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Louis Benitz

Gold Rush miner:

 Wilhelm’s cousin, details about his family.

Louis & Fly.
of Argentina

Robin Benitz
Robin passed away
in Montreal, Canada.
2 November, 2023.

Photos 1855-1960
Family collections
Josephine & children
Fort Ross, ca.1865

Fort Ross – 1866:

Click on the image below to see photos of the fort and the family.


John E. Benitz

John was an avid photographer and left us many albums of his photos: of all family members, estancias (particularly “Los Algarrobos”), trips, & summers in Cruz Grande.

Sister Josephine’s
Poesie Book

Poems from brothers & friends!
Cards & love notes from her husband!
Valentines from all!

Diaries 1870-1940
Estancia ‘La California’


We have transcribed many.  All are available as PDF files are 1888 through 1902.

Click on the 1891 button to access any of the diaries:


Photos 1888-1940:

See the very earliest photos of the estancia, when the trees were still small.  Johnnie kept a puma, given him by Alfred.

No bull!

Old Dusty

Livestock Brand
Fort Ross (1846-1867)

REUNION - 2025

Join the family at:
Fort Ross
July 2025


Email us for details
(copy & paste address)

Reunion 2020

El Rincón - 2020:

Uncle Alfred & Auntie Olga’s summer home was a delightful venue for our 5th reunion.

See the reunion photos!

Reunion 2015

Fort Ross - 2015:

On a beautiful July day, the Kashaya welcomed us back to the home of our ancestors.

See the reunion photos!

Wilhelm Benitz
At C
New York then Texas!

Johann Bennitz and Wilhelm Bennitz, natives of Baden, ages 21 and 18 respectively, were passengers on the ship Utica, that sailed from Le Havre, France, arriving in New York City, U.S.A., on December 2, 1833.

Josephine Kolmer

Oregon-California Trail
May-Oct., 1845

Sutter’s Fort

Our ancestor, Josephine Kolmer, was 15 years old when she crossed the U.S.  She was amongst the first 400 of 200,000 migrants to follow the trail to California (1841-1860).

Click on Sutter’s Fort above to follow her adventures on the trail.

Our Veterans of War

Lest We Forget:

Family members who served in WW-I & WW-II.  Click the poppy:

Lt. Frank A. Benitz
k.i.a. night of 5-6 August, 1918

A night fighter pilot in 33 Home Defense Squadron, he died when crash-landing near Atwick, Yorkshire, returning from a night patrol over the North Sea in search of German Zeppelins.

Sq.Ldr. Percy M. Watt
killed on active service
13 November, 1939

He joined the RAF in 1925, and was serving with a bomber squadron when killed in an air accident flying a Handley Page Hampden.

F/Lt. James S. Watt, DSO, DFC
k.i.a. night of 22-23 June, 1943

He was flying a Short Stirling bomber (7 Squadron) when it was hit from below by heavy artillery.  His crew bailed out, but he stayed, crashing into the woods near Tilburg, Holland.

F/O F. Malcolm Benitz, DFC
POW in Italy, he got-away

When Italy capitulated, he escaped recapture by Germans & walked 80 km. through Italy to the Allied front lines.

Argentine History

Early Years:

René is a volunteer member of the team that creates e-books for Project Gutenberg, all free online & down-loadable in various formats:

Argentine Ornithology, Volume I, by W. H. Hudson and P. L. Sclater, 1888


Argentine Ornithology, Volume II, by W. H. Hudson and P. L. Sclater, 1889

At Home with the Patagonians, by George Chaworth Musters, 1871


A Five Years' Residence in Buenos Ayres, by George Thomas Love, 1827

The Argentine as a Market, by N. L. Watson, 1908


The immigration offices and statistics from 1857 to 1903, publ. 1904

The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555), issued by the Hakluyt Society


Out on the Pampas, by G. A. Henty, 1871 (fiction)

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