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William Cole Benson[1]

Male 1850 - 1898


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  • Born  3 Aug 1850  Islington East, Middx Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1871  Clerk in his fathers office Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1874  Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1874  Hastings - at time of marriage Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1878  Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census  1881  Cotton Merchant, living at Sparepenny Lane, The Mount, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1881  Cotton Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1884  Merchant Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Emigration  Aft 1884  Went to South Africa to live Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  3 Mar 1898  Camperdown, Natal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I0482  The Bird Tree
    Last Modified  10 May 2013 

    Father  Thomas Benson,   b. 19 Nov 1810, Passenham, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1896, 10 Belsize Crescent, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Mary Cole,   b. 25 Nov 1818, Saint Martin, Worcester, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1881, 15 Elgin Crescent, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  28 Oct 1841  Islington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F166  Group Sheet

    Family  Marion Eliza Johnson,   b. 28 Feb 1847, Milton, Gravesend, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1929, 12 The Crescent, Barnes, Mortlake, Richmond, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Apr 1874  Saint Matthew, Redhill, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Girl Benson,   b. 27 Sep 1878, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1878, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Alick Cole Benson,   b. 12 Dec 1879, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1931, Worplesdon Golf Course, Woking, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Marion Benson,   b. 21 Mar 1881, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1881, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hugh Benson,   b. 28 Jul 1882, Farningham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1944, Stalag 4B - captured at Tobruk (21 June 1942 35, 000 surrendered to Rommel) Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Marjorie Benson,   b. 14 Apr 1884, St George's Terrace, Kensington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1961, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F144  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Benson - Marion Eliza Benson (nee Johnson)
    Benson - Marion Eliza Benson (nee Johnson)
    Marion Eliza Johnson who married William Cole Benson in 1874
    Benson - The Mount in 2000
    Benson - The Mount in 2000
    The Mount in about 2000
    Benson - The Mount
    Benson - The Mount
    The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Kent

    Histories

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    BENSON LINE  setting the scene
    BENSON LINE setting the scene
    The Benson branch of my tree starts around 1750 in Passenham, Northamptonshire with the birth of Thomas Benson. In 1771 he probably married Mary Littleford before going on to have six children.
    Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
    Hugh 'Pop' Benson (1882 - 1944)
    Corporal Hugh 'Pop' Benson OBE, Major, MC .... or perhaps not ? After fighting in three wars, he died aged 62 in a POW camp, given military honours by friend and foe alike. He was "generous to a fault, kindly, and often took guard duties and unpleasant chores away from younger chaps in the Regiment." A fascinating story.
    The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
    The Mount, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, Dartford DA4 0JH
    Sparepenny Lane got its name in the 18th century when you could spare a penny by using the lane instead of the toll road at the other end of the village. The Mount is one of three large manor houses in the village.

  • Sources 
    1. [S02340] sues family.FTW.
      Date of Import: 25 May 2007