Main Bonitz families and their origins

 

Name and location of oldest ancestor

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Saxony state, Germany

Jorg Bonitz of Kühnheide (b. bef 1480)
Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

Family names: Bonitz, Ponitz, Vogel, Eckert, Engelhardt, Noblit, Schelter, Neukirchner, Arnold, Klinger, Neubert, Leonhardt, Günther, Oeser, Thierfelder, Scheibner, Götel.

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Peter Bonitz (b. bef 1515; d. 1594),
farm owner in Kühnhaide (Zwönitz). His children Jacob (b. abt 1534; d. 26 May 1614) and Oswald are mentioned in the court books of 1597. Some of his descendants can be traced to present times.

Family names: Bonitz, Ponitz, Günther, Oeser, Vogel, Friedrich, Thierfelder, Eckert, Sieber, Neukirchner, Noblit, Arnold, Schelter, Gödel, Wetzel, Grefner, Roscher, Fischer.

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Oswald Bonitz (the Elder) (b. abt 1543; d. Jul 1619) & Dorothea NN
Judge in Kühnhaide (Zwönitz)

Family names: Bonitz, Wetzel, Höfer, Fischer, Neukirchner, Günther, Mühlenderlein, Grefner, Roscher, Hinrichs, Weigel, Keller, Vogel, Göthel.

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Simon Bonitz (b. abt 1544; d. 1620) & Christina Hain
Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

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Michel Bonitz (b. bef 1550), in Zwönitz.
His sons were Abraham Bonitz "the younger" (bef 1570 - 1632) and Georg Bonitz (b. abt 1570; d. 1613).

Family names: Bonitz, Sieber, Hintermayer, Austel.

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Tobias Bonitz (also: Ponitz) (b. abt 1551; d. 11 Nov 1629) & Barbara NN
Judge in Zwönitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Pietzsch, Bechler, Schreiber, Engelhardt, Austel, Leßmüller, Weidenmüller, Leary, Stone, Günther, Thierfelder, Bentley, Vogel, Kudoke, Fiestas, Leistner, Adam, Kunze, Kappler, Schmidt, Frasch, Richter, Weißenborn, Börner, Schröter, Eisenschmidt, Thomas, Gerber, Göthel, Wolf, Wetzel, Scheibner, Reissig, Auerswald.

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Görge (George) Bonitz (b. bef 1570), Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).
His sons were Valten Bonitz (b. bef 1590) und Hans Bonitz (b. bef 1600).

Family names: Bonitz, Schreiber, Lindenberg, Honrath, Vierkötter, Müller, Kudoke, Höffer, Köhler, Kappler, Lüghausen, Decker, Peters, Günther, Breideneichen, Rabenschlag, Schöffler, Bleifeld.

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Michel Ponitz (b. bef 1585) & Dorothee NN
Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

Family names: Bonitz, Ponitz, Sieber, Wetzel, Vogel, Reinhold.

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Jacob Bonitz (b. 20 Aug 1603; d. 8 Jun 1660) & Margaretha Bochmann
Citizen and house owner in Zwönitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Pietzsch, Bechler, Austel, Schreiber, Leßmüller, Reinhold, Weidenmüller, Leary, Stone, Bentley, Kudoke, Fiestas, Köhler, Günther, Legler, Leistner, Kunze, Decker, Frasch, Adam, Richter, Weißenborn, Börner, Schmidt, Gerber, Aguirre, Schröter, Schneckenberg, Biehler, Barros.

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Georg Bonitz (b. abt 1607; d. 1 Apr 1658) & Anna Vogel
undertaker in Zwönitz.

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Johannes Bonitz (b. abt 1607; d. 26 Sep 1665) & Maria Nietzel
Comunity herdsman in Zwönitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Lang, Friedrich, Lencke, Bergmann, Heeg, Walther, Fritzsche.

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Andreas Bonitz (b. 1607; d. 21 Mar 1667)
Farmer and judge in Altendorf near Chemnitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Herold, Müller, Drechsler, Kupfer, Bischmann (Püschmann).

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Hans Bonitz "the red" (b. abt 1610; d. 1671) & Maria Rau
Farmer in Bernsbach or Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

Family names: Bonitz, Stieler, Göthel, Schieck, Baumann.

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Georg Bonitz (b. 14 Mar 1613; d. 11 Mar 1680) called "Georg the red", also "the lower" & Christina Lange
farm owner, judge in Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

Family names: Bonitz, Ponitz, Günther, Roscher, Bochmann, Rebhardt, Viehweger, Neukirchner, Colditz.

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Georg Bonitz (Ponitz) (b. bef. 1620; d. 23 Jun 1658) & Sabina NN
in Mittelbach, Chemnitz, Saxony. His descendants lived in Taura, Murschnitz, Burgstädt and Oschatz.

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Nicol Bonitz (b. bef 1625) & Barbara NN
Chemnitz

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Christoph Bonitz (b. bef. 1690) & Susanna Göthel
tenant of the Hormersdorf parish estate, later in Niderzwönitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Claus, Nobis, Spaeth, Müller, Schneider, Sorge, Stiehler, Schletter, Martin, Günther, Casta, Auerswald, Junghans.

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Joachim Bonitz (b. bef 1730)
lived in Güsen at the Elbe river, an area where Bonitz families can still be found today.

Family names: Bonitz, Gereke, Finke, Wittenborn, Schulz, Mätlau, Meseberg.

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Christian August Bonitz (b. 26 May 1776; d. 26 Jul 1829) & Johanna Mariana Friederike Port,
Dr. of philosophy, since 1816 pastor in Lengefeld. His father: Johann Gottlieb Bonitz in Wittgensdorf.

Family names: Bonitz, Port, Gutwasser, Endmann.

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Traugott Christian Bonitz (b. 23 Oct 1776; d. 3 Jan 1854) & Johanna Dorothea Lasch
Farm owner in Brünlos.

Family names: Bonitz, Freitag, Öhme, Lasch, Bochmann, Auerswald.

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Christian Bonitz (b. bef 1780)
was a weaver and citizen of Burgstädt, Saxony. His son Christian August then moved to Frankenberg, where the family resided for several generations.

Family names: Bonitz, Richter, Oebser, Hahn, Zschunke, Schadebrod, Funke, Ufer(t), Rothe, Metzler, Kreschnak.

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Christian August Bonitz (b. bef 1795) & Christine Friederike Zschäk,
weaver in Greiz.

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Johann Christoph Bonitz (b. abt 1795) & Johanne Marie Dürrschmidt
Sergeant of the grand duke and government messenger in Weimar.

Family names: Bonitz, Ponitz, Tromsdorf, Schmidt, Tismer, Jupe.

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Johann Gottlob Bonitz (* bef. 1800) & Hanna Christina Carolina Uhle
Farm estate owner in Altendorf near Chemnitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Borde, Kupfer, Gerstenberger, Vogelsang, Uhle.

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Christian Friedrich Bonitz (b. 6 Aug 1801) & Johanna Christine Ficker
Farm estate owner in Zwönitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Bramesfeld, Günther, Uhlig, Stolper, Eckart.

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Johann Gottlieb Bonitz (b. bef 1815; d. 15 Jan 1864) & Christiane Caroline Meyer
Schneeberg. His father: Johann Gottfried Bonitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Doerfelt, Voigt, Biber.

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Frederick (Friedrich) Christopher Bonitz (b. abt 1818) & Alwine NN
emmigrated from Saxony to Texas where he worked as a farmer. His family today can be found mainly in Oklahoma and Oregon.

Family names: Bonitz, Durr, Bowen, Moore, Johnston.

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Johann Gottlieb Bonitz (b. bef. 1820) & Johanna Friedericke Neuhaus
Niederrabenstein

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Gottfried Bohnitz (b. bef 1820) & Wilhelmine Stutzer
Inland sailor and skipper in Derben.

Family names: Bonitz, Bohnitz, Ulrich, Hünecke, Knochenhauer, Kohlmann, Stutzer, Steinke.

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August Friedrich Bonitz (b. bef 1830) & Christiane Amalie Förster

Family names: Bonitz, Estler.

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Herrmann Friedrich Bonitz (b. 9 Apr 1840; d. 22 Jul 1905) & Christiane Wilhelmine Selig
Kühnhaide (Zwönitz).

Family names: Bonitz, Keller, Richter, Böttger.

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Karl Friedrich Bonitz (b. 20 Apr 1841 Lenkersdorf; d. 28 Mai 1894 Alberoda) & Karolina Rudolf
Railroad Hand in Alberoda and Lenkersdorf. Father: Anthony (Anton) Bonitz.

Family names: Bonitz, Brand, Koosmann, Meiselwitz, Kerr, Langley, Dahlke, Lawver, Lawrence, Moon, Gribbins, Lattimer, Krause, Hankins, Toldness, Heglund, Forster, Mattson, Schneider.

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Gottlob Friedrich Bonitz (b. bef 1850) & Christiane Wilhelmine Rimbach
in Göppersdorf near Burgstädt, Saxony.

Family names: Bonitz, Rimbach, Rudolph, Neumann.

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Karl Richard Bonitz (b. 30 Jul 1850) & Maria Florentine NN
Oberhondorf

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August Bonitz (b. abt 1851) & Carolina Ackstedt
Ottendorf near Rochlitz

Family names: Bonitz, McGregor, Toro, Bohne, Newman.

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Friedrich Hermann Bonitz (b. bef 1870) & Anna Berta Schenker
of Limbach. His son Paul Herman Bonitz settled in Milwaukee, WI, USA in 1921.

Family names: Bonitz, Merz, Parker, Turner, Leavitt, Rumpel, Kohn.

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Theodore Albert Bonitz (b. 18 Jul 1873; d. 2 May 1955) & Anna E. Wambold
Hosiery Knitter who immigrated to the U.S. with his parents and brother Bruno from Thalheim, Saxony abt. 1890.

Family names: Bonitz, Loy, Guadagnini, Rush, Wallar, Wambold.

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Ernst Emil Bonitz (b. bef 1875) & Marie Helene Windisch
Salesman in Dresden. His descendants include the family of church musician and composer Eberhard Bonitz in Dresden and Lingen.

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Max Bonitz (b. abt 1877)
Carpenter and merchant in Kleinolbersdorf

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Albin Bonitz (b. bef 1885) & Fanny NN
Niederwürschnitz => Pfreimd, Oberpfalz.

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Emil Bonitz (b. abt 1894; d. 1971)
Saxony => Kempten (Allgäu)

Family names: Bonitz, Foth, Schmitt, Heise.

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Hannover area / Harz Mountains

Hans Jurg (Georg) Bonitz (b. abt 1658; d. 14 Oct 1711) & Lisa Lindemann
Mining Master in Zellerfeld

Family names: Bonitz, Helbig, Andrews, Seidenspinner, Moses, Quelch, Hunken, Huth, Wachsmuth, Fischer, Volkmann, Mansfield, Burns, Wootten, Blalock, Reisinger, Müller, Taylor, Fuchs, Stegner, Mahns.

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Wenzel Bonitz (b. 1750 in Prag/Praha) & Elisabeth Schmölzer.
They lived in Weisskirchen (Banat, formerly to Hungary, today in Serbia). His parents came supposingly from Zellerfeld.

Family names: Bonitz, Kuhn, Krubinski, Massjung, Schuster, Harlacher, Fischer, Müller, Weisz, Wagner, Reed, Breckenridge, Poppe, Majoros, Hellebrand, Erger, Habschied, Birck, Erger, Hummel, Schmidt, Böhm, Marter, Filipon.

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Franz (Francis) Bonitz (b. 18 Feb 1826; d. 30 Mar 1895) & Wilhelmina Lyding (Lerding)
Upholsterer, Hannover => NY, USA. Parents: Friedrich Bonitz and Katharine.

Family names: Bonitz, Bigg, Keeney, Dinovo, Carey, Haynes, Scheck, Vago, Palmedo, Walter, Harris, Corbett, Dumont, Moore.

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Karl Bonitz (b. bef 1895)
Duderstadt/Harz

Family names: Bonitz, Hinzen, Derichs.

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Rhineland Area

Laurentius (Lorenz) Boenitz (also: Benitz) (b. abt 1695; d. 7 Sep 1756) & (1) Anna Catharina Schwobthaler, & (2) Francisca Wagner
Endingen near Freiburg (Baden).

Family names: Benitz, Boenitz, Böniz, Wagner.

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Charles (Karl) Bonitz (b. 8 Jul 1858; d. 16 Jul 1932) & Katharine Wirth (Wirtz, Worth?)
from Koblenz?, moved to the USA in 1884. His parents were Karl Bonitz and Katherine Barth.

Family names: Bonitz, Scott, Kokinda, Wall, Grabowski, Fabricatore, Roth, Black, Argust, Aten, Lopez, Travis, Rose, Rassmusson, Phipps, Hammerstone, Adams, Ingold, Suminski, Love, Nahlen, Lower, Ames, Berry, Decker.

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Rudolf Bonitz (b. abt 1870)
Lived in the Köln (Cologne) area. His son Heinrich (Henrique) emmigrated to Brazil in 1922.

Family names: Bonitz, Soares, de Oliveira, Gomes.

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Others

Jürgen Bohnitz (* 24 Sep 1767, + 10 Aug 1845) & Mantje Erken
He was a sailor and captain in Midlum on the island Föhr on the German coast of the North Sea.. Many of his descendants later emmigrated to the U.S.

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John Edward Bonitz (b. abt 1825; d. 23 Jan 1899)
A tailor from Germany who came to New York City approx. 1860. He was married twice: to Mary Thomas, who died in 1866 from Cholera, and to Amelia Louise NN.

Family names: Bonitz, Conlon, Bernardo, Ernst, Clabault.

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Antonio (Tony) Bonitz (b. 11 Sep 1882; d. 16 Mar 1970) & Giovina (Genevieve) DiCamille
of Castelfrentano, Italy. Antonio emmigrated to the U.S. in 1910. The Bonitz family name was derived from the Italian name Abbonizzio. Tony had 8 children, whose families mainly live in Ohio.

Family names: Abbonizzio, Bonitz, Neal, Dougherty, Furmanchik, Oresko, Fuschino, Bankert.

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Jorg Bonitz of Kühnheide is mentioned in 1497 owning the largest land property in Kühnhaide near Zwönitz. His asset is an estimated "80 Schock" in size. Jorg is also referred to in a note of 1497 in his position as guarantor. In this document he is granting permission to use his estate as pawn.
Documents can be found in the Weimar and Dresden historical collections (Landeshauptarchiv).
The precise descendants lines of Jorg are currently not finally documented. Some individual researchers have partly reached different conclusions than the Kühnhaide family book. In this book his descendants line stops after 7 generations. Other researchers, however, have connected him to younger lines like the one linking to reverend Carl Friedrich Bonitz from Langensalza. His son, philologist Hermann Bonitz, was well-known in Austria and Prussia for his achievements in reforming the countries' schooling systems.
In 1962 a (potential) descendant of Jorg Bonitz registered a Bonitz family coat of arms. This coat of arms is assigned to the descendants of Friedrich Gottlob Bonitz (1773-1840) who, according to this particular research, is an 8-fold great-grandson of Jorg Bonitz of Kühnheide.

Hans Jurg Bonitz (also called Georg) lived in the late 1600s in the little town Zellerfeld in the Harz Mountains. As the city was a mining location, his profession was "Mining Master", too. He and his wife Lisa Lindemann had 6 children, but further family details are only known of his oldest son Andre Friedrich (called Bunitz).
Andre was also in the mining business, and he married 1706 Maria Lastenbein. They had 5 children.
A great-great-great-grandson of Hans Jurg, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Bonitz, moves about 1855 to the U.S., accompanied by his family. There he founds the large branch of Bonitz families from the Wilmington / Goldsboro area (North Carolina).

Karl Friedrich Bonitz was a railroad hand in Alberoda and Lenkersdorf (Saxony). His father is mentioned as Anton Bonitz, but he is not known any further, so far. Karl Friedrich only reached the age of 50 years, but it is recorded that he had 11 children. As seven of them died during childhood, the remaining four sons kept up the family. The three youngest of them moved about 1910 to the USA and settled in Wisconsin. Many of today's Bonitz families in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California have their origin in this lineage.
Unfortunately there is very few information about the remaining family of Karl Friedrich Bonitz that stayed in Germany.

Wenzel Bonitz was born 1750 in Praha (Czech Republic). His parents are supposed to have come from Zellerfeld in the Harz Mountains. At the approximate age of 20 years, Wenzel moved to Weisskirchen in the Banat region (hungarian: Fehértemplom, serbian: Bela Crkva). The region once belonged to Hungary and is a part of Serbia today.
All Bonitz families of Weisskirchen have their common origin in this lineage.
Many of today's members of this family can be found in Austria and southern Germany.
A great-grandson of Wenzel, Anton Bonitz, moved to the U.S. in 1895. He settled in Pennsylvania as farmer and hotel owner.

Jürgen Bohnitz was born Sep. 24, 1767 in Midlum, Föhr, one of the North Frisian Islands on the German coast of the North Sea. His parents were Boh Jürgens (1728-1781) and Marret Jensen. Surnames at those times did not follow our modern rules of naming and spelling. As a result, this family was referred to as Bohn, Bohnitz, Bonitz but also Bohnsz.
Jürgen Bohnsz was initially named Jürgen Bohn, according to the church records. He was born in 1767 in Midlum to Boh Jürgensen and died there on Sept. 10, 1845. On his tombstone, his name reads Jürgen Bohnitz, and both of his sons are mentioned in the church records as Boh Jürgen Bohnitz and Capt. Erich Jürgen Bohnitz.
Being a captain, he sailed and commanded various trading ships between 1795 and 1821, mainly on routes between Copenhagen and southern Europe. On June 26, 1800 he was granted citizenship of Copenhagen.
His son Erich Bohnitz also was a captain and was quite wealthy. Föhr at that time still belonged to Denmark. When it was annexed by Prussia in 1867, he kept his loyalty to Denmark until his death.



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