Benton, Keith & Moroney Families

The Benton Family of Australia


The oldest document that links the BENTON family of Sydney to the family from Essex in England is the original Indenture Paper for John Laybank BENTON. John was apprenticed to John Hollywell FISHER of Plaistow, Essex on 9th June 1840, for the wage of one shilling per week in the first year.

From the information on this Indenture we have been able to trace his family in the area of Plaistow and West Ham, now part of the East End of London. John and his family were baptised at the local church of All Saints, West Ham. The church still stands but is undergoing extensive restoration.

Indenture paper
John Laybank Benton's Indenture paper
All Saints Church Plaistow, 2003
All Saints Church Plaistow, c. 1830

The next we know about John Laybank is his departure for Adelaide on 12 April 1848 on the ship the Forfarshire. He was 10 days short of his 21st birthday and his departure was 7 months after his mother died. He left behind his father, three brothers and a sister.

The story of his family is told here through offical records (census, BDM indices, BDM certificates etc) and what little family history has been passed down by heirlooms and word of mouth.

We start with John Laybank's parents - Benjamin Benton the Grocer and his first wife Elizabeth LAYBANK. Note that the Laybank name is surprisingly rare, there being only SIX entries in the 1841 census, FIVE in 1851, FOUR in 1871 and 1881, TWO in 1891, just ONE in 1901 and NONE in the 1911 census.

You can read on about Benjamin BENTON, or select one of the other family members from the links in the family tree.

                                                             John BENTON                                 James RUDGE
                                                                 |                                           |
         Elizabeth LAYBANK========v=======================Benjamin BENTON==================v=============Mary RUDGE
                ?-1847         m1:1818                       1792-1877                  m2:1850     
                                  |                                                        |
                                  |                                                        |
    |-----------------------------|-----------|----------|------------------|              |----------------|
 Benjamin John                  James     William   John Laybank    Elizabeth Martha  Abel Benjamin Ebenezer Frederick
1820-1914                     1822-1874  1824-1871   1826-1913          1828-1886         1853-         1856-1929
    |                             |          |           |                  |              |                |
    |--- -------|--------|        ?          |           |---------|        |              ?                |
  m1:1838    m2:1846  m3:1882              m:1862     m1:1856   m2:1867   m:1850                          m:1882
 Eleanor    Charlotte  Anne              Harriett      Mary      Sarah     James                          Sarah
 GWALTER      SHARP    DRAKE              LOVETT      STENNER   GODRIDGE  WILLIAMS                         WOOD
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Last updated: 29 June 2020