The Descendants of August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt
in Ohio and Wyoming

by Thomas Allen Bohnstedt, California USA
     (the text of this page is my intellectual property. Please do not copy and repost without my written permission)


We know of four children of August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt; two sons and two daughters.  There may have been other children born to August Bohnstedt in Germany, but we have found no records of any.  The oldest known daughter, Auguste Emilie Sophie, traveled to America in 1867 with her father.  She was nineteen years old at the time, and her father was sixty-six.  The year after their arrival in America Emilie married Ernest Conrad Danhauer in Muskingum County.  We know of at least three children born to the couple, and it's possible that there are still Danhauers living in the area who are descended from Emilie and Ernest.  Emilie's sister crossed the Atlantic to America eleven years later in 1878.  Wilhelmine Louise Eleonora Conrade, who was known as "Sonia", emigrated to America with her first five children.  But we cant find any records of her husband, Johann Heinrich Christian Erdmann "Edward" Conrade, making the journey with the family.  In fact we cant find any records of Edward even being in America.  This suggests that he died in Germany before Sonia made the voyage.  Sonia and her children settled in Zanesville, Ohio, near Duncan Falls.  As with Emilie's descendants, it's entirely possible that there are descendants of Sonia and Edward Conrade still living in and near Zanesville.

The only two children of  August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt that we know of who settled in America, and who carried the Bohnstedt name were August Bohnstedt Jr. and Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Andreas "Fred" Bohnstedt.


August Bohnstedt Jr. in Ohio

Despite all of these Bohnstedts settling in Muskingum County Ohio, we have never identified any line of Bohnstedts in Ohio, except one. This line descends from August Jr., the son of August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt.

For some time trying to establish the connection between this Bohnstedt line in Ohio and the rest of the Bohnstedt family in America always left me with some doubt.  I always wondered if perhaps the connection didn't exist at all.  Even so, the other Bohnstedts in this family had settled in Muskingum County, Ohio, just like this particular line, so the possibility was still there.  In the beginning I had built off the work that had already been done by Bohnstedt researchers like Duane "Sparky" Bohnstedt, Marvin Bohnstedt, and Charles "Charlie" Bohnstedt, who had determined that there were three brothers who had come to America and settled in Ohio; F.W. Gottlieb Bohnstedt in 1825, Johann Carl Christian Bohnstedt and family in 1848 (as well as two nephews from another brother who stayed in Germany), and August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt in 1867. The first assumption was that the family structure just described was basically correct.  The second assumption was that another August Bohnstedt, the ancestor of the Bohnstedt line in Ohio (described in this chapter), was the son of August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt. Recent research by Lois Branch, a Bohnstedt descendant, has helped to reinforce the structure we had already assumed.

One of the most important documents recovered by Lois Branch was the last will and testament of Friedrich Wilhelm Gottlieb Bohnstedt, set down in 1871, and put into effect in 1875 upon Gottlieb's death.  It very neatly and conclusively ties together several people into this one one family.  A reproduction of the text of the main body of the document follows:

In the name of the Benevolent Father of All: I Gotlieb Bohnstedt, of Duncan Falls, Muskingum County, Ohio, do make and publish my last will and testament.

Item 1st

I give and bequeath to my nieces and nephews as follows, that is to say: Samuel Danhauer, Elizabeth Griffith, Ann Adamson, Elias Danhauer, David H. Danhauer, Charlotte Bressener
[?], Minnie Swartz, Elizabeth Searville, Hannah Danhauer, and Frederika Danhauer, two hundred dollars each ($200 00/100 each)

Item 2nd

I give and bequeath to my sister in law Dortha Bohnstedt of Germany two thousand dollars in United States bonds ($2000 00/100)

Item 3rd

I give and bequeath to my brother August Bohnstedt the property on which I now reside, that is to say: the house and two lots in the town of Duncan Falls Muskingum County Ohio and all my household goods.

Item 4th

I give and bequeath to my two brothers, viz: August Bohnstedt and Charles Bohnstedt, share and share alike all the residue of my property, moneys, bonds and credits after my
[-?-] debts shall have been paid.

Item 5th

I do hereby nominate and appoint Peter Besserman and my brother August Senior executors of this my last will and testament. I desire that no appraisement or sale of my property be made and that the Court of Probate direct the omission of the
[-?-] in accordance with the [-?-] in such [-?-] made and provided.

In testimony hereof, I herewith set my hand and seal to this 14th day of March in this year 1871.

Last Will and Testament of Friedrich Wilhelm Gottlieb Bohnstedt.

There are several conclusions we can derive from this one document:

1. The year of death of Gotlieb’s wife, Anna Maria Elizabeth (Danhauer) Bohnstedt that we had (1870) is most likely correct, since she is not mentioned in this will, originally written down in 1871.

2. Gotlieb’s brothers were “Charles” and “August” Bohnstedt, supporting the information we already believed, and that earlier Bohnstedt researchers had posited; that three brothers; Gotlieb, Charles and August, came to America, although spanning 42 years in three different time periods; 1825, 1848 and 1867.

3. The existence of Gotlieb’s sister-in-law, “Dortha” reinforces the understanding of that relationship between Gotlieb and Johann Carl Christian Bohnstedt and his wife Dorothea Bohnstedt.

4. Nowhere in this will are two other brothers mentioned: Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Bohnstedt and Johann Georg Christian Bohnstedt, giving evidence to the assumption that neither man left Germany to join their three brothers in America.

5. In the 5th item brother August is referred to as “August Senior”. Where there is a “Sr.”, there must be a “Jr.”, giving circumstantial evidence that August Bohnstedt, born circa 1838, was August Sr’s son.

The evidence for the linkage between August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt (born 1801) and August Bohnstedt (born c.1838) is as follows:

1. The reference in Gotlieb Bohnstedt’s will to brother August as “August Senior”, implying the existence of an August Jr.

2. June 30, 1870 census from Zanesville Ohio, listing August Bohnstedt (1801) with two children, Mary (5) and Frederick (1), which match the ages of August Jr. and Sophia Nieman Muncie’s oldest children. Also, an unknown person, “Augusta”, keeping house. We're not sure who she was.  The youngest daughter of August Sr., "Emily" (who traveled with him to America) had the first name of "Auguste" (Auguste Emily Sophie Bohnstedt).  It's tempting to identify this "Auguste" as daughter Emily.  But this Auguste was (according to her given age) born about 1842 whereas Auguste Emily was born about 1848.  Emily appears in another census that same year with her husband in which she gave her married name as "Danhauer" (she was recently married in 1868).  On the other hand the wife of August Jr., Sophia Nieman-Muncie, was born about 1841-1842, was pregnant in 1870 and therefore would have had more difficulty traveling, making it more likely that the person listed in the 1870 census with August Sr. was Sophia Nieman-Muncie-Bohnstedt. Also, her youngest daughter "Mary" and her first child, Frederick, were listed in the census, making it more likely that she would have stayed with the young children, even if her husband, August Jr., had to travel for some reason.  The problem is that we are left wondering where Sophia's other young daughter, Nancy, was. Also, we have never found anything that would indicate that Sophia had "Auguste" as a first name or middle name.  It's possible she did, but we just cant find any documentation to support it.

Excerpt from the 1870 census from Zanesville Ohio.  We believe that the August Bohnstedt listed here is August Sr., born 1801, the brother of Johann Carl Christian Bohnstedt.

The 1870 U.S. Census of Muskingum County, Ohio, Zanesville obtained by Lois Branch, a great-great granddaughter of Anna Catherine Sophie "Mary" Bohnstedt. Listed families: (1) August Bohnstedt (2) Augusta (3) younger children Mary and Frederick. The precise structure of this family and it's relationship to the rest of the Bohnstedt family in Ohio is uncertain, but I believe the individuals here are part of the family of August Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Bohnstedt, or are closely connected with them in some way.

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1. Mary Sophia (Nieman-Muncie) Bohnstedt
2. Grave of Mary Sophia Bohnstedt in Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio

August Jr. was born about 1838. He married in 1868 in Muskingum County Ohio to another immigrant from Germany, Sophia Nieman-Muncie. Her hyphenated last name suggests that she herself had been married before.

1-2. Graves of Fred W. Bohnstedt and wife, Virginia Bohnstedt in Southlawn Cemetery, Coshocton, Ohio

August and his wife Sophia had at least seven children during the period 1868 - 1881; Frederick, Sonia, Charles, Amelia, Anna, Louis (or Lewis) and Albert. There were two other children that have been listed in this household, both females; Mary, and someone else named "Minnie" or perhaps "Mamie".

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1. Amelia D. Bohnstedt
2. Anna Sophia (Bohnstedt) Mautz
3. Grave of Anna Sophia (Bohnstedt) Mautz and husband, Albert F. Mautz in Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville Ohio

Mary and Minnie (or Mamie) may have been August's first two children from a previous marriage. On the other hand, according to verbal family tradition, Amelia and the other children did have two older half-sisters from their mother's previous marriage, and one of the older half-sisters was named Mary, so Mary and Minnie could have been Sophia's children from her first marriage, and a census taker simply listed them with the last name of Bohnstedt because they were living in the Bohnstedt household. This idea is supported by the fact that a census record places Mary's and Minnie's years of birth at about 1866 (Mary) and 1867 (Minnie), while a marriage record for August and Sophia says they were married in 1868.

Of the nine children in this household, only four were males; Frederick, Charles, Louis, and Albert. Sources indicate that Frederick had a wife named Virginia but we've found nothing more on any descendants of this man. As for Louis we have found no records of any kind that might tell us about his descendants, if any.



Descendants of Charles Bohnstedt

Charles Bohnstedt, August's and Sophia's third child, was married twice, first to Martha Hall in Muskingum County, Ohio in 1902, and then in 1913 to Sarah Olive Conn. We don't know of any children from his marriage to Martha, but with his second wife, Olive, Charles had son, Lawrence Dayle Bohnstedt, born in 1918 in Zanesville Ohio. Here we can see that nearly 100 years after the first Bohnstedts settled in Muskingum County near Zanesville in Ohio, this particular line continued to exist in the same area.

Charles Bohnstedt
2. Charles Bohnstedt, wife Olive, and child, Lawrence Dayle

Lawrence Dayle Bohnstedt married in 1939 in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to Geraldine Rose Dewitt. They had one child, a boy named Milton Lee, but things didn't work out between Lawrence and Rose, and they divorced.  Rose later married Frederick Hootman, and he adopted Milton, changing his name to Milton Lee Hootman. In 1944 in Akron Ohio, L:awrence married again to Betty Jane King. They had four daughters from 1945 to 1956.

1. Lawrence Dayle Bohnstedt and his second wife, Betty Jane (King) Bohnstedt
2. Grave of Lawrence Dayle and Betty Bohnstedt, Hillside Memorial Park, Akron, Ohio
3. Milton Lee Hootman; Lawrence D. Bohnstedt's child from his first marriage to Geraldine Rose DeWitt in 1939. 
    Milton was born Milton Lee Bohnstedt, but it appears he was later adopted by his stepfather
    Frederick Hootman when he was 6 years old in 1946, and Milton's last name was changed.

Lawrence D. Bohnstedt's daughters from his second marraige to Betty Jane King. 
L-R: Linda Diane Bohnstedt (1945); Judith Ann Bohnstedt (1947);
Susan Kay Bohnstedt (1950); Brenda Jean Bohnstedt (1956)



Descendants of Albert H. Bohnstedt

Albert H. Bohnstedt, the last and seventh child of August and Sophia, was a railroad engineer for B & O  Railroad.  He  married Beatrix "Trixie" Stabler in 1909, and they had three children, Juanita Jane (1910), Helen Elizabeth (1913) and Paul Rudolph Bohnstedt (1916), born in Zanesville Ohio. Juanita, a dental assistant, married in 1937 to Ralph Earl McLain.  They had one child; Milton Stanly McLain.  As far as can be determined, Helen never married or had children.

1. Newspaper article about Albert Bohnstedt's retirement from his job with the B&O Railroad
2. Grave of Albert and Beatrix "Trixie" Bohnstedt, Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio
3. Grave of Elizabeth Bohnstedt, one of Albert and Trixie Bohnstedts children, in Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio

Albert and Trixie's son, Paul, served in the U.S. Army Air Force, and he retired from the service as a Master Sergeant.  He married in 1942 Lucille Adams.  Records show that Paul and Lucille had three children.  The first was a baby boy, but it appears he was stillborn and we have no record of a name for the child.  The baby was buried in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo Texas.  Paul and Lucille had two more children; two daughters; Sherry Ann, born 1946, and Susan Kay, born 1952.

1. Juanita Jane (Bohnstedt) McClaine with husband Ralph McClaine and son Milton, mid-1940's
2. Paul Rudolph Bohnstedt, from a high school yearbook in Zanesville, Ohio. 
    According to Ancestry.com this yearbook was from 1934.  Since Paul was born
    in 1916 this must have been from his freshman year.
3. The first child of Paul and Lucille Bohnstedt was a baby born, but he died at birth, and was
    unnamed.  He is buried in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas

In 1966 Sherry married James Jay Troeger in Taylor, Texas. James and Sherry had four children; Lisa Christine (1967), Paula Denise (1969), James Jay Jr. (1971) and Jennifer Lynn (1981), all born in Wichita Falls, Texas. Sherry’s sister, Susan, married five years later in Wichita County, Texas, to Randy Keith Greenway, a transplant from Michigan. Sherry and Randy had two children; Melissa Ann (1974) and Christopher Scott (1976), born in Wichita Falls, Texas.

1. Second child of Paul and Lucille Bohnstedt; Sherry Ann Bohnstedt,
    born 1946; high school senior picture
2. Third child of Paul and Lucille; Susan Kay Bohnstedt, born 1952;
    high school senior picture
3. Susan's husband, Randy Keith Greenway; high school senior picture

When Paul passed away in 1988 he was buried in Burkburnett Cemetery, Burkburnett, Texas.  There were two different grave markers for Paul.  One of them has his name, rank, date of birth and date of death.  But there is another marker which also lists his wife, Lucille, who passed away in 1998, ten years after Paul.  I'm not certain for the reason for these two markers, unless the first was a simple military marker, placed when Paul died in 1988, and was perhaps replaced by the more larger, more elaborate one when his wife died in 1998.  I have not yet looked into this fully.

1-2. Two different grave markers for Paul R. Bohnstedt in the Burkburnett Cemetery, Burkburnett, Texas. The apparent existence of two different grave markers for Paul Bohnstedt is puzzling - unless the first marker (military) was placed when Paul died in 1988, and the second was placed for Paul and his wife Lucille when she passed away ten years later.


Fred Bohnstedt in Wyoming

When the printed edition of the Bohnstedt book was distributed in 1998 we knew nothing of this line of Bohnstedts, except for the name Friedrich Wilhelm Andreas Bohnstedt. Since that time we've learned that Friedrich was one of the sons of August Bohnstedt Sr.  We also learned that Friedrich, who went by the name "Fred", relocated to Wyoming. Later I began finding references to Bohnstedts buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Cheyenne Wyoming. In this cemetery I found Fred Bohnstedt, Mary Bohnstedt, Fred E. Bohnstedt, and Margaret Bohnstedt.  This caused me some confusion because, up to that point, the only Bohnstedt family in Wyoming that we knew of was the family of Johann Christian Friedrich "Frederick" Bohnstedt. In my mind there HAD to be a connection between Johann Christian Friedrich Bohnstedt (whose children - at least some of them - had relocated to parts of Wyoming) and these Bohnstedts were buried in Cheyenne Wyoming.

The problem was that there were too many pieces of information regarding these Bohnstedts in Cheyenne that did not match anybody or anything in Johann Christian Friedrich Bohnstedt's line. In particular I could not match anybody with "Fred E. Bohnstedt", or anybody named Margaret.  Eventually we came to realize (thanks to some records provided by Lois Branch) that Fred E. Bohnstedt was Fred Edward Bohnstedt, and was the son of Fred Bohnstedt Sr., who was in fact Friedrich Wilhelm Andreas Bohnstedt, and that Fred Bohnstedt Sr. was a first cousin of Johann Christian Friedrich "Frederick" Bohnstedt. We also learned that Mary was Fred Sr.'s wife, and that Margaret was Fred E. Bohnstedt's wife.

But that's where it ended. Aside from the interesting bit of information that Fred Edward Bohnstedt (Fred Jr.) was a car mechanic. Automobiles were not mass produced in America until 1901. Just how many automobiles could there have been in Cheyenne Wyoming near the turn of the century anyway?

Recently I was able to view a number of city directories from Cheyenne, Wyoming, which may clarify the picture somewhat.   The earliest mention of anyone from this family in Cheyenne was in a 1905 city directory; Fred Bohnstedt (and Mrs. Mary), living at 404 W 16th St.  This continued to be the home address for Fred Bohnstedt Sr. and Jr. until at least 1908.  For some reason only Friedrich's wife, Mary, appears listed in the 1905 directory, but since they were not divorced, we can only assume that her husband, Friedrich, was around somewhere.  Their son, Fred Edward Bohnstedt, is also not listed in the 1905 directory. One possibility is that Friedrich, Mary, and Fred had resettled in Cheyenne in 1903 or 1904, and perhaps the father and son had gone back to Ohio to take care of some unfinished business.

By 1907 however, Friedrich (Fred Sr.) and Fred Jr. do appear in the Cheyenne city directory.  Fred Jr. was 25 years old, and Fred Sr. (listed with wife Mary) is listed with the notation "second hand goods", indicating he was in business as a used goods dealer, perhaps lie a thrift store.  In the 1910 Cheyenne directory Fred Sr. is listed with the notation "Furniture". Perhaps he had managed to transform his business into a dedicated furniture dealership. Fred Jr., is listed as a "clerk", and his wife Margaret is also listed with him.  This tracks with the information that Fred Jr (Fred Edward) was married to Margaret Belle Carr in 1909.

Friedrich Wilhelm Andreas "Fred Sr." Bohnstedt, from a 1912 Cheyenne, Wyoming, newspaper article

In 1911 Fred Jr. appears in the Cheyenne city directory listed as "patrolman (police dept.)".   This is interesting because it seems that, about this time, both father and son had decided to try their luck working in public service; a November 5, 1912 article in the Cheyenne State Leader announced that

Mr. Bohnstedt is the Democratic nominee for justice of the peace for the Second precint, and should he be elected he will serve the people fairly.

The preamble to this announcement in the article provided some more insight into the life and career of Friedrich "Fred Sr." Bohnstedt:

Few people live today in Cheyenne who have been more active in the actual construction of the buildings in this city than Fred Bohnstedt.

Born in Germany, he came to this country and settled in Ohio in 1868, where he engaged in his trade, a carpenter.

In the late seventies Mr. Bohnstedt moved to Colorado, arriving there ahead of the railroads, and worked on the first union depot ever built in Denver.

In 1880 Mr. Bohnstedt came to Cheyenne, where he and his family have since resided, and he is proud of the fact the he laid the first joist in the old B. & M. depot. He helped build the hook and ladder house and worked on the first city hall.

Some of the basics of this write-up seem fairly accurate; for example, the article states that Fred Sr. came to America in 1868. The information I had was that he had come to America in 1869, but its very close and it's possible that 43 years after immigrating Fred Sr. had simply gotten confused about which year he had come to America.  I would also point out that, at the time the article was written, Fred Sr. was 68 years old. It's probably true that he was a carpenter, but just how much embellishing he did for the reporter, stating that he worked on the first railroad depots in both Denver and Cheyenne, as well as the city hall in Cheyenne - who knows, perhaps he did.  I don't know whether Fred was ever elected Justice of the Peace in Cheyenne or not. It does seem clear that Fred Sr. was in Cheyenne as early as 1882 because Fred Jr. was born in Cheyenne in that year. That being the case it is possible that Fred Sr. did work on the construction of the depot there.

1.  Grave marker for Friedrich Wilhelm Andreas "Fred Sr." Bohnstedt and his wife Mary Bohnstedt in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyoming
2.  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In 1913 Fred Sr. is listed with his wife, Mary, but there is no occupation or profession listed, suggesting that Fred Sr. lost his election bid - if he had won, it seems he surely would have specified this to those gathering information for the next city directory.  Fred Jr. is not listed as a patrolman, or a police officer, but rather a "wchmn", or maybe a watchman.  Was his law enforcement career short lived, and he became a security guard?  So far I haven't found 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, or 1919 city directories for Cheyenne, but the 1920 directory no longer lists Fred Jr. Fred Sr. is still listed, but there is a notation next to his name that says that his wife Mary died in September, aged 66.  It appears that Fred Sr. was living in Cheyenne until at least 1926 when he again appears listed in a city directory there. In fact, he probably lived out his remaining years in Cheyenne. The 1926 Cheyenne directory was the first place I found Fred (Fred Sr.) listed at 1811 Evans Ave in Cheyenne.  Friedrich Wilhelm Andreas Bohnstedt - Fred Bohnstedt Sr. - died in 1933 in Cheyenne, the same year that Danial B. Bohnstedt died in Lander Wyoming.  Fred Sr. was buried next to his wife Mary, who had died in 1919, in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Cheyenne.

1. Ogden Utah, 1930s.
2. Cheyenne, Wyoming, late 1930s.

The last year that I found Fred Edward Bohnstedt - Fred Bohnstedt Jr. - in a Cheyenne city directory was 1915.  As I stated already, I haven't yet seen Cheyenne city directories for 1916, 1917, 1918, or 1919, but Fred Jr. doesn't appear in a 1920 Cheyenne directory, suggesting that he had gone elsewhere sometime during that 1916 - 1919 time period.  The answer seems to be Ogden, Utah, where Fred Jr. first appears in 1925. Judging from city directories, it seems that Fred Jr. lived in Ogden until at least 1932 with his wife, Margaret.  During his time in Ogden Fred Jr. seems to have had a number of occupations.  In the 1925 and 1928 he is listed as "insp S P" (inspector?) I would like to say that "S P" is a railroad designation, and it probably is, but I haven't figured out which one.  In 1930 and 1932 he is listed as a "car bldr" (car builder?).  The notation "car bldr" was perplexing at first, but a federal payroll record of railroad workers from March, 1919 in Ogden Utah was revealing for a number of reasons.  For starters it illustrates that these railroad workers were federal employees.  Secondly, it shows that Fred Edward Bohnstedt (Fred Jr.) had moved to Ogden Utah at least as early as 1919.  Third, it shows that all of the employees on this particular list were under the supervision of "D. Hickey, Master Mechanic". Finally, all of the employees are listed as "car bldr" or "car repr' (car repair).  So it seems that Fred Jr.'s occupation as a "car mechanic" probably had nothing to do with automobiles, but rather railroad cars.

1. Railroad employee payroll record for Ogden, Utah, March 1919, showing Fred E. Bohnstedt (# 9).
2. Grave Marker for Fred E. Bohnstedt in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Fred's wife, Margaret, is buried in the plot next to him, to his left, but there is no marker.

I could not find Fred Bohnstedt Jr. referenced in 1933, 1934 or 1935 city directories in either Cheyenne or Ogden, but it could be because there aren't any available to me.  But Fred Jr. does appear in Cheyenne, Wyoming, living at 1811 Evans Ave, his father's house.  It's possible that when Fred Sr. died, Fred Jr. returned to Cheyenne, moved into the family home, and took over his father's business. The last year that I found Fred Jr; listed in Cheyenne was in 1948. Fred died the next year and was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery near Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Fred Jr. Bohnstedt's wife, Margaret, lived in the house at 1811 until at least 1958, but in a 1960 directory of Cheyenne she is listed at a different address.  Fred Edward Bohnstedt and his wife Margaret had no children that we know of.

1. 1811 Evans Ave, where Fred Bohnstedt Sr. lived until he died in 1933, and where Fred Jr. lived until he died in 1948, is listed in the National Register of Historic places.
2. By the time Fred Jr. Bohnstedt's widow, Margaret, passed away, the wide open spaces of southern Wyoming had become home to an Air Force nuclear missile base.

Just one additional note: observing a family over the course of several decades during the 20th century can be an interesting exercise because one wonders what it was like to watch the technology explosion during that time.  The earliest record we find (so far) of Fred Bohnstedt Sr. and his family in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is 1905, less than two years after the Wright Brother's first flight in December, 1903 in North Carolina. In a 1960 directory for Cheyenne Wyoming, Margaret Bohnstedt is listed at 704 E. 18th.  Above Margaret's name is a listing for "C H Bohman, clk, Missile Base".  This a reference to the nearby Warren Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command base for intercontinental ballistic missiles during the Cold War.

How times change; a 1960 Directory of Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Listed near the bottom of the page is listed Bohnstedt, Margt (wid Fred) h704 E 18th.  Above the listing appears Bohman, C H clk [clerk] Missile Base, indicating his occupation, a clerk at the nearby missile base.  When Margaret was born in 1886 humankind was still 17 years away from the first powered flight by the Wright brothers.


See Also:
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The Descendants of Johann Christian Friedrich Bohnstedt in Wyoming and Texas
3-28 /
Genealogy 3-2: America; Ohio and Wyoming


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