At time of his marriage to Emma, Felix was a resident
of Hinchinbrooke, Ontario.
Felix's father Elijah Wesley Benjamin died in 1910.
Felix's wife Emma received a bequest of $1,000 in the will of Felix's
father. Isobel (Benjamin) Ross writes, "...on the death of his
father [he, Felix] demanded that his share of the business be sold; took
the cash and moved to Sask, where he managed to lose most of his money on
Felix's wife Emma died in 1916. Her will, dated
August 11, 1911, was proved on March 18, 1916. The inscription on the
Benjamin tombstone in Yarker Cemetery put Emma's death year at 1915, which
differs from that given when her will was proved. Emma was referred to as
"Aunt Felix" by Albert Benjamin's children.
After Emma's death, Felix married Margaret Howitt.
According to Donelda McGregor, "Margaret and her sister Agnes were
'Bernardo Children' sent from Scotland to Canada to work for famillies
here; they were split up - each to an unknown location. The sisters
became reunited after Agnes's marriage to David Dafoe. About this
time Margaret was hired to care for Felix's ailing wife who was dying.
When Emma passed away Felix and Margaret became 'an item;' the talk of the
older folks of Yarker for years because at the time they were living
According to descendants of Felix's brother Albert,
Felix may have headed west after Emma's death; Felix sold his part of the
business, the Benjamin Wheel Factory. They thought they'd try farming out
west - possibly in Saskatchewan or Alberta. Their only son, Newt, may have
been born out west.
According to Donelda McGregor, Felix died "out west"
and was buried there. Thus, though his name appears on the Benjamin
memorial stone in Yarker Cemetery, his body is likely not there.
Margaret came back to Ontario; settling in Brantford.
She died in a nursing home there and her body was sent out west to be
buried beside Felix. Newt Benjamin grew up, married and lives in Columbus,
Ohio; would be in late 70's - very possibly alive still."