Benjamin Wolhaupter House

John Wolhaupter was born in 1771 in New York , and became a watchmaker, clockmaker and silversmith.  He married Mary Payne Aycrigg in 1795. Because of their loyalist sympathies, their property was confiscated during the revolution and they came to New Brunswick sometime between 1795 and 1799.  Wolhaupter set up a jewellery and clockmaking shop in Saint John and became known as a silversmith.  The family moved to Fredericton circa 1811, opened another shop, and 1825 the business was transferred to the oldest son, Benjamin, who was born in 1800. 

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Benjamin Wolhaupter married Catherine Brannen in 1820.  He built this house at 97 Church Street known as “Beauregard”, which was later sold to Bishop Medley and then it became known as Bishopscote.  Wolhaupter served as Magistrate of York County; he was involved in the militia; and served as a Director of the Commercial Bank of New Brunswick.  In 1847, he became Sheriff of York County and held that position until his death in 1857.  Benjamin and Catherine Wolhaupter left three sons:  James, Charles, and George.

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James Matther Wolhaupter was born in 1823, became a physician; practiced in Portland, Maine, and died in 1891.

Charles John Wolhaupter was born in 1825, became a teacher; lived in Australia for seven years; returned to New Brunswick and drowned in 1858.

George Philip Wolhaupter was born in 1827; worked as a clerk in the Surveyor-General’s office; and 1854 graduated in engineering from King’s College, Fredericton.  He served as organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral and was known for his collection of wildflowers and his skill in decorating programs for the Cathedral services.  In 1858, he married Harriett Amelia Carman.  Their son, Benjamin, was born in 1859.  When George died in 1860, his wife and son moved to Sarnia, Ontario.  Benjamin Wolhaupter possessed great mechanical ability, and ultimately became an engineer who specialized in railroad tracks.  He took out 215 patents for inventions, and was a successful manufacturer and businessman. He died in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1949.

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William T. Whitehead bought the property in 1905 and immediately began an extensive renovation of the then unadorned five-bay Georgian house. The verandah, dormers, and cylindrical corner bay were added and the window openings changed with much stained glass embellishment; all in accordance with the Queen Anne style that was fashionable at the time.

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2 thoughts on “Benjamin Wolhaupter House

  1. Hi, I’m an ancestor of Benjamin Wolhaupter living in Long Beach, California. Thank you for the history of the house. Beautiful preservation!

  2. Hi Jennie,

    We’re glad you liked the post. We’ve been working hard to preserve the history and beauty of our province. We shot a lot of the beautiful historic homes downtown Fredericton a couple of summers ago. FYI… we added more historty about the family to the page tonight in case you’d like to re-visit.

    Larry & Steve

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