Saturday, October 13, 2012

October 2012 meeting - Potluck & Bentham history

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Please join us at noon for a potluck lunch at Cooke's Presbyterian Church, 14 George St. in Markdale, Ontario. Bring food to share and your dishes and cutlery. Beverages will be supplied.

Following a short business meeting at 1:30, Richard Bentham will share the story of the Bentham family.

The forebears of Richard Bentham fled the grinding, dismal circumstances of ordinary people in Yorkshire, England and Ireland in the mid-19th century. They arrived in Ontario as pioneers and faced daunting challenges simply to survive. Hope for a new beginning saw them through many hardships. Richard Bentham of Grey Highlands Farm near Flesherton discusses what they were leaving behind and what they were looking for here. The story of the Bentham pioneers could be a template for the many thousands of pioneers that poured into Grey County.

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