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Thomas A. Benton

Male 1859 - 1914


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  • Name  Thomas A. Benton 
    Nickname  Tom 
    Born  Dec 1859  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  Labourer (1881 Canadian census); Bar-keeper (1888 marriage record; 1895 Minnesota census). Co-owned a saloon in Duluth, with John B. Butchart (Benton & Butchart, at 101 Lake Ave S., Duluth, MN, 1890-92). By 1905 he is listed in the census (Grand Rapids, MN) as a "laborer". 
    Confirmation  1872  Arnprior, McNab township, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Confirmed at Arnprior Church (St. John Chrysostom) 
    Emigration  1883  Canada to the US Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Religion  Roman Catholic 
    Cause of Death  Pneumonia 
    Died  04 Nov 1914  Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  06 Nov 1914  Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I57  Moran
    Last Modified  26 Mar 2010 

    Father  Thomas Benton,   b. About 1831, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Mar 1890, Arnprior, McNab township, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hanora Ryan,   b. Abt 1836, Co. Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1879, Arnprior, McNab township, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  About 1856 
    Family ID  F12  Group Sheet

    Family  Margaret Mulvihill,   b. 1869, Arnprior, McNab township, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1960, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Sep 1888  Arnprior, McNab township, Renfrew Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Witnesses  Michael Mulvihill and Maggie Hiland 
    Census  1895  Duluth, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Head of household is Thomas A. Benton, age 35, W (White), born Canada, resident of Minnesota 13 years, resident of Duluth 4 years, occupation Saloon, parents of foreign birth. With wife Maggie, age 28, W, born Canada; and children Mary G. (age 7, born Minnesota) and John J. (age 1, born Minnesota); and sister Julia, age 18, born Canada. Address is 1907 Dingwall St.  
    Census  1900  Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Head of household is Thomas A. Benton, W (White), born Dec 1859, age 40, married 12 years, birthplace Wisconsin (?), father born Irealnd, mother born Ireland, occupation Saloon Keeper. With wife Maggie, White, born July 1868, age 31, 7 children born to her, 4 children still alive, born Canada (Eng), father born Ireland, mother born Ireland. With children (all born Minnesota) Mary G (born May 1891), John J. (born Sep 1893), Ethel (born Oct 1895), and Margaret L (born Jun 1897). Rent house. 
    Census  1910  Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Head of household is Thomas Benton, W, age 51, married 23 years, born Canada-Irish, father born Ire-Irish, mother born Ire-Irish, year of immigration 1878, is naturalized, occupation Contractor, type of industry Roads, owns house, freehold (not mortgaged). With wife Margaret, W, age 42, 7 children born to her, 4 children still living, born Canada-Irish, father born Ire-Irish, mother born Ire-Irish, year of immigration 1887; and children (all born Minnesota) Mae (19), John (16), Ethel (14), and Margaret (11). Address 188 Hoffman Ave. 
    Children 
     1. Mary Gertrude Benton,   b. May 1891, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1945
     2. John James Benton,   b. 12 Nov 1893, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1986, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Catherine Ethel Benton,   b. 1896, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1944, Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Margaret Lucille Benton,   b. 1898, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F501  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S81] 1871 Census of Canada.

    2. [S93] Register of St. John Chrysostom, Arnprior.

    3. [S164] 1895 Minnesota State Census.
      St Louis, Duluth Ward 1, Family Number 183.

    4. [S118] 1900 United States Federal Census.
      Minnesota, Itasca, Grand Rapids, District 84, Family Number 156.

    5. [S106] 1910 United States Federal Census.
      Minnesota, Itasca, Grand Rapids, District 66, Family Number 191.