Peter, I was sent a copy of his military file by David Millier, another NZ descendant of Stephen. I don't have a soft coy, but you might like to contact David direct as he has extensively researhced the NZ branch (firstname.lastname@example.org). We were both amused that Stephen spent over 20 years in the army, mostly overseas, and never graduated above private. Maybe that is related to his death of syphillis?
I am descended from a brother of Stephen called Edward (b Ruyton 1787), from his third son (called Stephen - the Benyons do like to reuse names).
There is no baptism record for Stephen at Ruyton. A full transcript of the Ruyton parish register is available online at www.melocki.org, but for some reason, there are no baptisms between 1788 and 1796. As Robert and Anne benion are the only Benions living in Ruyton at the time, it is a pretty good assumption that they are Stephen's parents (they had a youngest son James in 1797 incidentally). Robert was born in Ruyton in 1757. His father (also Robert) arrived in Ruyton from somewhere else in 1735 and married Esther Parkes in 1736. earlier than that is another block, although my current hypothesis is that Robert was the son of another Robert, born in Wem in 1679 (11 miles north).,
There is a lot more on my tree on Ancestry.
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