The Evening Advocate 1921

April 27, 1921, Page 6


Mrs. Jane Benson At Gooseberry Cove Celebrates Her 100th Birthday


Gooseberry Cove

April 1st 1921

Dear Sir:- Will you please permit me space in your valuable columns to report the following which is about an old lady who is now at the ripe old age of 100 years, whose name is Mrs. Jane Benson, widow of David Benson, Hillview.

She was born at Grates Cove in the year of 1821 and was the daughter of George and Mary Cooper. Her mother died when she was 3 years old. She then went to live with he Aunt. When she was 14 years old she went housekeeper for her father and three brothers. She lived with them until she was 21 years old, then she was married to Mr. David Benson.

She is the mother of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, she also adopted three others, two girls and one boy, namely Mary Benson who was married to Mr. Ambrose Brewer, Susanna Cooper who married Mr. Thomas Churchill late of Hillview, Random, T.B., and Mr. Eli Frost who died out in Spain, during the great war. All her own children are died except her youngest daughter, Lydia who is married to Mr. William H. Seward Sr. of Gooseberry Cove, Random, T.B., with whom she has lived this past 28 years.

All her children were married except two, one son who died at the age of 8 months and another son at the age of 27 years. She is the grand mother of 28 grand-children and great grand mother of 60.

For 47 years she lived at Grates Cove with her family, then she removed to Northern Bight, now renamed Hillview, and her family was the first inhabitants of the above named place, where she lived 25 years. Her husband died ten years before she left Hillview to come and live with her daughter, Mrs. Seward. She was 100 years old the 15th of March 1921, and is now able to get up and dress and walk down stairs without any assistance, and can take up her youngest great grand child and feed him.

It would do one good to hear her tell of her experiences in Grates Cove and elsewhere. Of all the hardships that she has gone through she has it well and comfortable now in her old days, because her daughter has done all in her power to make her so. Before finishing this I would like to say that most of her grandchildren have been good to her including those who are now residing at Brooklyn, New York, namely Mrs. Rev. Kenneth Richards nee Miss Laura Maud Benson, and her brother Allan G.G. Benson, who was Customs Officers at Clarenville for quite a time past, and Hudson Benson, who is living with his sister, also others residing at Hillview and Southport, T.B.

Trusting to see this inserted in your valuable columns and thanking you for space.

I remain, L.S.S.

(We are glad to have this letter telling of Mrs. Benson. How much better is it to record the virtues of each other while alive and well. We hope Mrs. Benson will live many more years yet. Are there any others who have reached the century mark? – Ed.)


June 9, 1921

Dear Sir,
     We would thank you to publish our sincere thanks and the allowing of names of those who contributed in any way to an appeal from our Lodge on behalf of one of its members Bro. Albert Benson who with his father lost their house with all its contents by fire in the month of July 1920.  Signed on behalf of ‘Caribou Hill” L.O.L. St. Jones Within, Silas Tucker.  Worship Master Guy King Secretary.

Collected by Elias Blundon and Benone Robbins

Wm. J. Frost $2.00
Wm. J. Vey 2.00
Newman Frost, J.P. 1.05
Seth Stoyles 1.00
David Stoyles 1.00
Wm. J. Stoyles 1.00
Edmund Benson 1.00
James Churchill 1.00
Albert Howse .50
Charles Howse .50
James Stoyles .50
Mrs. Marth Smith .50
Gordon Stoyles .50
Wilson Stoyles .50
Wilson Stoyles .50
Arthur Churchill .50
William Churchill .50
Joseph Green .50
W.W. Frost .50
Finwick Gooby .50
Mrs. Eliza Benson .50
Richard Loader .50
Mrs. George Critch .20
Total $16.75

 Mrs George Critch article clothes
Mrs Jordon Stoyles article clothes
Mrs Newman Frost article clothes
Queens Cove
Mrs. James Cram, 1 blanket, and article clothes
Mrs. James Jacobs, 1 quilt
Mrs. Eleaner Gregory, 1 blanket and article clothes
Collected by Wm. G. Blundon
Hatchet Cove

Elias Robbins $2.00
Benoni Robbins 1.00
Eleazer Robbins 1.00
Thomas Robbins 1.00
Stephen Robbins 1.00
John Robbins 1.00
Eliab Blundon 1.oo
Wm. G. Blundon 1.00
Joseph Cram 1.00
Adam Brown .50
Mrs. John Blundon 1 qtl fish, .50
Mrs. John Bishop Article clothes
Mrs. Samuel Bishop 1 qtl fish and article of clothes
Mrs. Elias Blundon Article of clothes
Total $11.00

Island Cove

Wm. Smith $1.00
Simon Smith 1.00
Miss Ralph .50
Arthur Wm. Smith .40
Total $2.90

Long Beach

Wm. Avery $1.00
Eleazer Avery .50
Alfred Avery .50
Total $2.00

Collected by Boyd King, David Benson, William Tucker
Little Heart’s Ease

Jonah Stringer $2.00
Eli Drodge 2.00
Thomas Drodge 1.00
Obadiah Jacobs 1.00
Mrs. Levi Jacobs 1.00
John Short 1.00
Daniel Shaw 1.00
Mrs. Wm. T. Stringer 1.00
Wm. Martin 1.00
Rev. R. Vatcher 1.00
Benjaman Price 1.00
Ezekial Martin .50
Moses martin .50
William Whalen .50
Berth King .25
George Jacobs 1.00
William Norris 1.00
Stephen Price 1.00
George Storey .50
George Norris .50
John Drodge .50
Levi Benson .50
William Benson .25
John Norris .20
Mrs. Alex Benson 3 articles
Mrs. Stephen Price Quilt, bedstead, 2 articles
Total $21.90

 Torburn [Loreburn]
Collected by Caleb Meadus

James Price $1.00
Caleb Meadus 1.00
Jeremiah Price 1.00
John Price 1.00
Simon Price .70
Absalom Price .50
Corbet Price .50
Elyah Price .50
Mrs. Absalam Price Quilt
Mrs. Elyah Price Quilt
Total $6.20

St. Jones Within
Collected by William Butt

Caribou Hill L.O.L. $5.00
F.P.U. Council 3.00
Boyd King 1.50
Silas Tucker 1.50
Wm. Tucker 1.50
Joshua Tucker 1.00
Charles Toop 1.00
Esau Benson .50
Jerry King .50
Martin Hillyard .25
Total $17.25

Articles of Clothing.
Mrs. Esau Benson, Mrs.  J. Tucker, Mrs.  J. Rodges, Mrs. Silas Tucker, Mrs. A.J. Tucker, Mrs. J. Ivany, Mrs. Wm. Ivany, Mrs. Charles Toop.

November 18, 1921

Directory of schooners at St. John’s now

Royal Huntress, Random, T.B., Llewellyn Bartlett, brick to P.J. Shea; sails next week.

J.S.C., St. Jones, Random, T.B., Chas. Tucker, fish to Baine Johnston; sails next week

Pansy, Frost master, Bay de Verde, discharging fish at Crosbie and Co’s.

Mary Kate, Vey master, Hillview, T.B.; discharging fish at Delgado’s.

Little Gem, Styles master, Hillview, T.B.; taking provisions at Bowring’s



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