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John Benedict

Family reference: 352.258.1

Born Birth 17 Nov 1866 Meaford, St. Vincent twp., Grey co., Ontario
Married Married 23 June 1891 Mary Elizabeth "Minnie" Barnes at Smith Falls, Ontario
Died Died 21 Dec 1949 Vancouver B.C.



  • Myrttle F. Benedict; b. 05 Apr 1892
  • Hubert J. Benedict; b. 01 Nov 1893, died June 25, 1914 of pneumonia at Calgary, Alberta
  • Essie B. Benedict; b. 08 Jan 1894
  • Agnes Chalmers Benedict; b. 11 Dec 1896

John's Parents

Ard Benedict and Mary Cameron

John's Early Years

John left his home and family and started out on his own. He settled in Smith's Falls, Montague Twp., Lanark County, Ontario, there he worked for the railway and worked his way up to a train dispatcher. He met Mary Elizabeth Barnes and decided to Marry. Sometime after the 1901 Census and after all the children were born, John packed up and moved his family to Calgary Alberta. Sometime after his only son Hubert died in 1914, he moved to Vancouver B.C. where his eldest daughter Myrtle, might have married a second time to George Bell August 22, 1921. The Name given Is Myrtle Rena Benedict, this marriage needs further research, could be ficticious. Anyway John lived there until his death on the 21 Dec 1949 and Mary died in Vancouver also, one year later on 27 Nov 1950

John and Minnie

The Marriage of John Benedict, born Meaford, age 25, train dispatcher, s/o Ard and Catherine Benedict, est. birth 1866. Married Mary Elizabeth Barnes, born Smith's Falls, age 27, d/o S. M. Barnes and Agnes Barnes, 23 June 1891 at Smith's Falls Montague Twp., Lanark County Ontario. Indexed by

"NOTE" in the marriage, John's mother. is listed as Catherine. His biological mother, Mary Cameron, had died before his marriage took place, and Catherine has been misread and should be, Christine his stepmother.

Mary Elizabeth died a widow, November 27, 1950 in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

From The Chesley Enterprise,--- will get the date of issue next time up, -- John Benedict, recently married, Minnie, daughter of Samuel Barnes, Smith Falls, Ontario.

The above is definately our John, and the 1901 census below, I think is the John we are looking for. He led us on a merry chase, after leaving home.

John's Final Years

Minnie's Final Years


Census of 1901

Person Sex Status Marital Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
BENEDICT, John M head married Scotch 34 Ontario train dispatcher Methodist
Mary E. F Wife married Scotch 36 Ontario   Methodist
Myrtle F. F Dau. single Scotch 08 Ontario   Methodist
Hubert J. M Son single Scotch 07 Ontario   Methodist
Essie B F Dau. single Scotch 06 Ontario   Methodist
Agnes C. F Dau. Single Scotch 04 Ontario   Methodist

|_- Canada 1901 Census for Leeds & Grenville County, Smith's Falls, District 82, Subdistrict F-7, Houshold 12, Schedule1, microfilm reel T-6478, p.2._

-- DonaldElliott - 03 Jun 2006
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