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The Benitz Family Website
¡ Since July 2nd., 1999 !

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This site (www.benitz.com, a.k.a. The Benitz Bull) is dedicated to the family of William & Josephine Benitz, their children and descendants.  There are many more who share with us the Benitz surname and we welcome their contributions.

The site includes 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).

William & Josephine Benitz
Generation #1

Wilhelm Böniz (1815-1876) and Josefa Kolmerer (1830-1912) are the primary ancestors of this Benitz family unit.  Both emigrated from Endingen, in Baden (Germany), Wilhelm to New York (1833), Texas (abt. 1834), then California (1841), Josefa to North Carolina (1833), Missouri (abt. 1840), then California (1845).  They married (1846) and lived at Fort Ross where all their children were born (1846-1863).  In 1867 Wilhelm sold Fort Ross and the family moved to Oakland.  In 1874 they relocated again, to Argentina where they established estancia (ranch) “La California”, in Santa Fé.  All except one of their grandchildren were born in Argentina.  Today we, their descendants, are found in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the U.K., the U.S., & Uruguay (2020).  And, a much diminished but still significant part of estancia “La California” continues within the family — in 2000 a family reunion was held there with 135 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 [ Me at this site. ]
Research Dept., Head: René Anderson Benitz

Out for a ride.

Peter & René
at estancia ‘La Isleta’
Corrientes, Argentina – 2000
When blissfully isolated: no electricity, no phone, no cell, no paved roads.

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