I had always ASSUMED that BetSinger and BetZinger were related. After doing some research, I have to admit, that I do not believe those in U.S. are related. If we dig long enough, and deep enough, we may find we are related back in Germany. In fact, a search finds 1500 instances of BetZinger on the web, most of them in German. This leads me to conclude there are currently Germans with this name, and there is a good possibility our name should have been this when Andreas Besinger is shown arriving in the U.S. in the early 1700ís. Say all the names aloud, its easy to see why someone who could not read or write, would have interchanged the S and Z. So, Iím including this info, as a service to others who are researching the names, in hopes someone can add to it. There are still BetZingerís in New York and Michigan states. I theorize that all BetSinger, BetTSinger, BeDsinger, BeSinger, BetZinger, etc. that arrived in the U. S. from the early 1700ís to the middle of the 1800ís are related, and perhaps should be spelt BetZinger. Those arriving after the mid 1880ís DID spell their name BetZinger, as seen in census records. The people with the name currently spelt BetZinger may or may not be related to the BetSingerís.

The first instance of the name is shown in the Stambach genealogy, as seen online. Eva Stambach, daughter of Felix of Alsace, France, was married to Bartholomew Betzinger in 1717. I do not know where. No children are shown, and I can not trace this family any further.

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Name: Betzinger, Christian Georg
Birth Date: 2 Apr 1866
Birth Place: Doerzbach
District: Kuenzelsau
Application Date: Mar 1882
Destination: North America
Number: 835763

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Name: Betzinger, Georg Heinrich
Birth Date: 30 Mar 1864
Birth Place: Doerzbach
District: Kuenzelsau
Application Date: Feb 1881
Destination: North America
Number: 835763

1870 Keweenaw, MI federal census
Betzinger, John - age 30 - born Hesse Cassel
Betzinger, Anna - age 31 - born Baden
Betzinger, Catherine- age 5 - born Michigan
Betzinger, Chas. - age 7 - born Michigan
Betzinger, Martin - age 3 - born Michigan

John C. Betzinger married Louisa C. Libbe, September 24, 1878, in Henderson County, Illinois. Louisa was born about 1857 in Massachusetts. This info from ĎHistory of Henderson County, Ill. No info on children.

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John Betzinger-self-27 years-born Iowa-harnessmaker-parents born Prussia
Louisa Betzinger-wife-23 years-born MA-housekeeping-parents born Prussia
Clara Betzinger-dau- 10 month-born IA-father born IA-mother born MA
Margaret Betzinger-mother-69 years-born Bavaria-parents born Bavaria

1900 Madison County, NY census
Christian Betzinger is living in New Hartford on Holland Ave.
He is age 33, born in April of 1867, and his wife is Anna is 31 born in Feb. of 1869. The census says they're married for 8 years and have 4 children with all children living.
Christian was born in Germany, naturalized and arrived in the US in 1884. His occupation is listed as a teamster.
Christian and Anna have the following children:
Hattie M. born June 1893
Charles born June 1894
Emma E born ? 1897
Thomas H born May 1899
Also living with Christian and Anna is father in law Charles Williams, age 78 born in Aug 1821 in Germany. He came to the US in 1849 and was naturalized.

"BETZINGER, CARL K., Ilion, N. Y.; born June 7, 1894; enlisted Camp Spartanburg; branch of service, Co. M., Corporal, promoted to 1st Sergeant Headquarters Co., 107th Infantry; overseas May 10, 1918, March 9, 1919; engagements, Dickebush Sector, East Popenghe Line, Hindenburg Line; discharged April 2, 1919"
Carl was the President of the Ilion National Bank for many years, and a pillar in the community. He and his family lived at the South end of Otsego Street in Ilion. His daughters Jane, born about Dec 20, 1923, and in the IHS Class of '41, and Suzanne, who is listed in the Class of '43 Annual. Jane married Waldemar (Bud) Strife, who pre-deceased her in the fall of 1991. Jane died in a few years later. I would guess that the family are all interred in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion.

1920 census, Utica, NY lists;
Pflang, John J, head, 50, b. NY, fath, Germany, moth, Germany
Mary S, wife, 47, b. NY, fath, Germany, moth, Germany
Frank, son, 19, b. NY, fath, NY, moth, NY
Neij?s, Anna, mother-in-law,
Betzinger, Christopher, brother-in-law, 57, b. Ger, fath, Germany, moth, Germany, teamster, coal co

Alex Joseph Betzinger Sr. born October 14, 1904, Menominee, MI. Died July 28, 1873, Menominee, MI. Married Josephine O. Blanchette, and they had three children.

Even though the relationship is going to be stretched and far reaching, if you have any other info on the BetZinger surname, Iíd like to hear from you. Iíll continue to collect information, and post it as I find any. Maybe we will make another connection from this. Please contact Linda if you have any info to add to this. Thanks.

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