Edward (Ned) Benge

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Edward (Ned) Benge

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Death: Died in Upper Hutt, Upper Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of David Benge and Matilda Philadelphia Sarah Benge
Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Benge and Mary Anne (Anna/Annie) Benge
Father of Edward (Jack) John Benge; Frederick James Benge; Alice Jane Benge; David Mabey; Job Mabey Benge and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Gardner; Emma Francis-McDiarmid; James Benge; John (JP) Benge; David James Benge and 6 others

Occupation: Waggoner at Benge Mill (prev Collns mill)
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Edward (Ned) Benge

ran the family farm after mill was sold, Sarah was 18 when she married Ned- he marked register with an 'x'. Sarah died at 21 and he married Mary Ann (Annie/Anna Mabey) who had had an illegitimate child, David Mabey, by her brother-in-law James Harris at age 17 (he married her older sister Mary Jane- they would 've been married 10 yrs by the time he fathered the child with Mary Ann). whether this was consensual or not no one knows, It states that Rachel Mabey (mother) marked register of baby's birth with an 'X'. Mary Ann ripped the page out of the family bible to cover up the record.

Ned was left a widower with 3 young children under age 5 when Sarah Stoodley (part Maori) died in childbirth aged 21 (her sister Matilda married Samuel Benge (Ned's brother) and she also died in childbirth aged 18) and Mary Ann needed a respectable man- it seemed the perfect solution.

He adopted David Mabey and they had several more children together. Ned was said to be rather thick. In " Upper Hutt the history" Tom Mabey (their second son) writes about the early days and how hard his mother worked- they ran a boarding house they had bought off the Collins family (Bloomfield house). She had 12 drovers at any given day as well as a large family to take care of. Ned still worked for the family sawmill business.

Perhaps this scandal is why the Harris's moved to Sanson where James (very ambitious) ended up owning 3,000 acres. There is also an account of him going gold hunting in the Northern Territory in 1884). he is said to've gone on the trip after a disagreement with the wife.

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Edward (Ned) Benge's Timeline

1847
October 6, 1847
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
1850
February 3, 1850
Age 2
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
1864
February 19, 1864
Age 16
Lower Hutt, Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
1870
December 24, 1870
Age 23
1872
January 22, 1872
Age 24
1874
October 25, 1874
Age 27
1877
November 9, 1877
Age 30
Upper Hutt, Upper Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
1884
February 10, 1884
Age 36
Upper Hutt, Upper Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand