Christian W. T. Benedix (1839-1919) was a German immigrant who operated a farm in Franklin, California. This collection consists
of letters written by Benedix and addressed to family in Germany (1893-1906).
Christian William Theodore Benedix was born on August 10, 1839, in Plau, Mecklenburg-Scherwin, Germany, and immigrated to
the United States with his parents in 1852. Soon after arriving, they settled in Scott County, Iowa. Christian was a private
in the Company G, 1st Regiment, Iowa Infantry and fought for the Union in the Civil War. He was honorably discharged in August
1861 after serving out his commitment of four months. Christian moved to Idaho in 1864, where he worked as a miner for two
years. He then moved to California in 1866 and in the spring of 1868 bought 160 acres of farmland in Franklin, California,
outside Sacramento. Christian married Emily Weismann in 1870, and they raised five sons: Fred, Albert, Christian, Frank and
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