Brent: I saw your letter on ancestry.com.Some of the information seems fairly accurate, but other parts are not.
The information I have is from a number of sources, firstly from the "Allan Book", secondly from the "Hegel Ancestry" book, also from grave markers in Allan, Sask. As well, my father is John Loehndorf, and my mother is Mary Loehndorf (nee Hegel)
There is some confusion surrounding the name "John" in the family, mainly because my grandfather (Peter Loehndorf) came to N. America with a younger brother named John, who was young enough to be his child.Later, his father (John) came to Canada, only to die a few years later.Likewise, there are probably over 10 "John Loehndorfs" alive in North America to date.So, who is who?
As well, he came with a sister, Rita, who joined a convent (I have documentation about her stay at the convent, including when she joined, what she did there, and how and when she died); and another brother (Hubert) who he disavowed for almost 50 years because he married a women from the Salvation Army and gave up his Catholic Faith.It wasn't until around 1950 or so, when I remember Peter making a trip to British Columbia to see my father, and then went on to California to see Hubert.
In order not to confuse his brother "John" with his son "John"(my father), he started calling his brother "Leonard", and the name seems to have stuck, but at the same time causing some confusion in the family.He was brought up in Peters house as a son, so the confusion multiplied.He indeed had nephews and nieces (not siblings) by the name of William, John, August, Paul, Margaret, Albert, Bruno, Rose, and Leonard (Peter's son--- another confusion).
Leonard is my great uncle, (Peter's brother), and I'm not sure whom he married, but I know that his sons Alphonse and Aloysius were in BC for a time.I believe that Aloysius family is still in BC, although he is deceased.
While I was compiling this record of Peter Loehndorf and Mary Bens's family, I asked everyone for a record of their children, that are known.I believe that you can fill in most of the gaps that are missing, especially about Uncle August's family.Could you send me as much missing information as possible?
I have a fairly good run down on the relatives as of 1994, and can send a PDF file to whoever wants it.As well, I have included an introduction to the book I wrote about John and Mary Loehndorf's Children.If you have any questions, let me know if I can help.I've just retired, and need something to do.
Jerry Loehndorf, Prince George, British Columbia Ph: (250) 561-9225