John Benaiah Pamment

Male 1882 - 1983  (100 years)


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  • Name John Benaiah Pamment  [1, 2, 3
    Born 27 Sep 1882  Sudbury, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As "Uncle Jack" or "Jack" 
    Residence 1891  Hendon, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Departure 23 Jun 1892  Liverpool, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 10 
    _DEST Aft 23 Jun 1892  Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1900  Tacoma city, Pierce, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Between 1940 and 1973  5911 California Ave S.W., Seattle, Washington 98136 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Social Security Number 1983  [5
    531-03-3838/Washington, USA 
    Died 25 Sep 1983  Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Sep 1983  Acacia Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I2150  PammentIsleham
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 

    Father John Moore Pamment,   b. 19 May 1857, Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1937, Olympia, Thurston, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Agnes Thomas,   b. 04 Jul 1861, Morecambe, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1912, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 17 Sep 1881  Christ Church, Ware registration district Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Notes 
    • Marriage certificate - occupation: clerk. Residence: 66 Twisden Road, London, England.

      1881 - Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Ware in the county of Hertford.

      Sept. 17, 1881
      John Moore Pamment, age 24, bachelor. Profession: clerk. Address is 66 Twisden Road, London. Father's name Benaiah Pamment, father's profession Wheelwright.

      Agnes Thomas, age 20, spinster. Residence is "Highgate Rd. London" and "Ware." Father is Richard Philip Thomas, occupation Mechanic.

      Witnesses were: Richard Philip Thomas and George Thomas.
    Family ID F1535  Group Sheet

    Family Katherine Blanche McAuley,   b. 22 Mar 1885, Hampton Village, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1967, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 05 Jun 1907  Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    • From THE TACOMA DAILY NEWS, Washington, Saturday, June 8, 1907, page 16:

      Tacoma Society

      Of the week's pretty weddings, one the most attractive was celebrated Wednesday evening at the residence of Mrs. J. F. McAuley on South Forty-sixth street, uniting her daughter, Miss Blanch(e) McAuley, to John Pamment, son of Rev. and Mrs. J.M. Pamment of the south end. Interest in the wedding was very general as both the principals are popular young Presbyterian people of that section of town and though few guests were bidden to the ceremony, a large number attended the reception held from 8 to 10 at the groom's family residence, 4832 South L street. Rev. Mr. Pamment read the service, pronounced under a lovely arch of roses twined with green, and the bride was given away by her uncle Oliver McAuley. She wore a simple wedding gown of imported China silk, the bodice of which was exquisitely done in hand embroidery. No flowers were carried, the effect of extreme simplicity being charmingly emphasized. The maid of honor was a sister of the groom, Miss Agnes Pamment, and Miss Jessie McAuley, the bride's sister, attended as a bridesmaid, both gowned in white French organdy. Mr. James D. Smyth and Reginald Pamment, a brother, were the groom's attendants. After the ceremony there was a handsomely appointed bridal supper for 18 in the dining room, where the table was canopied with fragrant branches of the white flowering locust and lovely clusters of roses added their crowning touch of beauty. For the reception at the groom's home which was attended by many friends of both families, the house blossomed with roses everywhere, June's perfect flowers making a garden of every room. The bride and groom received with Mrs. McAuley and Rev. and Mrs. Pamment and a light collation was served during the evening by a group of the bride's girl friends at handsome tables appointed in gold and white, the color scheme in the dining room. Mr. and Mrs. Pamment are spending their honeymoon out of town. On returning they will be at home for the summer after July 1, with the bride's mother at 1208 South Forty-sixth street.

      The family members and guests present for the ceremony were Rev. and Mrs. J.M. Pamment, Mrs. McAuley, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McAuley, the Misses Ethel, Blanche and Gladys McAuley (NOTE: Actually, Misses Ethel and Blanche were Pamments and not McAuleys), Miss Beattie Gordon and Will McAuley and Ernest Pamment. A large number of beautiful wedding gifts were presented to the young couple.

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      SIXTH ADDITION

      A pretty but quiet home wedding took place Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. McAuley on South K street, when her daughter Blanche was united in marriage to John Pamment. The ceremony was performed in the presence of relatives and friends of the family. The bride was attired in a becoming gown of white silk. After congratulations were extended, a wedding repast was served and the bride and groom departed on a short wedding trip. The young couple are well-known residents here and have the best wishes of a host of friends.

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      SOUTH SIDE

      The home of Rev. and Mrs. J.M. Pamment, 4832 South L street, was the scene of a very pretty wedding last Wednesday night when John B. Pamment and Miss Blanche McAuley were united in marriage, the father of the groom officiating. Only the immediate friends and relatives of the bride and groom were present at the ceremony. The Misses Jessie McAuley and Agnes Pamment acted as bridesmaids and Messrs. James Smyth and Reginald Pamment were best men for the groom. The house was beautifully decorated, and many beautiful wedding presents were received. After the ceremony a reception was held for the young couple, at which about 75 guests were present. After spending a pleasant evening, during which refreshments were served and a number of fine instrumental selections were rendered by several of the friends, Mr. and Mrs. Pamment left on the last Interurban for Seattle, where they took the steamer for Victoria. They will be at home to their friends after July 1 at 1208 South Forty-sixth street.

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    Children 
     1. Dorothy Blanche Pamment,   b. 16 Aug 1908, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 2003, Oakland, Alameda, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. Leonard Vernon Pamment,   b. 11 Jun 1914, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1981, Seattle, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F697  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John Benaiah Pamment
    John Benaiah Pamment
    John Benaiah Pamment, date unknown but perhaps about 1910-1915
    Article about John Benaiah Pamment's 100th birthday
    Article about John Benaiah Pamment's 100th birthday
    A copy of an article celebrating the 100th birthday of John Benaiah Pamment.
    The John Moore Pamment family in 1893
    The John Moore Pamment family in 1893
    Front: Agnes Margaret Pamment and baby Ernest Philip Pamment.
    Seated L to R: John Moore Pamment, John Benaiah Pamment, Reginald Thomas Pamment, and Agnes Thomas Pamment
    John Benaiah Pamment, 1914
    John Benaiah Pamment, 1914
    A photograph of John Benaiah Pamment. The original photograph had "1914" inscribed on the reverse side.

  • Notes 
    • 1891 CENSUS (6 April 1891):

      Name Age in 1891 Birthplace RelationshipOccupation

      Pamment, John M 33 Isleham, Cambridgeshire Head Editorial author
      Pamment, Agnes 29 Morecambe, Lancashire Wife
      Pamment, John B 8 Sudbury, Middlesex Son
      Pamment, Reginald T 7 Hendon, Middlesex Son
      Pamment, Agnes M 1 Hendon, Middlesex Daughter
      King, Edith Emily 17 Hendon, Middlesex Servant

      Civil parish: Hendon
      Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
      Town:
      County: Middlesex
      Address: 2 John St.

      Source information: RG12/1049
      Registration district: Hendon
      Sub registration district: Hendon
      ED, institution, or vessel: 3b
      Folio: 121
      Page: 28

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      World War I Draft Registration Card:

      Name: John B Pamment
      City: Tacoma
      County: Pierce
      State: Washington
      Birth Date: 27 Sep 1882
      Race: White
      Roll: 1992111
      DraftBoard: 1
      Age: 35
      Occupation: Machinist
      Nearest Relative: Blanche Pamment
      Height: Medium
      Build: Medium
      Color of Eyes: Blue
      Color of Hair: Brown
      Date of Registration: 12 Sep 1918

      The form asks if the person has lost arm, leg, hand, eye or is otherwise physically disqualifed. The card lists that for John - "Index finger on left hand off at second joint

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      1920 CENSUS:

      Name: John B Pamment
      Age: 37 years
      Estimated birth year: 1882
      Birthplace: England
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Kent City, King County, Washington
      Home owned: Rent
      Address: 6th Ave. So.
      Sex: Male
      Marital status: Married
      Year of immigration: 1884 Naturalized 1896
      Able to read & write: Yes
      Roll: T625_1924
      Page: 24B
      ED: 44
      Image: 1134
      Taken January 30, 1920

      Also the following family members:

      Pamment, Blanche wife, age 34 Immigration 1889 Naturalized 1892 Birthplace: Canada Father: Canada Mother: Scotland
      Pamment, Dorothy B. daughter, age 11
      Pamment, Leonard V. son, age 5 Birthplace: Canada

      NOTE: For Leonard it has Year of Immigration as 1915 and year Naturalized as 1896. Naturalization derived from father?

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      From The Seattle Times, Friday, June 2, 1967
      "John B. Pamments to Observe 60th Anniversary"

      Mr. and Mrs. John B. Pamment, 5911 California Ave. S.W., will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Monday. The Pamments will be honored at a family dinner Sunday at the home of a son, Leonard Pamment, 7708 17th Ave. N.E.
      Pamment, 84, a native of London, moved to Tacoma with his family in 1892. Mrs. Pamment, 82, is a native of New Brunswick, Canada. They were married in Tacoma June 5, 1907. They moved to Seattle from Kent in 1922, Pamment worked as a machinist for Cragin & Co.
      They have a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy B. Eaton, Oakland, California, who will come for the observance."

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      From the West Seattle Herald - October 3, 1973
      "Age is only a state of mind" by Nancy Munds

      Pamment, a marine engineer, bookkeeper and master organist

      John B. Pamment, who celebrated his 91st birthday Sept. 27, was born in Sudbury, a district of London, England, in 1882 and since that time has had jobs that have taken him from London to the Orient, and from the Puyallup Indian Reservation near Tacoma to his current home in West Seattle.

      His father was editor for the London newspaper "The Timber Merchant" and Sundays preached in "open air" public places where the crowds could hear him. Yearning to be a full-time missionary Pamment's father took his family and came to America, a place the English felt badly needed missionaries.

      In 1892 the voyage, first by a Canadian steamship, then across the Canadian prairies by Canadian Pacific railways finally ending in Vancouver, B.C., took a long time.

      Several months later the family had settled on the Puayllup Indian Reservation in a rental home until the manse could be completed. When the house, which was between the church and the Indian cemetery was half-way finished, the Indians complained having a house so close was disrespectful to the dead. The half-finished house was moved to the other side of the church were both the Indians and the spirits of the dead seemed to be happy.

      The summer of 1893 the family moved into the new manse where Pamment went to school, worked and played with the Indian children and mastered the church's 1877 pipe organ which had been shipped around the horn.

      After finishing the eighth grade, taking further training in bookkeeping and working in several offices for a while, Pamment decided he wanted to be an engineer and machinist. After a four year apprenticeship, he went to work on the Tacoma waterfront. Later he met a man who offered him a job as a marine engineer on a steamship.

      He left Tacoma for a year and traveled to all ports in the Orient before deciding he wanted to marry Blanche McAuley, his childhood sweetheart, and that life at sea was "no place for a married man."

      Pamment left the sea which he loved, for his wife whom he said was not only a wonderful wife and mother but a wonderful friend. They later had two sons and a daughter, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

      From then on Pamment worked as a mechanic, an engineer for the Carnation Company at the old Kent plant. In 1922 he left Carnation to become an engineer and building superintendent for Cragion and Industrial Hardware. For 35 years he worked there until his retirement in 1957.

      In 1940 Pamment moved into a house on California Avenue, where he still lives.

      Pamment, who has been a widower since 1967, has been employed part-time at John's Watch Shop since his "retirement." He is a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational and the Seattle Hammond Organ Society.

      "I've led a long and happy life," he concluded.

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      From the West Seattle News Herald, September 22, 1982
      "100 year old honored at service, reception"

      "In celebration of his 100th birthday on Sept. 27, John B. Pamment, a West Seattle resident since 1940, will be honored at the
      10:45 a.m. service at West Seattle Fairmount United Church of Christ on Sunday, Sept. 26, and at a reception after the service.

      Born in Sudbury, England, a suburb of London, Mr. Pamment came to the United States in 1892 when his missionary father became the pastor of the Puyallup Indian Mission near Tacoma.

      He served his apprenticeship as a machinist in the Tacoma Northern Pacific Railway shops, and his first employment on the completion of the apprenticeship in 1906 was as a junior engineer on the S.S. Tremont of the Boston Steamship Co., running between Tacoma and the Orient. On the three and one-half month trip he visited Yokohama, Kobe, Moji, Shanghai, Manila and Hong Kong, returning by way of Victoria, B.C.

      Mr. Pamment worked as a machinist at various companies in Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and Bremerton, including the Navy Yard and the Tacoma Smelter. From 1911-15 he lived in Victoria, B.C. and then worked for Carnation Farms in Kent and Carnation. He retired in 1957 at age 75 from Cragin and Co. in Seattle, where he worked since 1924.

      Not content to be idle in retirement, Mr. Pamment set up a service and repair shop in his home and also worked for John's Watch Shop until 1979.

      A lifelong musician, Mr. Pamment is an organ enthusiast and a member of the Hammond Organ Society and the Seattle Home Organ Society, Inc. He has been active in the Gideon Society for many years and is an ardent supporter of the Union Gospel Mission. Until no longer able to travel, he was always a welcome visitor and lay preacher at the Indian Mission in Tacoma.

      Mr. Pamment and his wife, Blanche, were married for 60 years. He has a daughter and a son, two grandaughters and four great grandchildren. At present he is a resident of the Queen Anne Villa Care Center."

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      Age at death was 100 - two days shy of age 101.

      Funeral card - John Benaiah Pamment Born September 27, 1882 Passed Away September 25, 1983
      Services Thursday, September 29, 1983 1:00 P.M. Chapel of Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home of West Seattle
      The Rev. Robert Bradbury officiating Private internment, Acacia Cemetery

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