Benjamin Legge
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Benjamin Legge (abt. 1842 - 1934)

Benjamin Legge
Born about in Martins River, Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 7 Dec 1872 in Canning, Kings Co., Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 91 in Scots Bay Road, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Apr 2008
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Birth and early life

Benjamin was born in Martin's River, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia in 1842 or 1843, the son of George Michael Legge and Mary. [1] [2] [3]

At the time of the 1871 census he appears to have been living with his sister Eliza, her brother-in-law Thomas Huntley, and their daughter Clia in Centreville. However, the "Benjimin" listed here gave an age of 26, meaning he was born about 1845. [4]

He was Christened on February 21, 1884, at St. Stephens Anglican Church, Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. [5]

Marriage and children

Anne E. Corkum and Benjamin Legge married in 1872 in Kings County. There is an image of marriage record on [6]

Benjamin is the father of 13 children. Eight girls and four boys lived to adulthood: Benjamin Legge, Bertha Lyons, Cora Lyons, Dora Legge, Effie Legge, Ella Maxwell, Emma C. Legge, Floyd Legge, Harding Legge, Mary Millet, Pearl Lyons, and T. Lee Legge. (Note that three of the girls married men named Lyons. The Lyons family lived in Blomidon, Nova Scotia. Bertha married the father, Noble Lyons, after his first wife died. Cora and Pearl married Noble's sons Ralph and Roy.)

Benjamin and Annie Legge also had a daughter, Emma C. Legge, who was born in 1884 and died in 1886. [7]

Career and later life

Like his father, Benjamin was a farmer. He may have done blacksmith work too. [8]

The 1911 Census of Canada indicates that Benjamin was a farmer and a cooper.

After Anna died in 1904, Effie left school to stay home and take care of him.

In later years, Pearl took care of him. He died at age 92 in 1934.[9]

Records of gravestones at Scots Bay Union Baptist Cemetery (in the Old Cemetery) list the following for cemetery lot:

  • 1 86 Corkum Anne A. Benjamin Legge, 1842-1934, his wife,
  • Anne A. Corkum, 1855-1904; Emma C., 1884-1886; Merle Lyons, infant son of Roy and Pearl Lyons, died 10 Dec 1926. Scotts Bay Union


  1. "Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), George Michael Legge in entry for Benjamin Legge, 11 Nov 1843; citing ; FHL microfilm 1,376,192.
  2. His obituary says he was born "November 11, 1841" but his gravestone says 1842.
  3. His daughter Dora's birth certificate application in 1945 says he was born in Martin's River, Lunenburg County.
  4. "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 November 2014), Benjimin Legge in household of Thomas Huntley, Centreville, King's, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 6, line 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10541, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,229,129.
  5. 1881 Canada census, accessed on by Chris Whitten.
  6. Note that a Mary Ernst and Benjamin Legge married in 1829 in Halifax County, witnessed by Francis and Joseph Zwicker. See This is probably no relation.
  7. Cemetery listing on CAN-NS-KINGS-L.
  8. This is from his daughter Mary's birth certificate application.
  9. We had it written down that the obituaries were from June 1933, but presumably this is incorrect. His gravestone says 1934.

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