Alice Elsie Benbow & Frederick Button

Alice Elsie* Benbow (b: 04 Jun 1914 in Temuka; d: 25 Feb 1992 in Christchurch; Bur: 28 Feb 1992 Ruru Lawn Cem: Chch) mar: 1936 in Christchurch to Frederick Button (b: 27 Jul 1907 in Chch d: 29 Dec 1974 in Chrch Burial: 31 Dec 1974 Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Chch)

Gen. One: Frederick's grandfather was Robert Thomas Button b: 1828 in Norfolk, England who, on conclusion of his schooling, was employed at the Norwich Union Fire Office. He mar: abt Jun 1850 in Norwich to Anna Mary Pymar (b:1828 West Hailing, the first born child of parents Thomas Pymar and Mary Anne nee Bradford.

Anna Mary brothers and sister were Robert Thomas Pymar b; 1829; Sarah Marie Pymar b; 1832; Mary Anne Pymar b; 1833; John Pymar b; 1835; Jane Pymar b; 1837; Ellen Pymar b; 1840; Harriet Pymar b; 1842.  Wife Anna Mary Button d: 11 Dec 1909 at Brighton, Christchurch aged 81 yrs.)
Robert and Anna left England in 1852 aboard the “Catherine Stewart Forbes and landed at New Plymouth. He farmed first in the Taranaki province where several of their six children were born. In 1859 he moved to Canterbury and settled at Kaiapoi where he had property and found employment as a carpenter and builder.  1863 Robert Button went to Little River for eighteen months before moving to Leeston and became the owner of a threshing machine, then went to Rangitata and purchased an area of Peel Forest bush from Robert Rhodes. He erected a sawmill and prospered from saw milling the totara and farming the cleared land. In 1903 Robert Button bought Brooklyn Lodge, an extensive Christchurch property which incorporated the New Brighton Trotting Club's racecourse. At the village of Arundel, Robert Button laid out a training track on the property for his daughter Bella's equestrian skills and she became well-known in the district driving her team of four or six ponies.
he mill was handed over to one of his sons and Robert purchased a farm at Cooper's Creek, Geraldine where he proved a most successful farmer. Three years prior to his death he met with an accident by falling from a horse, and became after his very active life, an invalid. He lived from time to time at New Brighton and here his wife predeceased him in 1909 and on . He died at his residence, Cooper's Creek, near Geraldine aged 83 yrs; (Bur: Linwood Cem Q10.07) They left a family of two sons and two daughters.

1877 Timaru Herald, 28 Feb: LAND TRANSFER ACT NOTICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the parcel of land here-in-after described will be brought under the provisions of "The Land Transfer Act, 1870" unless caveat be lodged forbidding the same, on or before the 9th Day of APRIL, 1877: 2984. ROBERT HE ATON* RHODES, by his Attorney, Thomas Maberly Haml, 72 acres 1 rood 22 perches, part Sections 1845, 1846, 1347, in the County of Geraldine, in the occupation of Robert Thomas Button. A diagram may be inspected at this office. Dated this 24th day ot February, 1877, at the Lands Registry Office, Christchurch. J EDWARD DENHAM, Deputy-District Land Registrar.

1894/5: ID 81  Rate Book No. 70; Valuation Roll Number 15; Owner Occupier - Robt Thomas Button; Address Peel Forest; Property Description Rangitata Flat; Rating District Geraldine Road Board; Acres 253 Roods 1 Perches 18; £1300. Original Note Book 1 Roll 1

ID 82 Rate Book No. 72; Owner Occupier Anna Mary Button; Address Geraldine; Property Description 11567; Rating District Geraldine Road Board; Acres 300 Roods 0  Perches 0; £1450 Notes Address changed to P Forest.

1896-7: ID 83 Rate Book No. 73; Valuation Roll Number; Owner Occupier - Robt Thomas Button;
Address Rangitata; Property Description 27887, 24533 & others Rangitata Plain; Rating District Geraldine Road Board; Acres 353 Roods 1 Perches 18 Pounds 1675

1996-97: ID 800 Rate Book No. 12; Valuation Roll Number; Owner Occupier - Robt Thomas Button; Address Peel Forest; Property Description 1411, 1412 & others Peel Forest; Rating District Mount Peel Road Board; Acres 684 Roods 1 Perches 37; £2529

Gen. Two: Robert Thomas and Mary Anne Button had 6 children:

i Robert Thomas Button (see below ***)(b: 1852 in New Plymouth, Taranaki d: 13 Feb 1925)

ii Anna Mary Button Born: 14 Dec 1855 in New Plymouth, Taranaki. : 

iii Harriet Jane Button (b: 18 Sep 1857 in New Plymouth, Taranaki; d: 1935) Mar: 1888 to George Henry Patrick (1861 - 1944)

iv Ellen Button (b: 23 Nov 1859 in Canterbury) Mar\: 1890 to George Frederick Newman ( 1860-1925)

vi Isabel (Bella) Button (b: 09 Oct 1863 in Kaiapoi d: 07 Feb 1921 in New Brighton) Mar: 08 Feb 1911 in Christchurch to Augustus Frederick Lipscombe Moore (1870-1936)

vi John Button (b: 1867 d: 1945)  Mar: 05 Apr 1893 in Residence of the bride's mother, Riverside, Ashbourne to Annie May Spensley (b: 1866-1929)

Frederick's father was Robert Thomas Button***  who Mar: (1) at St, Stephen's Church, Ashburton on 29 Jun 1892 was to Fanny Fawcett (b: 1863 Died: 12 Feb 1895 Bur: Ashburton Cem. 14/02/1895) Their son Robert Thomas Pymar Button was born 1893 and d: 1959 aged 64 yrs, a farmer at Te Pirita, Rakaia.

After Fanny's death, Robert Thomas Button remarried in 1896 to Elizabeth Ann Matthews (b: 1866 d: 1934)

Gen. Three: Their children

i Arthur Harold Button (b: 31 May 1899 d: 1992) Mar: 1926 to Mildred Annie Keast

ii Mary Elizabeth Button (b: 12 May 1901 d: 1985) Mar: 1937 William Richard Hooper (b: 1894 d: 1952)

iii Frederick Button (Photo below)Marriage: 1936 at ChCh to Alice Elsie Benbow - his occ:  Motor Mechanic. Best man was Elsie's brother Fred Benbow (on right).

As a child Elsie lived at Cross St, Temuka with her family and attended the Temuka Primary School. She was enrolled 7 Feb 1921 and left 16 Dec 1927 for Hilton. 

Source “Benbow Book”: "Elsie was very musical and could whistle like a canary, a rare talent for a lady and much appreciated by audiences who enjoyed the sweet whistled old melodies. She had been taught by her father who was a good whistler. Elsie became a keen ballroom dancer entering competitions and later she married her dancing partner Fred Button."

Gen: Four: Fred and Elsie's children:

1 Noreen Alice Button mar: Jim

.2 Barrie Frederick Button (b: 04 Jan 1940 d: 21 Apr 1940)

3 Annette Mary Button

4 Brian Robert Button

5 Dianne Elsie Button mar: Yhan

6 Kenneth William Button

7 Heather Edith Button

8 Cheryl June Button (b: 13 Jun 1953 d: 30 Nov 1953)

9 David John Button

Back: Brian, Annette, Maureen & Jim's engagement; Dianne; Front: Fred, Elsie, Heather, Kenneth, Front: David

Photocopying was the technology of the 70's and lacked today's clarity. Your help is needed to update and correct this documentation. Please, if you hold original photos of family members, could these be scanned and replace these photos scanned from the 1974 Benbow book by Catherine Lincoln. Dates are not included for privacy of living descendants.

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