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Elizah Wesley "Wes" Benjamin
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Birth: 1833
Ontario, Canada
Death: Aug. 8, 1910
Ontario, Canada

Son of Elijah Benjamin & Cynthia Lane.
His Birth Date is in question by some researchers. Some saying August 11, 1833 and others believing it was April 11, 1833.

Elijah was married twice during his life. First he married Mary Ann McIvor in about 1853 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. They had two children together;
Albert W. Benjamin and Feliz E Benjamin.

Mary Ann died in about 1865.

Within a short time he married Saphrona Connoly on September 11, 1866 in Yarker, Ontario, Canada. Together they had three children together. These children were Catherine M. Benjamin, Frederick M. Benjamin & an un-named infant born in 1872.

The KINGSTON DIRECTORY & the DOMINION DIRECTORY FOR 1857-58 (the latter published in November 1857) shows Wesley Benjamin as having saw & lath mills, a planing machine and a hub factory in Simcoe Falls. Yarker land records show that Wes bought the ruins of the saw-mill at Woodmucket from George Miller in 1858. The mill, which burnt down about 1857 (or in the year earlier) was rebuilt by Wesley.

The 1861 census of Yarker Village shows Elijah W. & Mary Benjamin owning a frame house on a two acre lot. In 1866 Wes purchased from Sidney Warner and wife a 3/4 acre lot in Yarker [CL 1/40 eastern half]. A stone house later owned by Wes is located on the main street in Yarker, north of river. It has yet to be determined when this latter house was erected and if it was Wes who had it built.

In 1863, Wesley Benjamin and Joseph Connoly Sr. bought the ruins of the Woodmucket tannery, rebuilding it as a hub and spoke factory, and operating it under the name "Connoly & Benjamin. " [Herrington, 1913]. This was not the last of the Benjamin and Connolly joint ventures in Yarker. Subsequent partnerships were both business and marital. By 1895, Wes incorporated several of his then businesses under the firm name Benjamin Manufacturing Co. Ltd. [Yarker village histories, plus Walter Herrington's HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF LENNOX AND ADDINGTON, provide additional information on the activities of Wes Benjamin and his sons.]

The 1901 census of Yarker shows Wesley living with the family of his 'adopted' daughter, Katie & John Oldham.

"E.W. Benjamin died at his summer home at Sydenham on Monday August 8, 1910 aged 74 years, 11 months, 28 days." [NAPANEE BEAVER, 17 August 1910]. His Will, dated: 8 Nov 1909, was proved: 24 Oct 1910. [abstracted copy on file]

Following Wes' death, the house was inherited by Katie (Benjamin) Oldham. Subsequent to her death it was inherited by her husband Dr. Oldham; and after the doctor's death by his second wife, Hermine (Connoly) Oldham. The stone house was sold to others outside of the family following Hermine's death in 1957. 
Family links: 
  Elijah Benjamin (1808 - 1882)
  Cynthia Lane Benjamin (1812 - 1896)
  Jacob Benjamin (1829 - 1902)*
  Elizah Wesley Benjamin (1833 - 1910)
  Joseph Ebenezer Benjamin (1837 - 1897)*
  Andrew Marshall Benjamin (1843 - 1919)*
  Sidney M. Benjamin (1845 - 1927)*
  Cynthia Ann Eliza Benjamin (1851 - 1867)*
  Darius Champion Benjamin (1858 - 1953)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: According to genealogist Wilman Davis, Wes shares a gravestone with Albert Benjamin, Cora Moles, Emma Clara Joice, and four members of the Oldham family.
Riverside Cemetery
Lennox and Addington County
Ontario, Canada
Created by: AnisahD
Record added: Mar 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106251663


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