posted by Scott Behner Johoun
Luhung Behner Descendents (b. 17** Grafenhausen, Wurttemburg, Germany)
on Ancestry.com on 19 Jan 2003
John Behner (b. 1815 Grafenhausen, Wurttemburg, Germany) parents were Johoun
Luhung Behner (b. 17** Grafenhausen, Wurttemburg, Germany) and married in Wurttemburg,
Germany to Sarah Konig (b. 17** Wurttemburg, Germany). The story goes that Johoun
was either a successful Brewmeister or Mayor of Grafenhausen. This information
came from Dick Behner of Kansas (dated 05/15/94) after reviewing Frederick George
Behner, Jr. (b. 1907) notes left by his father Frederick George Behner (b. 1874
Millbury, OH d. 1968 Lakeland, FL).
Story goes as follows:
John Behner immigrated 1833 (Age 18) from Grafenhausen, Wurttemburg,
Germany to Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio with brother Gottlieb
Frederick (15) and cousin John G Behner (26) and his wife Catherine
(24) who was pregnant with their first child, Jacob (b 1833). Cousin
John G. acquired some farm land (160 acres?) with John & Gottlieb
(living in barn) helped till the soil, feed the ox & milk the
cow. The brothers wern't pennieless because their father Johoun Luhung
was either a successful Brewmeister or Mayor of Grafenhausen, Wurttemburg,
Germany. Within a few years (probably 7-8) brother Gottlieb wooed
and won a raving beauty from Bavaria Catherine B. Bowman. At same
time John had eyes for another Babarian stunner, Maria Elizabeth.
By the time the nuptials were sealed, John had acquired some acreage
(80 acres?) a mile or two down the road from cousin John G's spread.
By this time, brother Gottlieb was a full-time preacher (German Methodist)
and moved in with John. Cousin John G. wasn't happy with his relatives
moving out on their own, so he and Catherine had their first son
Jacob begin to work the land. Cousin John G. would go on to have
4 girls before his youngest George was born (15 years).
John & wife Liz (Maria Elizabeth) were quite prolific having a
total of 12 offspring, one every two years. Their middle son Henry
M. was born deaf/mute and John (52) & Liz (43) gave birth to their
youngest son Sanford in 1868.
John's 3rd son Franklin
Gottlieb (b. 1851) was adept at maintaining his dad John's rolling
stock (carts, wagons, plows, etc). Since John,
John Jr. & Sylvanus were working the land, it fell on Frankie's
shoulders to keep the equipment in good repair. He knew, however that
not the first born son, he would never inherit the farm. Around 1878,
Frank decided that he didn't want to work for his dad John forever & moved
about 15 miles W to Lagrange Township in Lorain County. Once there
he drew on his learned craft, opened up shop and eventually became
one of the best known wagon makers in the area. He met & courted
a local girl, Rettah (Aretta) Rienhart & they were married in 1881.
IN January 1883 they had their first child, Ethel. In October of 1887
their second child Harland was born & 12 years later they adopted
Baby Ruth b. 1899. In the meantime business was so good that Frank
needed help and recruited his little brother Sanford to move from his
father John's farm to help make wagons in Lagrange Township.
Anyone else want to fill in the missing pieces, please feel happy
to do so!!!
LUHUNG BEHNER (b. 17**)
In 1833 the Behner brothers, John (b. 1815)
age 15 [Ken's Great-Great Grandfather] and Gottlieb Frederick (b.
1 Sep 1818) age 15 emigrated from Grafenhausen Wurttemburg - Germany
to Liverpool Township, Medina County, Ohio with their cousin, John
G. BEHNER (b. 1807)
John G. ...
GOTTLIEB BEHNER, SR. (b. 1815)
Christian Gottliebe Behner, Sr. ...
FREDERICK BEHNER (b. 1 Sep 1818)
Gottlieb Frederick Behner ...
CATHERINE BEHNER (b. 17 Sep 1858)
Sarah Catherine Behner ...
Gottlieb Behner, Sr.
(b. 1 Sep 1818)
(b. 17 Sep 1858)
(b. 24 Mar 1910)
(b. 12 Oct 1911)