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Records of the First Church of Christ  in Beverly, Volume 2
1772-1803

 

 

Richard Wenman of Halifax Nova Scotia and some of his Descendants

  Last Updated 13 November, 2004

Generation No. 1

      @1.  Richard1 Wenman1 was born Abt. 1711 in England2, and died 28 September 1781 in Halifax, Nova Scotia2.  He married (1) ---2.    He married (2) Ann Scroope3 27 July 1751 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She was born Abt. 17314, and died 1792 in Halifax Nova Scotia4.

Notes for Richard Wenman:

Richard Wenman arrived in Halifax in 1749 aboard the Charlton with the first English settlers.  He was accompanied by his son Amos and his wife, who apparently died soon after arriving.  Richard had been a quarter-gunner aboard the HMS Advice. After his marriage to Ann Pike (Scroope), they established and managed the orphan house in Halifax. 

Wenman held many public offices and launched several business ventures in his life.  He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1762, represented Halifax in the Assembly from 1765-1770, and was commissioned Captain in the Nova Scotia Militia in 1770.  His commercial activities included a brewery, and a Ropewalk he established in 1754.  He contracted for supplies to the jail and workhouse, and was involved in several real estate ventures. 

A man of considerable property, Wenman was assessed one of the ten wealthiest property owners of Halifax in 1776.  He was one of the original grantees of land in Lawrencetown in 1754.  In 1764 he successfully petitioned for five hundred acres of land near present day Sackville he later called Wenman Hall Farm. 

There is some controversy over his reasons for running the orphanage.  In a land where labor was scarce, some said it became a convenient source of labor for his brewery and ropewalk.  It is more likely, however, that the orphanage was established to house the illegitimate children of the British military and naval establishments5. 

Child of Richard Wenman and --- is:

 

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Amos2 Wenman6.

Children of Richard Wenman and Ann Scroope are:

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Susanna2 Wenman, born Abt. 1753 in Halifax Nova Scotia; died 12 April 1841 in Lawrencetown Nova Scotia.

 

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Elizabeth Wenman.  She married Lieut. William Pringle.

 

Generation No. 2  

      @3.  Susanna2 Wenman (Richard1)7 was born Abt. 1753 in Halifax Nova Scotia, and died 12 April 1841 in Lawrencetown Nova Scotia8.  She married Benjamin Green9 12 September 1769 in Halifax, Nova Scotia10, son of Benjamin Green and Margaret Peirce.  He was born 01 January 1738/39 in Boston Massachusetts, and died 02 December 1793 in Halifax, Nova Scotia11.

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Children of Susanna Wenman and Benjamin Green:

 

 

Wenman Family Endnotes

 

1.  Harriss, Reginald V., The Church of Saint Paul in Halifax, Nova Scotia 1749-1949,  (Totonto, The Reyerson Press, 1949), P. 65.

2.  Judith Fingard, Biography of Richard Wenman,  (Dictionary of Canadian Biography, V4, pp 763-764, University of Toronto Press,), p763.

3.  Harriss, Reginald V., The Church of Saint Paul in Halifax, Nova Scotia 1749-1949,  (Totonto, The Reyerson Press, 1949), P. 65.

4.  Judith Fingard, Biography of Richard Wenman,  (Dictionary of Canadian Biography, V4, pp 763-764, University of Toronto Press,), p764.

5.  Judith Fingard, Biography of Richard Wenman,  (Dictionary of Canadian Biography, V4, pp 763-764, University of Toronto Press,), pp763-764.

6.  Judith Fingard, Biography of Richard Wenman,  (Dictionary of Canadian Biography, V4, pp 763-764, University of Toronto Press,), p763.

7.  Harriss, Reginald V., The Church of Saint Paul in Halifax, Nova Scotia 1749-1949,  (Totonto, The Reyerson Press, 1949), P. 66.

8.  Jean Holder, Nova Scotia Vital Statistics from Newspapers 1840-1843,  (Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, Publication Nr. 10).

9.  Hewitt, H.W., "History of Eastern Passage, Prominent Persons to Whom Land weas Granted Whose Names are Familiar to All," Dartmouth, NS Patriot, 31 August 1901, Article no. 17(18).

10.  Canadian Biographies,  (University of Toronto Press,), Vol. IV, pp.763-4, Richard Wenman.

11.  Terrence M. Punch, Nova Scotia Vital Statistics from Newspapers 1769-1812,  (Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, 1981).

 

 

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