The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.

Hebrews 11:1 (The Message Translation)

Friday, February 7, 2014

52 Ancestors Week #6 Adam J. Bienz

Headstone Adam J Bienz
Christina Matilda Bleeke

Adam J. Bienz was born in Willshire Ohio, 26 Oct 1859, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Pflueger Bienz.
His first wife Pauline Germann died leaving 1 daughter Minnie.
Adam married his second wife Christina Reinking 14 May 1899. She died 9 Apr 1893 leaving 1 daughter Paula.
 On 14 May 1900 he married Matilda Bleeke daughter of Christian and Mary Rupp Bleeke. They had 7 children all born in Adams County Decatur IN.
Erwin born 21 Dec 1900 died Mar 1979
Amelia born 30 Jan 1903 died 7 Jan 1999
married Martin Bulmahn
Martin born 13 Apr 1905 died Mar 1955
married Leona Bucher
Louise born 23 Nov 1907 died 7 Oct 1935
married Herman Bohnke (my grandparents)
Emil born 12 May 1910 died Sep 1987
Ida born 1 Sep 1912 died 23 Jan 1994
married Carl Badenhop
Norma born 29 Jan 1915 died 12 Mar 1997
married Oscar Schuller

I don't know if Erwin or Emil were ever married, I have not found a wedding record for either one.
Adam grew up in Van Wert County and had a common school education. He worked for several years with his father on the family farm. At the age of 18 he learned the carpentry trade and worked as a contractor for 10 years. By 1892 he had moved to Decatur IN saving enough money to buy a 110 acre farm in Union Township. He also served as the trustee for Union Township starting January 1915 serving for 4 years.
Census records show Adam and Matilda stayed in Adams County until his death on 16 Jan 1949. He is buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery along side his wife Matilda who died 5 years earlier on 22 Apr 1944.


  1. I just saw your site featured as a "new" blog on GeneaBloggers though it's clear you've been at it for awhile. The 52 ancestor challenge is really quite a massive undertaking. I look forward to reading your updates and wish you luck with your research!

    1. Thank You Sarah. I have been having fun with it while learning a lot along the way.