Guide to the Christiam W. T. Benedix letters

Amanda Graham
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Guide to the Christian W. T. Benedix Letters

Collection number: MC 11

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Room

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Amanda Graham
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Amanda Graham
Copyright 2011 Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Christian W. T. Benedix letters
Dates: 1893-1906
Collection number: MC 11
Creator: Benedix, Christian William Theodore (1839-1919)
Collection Size: .1 linear ft. (1 folder)
Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: 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).
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: German


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Christian W. T. Benedix letters, MC 11, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.


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 Henry.

Scope and Content Note

The letters in this collection are written by Christian Benedix in German (accompanied by an English translation) and addressed to family members in Germany (1893-1906). They concern work on the farm in Franklin, Christian's sons and their pursuits, and the health of family members.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Benedix, Christian William Theodore (1839-1919)
Farmers--California--Sacramento County--Biography
Sacramento (Calif.)--Biography
Franklin (Sacramento County, Calif.)--Biography