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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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BENSON, MICHAEL SAMUEL (1848-1921)

BENSON, MICHAEL SAMUEL, lawyer and coroner; b. Chatham, 14 Oct 1848 (bap. 20 Nov 1848), s/o Stafford Benson and Sophia Elizabeth Samuel; brother of John Stafford Benson and Joseph Black Benson; m. 1886, Amelia Isabel (Wilkinson) Ullock, d/o Benjamin Wilkinson and Jane Marshall, and widow of Thomas Ullock; d. Chatham, 7 Nov 1921.

Michael S. Benson was educated at the County Grammar School and the University of New Brunswick and studied law in the offices of William Wilkinson. He was admitted to the bar in 1876 and practiced his profession in Chatham. Still being unmarried in 1880, at age thirty-two, he was elected president of a new men's club, the Chatham Club, the members of which were pledged to sobriety.

Benson was sharing a law office with George B. Fraser in 1882. In 1901 he reported an income of only $500 annually, which was far below average for Miramichi lawyers. During the last four years of his life he was county registrar of probate, which entailed part-time work. He was also a coroner. His survivors in 1921 were his wife, Amelia Isabel (Wilkinson) Ullock, and two sons. His son Francis W. Benson was a successful businessman in Saint John in the 1930s.

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[b] tombstone [m] Advocate 31 Mar 1886 [d] Leader 11 Nov 1921 / Advance 16 Sep 1880; Advocate 23 Jun 1875, 20 Sep 1917, 21 Feb 1922; McAlpine's 1883-84; PPNB; World 30 Dec 1882, 9 Nov 1921


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