Richard Benson

Settler of township lots: Lot 4, Conc. 4, Guilford (Stanhope area)

Location: Map point is the approximate location with this 76 acre lot the south shore of Green Lake. (Current Earl Cooper residence)

Land acquisition: 1882 from The C. L. & C. Co for $76. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Guilford (Image 34).

Dates of residency:

  • 1881 Census of Canada, Stanhope: farmer living with nephew Richard Dawson
  • 1891 Census of Canada, Stanhope
  • 1892 Death: Maple Lake

Interesting facts: 

The years before 1885 saw a steady influx of homesteaders to West Guilford. Included were Richard Benson. Source: In Quest of Yesterday by Nila Reynolds. Published by The Provisional County of Haliburton, Minden, Ontario 1973 pg.154

Richard Benson's sister was Jane Benson (1815-1892) who married Peter Dawson (1801-1873) and is buried with them.

Preceding landowner: 1865 The C. L. & C. Co from The Crown

Succeeding landowner:

  • 19? Charlotte Amelia Cooper (widow of Samuel George Cooper)
  • 1931 Norman Linton part
  • 1943 Stanley Cooper part (son of Samuel George Cooper)

Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree

  • Richard Benson, b. Abt 1812, England d. 30 Jan 1892, Maple Lake, Stanhope, (Age ~ 80 years) COD: La Grippe (Influenza). Buried: St. Peter's Cemetery
    • Thomas Benson, b. 06 Jun 1774, England d. 06 Oct 1864, Cavan, (Age 88 years)
    • Margaret (Peggy) Sisson, b. 1775, England d. 28 Jan 1870, Cavan, (Age 95 years)