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Jessie Elizabeth Reid Benton (Donaldson)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA
Death: September 9, 1930 (77)
Plainfield, Union, NJ, USA
Place of Burial: Plainfield, Union, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nathaniel S. Donaldson and Elizabeth Fairlie Donaldson
Wife of Linn B. Benton, inventor
Mother of Morris F. Benton, typeface designer
Sister of Edwin G. Donaldson; Charles Stuart Donaldson; William Donaldson; Ann Hamilton Donaldson and Minnie F. Smith

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About Jessie Elizabeth Reid Benton

Jessie Elizabeth Donaldson Benton (1853 - 1930)

Birth: Sep., 1853 [Patricia A. Cost says 1846], Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA'

Death: Sep. 9, 1930, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA.

Jessie E. Donaldson Benton was the daughter of Nathaniel Sykes Donaldson and Elizabeth Fairlie Reid, and the wife of Linn Boyd Benton. Her husband was a celebrated typeface designer, who served on the board of directors of the American Typefounding Company.

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Nathaniel Sykes Donaldson (1809 - 1883)

Elizabeth Fairlie Reid Donaldson (1822 - 1884)


Evergreen Cemetery, Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA.

Created by: GWC.

Record added: Sep 12, 2011.

Find A Grave Memorial# 76376605

Her siblings were:

Edwin G. Donaldson (1849 - 1929)

Burial: Chapel Hill Cemetery, La Farge, Vernon County, Wisconsin, USA Photo of his gravestone at

Charles S. Donaldson (1858 - 1923)

Spouse: Christine Muller Donaldson (1859 - 1892) Children: Nathaniel S. Donaldson (1885 - 1966), Robert Bruce Donaldson (1886 - 1944), Donald Donaldson (1890 - 1891) Burial: Chapel Hill Cemetery, La Farge, Vernon County, Wisconsin, USA [c. 30 miles southeast of LaCrosse] Created by: Susanna Parrish Allen. Record added: Aug 12, 2011. Find A Grave Memorial# 74809449 Links to data about children, and photos of CSD's gravestone are at

Source: Downloaded January 29, 2012 from


The following is from an email message Jan. 31, 2012 to Michael R. Delahunt from Patricia A. Cost at, who has written extensively about Linn and Morris Benton, and their family:

Morris Benton wrote out a two-page genealogy that I used for my original thesis about the Bentons in 1984. A little bit of information from that genealogy did not appear in the book, but was included in the thesis. Relating to your information, this is what I originally wrote:

Jessie, born in 1846, came from a large Milwaukee family. Her mother, Elizabeth Fairlie Reid, had come to this country from Scotland with two brothers, a sister, and their father to visit relatives. The girls promptly married Americans. The Reid family tree goes back at least to 1567. Jessie's father's family owned a large country house in Cooperstown, New York, where the Donaldson family had lived for nearly 200 years. Jessie's father, Nathaniel S. Donaldson, built a house in Milwaukee and settled his family there. Jessie was born and raised in Milwaukee, apparently the second of nine children.

The sources of this information were an interview with Morris Benton's daughter Caroline (the bit about the daughters "promptly" marrying Americans!), and about 7 pages of notes that Morris Benton made on his family history. A copy of that document is most likely in the "Benton Collection" at RIT. I'm pretty sure that, in the Reid direction, it contains lots of names.

If you want me to try to find that document and send you a copy of it, please let me know! I'm not sure whether Caroline Benton Gregg's son Larry still has the original, but I made a copy of the original in 1984 when I visited Caroline in Milwaukee.

Also see Patricia A. Cost article, "Linn Boyd Benton, Morris Fuller Benton, and Typemaking at ATF," from Printing History, downloaded Jan 2012, p. 33. Number 31–32 (Volume 16, No. 1 and Volume XVI no. 2) 1994. From

Patricia A. Cost also wrote a book on the Bensons published in 2010.

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Jessie Elizabeth Reid Benton's Timeline

September 1853
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA
November 30, 1872
Age 19
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA
September 9, 1930
Age 77
Plainfield, Union, NJ, USA
Plainfield, Union, NJ, USA