James KINGSMAN James William KINGSMAN John KINGSMAN Elizabeth KINGSMAN John BENSON John BENSON Mary Ann BENSON Henry George BENSON Male BENSON Charlotte BENSON Richard KINGSMAN Benjamin KINGSMAN Ann WEBB Mini tree diagram


24th Jan 18081 - 26th Jan 18861,5

Life History

24th Jan 1808

Born in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane).1

20th Mar 1808

Baptised in Holborn, Middlesex (St Andrew).2,3

d/o James and Ann, Shoe Lane

31st Mar 1829

St. Mary

31st Mar 1829

Married John BENSON in Newington, Surrey.2

Both parties were single and of the parish of st Mary, Newington. The wedding followed banns and they both signed the register.  The witnesses were George and James Tilewood.


Birth of son John BENSON in ,London.6


Birth of daughter Mary Ann BENSON in ,London.6


Birth of son Henry George BENSON in ,,Australia

about 1846

Birth of son Male BENSON in ,,Australia

about 1846

Death of son Male BENSON


Birth of daughter Charlotte BENSON in Sydney, NSW, Australia


Death of daughter Charlotte BENSON

10th Jan 1871

Beneficiary in Sydney, NSW, Australia.4

In the will of her husband John

7th Dec 1872

Death of John BENSON in Sydney, NSW, Australia.4

30th Dec 1872

Executor in Sydney, NSW, Australia.4

Of the estate of her husband John

18th Jan 1878

Wrote will.5

26th Jan 1886

Died in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Palmer Street #116).1,5


28th Jan 1886

Buried in Sydney, NSW, Australia (Campendown Cemetary)

26th Feb 1886

Probate in Sydney, NSW, Australia.5


  • Mary Ann and her husband John emigrated to Australia on The Duke of Roxburgh as Bounty (assisted) passengers, arriving in Australia in 1842.  Her husband was listed as a 31 year old carpenter from Cork, Ireland.  They arrived with two children, John (11) and Mary (8).

    Mary Benson died aged 77 years in Australia on the 26th January 1886 at 117 Palmer Street, Wooloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales.  She was buried in Campendown Cemetary on the 28th January 1866, having been in Australia for 44 years.  The following children were recorded on her death certificate:

    John, aged 53 (born circa 1833)
    Mary Ann, aged 50 (born circa 1836)
    Henry George, aged 43 (born circa 1843)
    and 1 male and 1 female both already deceased.

    Cause of death is recorded as "Ramollissement"  which she had suferred for 4 years according to Dr Dewar who signed the form.  This term is used for softening of the brain tissue and is often linked with aphasia, partial paralysis and ultimately with intercranial haemorrhage.

    Mary's daughter had married Ebenezer Dewar in 1880.  Ebenezer's brother was Alexander Dewar, MD who emigrated to Australia after practising for several years in Scotland. They had a more famous brother back home in England at that time, Sir James Dewar the chemist.

    Mary Benson left a will to which probate was granted on 25th February 1886.  This stated that she was a widow.  She bequeathed ?500 sterling to Richard Kingsman her brother of Devonshire Street, Shoreditch.  She also left ?500 to her brother-in-law Paul Benson of Ryde Kissingpoints near Sydney.  To her "old and faithful servant" William Scott she left ?100.

    She bequeathed all her household furniture to her son John Benson and all her plate and jewellery to her daughter Mary Ann Dewar for her sole use.  She also bequeathed the remainder of her Estates, property and effects real and personal to be divided equally between her three children.  She appointed John and Henry George to be her executors.  Her estate totalled ?8,880.


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