Katherine Florence Benson

10 November 1882–14 June 1955 (Age 72)
Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

The Life of Katherine Florence

When Katherine Florence Benson was born on 10 November 1882, in Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand, her father, William Benson, was 35 and her mother, Ovidia Catrina Olssen, was 26. She married Thomas Murcott on 7 May 1902, in Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 14 June 1955, in Dannevirke, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, at the age of 72.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Murcott
Katherine Florence Benson
Marriage: 7 May 1902
Gladys Elizabeth Murcott
Doris Mabel Murcott
Henry Alexander Murcott
Pearl Annie Murcott
Jessie Yardley Murcott
William Thomas Murcott

Spouse and Children

7 May 1902
Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    William Benson


    Ovidia Catrina Olssen




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Age 5

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.

Age 11

New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.

Age 25

The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict ( see Benn ).2 English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin ( see Bien , Benjamin ) + German Sohn ‘son’.

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

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Sources (1)

  • Catherine Laurence Benson, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"

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