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Charles Benedict, Jr.

Born Born 30 March 1831 at Elgin Co., Ontario
Died Died 15 August 1889 at Raleigh Twp., Kent Co., Ontario
Married Married 3 July 1861 to Lois Louisa Pardo



  • Mary Louisa Benedict; b. 6 July 1862 in Kent County, Ontario, Canada
  • James Douglas Benedict; b. 23 June 1868 in Kent County, Ontario, Canada

The Parents of Charles

Charles’s Early Years

Charles Benedict, son of Charles, Sr., was a carpenter, and followed that calling for some years1.

Lois Pardo’s Early Years

Lois Pardo was the third generation of the Pardo family in Raleigh township, her grandfather John Pardo being an early pioneer from the British army and her father Thomas later did purchase and clear land, eventually having 1,575 acres. Her mother, Rachel Hughson, was born in New York State of a United Empire Loyalist family and arrived in Ontario near the start of the war of 1812. Together her parents built a log house near Lake Erie and raised ten children1.

Charles and Lois Louisa Pardo

On July 3, 1861, Charles married Lois Louisa Pardo, who was born May 6, 1837, on the place adjoining the present home.

To the union of Charles and Lois came two children: Mary Louisa, born July 6, 1862, she at home; and James Douglas, born June 23, 1868, who carried on the home farm, and was a very successful manager, to judge from the evidence of thrift and care about the premises.

After his marriage he settled in his home in the town of Blenheim, then only a village, and in the fall of 1865, removed to the farm that late remained occupied by Mrs. Benedict. This property of 100 acres was given to Mrs. Bene­dict by her father, Thomas Pardo, and adjoins the homestead, and it is as fine farming land as can be found in the County of Kent.

Charles Benedict was a lover of home and good books, and took a great deal of interest in the educa­tion of the young. For about fifteen years he gave efficient service as school trustee. He was an active temperance worker, being one of the only two in his polling division who voted for the Duncan Act the first time it was tried in Raleigh township. Among the earliest advo­cates of temperance in his locality, he gave much time and thought to the work of advancing its cause, and by his quiet manly in­fluence did much good.1

The Final Years for Charles

When Mr. Benedict was taken away, his death occurring in Raleigh township, Aug. 15, 1889, the township lost a good citizen, and his home a loving husband and father. Mrs. Benedict and her two children are justly numbered among the representative people of Ouvry, and that part of the county, and are very popular among their many friends.1



  1. "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent Ontario"; published 1904 by J. H. Beers & Co., original at Central Library, Chatham, Ontario

-- JenniferBay - 03 Feb 2006
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