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This site (www.benitz.com, a.k.a. The Benitz Bull) is intended for all who are interested in the Benitz family, in particular those descended from William & Josephine — there are many more who share the Benitz surname and we welcome their contributions.
The site includes Benitz family trees and history, and announcements of family events. Anyone wishing to post items of family interest to the site may do so by submitting it to the site administrator (at the e-mail address below) — and /or providing a link to their own work. We reserve the right to determine what we publish on the site.
The Current Events section includes photos of living persons. For privacy, we allow access to it by family members only. If you are a family member and wish to have access, please contact the site administrator (at the e-mail address below).
Wilhelm Böniz (1815-1876) and Josefa Kolmerer (1830-1912) are the original ancestors of all Benitz born in Argentina since 1874. Both emigrated from Endingen, in Baden (Germany), Wilhelm to Texas (1832) then California (1842), Josefa to North Carolina (1833) then California (1845). They married (1846) and lived at Fort Ross where all their children were born. In 1867 Wilhelm sold Fort Ross and moved the family to Oakland. In 1874 they relocated again, to Argentina where they established estancia “La California”, in Santa Fé. Today we, their descendants, are found in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. And, a good part of estancia “La California” continues within the family — in 2000 a family reunion was held there with members from around the world.
The website is copyrighted: “© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)”. However, you are free to quote from it but we ask (1) as a matter of courtesy that you provide appropriate attribution, and (2) that you refrain from representing material borrowed from this site as your own original work. Please credit the source as: “Benitz Family website (benitz.com)”.
Good Quality Pictures: If you are printing from the website, for most of the pictures shown we have versions of them with considerably better resolution that will produce much finer prints. Ask and we just may provide.
Contacting Family Members: If you wish to make contact with a member of the family, we will forward your e-mail but not provide e-mail addresses — always assuming we have an address for the person you wish to contact.
All questions, comments, suggestions, & helpful criticisms are welcome.
Site Administrator: Peter Benitz [
Web Slave: René Anderson Benitz
© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)