George Bellendir was born in Josefstal on July 16, 1908 (OS). He emigrated to the USA aboard the SS Noordam, arriving at Ellis Island from Rotterdam, on August 24, 1914 – along with his brother Alois (Albert), age 2, and mother, Elisabetha, age 23.
His father, Georg Bellendir, emigrated to the USA aboard the SS Koln, arriving at Galveston from Bremen on March 31, 1911.
The family name was later anglicized to Bellingtier.
The family settled in the Fort Dodge, Iowa area.
A little of the family history was written in the Fort Dodge Messenger. (click on the above photo to read more)
After Georg Bellingtier died on April 17, 1993, an old photograph from Russia was discovered among his things.
It is not known who is in the photo, but it was believed to be his father’s brother, Nikolaus Bellendir of Josefstal.