Thursday, December 22, 2005

Chauncey Aaron BENSLEY, born 19 MAY 1926 and died 05 JAN 2000 in El Monte, LA County, California. He was a veteran and was buried in the Riverside National Cemetery near Los Angeles. He got his SSN in Virginia before 1951.

He must be the little "Chuncey" BENSLEY in the 1930 census in Ward 7 of Schenectady, Schenectady County, NY, ED 42, sheet 3B. The household looked like this:
354 Schenectady Street
BENSLEY, Paul head, 27, married at 21, born in PA to parents from PA, "automatic operator" in the electric works.
BENSLEY, Ethel 27, wife, 27, married at 21, born in PA to parents from PA
BENSLEY, Madelyn H. dau, 6y 7m, born in NY
BENSLEY, Chuncey son, 3y11m, born in NY
SCHOONOVER, Harriet mother-in-law, 47, PA PA PA
SCHOONOVER, Aaron uncle, 48, PA PA PA, "cabin helper" in Cab?? Dept.

The 1920 census (ED 175, sheet 3B) shows Paul L. BENSLEY, 16, with widowed mother Elizabeth, 40, PA PA NJ; sister Helen B., 14; and brother Howard L., 12. There are BENSLEY families on both sides of them, including Joseph BENSLEY, 70, PA PA NJ; and his wife Melinda M., 75, PA NJ NJ.

That should be enough for anyone in the family to find a relationship. Let me know if a connection is made.

Monday, December 19, 2005


Jack BENDAT was born 06 JUN 1916 and died 15 MAR 1999 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the San Bernardino coroner's office website. He got his SSN in California before 1951. A Jack M. BENDAT enlisted (15 OCT 1943) in the army in World War II from Los Angeles. He said he was born in 1925 and that he was born in Illinois. He also said he was single, without dependents, and that he was a news photographer. His weight is given as 300 pounds, with no height recorded.

The Ancestry World Tree at shows Jack as born on 06 MAY 1925 in Chicago to Benjamin M. BENDAT and Frieda KORN. Frieda's ancestry is given partially, and the names indicate that the KORN family were Polish Jews. Benjamin M. BENDAT was born 19 JUL 1903 and died 13 MAR 2005 in Laguna Hills, Orange County, CA. This data as contributed by Holly JEBB ( on 13 OCT 2005. The birth and death dates for Benjamin were confirmed with the Social Security Death Index. He was 101 at the time of death.

The 1930 census of Chicago (ED 1061, sheet 9B) shows the little family. Benjamin BENDAT is 26, married at age 19 (so about 1923, in America), and the proprieter of a house furnishings store. He came to America in 1920 and has submitted his papers for naturalization. He and his parents are from Poland, and he speaks Yiddish (so he is also Jewish). Frieda is 27, married at age 20, and came to America in 1921.

If anyone is interested in the Ellis Island records of this family, let me know. And if this helps make a conneciton between Jack and his family, please tell me. I'll inform Holly JEBB directly.