Edward Bencik I
Born: 1900, Hungary (Chechoslovakia)
Died: Nov 1976, Indianapolis, IN, Buried: Holy Cross Cemetary,
Father: John Bencik
Mother: Theresa Kobza Bencik
Married: Ada Spaulding 1918
Our child: Anne Lorraine Bencik
John Bencik born 1920 married
Edward (Dude) Bencik born 1926 married
Arthur David Bencik born 1923 married
Mary Theresa Bencik born 1925 drowned as
Margaret Ladonna Bencik Born 1934
There is differing information on
whether Edward Bencik was born in the United States, Detroit, Michigan
or Pest, Hungary. The 1920
that John immigrated in 1893, and Theresa in 1897, which would mean
that Edward Bencik would have been born in Detroit, MI, as he had
always claimed.. The 1930 Census
indicates that John immigrated in 1902, with Theresa and Edward
following in 1908, and listing Edward Bencik birthplace as Hungary.
I tend to believe that the
1930 Census is correct. If the
1920 census is correct, that would mean that John came to the United
States in 1893 when he was 17, then Theresa came and joined him in 1897
at the age of 16. I believe the dates and information on the 1930
Census to be more accurate because they seem more logical. If
has information confirming the arrival dates I would love to hear from you.
Edward Bencik entered America through Detroit in 1908 at the age
eight. His father John Bencik of Hungary (later to become Czech)
married Theresa Kobza of Pest, Hungary in 1900. John had sailed
to America ahead of them, arriving through Detroit in 1902.
Edward married Ada Spaulding when he was 18 years old, likely in
1918. Ada was the mother of all of Edwards children
The 1920 Census shows Ed living
with his wife Ada in the Jesse Rutledge household.
Edward lists his place of birth to be Michigan on the 1920 Census, but
we know this is not true. His father, John did not arrive here
until 1902, and Ed and his mother Theresa didn't arrive from Hungary
until 1908. Edward was working at the Iron Foundry as a laborer
in 1920, at the age
The 1930 Census
clearly shows that
Theresa and Edward arrived in America in 1908. This census lists
birthplace, and his parents, as Czechoslovakia. This is due the
fact that the newly created Czechoslovakia was formed partly from what
was the part of Hungary John and his parents were from. The place
birth for Theresa and her parents is Hungary, as in 1920. Edward
his true birthplace of Hungary, and his father from Czechoslovakia and
mother from Hungary. It also shows the birthplace of the father
of all of his children as Hungary.
By 1930 Ed Bencik was the head
of household. In the 1930 Census
Edward lists his place of birth correctly as Hungary. Edward lists his
occupation as shipping clerk for Auto Body
Corporation. The 1930 Census also lists all of Edwards children
except Margaret, who wouldn't be born until 1934.
Eward raised his family in the same house
that his father had once used as a Bar and Soda Shop.
Edward and Ada divorced, and Edward later married Pauline ?
Edward worked for the Sheriff's department for a number of years.
Edward loved to smoke cigars. He was a dedicated Republican, to
the point of having portraits of Eisenhower and Nixon hanging in his
living room. I remember Pauline had a large collection of
elephants that she was quite proud of.