The Benton Family of Plaistow, West Ham, Essex
Benjamin Benton - The Grocer
Benjamin was born about 1792 (in Totham, Essex according to the 1861 census, and Harlow, Essex according to the 1871 census). He married Elizabeth LAYBANK on 4 June 1818 at Plaistow. Elizabeth died on 3 Sept 1847 at Plaistow. On 22 Jan 1850 he married Mary RUDGE from Deptford, Kent.
Benjamin lived most of his live at Plaistow in East London. His address varies within a small area around the All Saints Parish Church at Plaistow. His occupation in the census and other records is "Grocer". The records do not tell us whether he had a separate grocer's shop and lived elsewhere. Typically at that time families would have lived behind or above the shop at the same address.
Benjamin and Elizabeth had five children:
Benjamin remarried on 22 Jan 1850 to Mary RUDGE from Deptford, Kent. They had two children:
Where did Benjamin the Grocer live?
From the census and BMD records his addresses were:
In 1841 Benjamin and family lived at Black Lion Row, Plaistow. Black Lion is not in the street index for London, but the census record shows it was adjacent to Broadway.
Benjamin, the oldest son has his own child, Benjamin, with him but not the youngest son James Gwalter Benton. His wife Eleanor GWALTER had recently died. Note that ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 years in the 1841 census.
By 1851 Benjamin had married Mary RUDGE. The only Benjamin and Mary Benton in the 1851 census were living at 4 Vine St, West Ham. The names and places of birth are correct, but the recorded age for Benjamin is wrong. As he was more than 20 years older than his new wife, the census taker may have altered the age to 38 instead of 58.
Benjamin and Mary with their sons Abel and Ebenezer are living at 1 Vine Place Plaistow, which is adjacent to Vicarage Lane, off Church St, close to All Saints Church.
They were now living at 2 South St, West Ham. Note that the sons are now using their middle names (Benjamin and Frederick).
By 1881, Benjamin had died (10 April 1877 at 2 South St, West Ham). His widow remained at this address:
Mary is living with her son Ebenezer and his family at 17 Bushberry Rd, Hackney.
Mary died in the June quarter 1894 aged 77.
Last updated: 12/09/2017