Descendant Stories

1800s drawing of river farm

This section collects original writings by Grafschafters and Bentheimers. Generally speaking, “Grafschafter” means someone from Grafschaft Bentheim who never emigrated. “Bentheimer” refers to an emigrant or one of his/her descendants. We seek to preserve their experiences  in their own words—their voices and views. Here you’ll find letters, humorous stories, memoirs, and other writings that might otherwise be lost to history.