Henry Elijah Benjamin

about 1815–19 March 1900 (Age 85)
New York, United States

The Life of Henry Elijah

When Henry Elijah Benjamin was born about 1815, in New York, United States, his father, Joseph Ebenezer Benjamin, was 28 and his mother, Hannah Adsit, was 30. He married Elizabeth Jane Powley on 6 January 1835, in District Judiciaire de Frontenac, Quebec, Canada. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada in 1871. He died on 19 March 1900, in Portland, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

Henry Elijah Benjamin
Elizabeth Jane Powley
Marriage: 6 January 1835
Asenath Marie Benjamin
Franses Benjamin
Alonza Benjamin
Susan Benjamin
Eliza Jane Benjamin
Henry Benjamin
Hannah Theresa Benjamin
James Powley Benjamin
John Washington Benjamin
William Ebenzar Benjamin
Daniel Wilson Benjamin
Hiram Matthew Benjamin

Spouse and Children

6 January 1835
District Judiciaire de Frontenac, Quebec, Canada


    Asenath Marie Benjamin


    Eliza Jane Benjamin


    Henry Benjamin


    Hannah Theresa Benjamin


    James Powley Benjamin


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Jacob Benjamin


    Elijah Benjamin


    Lewis Benjamin


    Mary Polly Benjamin


+3 More Children

World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 4

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 12

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 31

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Jewish, English, French, and Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyamin ‘Son of the South’. In the Book of Genesis, it is treated as meaning ‘Son of the Right Hand’. The two senses are connected, since in Hebrew the south is thought of as the righthand side of a person who is facing east. Benjamin was the youngest and favorite son of Jacob and supposed progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 35:16– 18; 42:4). It is rare as an English and French surname; the personal name was not common among Gentiles in the Middle Ages, but its use was sanctioned by virtue of having been borne by a saint martyred in Persia in about ad 424 . In some cases in medieval Europe it was also applied as a byname or nickname to the youngest (and beloved) son of a large family; this is the sense of modern French benjamin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Henry Benjamin in entry for Hannah A Benjamin, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Henry Benjamin in entry for Clarence Benjamin, "Ontario Births, 1869-1912"
  • Henry Benjamin in entry for Acemith Marie Latimore, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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