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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surname: Behm

The Behm surname comes to me via my grandfather John Samuel Krentz. His maternal lineage includes this third great-grandfather:
  • Hinrich Immanuel Behm, born about 1725 in Germany. He died 8 February 1801 in Dammeretz (now spelled Dammereez), Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, and was buried there two days later. I don't know his wife's name. He was my fifth great-grandfather.
  • Peter Hinrich Behm, born and christened 16 February 1756 in Dammeretz. He married Catharina Elisabeth Brandt on 17 November 1786 in Dammeretz. Together they had eight children. Peter died 30 January 1808 and was buried February 2nd in Dammeretz. Peter and Catharina were my fourth great-grandparents.
  • Catharine Margaretha Maria Behm, born 27 September 1787 and christened two days later in Dammeretz. She was married 6 November 1807 in Dammeretz to Hans Hinrich Brandt. They had four children that I know of, two of whom died in childhood. Catharine died of Lungenentzundung (pneumonia) on 23 March 1853 and was buried three days later in Dammeretz. Catharine and Hans were my third great-grandparents.
Records for the Behm and Brandt families come from the Evangelical Lutheran records of Vellahn parish. They are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (film no. 069632, 069633 and 069634). These films are also on permanent loan at the LDS stake at 17140 SW Bany Road, Beaverton, Oregon.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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