Children of Sarah and George Benson

01. Charles Edwin Benson

1854-08-13 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses; Manchester Crematorium memorial plaques
1861 scholar, living with his family and a general servant in Crescent Road, Crumpsall TNA: PRO RG 9/2972 f67 p42
1871 scholar, living with his family and a servant at 93 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire PRO RG 10/4013 f78 p3
1880 Q3 m. Emma Jane Rolason (1855–1942, b. Handsworth, Staffordshire), in West Bromwich RD GRO index; censuses; Manchester Crematorium memorial plaques
Children: Hilda S. (1884–1970), b. Salford, Lancashire; Norah (1885–1962),  Charles G. (1887–1957), Norman (1892 – after 1917), and Harold (1894 – after 1901), all b. Ashton-upon-Mersey, Cheshire GRO index; censuses
1881 buyer, grey goods, living with his wife and a cook, at 222 Lower Broughton Rd, Salford, Lancashire RG 11/3952 f27 p13
1891 buyer of cotton goods, employed, living with his family and a general servant in Queens Road, Ashton-upon-Mersey RG 12/2823 f129 p43
1895-07-10 co-executor of his brother Alfred's will National Probate Calendar
1895-09-03 rented a house at 37 Manley Road, Withington, Lancashire; gross estimated rental £46, rateable value £39; rate £3 5s.; 4s. 10d. in arrears at end of year, the property now empty Manchester rate books
1896 renting 37 Manley Road, Withington; gross estimated rental £46, rateable value £39; rate £3 5s., paid in full Manchester rate books
up to 1897-09-09 renting 37 Manley Road, Withington; gross estimated rental £46, rateable value £39; rate £3 8s. 3d., paid in full Manchester rate books
1898-05-06 rented a house at 62 Alexandra Road South, Withington; gross estimated rental £80, rateable value £68; rate £5 19s.; 13s. 7d. in arrears at end of year, the property now empty Manchester rate books
1899 the owner of 62 Alexandra Road South, Withington; gross estimated rental £80, rateable value £68; rate £6 10s., paid in full Manchester rate books
1900 the owner of 62 Alexandra Road South, Withington; gross estimated rental £80, rateable value £68; rate £6 16s., paid in full Manchester rate books
1901 buyer (grey cloth), worker, living with his family at Norton Lees, Ansdell Rd, Lytham, Lancashire RG 13/3966 f129 p15
1904-12-31 of 'Ivyhurst', 62 Alexandra-road-south, Alexandra-park, Manchester; d. Chorlton RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar

BENSON—On December 31st, 1904, at Ivyhurst, Whalley Range, Charles Edwin Benson, aged 50 years (34 years with Messrs. Louis Behrens and Sons).—The funeral will take place at the Manchester Crematorium on Tuesday, the 3rd January, 1905, at 12.30 p.m.—Inquires to Messrs. Satterfield, By, and Co., 9, The Crescent, Salford. Telephone No. 2,473.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1905-01-02; Manchester Crematorium memorial plaques
1905-03-06 will proved at London by Emma Jane Benson, widow, and Frederic Benson, estate-agent; effects £3504 12s. National Probate Calendar


02. Thomas Duckworth Benson (T.D. Benson)

1857 Q4 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses
1861 living with his family and a general servant in Crescent Road, Crumpsall TNA: PRO RG 9/2972 f67 p42
1871 scholar, living with his family and a servant at 93 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire PRO RG 10/4013 f78 p3
  initially worked as an accountant Wikipedia
1881 estate broker and valuer, living with his family and two domestic servants at The Downs, Butterstyle Lane, Prestwich, Lancashire RG 11/4032 f72 p32
1888 m. Ellen Maud Foy (1859–1935, b. Bolton, Lancashire) GRO index; censuses; National Probate Calendar; Manchester Crematorium memorial plaque
Children: George (1889–1973), b. Clifton Junction, Lancashire; Doris (1890–1986), b. Buxton, Derbyshire; Thomas Joseph (1892–1937), Margaret Ellen (1895 – after 1901), both b. Prestwich; Eric (1897–1974), and Alfred (1900 – after 1901), both b. Clitheroe, Lancashire GRO index; censuses
1889-05-14 in the Nisi Prius Court:

ALLEGED FRAUD IN A PROPERTY TRANSACTION.

HERITAGE v. BENSON AND SPURR.—The hearing of this case was concluded on Tuesday.—The plaintiffs, Joseph Heritage and A.C. Heritage, father and son, of New Bank-street, West Gorton, sought to recover from Thomas Duckworth Benson, accountant and estate broker, and Henry Reynolds Spurr, land and mortgage agent, the defendants, the sum of £200, alleged to have been obtained from the plaintiffs by fraud.—Mr. Gully, Q.C., M.P., and Mr. Parry were counsel for the plaintiffs; Mr. Ambrose, Q.C., M.P., and Mr. Sutton represented the defendant Benson; and Mr. Bradbury appeared for the defendant Spurr.—In the early part of 1888 the elder plaintiff bought for £200 the equity of some property at Longsight upon which there  was a mortgage of £900. He urged that he was assured the mortgage would not be called in so long as the interest was paid. In June the mortgagees called upon him to pay £50 by Christmas. This he was unable to do, and the mortgagees afterwards took possession of the property, and directed the tenants to pay the rent to them. The Heritages submitted that the defendants had induced the elder plaintiff to invest his savings in the property by statements they knew to be unfounded. Mr. Spurr, in his defence, said the only representation made was that, so far as the defendants knew, the mortgage would be allowed to remain if the interest was regularly paid. Before the completion of the purchase the plaintiffs were told that the mortgage would have to be reduced by instalments, the first to be paid at Christmas of the same year.—Mr. Benson denied that he ever represented that the £900 could remain till the plaintiffs could reduce it. Additional witnesses for the defendants were called.—The Judge, in summing up the evidence to the jury, said the question was one of great importance to the chief plaintiff, inasmuch as the verdict decided the fate of the savings of his long and laborious life. But the verdict was of even greater importance to the defendants. If the verdict was for the plaintiffs, it would for many purposes have the operation of a conviction for perjury and forgery, and probably conspiracy against Mr. Benson and Mr. Spurr, and also not identically the same offences but very nearly the same offences, and especially the offence of perjury, with regard to the solicitor, Mr. Parkinson.—The jury found for the defendants, and judgment was entered accordingly.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1889--5-18
1891 estate agent, employer, living with his family and his brother Alfred, with a cook and a nurse, at The Mount, Prestwich RG 12/3271 f59 p60
  first came to prominence as a follower of Swedenborg Wikipedia
1895 founding treasurer of the New Church Socialist Society, and editor of its journal, Uses
1895-07-10 co-executor of his brother Alfred's will National Probate Calendar
1896-07-18 case heard at Manchester Crown Court:

LIGHTFOOT v. BENSON AND SMITH.—In this action the plaintiffs, Henry and Robert Lightfoot, electrical engineers, Cooper-street, Manchester, claimed damages from Thomas Duckworth Benson and Robert Smith, the proprietors of the Trevelyan Buildings, Corporation-street, Manchester, for breach of contract in regard to an electric lighting installation. The defendants counter-claimed for damages on the ground of the unsatisfactory character of the work. [ . . . eventually the parties agreed to a verdict for the plaintiffs for £70 and costs.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1896-07-20
1896 became active in the Independent Labour Party, and was the main financial backer of Keir Hardie's unsuccessful candidacy in the Bradford East by-election Wikipedia
1901 estate agent, employer, living at Macroom, South Drive, St Anne's on the Sea, Lancashire, with his family, a housemaid, a cook, a charwoman, a nurse domestic, and a nurse trained maternity RG 13/3968 f43 p28
became treasurer of the ILP; within the party, he became known as a leader of the right-wing Wikipedia
1901/1920 remained treasurer for twenty years, opposing World War I, but suffering long-term ill health
1905-10-24 estate agent, of The Downs, Butterstile-lane, Prestwich; nominated as ILP candidate for Harpurhey ward, in the Manchester city elections Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 1905-10-25
1909 when Hardie, Ramsay Macdonald, Philip Snowden and Bruce Glasier resigned in protest at the membership's willingness to oppose sitting Liberal Party candidates, he remained on the executive, working with J. R. Clynes and William Crawford Anderson to win the body to Macdonald's views; he also wrote extensively for the party, including a controversial pamphlet promoting eugenics in a future socialist state Wikipedia
1911 land agent, own account, visitor in the household of Herbert Allen Day, private means, and his family, at Woodhurst, West Wymer, Norwich, Norfolk RG 14/11324 RD225 ED35 SN305
1916-09-14 of Firwood, Disley, Cheshire British Army WWI service record for his son George
1916-10-14 estate agent marriage register of St Martin, Potternewton
1918-11-07 treasurer of the Independent Labour party, and carrying on the business of an estate-agent under the style of Benson and Sons, York-street, Manchester; unsuccessfully sued the editor of the Ilkeston Pioneer for libel, in the King's Bench, the defendant having claimed that the ILP was being funded by German money

Mr. Benson, in his evidence, said he had been treasurer of the party for seventeen years. He had three sons serving in the army, two holding commissions as lieutenants. They offered themselves before compulsory service came into force. The balance-sheets of the party were certified by auditors. He denied that German money came into his hands. He was in favour of peace by negotiation.

Cross-examined: The society was not a Bolshevik society. He sustained no loss through the publication of the libel. His eldest son was a conscientious objector, and had been imprisoned for his opinions.

Manchester Evening News, 1918-11-07; Birmingham Daily Post, 1918-11-08
1920 living at Firwood, Disley, Cheshire, with his wife and their son Eric electoral registers
living at Firwood, Disley, Cheshire, with his wife and their son Thomas
1922 living at Firwood, Disley, Cheshire, with his wife and their son Thomas
1925/1926 living at Firwood, Disley, Cheshire, with his wife and their sons Thomas and Alfred
1926-06-23 of Firwood, Jackson's Edge, Disley; d. Hayfield RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar; Derbyshire registrars death index
1926-06-25T11:30

On the 23rd of June, at Firwood, Disley, Thomas Duckworth dearly loved husband of Ellen Maud BENSON. Service at Manchester Crematorium on Monday June 28 at 11.30am. No flowers by request. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation. Inquiries to Messrs Kendal Milne and Co.

Manchester cremation records, citing Manchester Guardian, 1926-05-25; Manchester Crematorium memorial plaque
1926-09-29 will proved at Manchester by Ellen Maud Benson, widow, George Benson, estate agent, and Doris Seares (wife of William Arthur Seares); effects £42,932 19s. 3d. National Probate Calendar
net personalty was £14,387 Lancashire Evening Post, 1926-10-15
  a "well-to-do pioneer who had been the friend of and benefactor to many of those who were struggling to establish Labour as the political and social force in the latter half of the nineteenth century" Word doc on Ancestry.com, citing the obituary of his son Sir George Benson in The Times, 1973-08-22


03. Sarah Louisa Benson

1859-03-04 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: PRO RG 101)
1861 living with her family and a general servant in Crescent Road, Crumpsall TNA: PRO RG 9/2972 f67 p42
1871 scholar, living with her family and a servant at 93 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire PRO RG 10/4013 f78 p3
1881 living with her family and two domestic servants at The Downs, Butterstyle Lane, Prestwich, Lancashire RG 11/4032 f72 p32
1887 Q3 m. Thomas Henry Briercliffe (1857–1939, cotton spinner, b. Kersley, Lancashire), in Salford RD GRO index; censuses
Children: Rupert (1889–1975), Louis Bernard (1890–1917), and Alfred (1895–1971), all b. Great Lever, Lancashire GRO index; censuses; National Probate Calendar; Hartley Family Tree
1891 living at Carlton Hill, Great Lever, Lancashire, with her family, a general servant, and a nurse maid RG 12/3126 f106 p2
1901 living at 51 Bradford St, Bolton, Lancashire, with her family, a housemaid, and a general servant RG 13/3629 f125 p4
1911 living with her husband, her youngest son, and two general servants, in 12 rooms at Wheatfield, Bolton RG 14/23425 RD461 ED16 SN332
1918/1919 living with her husband at Wheatfield, Radcliffe Road, Bolton electoral registers
1920 living with her husband and her surviving sons, at Wheatfield, Bolton
1922/1926 living with her husband and their son Alfred, at 'Burwains', Macclesfield, Cheshire
1939-09-29 unpaid domestic duties, living at Burwains, Rhyl, Flintshire 1939 England and Wales Register
1941-01-22 of Burvains, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales; d. St Asaph RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1941-07-07 will proved at Bangor by Alfred Briercliffe, public works contractor, and Robert Dyson Briercliffe, cotton manufacturer; effects £7057 6s. 2d. National Probate Calendar
net personalty £2965 Liverpool Daily Post, 1941-07-30


04. George Benson

1861 Q1 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses
1861 living with his family and a general servant in Crescent Road, Crumpsall TNA: PRO RG 9/2972 f67 p42
1866 Q4 of Crescent Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester; d. Manchester RD, of fever GRO index; Manchester Cemetery records
1866-10-04 bur. in 9 Vault, Manchester Cemetery Manchester Cemetery records


05. Emily Binns Benson

1863 Q3 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses
1871 scholar, living with her family and a servant at 93 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire TNA: PRO RG 10/4013 f78 p3
1881 living with her family and two domestic servants at The Downs, Butterstyle Lane, Prestwich, Lancashire PRO RG 11/4032 f72 p32
1883 Q1 d. Salford RD GRO index


06. Alfred Benson

1865 Q3 b. Crumpsall, Lancashire GRO index; censuses
1871 living with his family and a servant at 93 Broughton Lane, Broughton, Lancashire TNA: PRO RG 10/4013 f78 p3
1881 scholar, living with his family and two domestic servants at The Downs, Butterstyle Lane, Prestwich, Lancashire PRO RG 11/4032 f72 p32
1891 stone merchant, employer, living with his brother Alfred and family, with a cook and a nurse, at The Mount, Prestwich RG 12/3271 f59 p60
1895-06-10 builder's and contractor's merchant, of the Mount, Prestwich, near Manchester; d. 8 Church-road, Lytham, Lancashire GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1895-07-10 will proved at Manchester by Charles Edwin Benson, merchant's buyer, and Thomas Duckworth Benson, estate agent; effects £2793 17s. 7d. National Probate Calendar
1896-03 resworn £2816 19s. 6d.


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