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Pages Relevant to The Bentz Study Within these Pages Include, but are not limited to: 

Historical Pages
 found herein:

  • York town History and 
  • Our Forebears There
  • History of York Co Penna
  • and Our Families There
  • Pa & ourPennsylvanians

  • Penna History Title Pag

    Evidenciary/ Family

    Study Pages
    found herein
  • Bentz's on Ships
  • Map of York Twps &

  • Direct Bentz Families
  • Evidences of the Pentz /

  • Bence Family in York
    [with hyperlinks to 
    ancestors found in these pages]
  • Johannnes Bentz Family

  • Study Compiled by 
    John Bentz Hamme
    [family study written
    ca 1944]
  • Deeds

  • -Reitinger Deeds-
    Bentz Relevant

    Geneological Study Pages 
    DIRECT ANCESTORS BENTZ found herein:

  • See Map of York Twps &
  • Direct Bentz Families 
  • 1.Johannes BENTZ m. 

  • Mary Magdalena
  • 2.Peter BENTZ  m. 

  • AnnaMaria Humrickhausen
  • 3.Michael BENTZ m. 

  • Anna QUICKEL
  • 4Mary[MariaEliz]BENTZ m 1st WilliamHenrySTAIR [writers direct line] 

  • and 
    m 2nd Reuben LEBER
  • 5.Anna Kate STAIR m. 

  • Samuel McCurdy Swope

    Most Wanted Bentz Wife:
    Eve Swope married Genztler
    and Bentz 

    Sites Useful for Bentz Research Outside these Pages:

  • Andreus Bentz FamilyStudy

  • and its accompanying 
  • Archived Message Board
  • Andreus Bentz of Pa. is 
    currently of unknown 
    relationship to Johannes, 
    the progenitor of the Bentz
    line Withinthe Vines©
  • The Pences In America 
  • By Richard A. Pence 
    [studies the name, 
    its Origins & where its 
    clusters occur.]
  • Bentz Family Forums:
  • Genforum Bentz Bentz
    Rootsweb Bentz
    The first evidence of a Bentz in America that I have found involves the oath of allegiance taken 1727 by Johan Jacob Bentz in Philadelphia1. No known relationship of this first Bentz  of America found in Philadelphia is known by me to involve our direct Bentz lines, although , like nearly all our lines, our immigrant of the Bentz's arrived to the port of that town.  Consistent with the general history of all our Swope and Allied lines, our Bentz line is a strictly Pennsylvania Study and involves small scale  westward migration through the southern aspect of the state and is entirely involved in  York county both before and after  it pertained to Lancaster, up to and until  our last direct Bentz Forebear Maria Eliz [nee Bentz]  Stair Leber died  in York's neighboring   Adams County  after a full lifetime spent in York County  . Mary Eliz died at the home of her daughter Anna ; Anna  had removed to Adams on   marriage to Samuel McCurdy Swope of Gettysburg and Mary Elizabeth  retreated in old age and as a widow to the loving home of her adult daughter.   The Bentz name is plagued with variant spellings [transcribed by persons seeming to spell the name phoenetically, even when German, as were the pastors]  from the time of immigration, through to our Mary Elizabeth BENTZ.  Mary Elizabeth was born exactly 100 years after her immigrant BENTZ ancestor [her G Grandfather Johannes Bentz] arrived and two years before the Germans of York County would fight against public schools, feeling it an assault on their culture, as the schools were assumed to provide instruction in English. See York Town, York , Penna timeline relevant to our lines in that city in context of its history. 

    The European origins of our Bentz's is not absolutely known. Richard Pence writes:  "Beginning as early as 1727, the name Pence appears in passenger lists to Pennsylvania as Panse, Pentes, Pense, Penss, Bentz, Benns, Benss, Bense, Bantz, Bence, Banse - probably others - and in its feminine form, Pensin or Bensin. A number of places of origin are cited for these early families, including what is now Germany, Switzerland and Holland, but few of  them have been traced to specific areas. " 2

    Our Direct Line Bentz first appears in America disembarking in Philadelphia from the ship Loyal Judith 25 Sept 1732 [Robert Turpin, Master, from  Rotterdam, but last from Cowes after Clearance thereFootnote1]. He was 23 at  the time of his arrival and some purport a brother accompanied him, but this is difficult to prove without access to European records identifying the two as clear siblings. See Ship Loyal Judith in the page "Bentz's on Ships". 
    Johannes BENTZ, from the Judith, settled in Manchester Township [now West Manchester Township York County, Penna ] He was Lutheran, and one of the signers of  Charter for Christ Lutheran Church in York, Pa. September 1733. Like many of our early German immigrants,  he was likely escaping the nearly constant warfare and terrible religious upheaval and persecution of the post reformation era. He and his wife Maria Magdalena Surname UNKNOWN, who he may or may not have met here, , had 11 children, the eldest of which was Michael [born Sep 1735 in Manchester twp, York County] and the youngest of which was Peter [Johann Peter / Hans Peter.[incorrectly identified in other studies of the line as a Grandson to the immigrant and therein presented  as  son to his in fact eldest brother Michael]. As an adult, Peter took up residence in Conewago Township, York Co., Penna . Both Peter and his brother Michael are among our patriots in these pages. being some of our  associators, that is, patriots serving without force of draft and early in the Revolutionary effort.  Peter married Anna Maria HUMRICHHAUSEN in Lancaster within the First Reformed Congregation; She herself had several brothers serving in the war for liberty when she saw  her husband off  to join their cause. Of the seven children known to Michael and Anna Hurmrickhouse BENTZ, Michael [very possibly named for his uncle and/ or an as now lost European grandfather] removed to the town of York, and became a merchant there, raising a family with his wife Anna "Annie" Quickel . Annie Quickel had been born in Conewago twp. and she was the grandaughter of Quickel's [Zion] Church's founder Michael Quickel   in which cemetery [among others]  can be found numerous of our ancestors of many names, including those with the beautiful Penna Dutch Fraktur stones attributed to Annie's  carving father and brothers.   Michael and Annie's  daughter Mary [Maria Elizabeth] Bentz was assumedly born in York, York  in 1834, but no record of her baptism has been found, although most of her siblings are found in the Baptismal records of Christ Lutheran Church in York. Mary Elizabeth married twice, and was pregnant at 21 with her second child Anna Kate "Annie" when  her first husband William Henry STAIR died. Mary Elizabeth [nee BENTZ] Stair  eventually remarried, and her children were raised in the town of York where her 2nd husband Rueben LEBER was a tanner and courier and her brother a musician and organist -This Bentz generation  is deeply involved in the St John's Episcopal Church of York.  Mary Eliz Bentz's Dtr Annie STAIR married Samuel McCurdy Swope and moved west like her forebears, assuming residence 1876 with her groom  in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania where he was raised,   Photos of Mary Elizabeth Bentz, and Anna Kate Stair Swope, her daughter are included in the geneological pages related to this family, being lovingly passed down from Annie to her Swope grandchildren. 

    Please note that many of our Palatinates left from Rotterdam but hailed from the 
    Palatinate or Switzerland and were never truly of Holland.
    From The Olive Tree Geneology Free Ships Lists. Entry for Loyal Judith.  Germany to PA 1732 Contributor: Dave Rohde  Date: Aug. 21, 2001. The list at that source appears"  without alteration or change from the text of the 1934  printing of "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" A list of ships arriving in Philadelphia 1727 to 1808 , Vol 1, 1727 to 1775 by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LL.D. edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D. Naturalization record at same source, starting "Philad(ia) Sept(r) 25th 1732. At the Courth(o) in presence of the Hon(bl) the Gov(r) & Sam. Hasell, Esq(r), May(r), the within List was swore to by Rob. Turpin, Master of Pink Loyal Judith. Rob(t) Charles, Cl. Con. "  "At the Courthouse aforesaid, Sep(r) 25th 1732. One hundred and fifteen Palatines, Who with their  Families, making in all....Persons, were imported here in the ship Loyal Judith, of London, Robert Turpin, Master, from Rotterdam, but last from Cowes, as by Clearance thence." From the Minutes of the Provincial Council, printed in the Colonial Records, Vol. III, p.456."
    See Also Rootswebs  list for ship Loyal Judith, of London, from their Ships to Pennsylvania and Oaths of Allegiance, 1727-1775 pages in which they provide the reference as The Pennsyvlania Archives 2:17 and stating the  "Original List" showed  "PENS, Johannes.....23 and PENTES, Mickell......27"
    Sources in Text not given in  Narrative:
    1. Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, Page 263
    2. The Pences In AmericaBy Richard A. Pence . An Overview of the Name, Some Major Groups and Where They Settled

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