BENEDICT


Simon (born 1703) from Lobositz, Bohemia, son of Pinckes, settled in Lichtenstadt in 1722, married Edel "Adelheit" BONDI, daughter of Rabbi Salomon and Sara, and had at least two children, including Herz (1724).1 By at least 1779, Herz had adopted the surname BENEDICT.2



Jacob married Pepi, daughter of Löbl, and had at least one son, Jacob (1747), who adopted the surname BENEDICT in Lichtenstadt. It is unknown if this family is connected to the one above.


Research Notes

1. The Familiant record of Herz Benedict lists his parents in Lichtenstadt lists his parents as Simon and Adelheit and that he was married in 1760 and 1779. The earlier marriage appears to match well with a marriage permission recorded in the Gubernium in 27 October 1758 between Hertzl Simon Lobositz, Lichtenstadt Schutzjuden (protected Jew), and Rösel from Königswart. From Herz's death record in Lichtenstadt in 1812 at the age of 88, he was born about 1724. The 1724 census of Lichtenstadt lists Simon Pinckes from Lobositz, 21 years old, who settled in Lichtenstadt in 1722 and was married to Edel, daughter of Rabbi Salomon Bondi. As for tracing the paternal line farther back, the only head of family with the name Pinckes in the 1724 census of Lobositz is Pinkas Joachim. At this time, however, it is not yet known whether he was of the right age to be Simon Pinckes' father.

2. This surname is often spelled "Benedikt" (with a "k" rather than a "c") in Bohemian records. However, the oldest known records for both of these families in which the surname is listed (the 1779 marriage permission for Herz Benedict and the 1793 census record for Jacob Benedict) list the surname with the spelling "Benedict". The two spellings appear to be interchangeable.

3. It is unknown if there was a connection between Jacob Benedict and Simon Pinckes (described in connection with Herz Benedict). Birth records of Jakob's grandchildren (children of Gerschmann "Gerson" Benedikt and Wilhemina), Peppi Benedikt (1834) and Jakob Benedikt (1839), list Gerson's mother as Judith nee Lederer from Lichtenstadt house No. 20. In the Familiant records, Wolf Lederer, son of Joachim and Antonia Moises, is listed for house No. 20. With an estimated birth year of 1750 (he died in 1827 at the age of 77), he appears to be of the same generation as Judith and was likely her brother. Furthermore, the only other Lederer listed in the Familiant records, Eliacim Lederer, is also listed with the same parent names, had an estimated birth year of 1747 (died in 1804 at age 57), and so was likely another sibling. 

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to Paul King for his assistance in researching this family.