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
1815–1900
Elizabeth Jane Powley
1815–1871
Marriage: 6 January 1835
Asenath Marie Benjamin
1835–1911
Franses Benjamin
1864–
Alonza Benjamin
1866–
Susan Benjamin
1867–
Eliza Jane Benjamin
1837–1909
Henry Benjamin
1842–1876
Hannah Theresa Benjamin
1842–1914
James Powley Benjamin
1845–1928
John Washington Benjamin
1847–1916
William Ebenzar Benjamin
1850–1905
Daniel Wilson Benjamin
1853–1914
Hiram Matthew Benjamin
1855–1878

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
6 January 1835
District Judiciaire de Frontenac, Quebec, Canada
children

(12)

    Asenath Marie Benjamin

    Female1835–1911Female

    Eliza Jane Benjamin

    Female1837–1909Female

    Henry Benjamin

    Male1842–1876Male

    Hannah Theresa Benjamin

    Female1842–1914Female

    James Powley Benjamin

    Male1845–1928Male

+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(8)

    Male1802–Male

    Jacob Benjamin

    Male1802–Male

    Elijah Benjamin

    Male1808–1882Male

    Lewis Benjamin

    Male1809–1864Male

    Mary Polly Benjamin

    Female1812–Female

+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.
1846

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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