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Lavina Benedict

Famiily reference: 352.257.7

Born Born 1 Nov 1881    
Married Married 30 March 1904 Benjamin Vail St. Vincent twp., Grey co., Ontario
Died Died 1966   St. Catharines, Ontario

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.



  1. Gordon Wellington Vail; b. 8 March 1905; d. 24 March 1905
  2. Melville Sparky Vail; b. 5 July 1906
  3. Olive Mildred Vail; b. 11 August 1908
  4. Kenneth Benjamin Vail; b. 16 May 1913
  5. Gerald Clarence Vail; b. 7 Jan 1920
  6. Douglas Leonard Vail; b. 7 Feb 1926

The Parents of Lavina

Lavina’s Early Years

Lavina and Benjamin

Lavina and Benjamin's first son died March 21. 1905 at the age of 13 days. After this sad moment in their life, they got back up and on July 5th 1906 they started their family over with Melville, or "Sparky" as he was known, helped to put the sparks back into Ben and Lavina's lives again.

The Final Years of Lavina

Lavina Benedict Meaford Paper Notice; --- MRS. BEN VAIL DIES IN ST CATHARINES; --- Mrs. Benjamin Vail, 84, a lifelong resident of the Meaford area, died in St. Catharines on Saturday. She had been ill for two months. Mrs. Vail was the former Lavina benedict of Meaford. She married Benjamin Vail in 1900. he operated a blacksmith shop in Meaford for many years. Mrs. Vail was an ardent hockey fan. One son, Melville "Sparky was one of Meaford's first professional hockey players. He played for new York Rangers from 1926 to 1937. Another son Kenneth played for the Newmarket Redmen when they won the Junior "A" Championship 1932/33 season. Mrs Vail has two grandchildren, Terry and George who have played Junior "A" hockey. Mrs. Vail is survived by four sons, Melville of Toronto, Kenneth of Schumack, Gerald and Douglas of Toronto, One daughter Olive Mrs. R. G. Johnson, of St. Catharines and one brother, Herbert Benedict of Collingwood. Mrs. Vail was a member of the Baptist Church.


Notes on the children

  • Gordon Wellington Vail; died 16 days after birth
  • Melville Sparky Vail; married Eleanor Gremboldby
    • Malcolm Vail
  • Olive Vail; married R. C. Johnston
    • Murray Johnston
  • Kenneth Benjamin Vail; married Ms. Schumacher
  • Gerald Clarence Vail
  • Douglas Leonard Vail

The marriage of Lavina and Benjamin is Ontario Marriage Registration #008550-1904 (Grey Co): Benjamin VAIL, 24, blacksmith, Chesley, Meaford, s/o Robert VAIL & Susan FOX, married Lavina BENEDICT, 22, St Vincent, Meaford, d/o Daniel & Elizabeth BENEDICT; witnesses Reginald EMORY, Mary BENEDICT, of Meaford. 30 Mar 1904 at Meaford1.

Census of 1911

Person Sex Status Marital Born Age Born in Origin
Vail Benjamin M head married July 1880 30 Ontario English
Vail Lavina F wife married Nov 1882 28 Ontario English
Vail Melville M Son single July 1905 5 Ontario English
Vail Olive F daughter single Aug 1908 2 Ontario English
- Canada 1911 Census for Grey North Co., Ontario, Meaford, District 42, Subdistrict 2, microfilm , pp 8.


  1. The Ontario Vital Statistics Project; for births, deaths, marriages, census and more. Website:

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