Benders from Oberstedten/Homburg-Hessen to the US
in one of your previous mails I have noticed that your Bender ancestors came from "Homburg". Could it be that they came from Homburg v.d.H. (Hessen) ancient Landgrafschaft Hessen-Homburg (not far from Frankfurt) ? There are many Bender families still living there. Personally I'm searching for 3 Bender brothers who left Oberstedten, little village nearby Homburg, for the US I guess arround 1870 (Johannes Georg Philipp * 1841, Johann Wilhelm * 1846 and Georg Heinrich *1851) Georg Heinrich suffered of homesickness and retured to Germany.
On my website I also found a Eifert/Bender mariage - but already in 1786 in Oberstedten.
Did you know that you can consult the church records of Homburg and the other villages belonging to the Homburg county in the LDS centers ? I have been to SLC in 2004 and found a lot of interesting information.
Good Luck for your researches- tell me please if your Benders finally came from Homburg Hessen
Karl Georg Mueller, Berlin - Germany