Andreas Bentz arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Robert & Alice, master Walter Goodman, which arrived on December 3, 1740.
He married Otillia Catharina Lang on June 16, 1745 in New Holland, Lancaster, PA. It may not have been unusual for people to travel to Lancaster to be married; also, we know nothing of Otillia's family - they may have been from that area.
Andreas apparently lived in Hanover, PA, and was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church there. The records of this church are now in the Hanover Public Library.
What happened to him then is unknown. He may have gone north to the Dillsburg area where one of his sons lived. No marked grave for Andreas or Otillia has been found. (The St. Matthew's graveyard no longer exists: buildings are on the site now).
Andreas & Otillia's children are shown below. Names in bold are those who have descendants we know about. Further information about these children, as well as source notes, is in the material on this and other pages.
|Elizabeth Bentz||March 21, 1749/50|
|Anna Christina Bentz||July 11, 1753|
|Andreas Bentz, Jr.||October 11, 1755||Elizabeth ?||This is the recently found family branch.|
|Johan Nicholas Bentz||March 5, 1758||Eve Marie Swope||This is the (Dillsburg) branch most of us are on.|
|Maria Magdalena Bentz||May 5, 1761|
Until recently, we were aware only of descendants of Johan Nicholas Bentz (usually referred to as just "Nicholas Bentz"). Recently, descendants of Andreas Jr. have been located, and information on that line is now included in these web pages.
A set of files containing information on the known descendants of Andreas is available for download. These include Family Tree Maker (version 7.5) files, GEDCOM files, and .rtf reports. To see what's available, visit:
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