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Willie & Clara Benitz

On strike!

Vital Docs.

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William’s Certificate of Citizenship
Issued by US Consul, Buenos Aires
9 October, 1874
Note: He never had a birth certificate.
(Source: Valerie R. de Somweber)

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William & Clara’s Marriage Certificate
25 April, 1881
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


 Clara E. Allyn

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Minister of Education’s acceptance
of Clara’s resignation

22 February, 1880
(Source: Stuart B. Pryor)


de Justicia, Culto e Instrucción Pública

de la

República Argentina

C. No 157 Buenos Aires, Febrero 22 /880

A la Sta. Clara E. Allyn.

Comunico á Ud. que por resolución
de fha. de hoy, ha sido aceptada
su renuncia del puesto de Profesora
de la Escuela Normal del Paraná.

En nombre del Gobierno, doy a Ud.
las gracias por los servicios que
ha prestado en el desempeño del
mencionado puesto.

Dios guie á Ud.
Miguel Goyma


of Justice, Religion and Public Instruction

of the

Argentine Republic

C. No 157 Buenos Aires, February 22 /880

To Miss Clara E. Allyn.

I am advising you that today it was
decided to accept your resignation
from the position as Teacher
at the Normal School of Paraná.

In the name of the Government, I
thank you for the services you
have rendered in the performance
of the said position.

May God guide you
Miguel Goyena

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Clara’s Passport Application
Rosario, SFé – July 1920

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Clara’s Passport Application
Washington, D.C. – Oct. 1920

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Clara’s Will and Disposition
of her Property

(14 pages, 5.3 mb PDF file)
(Source: F.M. Benitz)

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Clara E. Benitz
Carta de Ciudadania
2 April, 1925

Argentine citizenship
(Source: F.M. Benitz)

Under the wire

Here is possibly why Clara became
an Argentine citizen:

  “The United States is one of two
countries in the world that taxes its
nonresident citizens on worldwide income,
in the same manner and rates as residents;
the other is Eritrea.  The Supreme Court
upheld the constitutionality of the payment
of such tax in the case of Cook v. Tait,
265 U.S. 47 (1924).” (Source: Wikipedia)

US income taxes were likely due then,
as now, by midnight of April 14 of the
following year, i.e. April 14, 1925.


Greystone – William & Clara’s Summer Home

(Los Cocos, Córdoba, Argentina)

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Greystone - Survey Map Mar.1944
house & gardens

9 has.
(Source: F.M. Benitz)

Greystone was bought by Clara in three
parts, June 1903 - 0.75 ha. fom P. Fraser
(house lot, map left); August 1908 - 54.6 ha.
from William H.T. Blair (see map right);
January 1909 - 0.3 ha. from P. Fraser.
Total: 55.6 has.  Greystone did not include
lots owned by Dr. Sargel, Crusellas de
Flores, & Gautier.

After Clara died (Oct.,1930), Greystone
was often rented out for the summer
season, until subdivided and sold during
Lots “A, 1, 2, & 3” - Horace J. Hale rented
  the house for 2-3 years before buying it
  in March, 1944.
Lot “B” - sold to F. de C.M. Heriot
Lot “3” - road, was given or sold to Marion
  Bz de Roberts, she in turn sold it to
  H.J. Hale
Lot “4” -
Lot “5” -

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Greystone - Survey Map Dec.1944
entire property

53½ has. (+2 has. already sold)
(Source: F.M. Benitz)


 William O. Benitz — Death

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Death Certificates (2)
William died at 7 a.m. on 1 April, 1911
At: 625 W. 24th Ave., Corsicana, TX
Cause: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis

(Source: Vol.3, Corsicana, Navarro Co., Texas)

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Funeral Expenses
$563, paid by C.H. Allyn
(Obtained from funeral home, by P.Bz, 1972)

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Buried in the Allyn Family Plot
Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas

(Photo by P.Bz, June 1972)

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William’s Tombstone, ca.2010
(Source: Find-A-Grave)

MAY 22, 1854
APR. 1, 1911

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William’s Tombstone, 1972
(Photo by P.Bz, June 1972)

© Peter Benitz (Benitz Family)