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Maria Margaretha Bennen (abt. 1678 - 1710)

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Maria Margaretha Bennen aka Schaffer
Born about in Hochspeyer, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germanymap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Yorkmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jul 2014
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Categories: Palatine Migrants | Estimated Birth Date.

Maria Bennen was a Palatine Migrant.
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The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.



Maria Margretha was the wife of Justus Henrich Schafer (aka Jost, and John Henry Schafer) She delivered her child, Elisabetha on board the ship "Midfort" presumably during a trans-atlantic crossing to the New Netherlands:

  • On April 12, 1710, Elisabetha Schafer was baptized on board the ship "Midfort," daughter of Justus Henrich Shafer and his wife, Maria Margretha. Witnesses to the baptism were Johann Leonahard Rud and Anna Elisabetha Casslemannin. The baptism was recorded in the records of the Baptisms at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, West Camp, New York. 1708-1711 [1] and is part of the collection of Colonial New York Church Records: Southern New York Church Records Of Churches Organized Before 1788, in the present counties of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan and Westchester in New York; Hudson County in New Jersey, 1660 which may be found here:

On her deathbed in 1710 she bequeathed a white linen cloth for use on the alter or table for divine services.[2]

Researcher's Notes

Maria's birth date is estimated and is based on her oldest child's birth date.


Name: Maria Margaretha //
Source: #S289
Page: p. 825
Name: Maria Margaretha /Schaffer/
Source: #S289
Page: p. 825

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Maria Margaretha // . Couldn't find any valid last name at birth.


Name: Maria Margaretha // [3]
Name: Maria Margaretha /Schäffer/ [4]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Maria Margaretha // . Couldn't find any valid last name at birth.


Husband: Jost Henrich Schäffer
Wife: Maria Margaretha UNKNOWN
Child: Johann Valentin Schafer
Child: Anna Margaretha Schäffer
Child: Elisabetha Schäffer
Marriage: [5]


Husband: Jost* Henrich Schaffer
Wife: Maria Margaretha UNKNOWN
Date: ABT 1700
Source: #S289
Page: p. 825

Could not parse date out of ABT 1700.


Date: 1710
Source: #S289
Page: p. 825


  2. Jones, Palatine Families of New York, Vol. II, p. 825. Cites: West Camp Luth. Chbk.
  3. Source: #S25 p. 825
  4. Source: #S25 p. 825
  5. Source: #S25 p. 825
  • Source: S25 Henry Z. Jones, Palatine Families of New York: A Study of the German Immigrants Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710, by Jr. (Universal City, California 1985)


  • Thank you to Steve Henkel for creating WikiTree profile UNKNOWN-198318 through the import of Anne Laura Churchill Direct line.ged on Apr 26, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Steve and others.
  • This person was created through the import of MASTER2011WIKITREE.GED on 27 January 2011.

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On 8 Jul 2017 at 06:48 GMT Ken Wise wrote:

UNKNOWN-28629 and Bennen-1 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate person

Maria is 16 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 25 degrees from Katy Jurado and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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