawrence, Indiana.

Josephine Sophie Benzel [seated on the right], is my great-grandmother. Josephine was born 21 Jul 1865 in Indiana. She married Henry Condar Dreher, Sr. on 11 Aug 1884. The couple settled in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky.

Josephine and Henry [called “Heintz” at home] had ten children: Florence, Frank Henry, Henry Edward, Anna, Minnie, George, Walter, Henry Condar Jr., Joseph and Mary Louise.

Josephine died 12 Dec 1932. Her son, Henry Condar Dreher, Jr., was my grandfather [1902-1977].

Florence is shown above. She was my grand-aunt. Florence Sarah Dreher was born 01 Jul 1885 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. She married James Brentwood Kimball, about 1912. The couple had two daughters: Mildred [whom she is holding in the photograph above] and Doris. Florence died 08 Jan 1946, in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

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