James Benbow   Family Chart
James and Alice Benbow and family(abt 1914)
Back row: Ruth; Ida; Jack; Eva; Seated - James and Alice Bishop; Front: George, Albert and Percy

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James Benbow was born 29 Nov 1854 at Whitton Ludlow, Shropshire

1861 Census Name: James Benbow Age: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1854
Relation: Son Father's Name: William Benbow
Mother's Name: Mary Benbow
Where born: Whitton Burford, Shropshire, England
Household: William Benbow 34; Mary Benbow 33;  John Benbow 10; James Benbow 7; Sarah Benbow 5; Elizabeth Benbow 2

The family immigrated on the Huntress and Jim attended the Epworth private school with sisters Ann, Sarah and Elizabeth. He worked on his father's Waitohi farm and married 22 Jun 1882 to Alice Bishop of Winchester.

When his father William died, James inherited "Ladymoor" farm, now smaller as William had sold off a piece. Because of a descrepancy in the will, James had to pay each member of the family and downhearted, James sold two years later to K J King the 185 acres for £3738 on 1/7/1911.

He and Alice and family moved south to Milton where speculation in a venture went sour and again the family moved first to Bankside near Ashburton, then to Hampden and then to Rakaia where he settled down farming crops of wheat, oats and barley and stayed there until his death in 1946.

1881 - Electorate Geraldine; Number 1067; Surname BENBOW; Given Names James;
Nature Of Qualification - Residential; Place Of Residence Waitohi; Occupation Farmer
1886 - Timaru Herald, 28 October 1886, Class 137 — Best hackney colt or filly foaled since July Ist, (one entry) . James Benbow, first.
1888 Timaru Herald, 13 April 1888 J Benbow Vestryman St Saviours church
1888 Timaru Herald, 5 October 1888: HORSE PARADE. The following are the entries for the horse parade on Saturday received by the secretary of the Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Association. COACHING. Mr J. Murphy's Young Perkin Warbeck ; Mr James Benbow's Waitohi ; Mr G. H. Rhodes' Berlin.
1888- Timaru Herald,  5 October 1888: TIMARU HORSE PARADE. SATURDAY, 6th OCTOBER. For sale after the Parade; On account of Mr J. Benbow, Temuka —  "WAITOHI,"
1894 - Timaru Herald, 15 June 1894: T A T T E R S A L L'S ( BOOTH CANTERBURY HORSE MARKET. SATURDAY, JUNE 16th. Account of Messrs Benbow and Moffitt, Ashburton—- 3 Draught Mares and Geldings, young  and sound, with trial 3 Light Harness Horses  Sale at 11 o'clock. J. MUNDHLL, Auctioneer.
1895 Timaru Herald, 25 April 1895: J Benbow Vestry St Saviours Church Temuka
1897 - Geraldine electoral roll; Living with wife Alice at Waitohi, farmer, residential
1911 - Electorate: Ashburton Number: 388 Surname: Benbow Given Name: James
Residence: Waitohi Occupation: farmer
Ashburton Guardian, 29 April 1911: Land Sales. Messrs Guinness and LeCren, Ltd., Timaru, reportof properties sales during the past month:—  Mr James Benbow, his "Ladymoor" farm at Temuka, containing 418 acres 3 roods and 33 perches, with fine homestead and buildings, to Mr David J. Young.
1911 - Electorate: Bruce supp Number: 6282 Surname: Benbow Given Name: James; Residence: Glenore; Occupation: farmer
1917 - Bankside PRELIMINARY NOTICE. CLEARING SALE AT BANKSIDE. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917. We have received instructions from MR JAMES BENBOW, Bankside, who has sold his farm to hold an UNRESERVED CLEARING SALE, on the above date of all his LIVE AND DEAD STOCK. Full particulars of which will be advertised later. N.Z. FARMERS' CO.-OP, ASSN., Auctioneers.
1925 - The “Timaru Herald” 14th December 1925: Early South Canterbury Families
1942 -Christchurch  Press:  Monday  5 Jan  1942: Deaths  - BENBOW: Jan  3rd Ashburton,  James,  husband of late Alice Harriett  of Rakaia,  age 83

Their 8 Children: John (Jack)  Whitton  Benbow; Ruth Mary Benbow; Emily Maud Benbow; Percy James Benbow; Eva  Frances Benbow; Ida Alice Benbow; Albert (Bert) Edward Benbow; George William Benbow

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