M, b. 1860, d. 1936
Winifred Mary Bennett
F, b. 7 August 1910, d. 21 December 1965
- Charts: Descendants of John Burgess
- Winifred Mary Bennett was born on 7 August 1910 in Needles, Tasmania.
- She was the daughter of John Andrew Bennett and Maria Burgess.
- Winifred Mary Bennett married Arthur Charles Dennison circa 1932. They had four children.
- Winifred Mary Bennett died on 21 December 1965 in Cornelian Bay, Tasmania, at age 55.
F, b. circa 1806, d. before 31 August 1880
- Anne Bennie was born circa 1806 in Cornwall.
- Anne Bennie married Joseph Chivell, son of George Chivell and Elizabeth Uln, on 21 June 1828 in St Agnes. The record shows the bride is Ann Bennie Gourd.
- Anne Bennie and Joseph Chivell immigrated to South Australia in 1839. Joseph and Ann Bennie arrived on the "Java" with all of the children from both of Joseph's marriages.
- Anne Bennie was buried on 31 July 1880.
- Anne Bennie died before 31 August 1880 in Cornwall.
Lillian Thelma Benson
F, b. 1915, d. 7 May 2007
- Lillian Thelma Benson was born in 1915.
- At the age of 20 years, Lillian Thelma Benson married Thomas William Case, son of John Case and Mary Jemma Shannon, in 1935 in Queensland. They lived at Ravensbourne, then Maclagan.
- Lillian Thelma Benson died on 7 May 2007 in Toowoomba.
- She was buried on 11 May 2007 in Toowoomba Garden of Remembrance.
Ada Isabella Bentley
F, b. 12 September 1883, d. 30 July 1902
F, b. 1873
M, b. 1870, d. 1927
Charles Ernest Bentley
M, b. 5 February 1879, d. 5 December 1955
- Charles Ernest Bentley was born on 5 February 1879 in New South Wales.
- He was the son of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman.
- At the age of 22 years, Charles Ernest Bentley married Mary Rebecca Brown in 1902 in New South Wales.
- Charles Ernest Bentley died on 5 December 1955 in New South Wales at age 76.
Elizabeth Jane Bentley
F, b. 14 December 1867, d. 19 February 1949
Family of George French & Elizabeth Jane Bentley. Taken 1912-1914. Courtesy of Joan Rogers. From Back LtoR - Herbert James, Percy, George Albert - Middle - Ruby, Elizabeth Jane, George, Violet, Jack (Leslie Chapman) - Front Alice, Ada
- Elizabeth Jane Bentley was born on 14 December 1867 in Terri Hie Hie, New South Wales, Australia.
- She was the daughter of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman.
- In 1890 he was Domestic Servant.
- At the age of 22 years, 7 months and 8 days, Elizabeth Jane Bentley married George French, son of William French and Elizabeth Baker, on 22 July 1890 in Warwick Rd, New South Wales. George was a 22 year old bachelor, farm labourer of Mingoola (a property west of Tenterfield on the Bruxner Highway) - father William French, a farm labourer and mother Elizabeth Baker. Elizabeth was a spinster aged 22, a domestic servant living at Mingoola, parents William Bentley, a driver and Phoebe Chapman. George's sister Ellen and her husband William Holley were witnesses to George and Elizabeth's marriage held in the Holley residence, Warwick Road, Tenterfield according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church. The minister was John Hulme.
- Elizabeth Jane Bentley and George French moved to in Toowoomba, Queensland, circa 1907 with their family, most likely some time after the birth of their eight child Alice Ruby. George's sister Elizabeth Werner and her husband and family also moved to the area a year or so earlier. George and Elizabeth's last two children, twins, Ada and Ellen were born at the home of George's sister Elizabeth Werner in Toowomba.
- Elizabeth Jane Bentley died on 19 February 1949 in Queensland at age 81.
- She was buried on 21 February 1949 in Toowong Cemetery.
- George and Elizabeth's names are amongst those on a memorial in Rotary Park, Tenterfield.
Children of Elizabeth Jane Bentley and George French
- Male French b. 1891, d. 1891
- George Albert French+ b. 26 October 1892, d. 6 July 1931
- Percival Randolf French+ b. 15 January 1895, d. 27 June 1949
- Herbert James Bentley French+ b. March 1897, d. 11 January 1971
- Violet May French+ b. 12 May 1899, d. 30 October 1973
- Ruby Phoebe Elizabeth French+ b. 1902, d. 1982
- Leslie Chapman French+ b. 27 February 1904, d. 1972
- Alice Ruby French+ b. 1906, d. 26 September 1992
- Ellen French b. 9 December 1908, d. 19 December 1908
- Ada French+ b. 9 December 1908, d. 10 May 1998
F, b. 1864, d. 1952
F, b. 23 December 1872, d. 27 May 1956
- Emma Bentley was born on 23 December 1872 in New South Wales.
- She was the daughter of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman.
- At the age of 19 years, 6 months and 21 days, Emma Bentley married an unknown person on 14 July 1892 in New South Wales. Archibald Cameron.
- Emma Bentley died on 27 May 1956 in Queensland at age 83.
George Chapman Bentley
M, b. 1876, d. 22 April 1958
M, b. 7 February 1862, d. 2 October 1931
- John Bentley was born on 7 February 1862 in Maidenhead, Queensland. John's father William was a stockman and drover.
- He was the son of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman.
- At the age of 23 years, 10 months and 23 days, John Bentley married Julie Cameron on 30 December 1885 in New South Wales. Julia was the sister of Archibald Cameron who married John's sister Emma Bentley.
- John Bentley died on 2 October 1931 in Northern Territory at age 69.
Katie Judita Bentley
F, b. 1891
- Charts: Descendants of Charles Eyles
Mary Ellen Bentley
F, b. 1883, d. 1936
- Charts: Descendants of Charles Eyles
Percy Herbert Bentley
M, b. 29 September 1889, d. 1966
Phoebe Beatrice Bentley
F, b. 19 December 1880, d. 29 June 1961
M, b. December 1839
- William Bentley was born in December 1839 in New South Wales. He was the son of William Bentley and Johanna.
- At the age of 19 years and 3 months, William Bentley married Phoebe Chapman on 2 March 1859 in Frazer's Creek, New South Wales.
- In 1890 he was a drover.
- On 6 August 1926,his wife, Phoebe Chapman died in Queensland at age 82.
Children of William Bentley and Phoebe Chapman
- William James Bentley b. 1860, d. 1938
- John Bentley b. 7 February 1862, d. 2 October 1931
- Ellen Bentley b. 1864, d. 1952
- Elizabeth Jane Bentley+ b. 14 December 1867, d. 19 February 1949
- Alick Bentley b. 1870, d. 1927
- Emma Bentley b. 23 December 1872, d. 27 May 1956
- Alice Bentley b. 1873
- George Chapman Bentley b. 1876, d. 22 April 1958
- Charles Ernest Bentley b. 5 February 1879, d. 5 December 1955
- Phoebe Beatrice Bentley b. 19 December 1880, d. 29 June 1961
- Ada Isabella Bentley b. 12 September 1883, d. 30 July 1902
- Percy Herbert Bentley b. 29 September 1889, d. 1966
William James Bentley
M, b. 1860, d. 1938
M, b. 1829, d. 1872
- George Benton was born in 1829.
- George Benton married Sarah Astbury circa 1852.
- George Benton died in 1872.
- He's name appeared on a list of eligible voters for the Electoral District of Aubigny on 12 January 1888 .He was living at Pechey and was a Resident of the Electorate.
Mary Ann Benton
F, b. 19 July 1855, d. 20 November 1926
- Mary Ann Benton was born on 19 July 1855 in Warwichshire, England.
- She was the daughter of George Benton and Sarah Astbury.
- At the age of 25 years, 9 months and 27 days, Mary Ann Benton married William Astbury on 16 May 1881 in Warwichshire, England.
- Mary Ann Benton and William Astbury immigrated to Moreton Bay, Queensland, on 17 December 1881. Mary and William both aged 25, travelled on the Glamis which sailed from Plymouth on 15 Sep 1881. Also on board were Mary Ann's brother Walter 23 and sister Sarah 20 with her husband Abraham Wootton 31.
- Mary Ann Benton and William Astbury settled in Merritts Creek where their two eldest children, William and Thomas were born. They then selected land at Bald Hills and built a homestead which they named Springfield. The remaining children were born there, in what was to become Astbury Road.
- On 2 May 1895,Mary Ann Benton's daughter, Louisa Astbury was buried in Cabarlah Cemetery.
- On 31 August 1897,her husband, William Astbury died in Groomsville at age 41.
- Mary Ann Benton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Douglas. She carried out domestic duties.
- She appeared on the Electoral Roll with William Astbury and Gertrude (May) Hirning in 1913 in Pechey. William was a farmer. William's mother Mary Ann also lived at Springfield as did his sister Sarah and possibly brother Thomas and possibly brother John. Both were farmers.
- Mary Ann Benton appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Pechey. Mary Ann carried out home duties. Her daughter Jane gave her address as Bald Hills, Whichello while son Thomas, a farmer gave his as Springfield Farm. Son William, a labourer was also living at Springfield but his wife May gave her address as Pechey. Son John, a farmer was also living at Pechey. Son Walter was farming at Groomsville with his wife Hermine.
- Mary Ann Benton died on 20 November 1926 in Groomsville at age 71.
- She was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery. UNIT-00A-0004.
Children of Mary Ann Benton and William Astbury
- William Astbury+ b. 4 July 1882, d. 7 December 1965
- Thomas Astbury b. 4 December 1883, d. 21 May 1956
- Sarah Astbury+ b. 29 August 1885, d. 31 August 1962
- Walter Astbury+ b. 5 December 1887, d. 25 November 1954
- Mary Astbury b. 1889, d. 5 January 1905
- John Astbury b. 1890, d. 14 June 1959
- George Astbury b. 1891, d. 1891
- Hannah (Annie) Astbury+ b. 2 June 1892, d. 19 May 1927
- Louisa Astbury b. 1893, d. 1 May 1895
- Jane Astbury+ b. 1895, d. 15 July 1967
Sarah Ann Benton
F, b. September 1860, d. 1893
- Sarah Ann Benton's birth was registered in the in Aston,Warwickshre Registration District in the September 1860 Quarter.
- She was the daughter of George Benton and Sarah Astbury.
- Her marriage, at 20 years, to Abraham Wootton was registered in the September 1880 Quarter in the Aston, Warwickshre Registration District.
- Sarah Ann Benton immigrated on 17 December 1881 to Moreton Bay, Queensland, with William Astbury and Mary Ann Benton. Mary and William both aged 25, travelled on the Glamis which sailed from Plymouth on 15 Sep 1881. Also on board were Mary Ann's brother Walter 23 and sister Sarah 20 with her husband Abraham Wootton 31.
- Sarah Ann Benton died in 1893 in Queensland.
Walter George Benton
M, b. 7 February 1858, d. 4 February 1905
- Victims of Murder: Other Victims of Murder/Manslaughter/Suicide
- Walter George Benton was born on 7 February 1858 in Warwickshire, England.
- He was the son of George Benton and Sarah Astbury.
- Walter George Benton's birth was registered in the in Aston,Warwickshre Registration District in the March 1858 Quarter.
- He immigrated on 17 December 1881 to Moreton Bay, Queensland, with William Astbury and Mary Ann Benton. Mary and William both aged 25, travelled on the Glamis which sailed from Plymouth on 15 Sep 1881. Also on board were Mary Ann's brother Walter 23 and sister Sarah 20 with her husband Abraham Wootton 31.
- Walter George Benton appeared on the Legislative Assembly - Aubigny Electoral Roll in 1900 living at Pechey. His qualification to vote was that he was a resident of the area.
- He was a member of the first Crow's Nest Band in 1902; Band members were Raymond White, Frederick Williams, Alf Colthrup, James Gleeson, Walter George Benton, Norman White, John William Brass, Thomas Askin, Alfred William Blinco, Tim Gleeson, Anthony Lavery, James Connolly, James Nathanial Cole and HENDY.
- Around in 1902Walter George Benton selected 100 acres of land, Portion 64V Pinelands Scrub (Gossow Road) between the Plainby and Haden roads. It was mortgaged to Edward Wilcox of Toowoomba. After improving his selection, he leased the land in 1903, firstly to William Kelly who rented the selection for 20 per annum with an purchase price of 250 pounds. This contact was cancelled when William Kelly could not raise the money and Walter stated he had found another buyer.
Walter did not live on the selection but earned his living by scrub cutting and doing general agricultural work. He sometimes worked at the local sawmills. Walter kept his clothes and tools at the home of Thomas Neilson, the manager of Blinco's Sawmills at Crow's Nest.
- He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Queensland. He was a farmer.
- On 28 January 1905 Walter travelled to Toowoomba to pay the interest owing his loan. At the time he told Mr Wilcox that he was negotiating the sale of the farm for £125 and would inform him when the sale was effected.
- On 2 February 1905 John (James) Ryan allegedly visited the A.J.B. Bank in Toowoomba where he opened an account, deposited a cheque for £7 10s, deposited £5 and took £2 10s and a cheque book away with him. On the same day was alleged to have visited an ironmongers shop in Ruthven Street where he bought gelignite, a coil of fuse and three dozen detonators for which he paid cash. Before leaving he asked the assistant to fill out a cheque for £125 in favour of W. Benton. Later that day he returned and asked to have a snake skin tanned and sent out to J. Ryan, Crow's Nest
John (James) Ryan.
- Walter George Benton is believed to have died on 4 February 1905 at age 46. Earlier that day he called at the farm of Jacob Hirning to collect his mare and foal before going about the district where his work took him. Later, around 6pm he rode away from Thomas Neilson's home on the mare with the foal following. He was seen half an hour later as he passed the Kelly house on his way towards the Ryan house.
A few weeks passed before it was realized he was missing resulting in an extensive search of Pinelands scrub. The remains of several small fires were brought to the attention of the police. On examination small pieces of bone, possibly from a human foot, a buckle, buttons and rivets from trousers, nails and eyelets and tacks from boots and other items were also found. James Ryan was charged with Walter's murder on 18 February. Ryan had wanted to buy the selection from Water who's asking price of £125 was beyond Ryan's means.
The case went to the Supreme Court resulting in James Ryan being convicted of Walter's murder "with the recommendation to mercy on account of no one seeing the murder done". He sentenced Ryan to be hung by the neck. The sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life. The curator of Intestate Wills sold Walter's property for £250 and obtained his remains for burial by his sister Mary Ann Astbury. A year later more bones and further evidence connected with murder were found on his property.
- He was buried in Crow's Nest Cemetery. Sect U Row B
His headstone reads:-
Walter George BentonIN LOVING MEMORY OF
WALTER GEORGE BENTON
BORN FEB 7, 1858
AT CURDWORTH WARWICKSHIRE ENGLAND
DIED FEB 4, 1905
Dearest brother thou hast left me
Thou dost dwell with the angels now
Good and gentle was thy welcome
Christ has died and set thee free
Wait a little dearest brother
And I soon shall follow you
HIS SORROWING SISTER
Your end came sudden uncle dear
It makes us weep and sigh
And also it was so hard to think
You could not say good bye
INSERTED BY HIS LOVING
NEPHEWS AND NIECES.
- On 20 February 1905 JAMES RYAN CHARGED WITH MURDER.
POLICE COURT PROCEEDINGS. A REMAND FOR EIGHT DAYS.
Feeling at Crow's Nest reached its height yesterday morning when James Ryan was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Walter Benton at Pinelands. Ten days elapsed between the disappearance of Benton and the first report that he was missing. Benton was a settler for many years in this district. He was of small stature. Ryan, with his wife and four children, arrived in the district a couple of years ago from Tibooburra, in the Wilcannia district, with other western man.
Mrs Asbury, a widowed sister of Benton, lived with the family at Bald Hills, near the scene of the alleged crime. Her eldest son went on Sunday and asked Ryan if he had seen his uncle. Ryan said, "No," and also said he was anxious to know himself, as he had purchased a farm. The boy again questioned Ryan on Monday, and receiving a negative reply reported tho matter to the police.
Inquiry showed that Benton left Nelson' s house, Crow's Nest, where he had bean residing, on tho evening of February 4. He was going to Ryan's, and said he would not be long. He was then wearing dungaree trousers and Blucher boots, and was on horseback. Ryan admitted being in Benton's company on the night in question when he purchased the selection. One hundred and twenty-five notes were paid to Benton, but Ryan says he never saw deceased afterwards. Next day he found the horse in his paddock, the saddle being against a tree. Tho police found a new four furrow plough at this spot. Ryan used the horse and saddle for some days.
Detective Henderson, Constable Kingford, and a tracker arrived by Monday night's train. Sub-lnspector Malone, Detective Newman, Sergeant Poultey, and two trackers on Tuesday morning, riding from Murphy's Greek, Police from outside stations and Sub-Inspector Geraghty arrived on Tuesday night. On Wednesday attention was concentrated at the selection. A police camp was formed there. At 2.30 in the afternoon Geraghty and, tracker found the remains of a fierce fire in tho scrub on a selection in view of the house, and near a big fallen box tree, which was very dry. Timber had been conveyed to the spot, and piled over the fork of the tree and the large limbs. The ashes had been carefully swept and carried away. Forty yards distant the remains of another fire were found, and nearly in a gully where a little work had been done in making a dam. The remains of several other fires were close by. Tho police collected the ashes and kept a pole. The remains were sent to Brisbane for analysis. Trousers' buttons and brass eyelets from boots wore found amongst the ashes. Ryan moved about all Wednesday and Thursday, and offered no assistance, Yesterday morning the police considered them selves warranted in effecting his arrest with out waiting for the result of the analysis. Accused was lodged in Crow's Nest watch house. Ryan is of the bush type, of stalwart build, and fair complexion. His wife is also a typical western woman.
James Ryan appeared at the Crow's Nest Police court yesterday morning, charged with the wilful murder of Walter George Benton, when charged the accused did not make any reply.
Acting Sergeant Henderson gave evidence at the arrest of the accused on a charge of suspected murder of Benton. When arrested the accused said: "I knew you would have to do this; I expected it. The case is very black against me." Witness said to accused: "The grounds I have for your arrest are that there have been several articles found in the life down the gully." Witness added.
The police found tho heel of a boot, riveted button, similar to buttons on the trousers worn by Benton on the 4th, and a piece of dungaree, the same material as the trousers Benton wore on the 4th; also boot strings, a pair of tweezers, apparently a knife, and a burnt collar stud." Accused said: "Can I ask you a Question?" Witness replied "Yes." Accused said: "Can you tell me if they found an arm. or a foot, or any part of Benton?" witness replied: "They found no arm or foot, but found a human bone or bones." About 9 o'clock on Saturday morning witness saw the defendant at the watch house, and said: Ryan from information received since I charged you on suspicion of murder, I now charge you with the wilful murder of Walter Benton at Pinelands on the 4th February." The accused made no reply.
Accused was asked If he had any questions to ask and he said "Yes." Addressing witness he said: "What l said t0 you was ' What is it they have found?' "
Witness: ' Yes you said that , and followed up by asking if an arm or foot had been found.''
Accused: " I asked you first what they found, and you answered "The answer is not in evidence"
Witness said that no time had elapsed between asking of the two questions, which were as in his evidence. On the application of the police, the accused was remanded for eight days.
- Ryan's case was heard at the police court in Toowoomba where he was found guilty of the murder of Walter Benton by the jury "with a recommendation to mercy on account of no one seeing the murder done" and sentenced to be hanged by the neck. However Ryan's solicitor contended that as the body had not been found there was reason to believe there was only circumstantial evidence as to Benton's death. The Full Court upheld the original ruling stating there was enough evidence to convict Ryan. An appeal to the Supreme Court failed. James Ryan's death sentence was later commuted to penal servitude for life.
- James Ryan was initially incarscerated at St Helena island which closed in the 1930's. His place of death is not known. What become of Rose Ann and the children is not known.
Angelo James Benvenuti
M, b. circa 1900
F, b. circa 1830
- Theresa Benz was born circa 1830.
- Theresa Benz married Johan Graf in 1852.
M, b. circa 1840
- August Berg was born circa 1840.
- August Berg married Auguste Schenke.
- August Berg and Auguste Schenke immigrated in 1871. August and his wife Auguste immigrated from Prussia where August had been a school teacher. They disembarked at Bundaberg and settled at Woongarra Scrub for eight years. From there they selected land at South Ises where they grew corn and then sugar cane. They had 13 children of whom 10 survived.
Matilda Christina Berg
F, b. 15 December 1882, d. 21 August 1965
Frances Kingston in centre with her mother Tilly (Matilda nee Berg) wife of William Kingston jr. Photo courtesy of Merv Johnson.
- Matilda Christina Berg was also known as Tillly.
- She was born on 15 December 1882 in Childers, Queensland.
- She was the daughter of August Berg and Auguste Schenke.
- Matilda Christina Berg was of the Roman Catholic faith.
- She attended school at the South Ises and Childers State Schools and St Anne's Convent in Brisbane.
- She appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1909 living at New Street, Childers. Matilda was listed as a housewife.
- At the age of 26 years, 5 months and 3 days, Matilda Christina Berg married William Kingston, son of William Kingston and Ellen Chambers, on 18 May 1909 in Queensland. William, whose parents were devout Methodists, changed his religion to Roman Catholic when he married.
- Matilda Christina Berg and William Kingston appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1913 and 1922 living at Childers. William was listed as a grocer's assistant and Matilda as home duties.
- Both William and Matilda were musicians. Matilda played the piano and William the cornet in a dance orchestra. Matilda also played the organ in her local church (Sacred Heart Roman Catholic in Childers.)
- Matilda was a foundation member of the Isis Croquet Club and treasurer for over 20 years.
- Matilda Christina Berg appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1925 and 1934 living at New Street, Childers. William was listed as a grocer or grocer's assistant and Matilda as home duties.
- On 13 October 1950,her husband, William Kingston died in Childers at age 69. His cause of death was Mycardial Degeneration and carcinoma of the prostrate.
- Matilda Christina Berg died on 21 August 1965 in Queensland at age 82. Tilly died on a Saturday at 5am.
- She was buried in Queensland. Her funeral service was from the Sacred Heart Church on Monday 23 August at 3 pm. She was buried with her husband William and son Joseph Allen Kingston.
F, b. circa 1870
- Annie Berger was born circa 1870.
- Annie Berger married Samuel McCosker in 1893 in Queensland.
Anna Elizabeth Berghofer
F, b. 1821, d. 1864
- Anna Elizabeth Berghofer was born in 1821.
- At the age of 21 years, Anna Elizabeth Berghofer married Conrad Mengel on 9 June 1842 in Germany.
- Anna Elizabeth Berghofer died in 1864 in Toowoomba.
Children of Anna Elizabeth Berghofer and Conrad Mengel
- Jost Mengel+ b. 10 August 1843, d. 9 October 1918
- Elizabeth Mengel+ b. 26 January 1846, d. 9 January 1902
- Agnesza Mengel b. 12 October 1848, d. 18 October 1938
- Johanns Mengel+ b. 8 June 1851, d. 16 October 1927
- Margarethe Mengel+ b. 3 November 1854, d. 2 May 1922
- Anna Gertrude Mengel+ b. 30 May 1860, d. 12 March 1943
F, b. 10 October 1872, d. 11 August 1969
- Elizabeth Berghoffer was born on 10 October 1872 in Munchhausen, Prussia.
- She was the daughter of Ludwig Berghoffer and Anna Barbara Cronau.
- In 1898 he was a maid.
- At the age of 25 years, 4 months and 15 days, Elizabeth Berghoffer married George James Hooper, son of John Hooper and Ann Burgess, on 25 February 1898 in Christ Church, Church of England, Boonah.
- In their book "The Hoopers", Elizabeth and John Hooper wrote :-"During their honeymoon (1935), Ann Hooper's granddaughter Audrey and her husband Len Volger vistied another George Burgess and his wife in Surry Hills. This couple were in their 80's and he was thought to be the son of Ann's youngest brother Samuel. Audrey's mother and brother, Elizabeth Hooper and Jack, travelled to Sydney by boat and also visited them. They were poor folk and asked for financial assistance."
- Elizabeth Berghoffer died on 11 August 1969 in Chermside Hospital, Brisbane, at age 96.
- She was cremated on 12 August 1969 in Mt Thompson Crematorium.