William Bender b 1817
I am hoping someone out there can help! I have been stuck on this particular branch of my family tree for over three years now and I really just want to bang my head against the wall! I have an ancestor that was born in Bethlehem, NY about 1816-1819. His name is William Bender. I am trying to find his parents. I know that he moved to Windsor, MA about 1839 at the age of 20. He married Sylvinia Dunham there March 1840. They had 6 of their 8 children there before moving onto Wisconsin and then Minnesota. The trouble is that there is a well known Bender family in Bethlehem at that time, however I can't tie my Bender to it. There is a William Bender born there around the same time as mine, however he marries someone else and is married to her until death so it is not my William. The only thing I know about his parents is from census records and it is that his father is from Germany and his mother is from Connecticut. Any help or thoughts or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!