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Roy Gifford Benedict

Family reference: 352.257.51

Born Born 5 Aug 1896 Silcote, Sydenham, Grey co., Ontario
Married Married 11 Sept 1920 Alice Gertrude MacLean at Cape Rich, St. Vincent twp., Grey co., Ontario
Died Died 18 Feb 1966 Owen Sound, Sydenham twp., Grey co., Ontario

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.



  1. Frank Hunter Benedict; b. 18 Oct 1921, d. 29 Nov 1985
  2. Eleanor Beatrice Benedict; b. 9 May 1923
  3. Robert Charles Benedict; b. 28 June 1927
  4. Lois Marie Benedict; b. 7 Jan 1937

The Parents of Roy

Roy’s Early Years

Roy served in World War One.1 He was raised a Baptist.

Roy and Alice

Roy and Alice resided at Route #1, Owen Sound, Ontario.1

Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1922 Record: Roy Gifford Benedict, born, Silcote, age, 24, Parents, Charles Benedict & Lucinda Brown, Est. Birth, 1886, Spouce, Alice G. McLean, age, 24, born, Cape Rich, Parents, Robert McLean & Francis Moody, married, 11 Sep 1920, place, Grey, County Grey: Indexed by

Alice was born on December 8, 1895 at Cape Rich, St. Vincent Twp., Grey County, Ontario.

Roy and Alice Marriage of Benedict -- MacLean ---- A quiet wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. MacLean, Cape Rich, Ontario, when their youngest daughter, Alice Gertrude, was united in marriage to Roy G. Benedict, son of Charles Benedict, St. Vincent. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. C. Anderson in the presence of the immediate relatives. The bride who was attended, looked smart in a travelling suit of sand shade gabardine with hat to match. After the marriage the quests sat down to a dainty luncheon, the table being beautifully decorated with asters, dahlias and maidenhair fern. The bride received many beautiful and useful presents, the groom's gift being a cheque. The happy couple left after, amid showers of confetti and good wishes, for Toronto, Windsor and other points.

Deputy Sheriff Roy G. Benedict Honored Before Retirement
- The Owen Sound Sun-Times, Aug. 5. 1961

The staff at the Grey County Building held a presentation Friday afternoon for Deputy Sheriff Roy G. Benedict. who is retiring at the end of August. Mr Benedict, will complete his duties on Aug. 10 and will be on vacation until the end of the month.

Mr. Benedict has been deputy sheriff for Grey county since July 1, 1938, In addition, he has held the offices of deputy clerk of the County Court and Surrogate Court and local deputy registrar of the Supreme Court since 1945.

The court room was nearly filled Friday afternoon with members of the legal profession. members of County Council and officials and staff members from the various departments at the County Building. Judge Colin E. Bennett was in charge of the short ceremony.

Sheriff F. T. Egener spoke on behalf of the county building staff. He mentioned briefly the great strides made in the administrative side of law since Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House in 1853, a satire chiefly directed against Chancery and the law's delay.

Roy Benedict has worked diligently to avoid delays in the administrative end of law in Grey County, said Mr. Egener. His accurate, painstaking efficiency has raised the standards of the local courts, he added, But more important has been his absolute honesty in carrying out his duties. His work will remain a standard for future holders of the office, Mr. Egener concluded.

Two members of the sheriff's office staff, Miss Stella Keenan and Mrs. Audrey Bell, presented Mr. Benedict with a wall clock on behalf of all the county building staff. M. A. Craig, Q. C., speaking on behalf of the Grey County Law Association, said that Mr. Benedict had served the public and the lawyers of. Grey county diligently and the members of the bar appreciated the courteous, efficient way he had carried out his duties.

Mr. Craig presented a silver tray from the law association engraved "in appreciation of years of pleasant association and long and faithful service."

Miss Sara McPherson, court stenographer, presented a bouquet of red roses to Mrs. Benedict.

Warden W. J. Kinney of Grey county, reeve of Artemesia township congratulated Mr. Benedict on behalf of Grey County Council.

Mr Benedict spoke briefly, expressing appreciation for the gifts and good wishes. He said he had tried to give courtious and efficient service, believing that this was the duty of the office, and he was plesed to learn that his efforts were appreciated.

In conclusion Judge Benett said that Mr. Benedict had given exemplary service with kindness and efficiency. He thanked the retiring deputy sheriff for the assistance he had given him.

Following the ceremony, coffee and doughnuts were served in the balcony room.

Mr. Benedict is a native of St. Vincent township. He farmed there, except during the first world war years until 1938. when he was appointed deputy sheriff. At that time he moved to Owen Sound. Four years later he moved to his present home in Sydenham township. on Highway 26, just east of Owen Sound.

On Jan, 1, 1916, Mr Benedict joined the 147th Battalion and later he was transferred to the 24th Infantry Battalion, serving in France as a signaller. He was demobilized in May of 1919.

Mr. Benedict married the former Alice McLeod. They have two sons and two daughters. He owns an apple orchard at a farm occupied by his son Frank near Woodford, and he expects that this will keep him busy during many hours of his retirement, But for this winter he plans his first trip to Florida. He expects to spend most of the winter there, particularly in the St. Petersburg area.

Mr. Benedict is a quiet man who is highly regarded by his fellow employees, members of the legal profession and others with whom he comes in contact for the efficient and pleasant manner in which he has carried out his duties for the past 23 years.

This 10 acre lot was the E4 of Lot 6, Range 5, on Highway No.26. It was purchased from the crown January, 1847, by Mr. George Corbit who acquired other nearby property also. In July, 1869, this 10 acres was sold to Mr. Alex McFee. It is thought that Mr. McFee had built the brick house and the barn that was on the property when the Benedicts lived there. Mr. McFee sold the property to his son-in-law, Mr. William H. Wright in May 1906. In December of 1907 Mr. Wright sold to Mr. John H. Petch. Until 1909 this property was in the town of Owen Sound, then a bylaw was passed annexing this land to Sydenham Township. Some years later it was reverted back to the city of Owen Sound again. Mr. Petch died and the family moved away. In March 1920, the property was acquired by Mr. J. Arthur McDonald and in April of 1922 they sold to Mr. Donald Cameron. After Mr. & Mrs. Cameron died the farm was bought by Walter Spencer in September 1941. They resided here until March 1948 when Roy and Alice Benedict bought the holding.

The Benedicts had a family of two sons and two daughters. The younger son Bob, and daughter Lois were at home when the Benedicts moved there. Eleanor is married to Lloyd Spence and Frank to June Dailey. Mrs Benedict was a valued member of the Bothwell Corners Women's Institute. The Benedicts were members of the First Baptist Church in Owen Sound. Mr. Benedict had been Deputy Sheriff for Owen Sound from July 1, 1938 until his retirement in August 1961.

The Final Years for Roy

Roy G. Benedict, 69, former Deputy Sheriff of Grey County, died suddenly at his home on the outskirts of Owen Sound February 18, 1966.

ROY GIFFORD BENEDICT PASSES; -- Roy Benedict passed away at his home , RR#1 Owen Sound. Roy Gifford Benedict beloved Husband of Alice MacLean. Loving father of Frank and Eleanor, (Mrs. Lloyd Spence), born of RR#2 Woodford, Robert of RR#4 Tara and Lois, (Mrs. George Mahon), RR#1 Owen Sound. Sadly missed by thirteen grand children. Dear brother of Charles and Violet, (Mrs. Wm. Woolley) both of Meaford, and Pearl, (Mrs. L. Fulford) of Owen Sound. Predeceased by one sister Martha, (Mrs. J. Jolley) of Meaford. The late Mr. Benedict is resting at Tannahill Funeral Home, 1178 4th Ave., West. Funeral arrangments incomplete. Members of the 147th Battalion will hold a memorial service. Time to be annouced later. Donations to the Heart Foundation as your expression of sympathy will be appreciated by the family.

Roy Gifford Benedict is buried in Annan Cemetery, St Vincent Twp., Grey Co.

The Final Years for Alice

MRS. ROY BENEDICT DIES IN HOSPITAL --- Mrs. Roy G. Benedict of Owen Sound died Wednesday in the General and Marine Hospital following a short illness. She was 75. Born December 8, 1895 at Cape Rich, near Meaford, Mrs. Benedict was the former Alice Gertrude MacLean daughter of the late Robert and Frances Moody MacLean. Mrs. Benedict lived all her life in the Meaford and Owen Sound areas. She had resided in Owen Sound for the past 22 years. Her husband a former deputy sheriff of Grey County, died February 18, 1966. An active member of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Benedict was a past president in the Church's Mission Circle. She was also an active member of Bothwell's Corners Women's Institute. Surviving are two sons, Frank, RR#2 Woodford; Robert, RR#4 Tara; Two daughters, Eleanor, Mrs. Lloyd Spence RR#2 Woodford; Lois, Mrs. George Mahon, RR#1 Owen Sound, one brother, Peter MacLean of Berkley and 16 Grandchildren. Mrs. Benedict was predeceased by one brother William and one sister Eleanor.

Alice Gertrude "MacLean" Benedict is buried in Annan Cemetery, St Vincent Twp., Grey Co.


Some notes on the children

  • Frank Hunter Benedict; born Oct. 18, 1921; Married, resided Woodford, Ontario.1 Died Nov. 29, 1985, married; June Idella Elizabeth Dailey, born 1928 in St .Vincent Twp., Grey County, Ontario.
    • Ivan Frank Benedict; married June Thompson on Oct. 19, 1968
      • David Charles Benedict
      • Rhonda Leanne Benedict
    • Edward Benedict; married Mary Lou Sefried
      • Jennifer Benedict
    • Larry Benedict; married Marion Martin
      • Brenda Benedict
    • Wayne Benedict; married Margaret Ann Hale
      • Christina Lynn Benedict
  • Eleanor Beatrice Benedict; born May 9, 1923; married Lloyd Spence; resided Woodford, Ontario.1
    • Laurie Spence; married Robert Wright
      • David Wright
    • Sheila Spence; married Keith Middleton
      • Tony Middleton
      • Troy Middleton
      • Trevor Middleton
    • Patricia Spence; married Tom Waller
      • Michael Waller
    • Janice Spence
  • Charles Robert Benedict; born June 28, 1927; married Eleanor Hitchell; resided Tara, Ontario.1
    • See Charles's biography page for the children
  • Lois Marie Benedict; born Jan. 7, 1937; married George Mahon; resided Owen Sound, Ontario.1
    • Gary Mahon
    • Paul Mahon
    • Karen Mahon


  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", Vol. II by Elwyn E. Benedict; 1st pub. 1969; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

-- DonaldElliott - 10 Jul 2006 -- JimBenedict - 05 Sep 2007 -- DonaldElliott - 20 Jul 2008
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