CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Benton, Thomas, Settler, Greytown. Born in London in 1829, Mr. Benton landed with his parents in Wellington on the 1st of May, 1842, and worked at his father's farm at Karori for some time after arriving in the Colony. The Benton family lived on their farm at Karori till 1886, when Mr. Benton, senr., retired and settled in Newtown, where he resided till his death in 1895. In 1852 the subject of this notice was married to a daughter of Mr. Cattell, of Wellington, and after selling out at Karori in 1855, he took up land at Kaiwaiwai, Wairarapa. In 1891 he retired, handing the farm over to his sons. Mr. Benton's family consists of ten sons and two daughters, viz., William and George, who are builders, Thomas, James, Timothy, Henry, Charles R., and John Arthur, Alfred and Joseph Leonard. His daughters are Mrs. Wakelin, of Moroa, and Mrs. J. Branigan, of Alfredton. Since retiring from his farm in 1891, Mr. Benton has lived in Kuratawhiti Road, Greytown. As a member of the Featherston Highway Board, he has served the public, and in school matters he took a leading part at Kaiwaiwai. Mr. Benton was a member of the Featherston Rifles during the Waikato war, and saw active service in the Hutt militia in 1841.
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