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Accession Number: 71-1002


Benson Mills day book. -- 1 June 1848-28 Dec. 1849. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

Benson Mills was a large grist mill which was owned and operated by John Robinson Benson, husband of Catherine Evans Lee. He purchased the mill from Adam Scott. J.R. Benson was one of ten children in a family that settled in Peterborough.

Custodial History

The Benson Mills day book was part of the estate of Dr. Clara Benson of Port Hope. It was donated, via Professor Kenneth Kidd, to the Trent University Archives by Mr. V. Benson Blake, nephew of and executor for Clara Benson.

Scope and Content

This item is an original day book from the Benson Mills (also called Creek Mills and Peterboro Mills) which describes work done, for whom work was done, and value of work done.


Title based on the business which created the item.

The item was donated by Mr. V. Benson Blake in 1966 via Professor Kenneth Kidd.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives.

For related records see: 94-001