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Martin BEHNKE
Anna Maria SCHUELLER
Husband:  Martin BEHNKE / BHENKE / BENKE / BANKY
Birth:  27 Oct 1831, Prussia
Death:  9 Oct 1912
Disposition:  buried in Sherrill, Dubuque Co., IA
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  John BEHNKE, b. Germany
Mother:  unknown
Marriage:
Wife:  Anna Maria / Mary SCHUELLER
Birth:  1842/3, Prussia
Occupation:  homemaker
Parents:  born in Prussia
Children:
born in Iowa, probably in Peru Twp., Dubuque Co., IA:
1.  Anna Maria / Mary BEHNKE, b. Mar 1866 
2.  John BEHNKE, b. 1867/8
3.  Marie E. BEHNKE, b. Jan 1870; d. by 1880

born in Peru Twp., Dubuque Co., IA:
4.  Christine BEHNKE, b. 1870
5.  Martin BEHNKE, Jr., b. 25 Mar 1872; d. 17 Sep 1947; m1. 1905, Clara SPIEGEL; issue: Leo W. BEHNKE (c1906-1953); m2. 1915, Mary KRUG
6.  Catharine "Katy / Katie" BEHNKE, b. 1873/4
7.  Margaret "Maggie" BEHNKE, b. 1876/7
8.  Joseph BEHNKE, b. 1878/9
9.  Magdalene BEHNKE, b. 1881/2

Are Marie E. and Christine the same person?
Martin, Jr., is said to have been born in Centralia, but Centralia is in Center Twp. and the census shows the family living in Peru Twp.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; FRG, Germany, DEU, Deutschland, Preussen; USA, US, United States, Iowa

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1870 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #22 of 24):  Dubuque P.O., Peru Twp., Dubuque Co., IA, Roll 390 (Book 1), p. 406B, PN 22, 173/171, enumerated 13 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Benke Martin 38 M W Farmer 1500 375 Prussia  
_____ Anna M 27 F W Keeping house     Prussia  
_____ Anna M  4 F W       Iowa  
_____ John  2 M W       Iowa  
_____ Marie E 5/12 F W       Iowa Jan

3.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #19 of 23 indexed "Bheuke"):  Peru Twp., Dubuque Co., IA, Roll T9-0338, p. 416C, PN 19, SD 2, ED 184, enumerated 1 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
161 162 Bhenke Martin W M 48     / Farmer   Prusia Prusia Prusia
    ______ Mary W F 37 Wife   / Keeping House   Prusia Prus Prus
    ______ Mary W F 14 Dau /   Helps at Home / Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ John W M 12 Son /   Helps on farm / Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ Christine W F 10 Dau /   at Home / Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ Martin W M  8 Son /     / Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ Katy W F  6 Dau /     / Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ Maggie W F  3 Dau /       Iowa Prus Prus
    ______ Joseph W M  1 Son /       Iowa Prus Prus

4.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

5.  1900

6.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #4 of 22):  Delhi Road, Center Twp., Dubuque Co., IA, Roll 401 (Book 2), p. 30B, SN 2B, SD 3, ED 107, enumerated 19 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29
* 34 34 Straub William Head M W 48 Wd Iowa Ger German Ger German Eng Farmer General farm Emp     Y Y O F F 32
    [William & Mary's six children]
    Banky Magdalene Sister
in law
F W 28 S Iowa Ger German Ger German Eng Servant House work W N 0 Y Y        
*Delhi Road
William's wife, Mary (BEHNKE) STRAUB, has died; and Mary's sister, Magdalene BEHNKE appears to have taken on her duties.  On the flip side, the parents of the unmarried Magdalene may be deceased, so William has taken her in.  In other words, the benefit was mutual. 

7.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

8.  Messages in the Behnke Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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