Benwell, Thomas & Eliza

Inscription

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS BENWELL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 12TH 1858
AGED 68
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD 
WHICH DIE IN THE LORD

ALSO IN LOVING REMEMBERANCE OF
ELIZA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
J.C. HILL
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 12TH 1859
AGE 36
SAFE IN JESUS

CARRET
(INSCRIBED ON BASE)

This gravestone has been laid flat and detatched from is plinth.

Other Information

In the Holy Rood parish registers, Thomas Benham (wife Jane) was described as a cabinet maker or auctioneer of High Street, Southampton in the records relating to the baptism of their following children.
Mary Ann (1815), Jane (1816), Isabella (1818), Eliza (1820), Emma (1822), Clara (1825), Lydia (1827).
Source: copyright Sandra Smith at knightroots.co.uk

Notice of an auction by Mr Benwell, was given in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal of October 3rd 1825.

“Modern Household Furniture, fine-toned Piano Forte, with additional Keys, excellent China, cut Glass & Effects. No.14, West Front, Kingsland, Southampton.
TO be SOLD by AUCTION, by Mr.BENWELL, on the premises, on Tuesday, October 4th, 1825, at eleven o’clock,- The genteel FURNITURE, China, Glass, and Effects, the property of Major Carpenter, leaving Southampton:
Including four-post and field bedsteads, with furnitures, stump bedstead, well-seasoned feather beds, mattresses and bedding, mahogany and japanned chests of drawers, dressing tables and tray-top wash-hand stands, dining, Pembroke, and work tables, mahogany, rose-wood and japanned chairs, singularly fine-toned piano forte with additional keys, music chair, what-not, handsome Brussels carpet (nearly new), Kidderminster carpets, hearth rugs, druggets, fenders, polished fire irons, sofa, foreign chimney ornaments, pair of lustres, handsome china and rich cut glass, together with an assortment of kitchen requisites·
The whole may be viewed on the morning of sale, when catalogues may be had on the premises, and at the Auctioneer’s Cabinet and Upholstery Warehouse, 57, High-street, Southampton.”

In the 1836 Fletcher & Son directory for Southampton, two Thomas Benhams were listed. One of Anglesea Place, and a second, an auctioneer at 57 High Street.

In the 1839 Fletcher & Son directory for Southampton, Thomas Benwell was an auctioneer of 10, Bernard Street.

Marriages were recorded for Thomas Benwell to Margaret Kinnear, in both Jan-Mar 1841, Southampton, Vol 7, page 216, and Apr-Jun 1841, Southampton, Vol 7, page 241.

In the 1841 Census, Thomas (b.1796, outside Hampshire) was shown living in Laura Place, with Margaret (b.1816, outside England) and his daughter Emma (b.1826, Hampshire). Thomas was an auctioneer.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 416; Folio: 31; Page: 8; Line: 10; GSU roll: 288813.
The other children were not living with them. Isabella was a governess in Dorset, Eliza staying with Benwells in Brixton and Clara and Lydia were at school in Lambeth, Surrey.

In the 1843 Post Office street directory for Southampton, Thomas Benwell was described as an auctioneer, living at Laura Cottage.

By the 1845 Post Office Directory, Thomas Benwell, auctioneer, was at another address; 29 High Street.

In the 1851 census, Thomas Benwell (b.1791, Reading, Berkshire) was shown living at the Victoria Assembly Rooms, Southampton. His occupation was described as General Agent. Living with him were his wife Margaret (b.1812, Stonehaven), daughters; Isabella (b.1819, Southampton, Domestic) and Margaret (b.1850, Southampton). They had 3 domestic servants; Emma Foster, John Gadden and James Biffin.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1669; Folio: 825; Page: 43; GSU roll: 193576-193577.

The 1851 census also showed Eliza Benwell (b.1821, Southampton) living with her aunt, Amy Kellow (b.1772, Fawley, Hampshire), at 57 High Street, Southampton. Amy was a fundholder. They had 2 domestic servants; Sarah Cooper and Mary A. Nicholls.
In the same property but a different dwelling, John C. Hill (b1820, Islington) was staying with his cousin, James Gookey (widow, b. 1805, Langley, Hampshire) and his family. James was a Linen Draper and John was a Linen Draper Shopman. 
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1669; Folio: 994; Page: 8; GSU roll: 193576-193577.
 
In the 1853 Post Office Directory, Thomas Benwell is still shown at the Royal Victoria Rooms, Portland Terrace.

Marriage recorded for Eliza Benwell to John Compton Hill, Apr-Jun 1854, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 13.

Death registered for Thomas Benwell, Jul-Sep 1858, South Stoneham, Vol 2c, page 23.

Thomas Benwell (aged 68) of Portswood Road was buried 16 July 1858.
Source: Burial Register for Christ Church, Portswood 1850-1899

Death registered for Eliza Hill, Jan-Mar 1859, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 14.

Eliza Hill (aged 39) of Southampton was buried 18 February 1859.
Source: Burial Register for Christ Church, Portswood 1850-1899

In the 1861 census, John C. Hill had returned to living in Islington, at number 6 Ellington Terrace, with his children; Montague D. (b.1858, Southampton) and Eliza F. (b.1859, Southampton). He was a clerk in a newspaper office.
He was staying in the home of Emma Hill (b.1823, Southampton), his sister-in-law (mis-described as mother-in-law on the census. Emma Benlow had married Samuel Day Hill, Jan-Mar 1849, Southampton, Vol 7, page 235). Emma was a widow of independent means, with a son, Samuel T. (b.1852, Holloway, Middlesex).
Also present were two visitors; Georgiana Simson (b.1792, City, Middlesex) and Louisa Mayor (b.1816, Islington, Middlesex). 
In addition they had two domestic servants.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 135; Folio: 21; Page: 2; GSU roll: 542579.

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