William is mentioned in histories of early California, Sonoma County, and Fort Ross in particular. We include here the more significant works. Please search the web for other mentions — & please notify us of anything significant we have missed.
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The History of California, by Hubert Howe Bancroft (San Francisco History Company, 1886) is probably the seminal book on the history, conditions, and inhabitants of early California. It lists most inhabitants of historical importance (just about everyone).
The entry for William Benitz is found in vol.2, p.716 of the California Pioneer Register and Index 1542-1848.
Benitz (Wm), 1841-2, German in Sutter's employ. Arrived Oct.'42 acc. to rolls of the Soc.Cal.Pion.; but in applying for naturalization in '44 he claimed to have come in '41. iv.341. After being for a time in charge of Hock farm, in '43 he took charge of the Ross estate for Sutter, succeeding Bidwell. iv.186, 679. In '44 grantee of the Briesgau rancho in Shasta co. iv.670; in '45 he rented the Ross rancho from Sutter, and later bought part of it; bondsman for some of the Grigsby-Ide immig. iv.679,544,581. Benitz is said to have been the man who was swindled to the extent of $6,000 by the Sutter-Muldrow claim. He lived at Ross till '67; then moved to Oakland; and in '74 went to the Argentine Republic, where he had a brother. He died there in '76, at the age of 62, leaving a family.
© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)