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Ard Benedict

Family reference: 352.258

Born Born   11 August 1843 Lennox Co. Ontario
Married Married 1st 1 Nov 1865 Mary Cameron at Grey co., Ontario
2nd 3 Nov 1880 Christina Kelso
Died Died   19 May 1924 Chesley, Elderslie twp., Bruce co., Ontario

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.


Children by 1st wife Mary:

  1. John Benedict; b. 1866
  2. Harriet A. Benedict; b. 1868; died before 1881 census
  3. Smedley Benedict; b. 23 July 1870

Children by Christina Kelso:

  1. William Benedict; b. 3 Nov 1879
  2. David Stewart Benedict; b. 26 Oct 1882
  3. Harriet Benedict; b. 11 August 1884
  4. Gordon Albert Benedict; b. 21 August 1893
  5. Marguarite Elveretta Benedict; b. 24 Feb 1903

The Parents of Ard Benedict

Ard's Early Years

It seems that on the Legal Marriage Document for William Benedict and Martha Alice Cousins, the parents are Arnold Benedict and Christina Kelso. So the legal name for Ard, is Arnold.

Ard was born in Napanee, Ontario. Not much is known about his early years, Ard probably moved with his mother, father and family from Richmond Twp., Lennox and Addington Co., to Grey County, sometime after 1851.

On August 16, 1856, the Ninth Line Union Phoenix Sabbath Sunday School was Organized, in the Cunningham Settlement of St. Vincent Twp. The Sunday School became noted for a huge picnic and garden party organized each summer.People came from far and near. Catherine, David and James Benedict, appear on the Record of attendance, of 1857, this shows us, that Smedley and Catherine and family are in St. Vincent Twp., at this time. But this David mentioned must be a second name for, or a mistake made on Daniel, on this list?

(NOTE) Grey Co., Historical Society has Ard's first marriage listed as; Benedict David, 22, St Vincent, CW, s/o Smedly & Catherine (DeFor), married 1 Nov 1865 to Mary Cameron, 21,St Vincent, CW, d/o Donald & Lucy (McMillan) So IT IS POSSIBLE Ard's name was Archibald David Benedict, thus making him the David mentioned at the church picnic above. "In life he much prefers ARD"

NOTE: Mary Cameron was the 10th born child of Donald Cameron 1792 - 1872 and Louise (Lucy) Callich McMillan 1797 - 1866, married 1817. Mary's sibblings were Christy 1819, possible twins, Flora 1824 - 1914, Ann 1824 - 1888, Margaret 1827 - 1903, John 1829, Donald 1932, Hugh 1836, William 1839, and again possible twins Harriet 1844 and Mary 1844. Mary's mother's middle name Callich is possibly the last name of her grandmother Marjory 1780. Her grandfather was John McMillan 1778 -1810. Mary's Father's parents were Donald Daniel Cameron 1743 - 1822 and Margaret Fraser 1760. Mary's mother died in Grey Co., March 10, 1872 and is buried I think in Johnson's United Cemetery, Sydenham Twp., R. R. # 8, Hwy. 26 Phone 519 - 376 - 8487, lot 11, Conc. 13 and is active. Her father died in Grey Co., and is possibly buried there also. I will try to check this out in the spring, if all goes well. There may be a chance that Mary is also buried there as well.

Another Possible Burial site, for Mary, From O.C.F.A. Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid BENEDICT, Mary - - Craford Cemetery, Raleigh, Kent Co., KT-302-0

It seems in 1865, Daniel Benedict, A. Benedict (probably Ard) and James Benedict were all living in the Township of Sydenham, on Conc. B, Lot #3 (footnote 1). On 5 Feb 1855 Elijah Moulton bought all 50 acres of the west 1/2 lot #3 Conc. B from the Crown. On 11 Sept 1861 Elias Kirvin bought all 50 acres of the North East 1/2 lot #3 Conc. B from the Crown.

Probably after Smedley died in 1867, Ard, James and Catherine moved to Chesley, in Bruce County while Daniel stayed on the original farm. Ard most likely wandered down to Chatham Twp., Kent County, to visit his brother Smith John, and took a job farming there, where he is found on the 1871 census as a farm laborer (see 1871 census below. His 1st wife possibly died there, or he was not impressed with farming, thus causing him to move back again to Chesley, where he is found again on the 1881 Census, married again to Christina. He spent the rest of his life in the furniture factory, His first wife died sometime between 1871 and 1880, and could be buried in Kent County?, or probably Chesley.

Ard and Mary Cameron

Ard's first marriage was to Mary Cameron on November 1, 1865 when he was 22 and she was 21. Mary was born in Ontario and resided in St. Vincent township, the daughter of Donald Cameron and Lucy McMillan (footnote 2).

John was born 1867, the same year that Smedley died. Harriet was born 1868 and died before the 1881 Census. Smedley was born July 23, 1870, Maria the first wife likely took sick and died some time shortly after the 1871 census, as there are no more children until after Ard's 2nd marriage, to Christina, in 1880. Maria's grave has yet to be found, it could be in Chesley Cemetery as most records were lost and regathered from tombstones and whatever remained. A large monument sits beside Ard and Christina's stone. The only inscription on the large memorial is BENEDICT, it is possible that Mary is buried there, but no record.

Ard and Christina Kelso

The marriage of Ard Benedict and Christina Kelso is shown in the Ontario Marriage Registration as #1515-80 (Bruce Co.) Archibald BENEDICT, 35, widower, yeoman, Ontario, Chesley, s/o Smedley BENEDICT & Catherine DAFOE, married Catherine KELSO, 21, Ontario, Chesley, d/o David KELSO & Catherine DRUMMOND, witn: William BONESTEEL & Clara KELSO, both of Chesley, 3 Nov 1880 at Paisley.

Ard and Christina and young Smedley, all worked at the Furniture Factory in Chesley.

From The Chesley Enterprise, August 24, 1893, issue, -- on Aug. 21, 1893, to A. Benedict and wife, a son. (This would be Gordon Albert)

From The Chesley Enterprise, Dec. 01, 1904, issue, -- At Pembroke Mrs. Geo. Chase formerly Paisley, died, aged 37 yrs. sister of Mrs. Ard Benedict

Ard's second wife Christina bought four plots for $12 on May 29, 1924, in the Chesley cemetery. Ard and Christina are both buried there, to the right of the large monument, and Ard's daughter Marguarite "Retta" and Gerald Valk are buried in the remaining two plots, to the left of the large Monument I would think that the first wife is under the large Stone but so far no record. I will check further with Bob Murphy of the Arran-Elderslie township office. But seeing that all cemetery records were lost, it might just remain another mystery. All though, it makes sense that Maria is there.

The Final Years for Ard

Christina died July 19, 1924 after having Myocarditis for some years.

THE LATE ARD BENEDICT; --- Well Known Chesley Man Lived There for 60 Years The Chesley Enterprise has the following regarding the death of Mr. Ard Benedict of that Town: ---- Mr. Ard Benedict one of our pioneer residents passed away at his home on the outskirts of this town on Monday the 19th inst, from Pneumonia after a short illness. The deceased was born in Napanee, then moved with his mother to St. Vincent Twp., Grey Co., for a short time and later to Chesley where he was well and favourably known. He spent some 60 years of his life in this town or at his home in recent years in the south-end just a few rods from the corporation limits. He was twice married and is survived by his second wife and a family of two sons by his first wife, John in Calgary & Smedley in Chesley and by his second marriage, William of Chesley, David of Southampton, Mrs Calvert of New Hamburg. Gordon of Regina Saskachewan and Reta of Chesley. The funeral took place last Thursday to Chesley Cemetery and was in charge of Rev. A. J. Schultz of the Baptist Church.

Death due to Arterio Sclorosis and pneumonia. Buried May 22, 1924 Chesley Cemetery.


  1. A History of the County Of Grey by E. L. Marsh, from page 436. Reproduced from The Gazetter of the County published by W. E. Smith of Owen Sound in 1865.
  2. Family History Library microfilm #1030056.

Census of 1871

Person Sex Age Birthplace Religion Origin Occupation Status Page
BENEDICT, Ard M 28 Ontario Meth. E. Dutch Farm labourer married 17
Mary F 29 Quebec C. Pres. Scotch   married 18
John M 4 Ontario C. Pres. Dutch     18
Harriet A. F 3 Ontario C. Pres. Dutch     18
Smedly M 8/12 Ontario C. Pres. Dutch     18

- 1871 Census for Chatham Twp, Kent Co., Ontario; Foloi 2F3-017 to -088; available at Chatham Library Historical Society; Chatham, Ontario.

Census of 1881

Person Sex Status Marital Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
BENEDICT, Ard M head married Scottish 37 Ontario Laborer Presbyterian
Christina F   married Scottish 21 Ontario   Presbyterian
John M     Scottish 14 Ontario   Presbyterian
Smedley M     Scottish 10 Ontario   Presbyterian
William M     Scottish 1 Ontario   Presbyterian
Catherine F   widow Scottish 64 Scotland   Presbyterian
- Canada 1881 Census for North Bruce County, Chesley Village, District 177, Subdistrict J1, Houshold 147, microfilm reel C-13276, p. 30.

Census of 1891

Person Occupation Birthplace Religion Age Sex Status District Page
Benedict Ard Laborerer Ontario Presb. 46 M married 51 22
Christina Wife Ontario Presb. 29 F married 51 22
Smedley Laborer Ontario Presb. 20 M Single 51 22
William   Ontario Presb. 11 M Single 51 22
David   Ontario Presb. 8 M Single 51 22
Hattie L.   Ontario Presb. 6 F Single 51 22

_- 1891 Census for Province of Ontario, District No. 52 North Bruce, District of Chesley Village, Taken 16 Apr 1891 by George Stanley, Page 22; available at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre; 33 Victoria Street, North, Southampton, Ontario. N0H 2L0, Canada.

Census of 1901

Person Sex Status Marital Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
BENEDICT, Arch M head married English 53 Ontario Laborer Presbyterian
Christina F   married English 38 Ontario   Presbyterian
Smedley M   single English 30 Ontario Machine Hand Presbyterian
William M   single English 21 Ontario Carpenter Presbyterian
David M   single English 64 Ontario Finisher Presbyterian
Hattie F   Single English 16 Ontario Weaver Presbyterian
Gordon M Son Single English 7 Ontario   Presbyterian

|_- Canada 1901 Census for North Bruce County, Chesley Village, District , Subdistrict D-1, Houshold 146, Schedule1, microfilm reel T-6461, p.15._

Census of 1911

Person Sex Status Marital Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
BENEDICT, Ard M head married Scottish 68 Ontario Night Watch Presbyterian
Christina F   married Scottish 49 Ontario Machinist Presbyterian
Smed M   Single Scottish 38 Ontario Machinist Presbyterian
Margaret F   Single Scottish 8 Ontario   Presbyterian

-- JimBenedict - 05 Sep 2007 -- DonaldElliott - 24 Jan 2011
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