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William Elmer Benedict

Family reference: 352.255.3

Born Birth 2 Oct 1861 Sullivan twp., Grey co., Ontario
Married Married 21 Mar 1883 Susanna Cashore at Keppel twp., Grey co., Ontario
Died Died 29 May 1934 Avonhill, Saskatchewan
Buried 31 May 1934 Merrington, Saskatchewan

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.



  • Annie Elmer Benedict; b. February 20, 1884
  • Elizabeth Jessie Benedict; b. February 07, 1886
  • Robert Cashore Benedict; b. September 24, 1887; d. 1955
  • Alice Mildred Benedict; b. October 09, 1891
  • Percy Edgar Benedict; b. February 24, 1896; d. 15 Sept 1974, at Victoria, B.C.
  • John Benedict; b. May 04, 1898

William's Parents

William's Early Years

William was born October 02, 1861 in Sullivan Twp., Grey County. He grew up , attended school and worked on his father's farm, until the age of about 22 when he met Susanna "Susan" Cashore. They decided to marry on March 21, 1883. Susan Cashore was born on July 31, 1856.

William and Susan

William and Susan, farmed in Kepple Twp., Grey Co., they can be found on the Canada 1901 Census for Ontario/ Grey Co/ Kepple Twp., (inserted below). In 1907 the family moved west, settling in the district, near Kindersley, Saskatchewan.

William Benedict came to Rosetown by train in 1909 and walked from there to Netherhill to file on Homestead S. W. 24-30-22- for himself and on the N. W. of the same quarter for his son Robert. Mrs. Benedict with a son, Percy, and a daughter, Alice, made up the rest of the family. An older sister Ellie, was married and lived at Oxbow.

In the Spring of 1920 their house was destroyed by fire, caused by the sun's rays on a magnifying glass left in a window. Part of the summer was spent in a tent. In true pioneer style the neighbors rallied round and their new dwelling was ready to move into, that fall.

The Final Years for William

Mr Benedict died in 1934. He was predeceased by his wife in 1928. Both William Elmer Benedict and wife Susan Cashore are buried in Merrington Cemetery, 4 Klms. North-East of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Final Years for Susanna


Resided in Owen Sound and Shallow Lake District for 50 Years.

Mrs. W. E. Benedict who spent over fifty years of her life in the Owen Sound and Shallow Lake Districts, passed quietly away at her home in the Avonhill, Sask., District, Saskatchewan, on May 28th, in her 72nd year [1928].

Mrs. Benedict whose maiden name was Susanna Cashore, was born in the Township of Keppel, near Owen Sound. She was married to William E. Benedict on March the 21st, 1883.

Early residents of this district will remember her genial sympathetic way, also her hospitable home at Shallow Lake, where her family of four children were reared and where she spent many happy years.

Mrs. Benedict was a life-long Methodist and took an active part in every good work. Her home was always open to those who needed her help. It could well be said of her that her life was spent in the service of others.

In 1907 the family moved West and settled in the Armhill district, near Kindersley, Sask., where she associated herself with church and kindred organizations.

Mrs. Benedict leaves to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband and four children and fifteen grand-children; also two sisters: Mrs. William Brown, of Hamilton, and Mrs. Alice Benedict of Hamilton, Manitoba and one brother, Mr. John Cashore, of Alaska, Sask., all early residents of Owen Sound.


Some notes on the children

  • Annie Benedict; born 20 Feb 1884, Keppel Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada.
  • Elizabeth Benedict; born Feb. 7, 1886; no further records.
  • Robert Benedict; born 21 Sept 1887, Keppel Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada. Robert married Rolena Jackson in 1914. They farmed south of Madison for several years but finally returned to the Avonhill district. They lived here for several years until retiring to the coast. They had a family of five children: Elsie, Helen, Harvey, Aletha and Joe. Robert died July 31, 1955 at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Alice Benedict; born 9 Oct 1891, Keppel Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada.Alice married Ogle Ney in 1916. and they lived close by until they moved to Ontario in the thirties.
  • Percy Edgar Benedict; born 24 Feb 1896, Owen Sound, Keppel Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada. Ethel Carley was born 1899 at Merrickville, Ontario, and moved west to Oxbow with her family. Her mother died when she was only twelve. Ethel took teachers training at Oxbow, Then taught at Avonhill School, where she met Percy Benedict. Percy married Ethel Carley in 1919 and they farmed north of Madison.

The history of the Percy Benedict family, in the Kindersley area, began in 1909, when my grandfather William Elmer Benedict, walked from Rosetown to file on a homestead north of Beadle (SW 24-30-22) He and his wife, formerly Susan Cashore moved there from Glen Ewan in 1910. There were four children in the family,Ellie ( Mrs. Hugh Pedlar of Oxbow ), Bob, Alice ( Mrs. Ogle Ney ) and my father Percy. The school district of Avonhill, formed in 1911. Attendence was from 10 to 12 students. teachers salaries were between $600 and$700 per year.

Dad remembered his first trip to the homestead in 1911 when he walked from Netherhill in a cloud of Mosquitos. In 1919 Percy Edgar Benedict, married Ethel Carley and they resided on a farm two miles north of Madison. In 1927 they moved to Kindersley were Percy worked for T. M. McEwan as a book-keeper and clerk. Then in 1929 they moved back to the home farm north of Beadle. In 1931 the family moved to a farm six miles North West of Kindersley in the Cloverhill South District. Then came the "dirty thirties". In two years Dad harvested 540 bus. of grain from 640 acres. Cars were put up on blocks, and horse drawn equipment, was used for transportation. During these years the municipality, brought carloads, of livestock feed, as well as apples, and dried fish, for the people

In 1935 we moved to a farm in the Newburg, South, District, north of Snipe lake. This farm was later purchased and farmed until 1972 when Percy and Ethel retired and moved to Victoria. Dad passed away in Victoria B.C. 15 Sept 1974 and mother moved to Moose Jaw to be with her daughter Loreen, until her death in 1983.

Percy is buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood, Sooke Road, Vancouver Island. Ethel died in Moosejaw and was buried with Percy in Hatley Memorial Gardens.

In 1973, my wife and I, settled in Nanaimo, where we are now retired. Brother Don and his wife Agnes live in Victoria, and sister Loreen lives in Moose Jaw. (Written by Percy's son, Warren Benedict).

NOTE; - - Margaret Loreen Benedict married Frank Barclay Gummeson (s/o Frank Elmer Gummeson and Ethel Mary Alexzena Ward). Loreen and Frank's Children are; Douglas Gummeson; Frank Elmer Gummeson and Caron Ethel Gummeson.

  • John Benedict; born May 4, 1898; no further records.

Census of 1901

Person Sex Relation Status Birth Date Age Born Origin Occupation
Benidict, William E. M head married 2 Oct 1861 39 Ontario Irish Farmer
Susan F wife married 31 July 1856 44 Ontario English  
Annie E. F daughter single 20 Feb 1884 17 Ontario English  
Robert M son single 21 Sept 1887 13 Ontario English  
Alice F daughter single 9 Oct 1891 9 Ontario English  
Percy M son single 24 Feb 1896 5 Ontario English  
NOTE: All have nationality of "Canadian" and religion of "Methodist".
- Canada 1901 Census for Grey county, Ontario, District 65, Subdistrict c-9 Keppel, page 14, microfilm reel T-6469.


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