Bénézit was born on Jersey, where his father the musician Charles Bénézit, like Hugo, was exiled. The Channel Islands census records Charles and Euphrasie Bénézit "born in France" and Emmanuel's older sisters already being on the island before Hugo in the 1851 census, and still there after Hugo in the 1871 census. The census records five sisters; Caroline 1842, Marie 1846, Ursule 1948, Adele 1850, Berthe 1859.
- Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators - Volume 1 - Page ix Oxford University Press - 2012 The brainchild of painter and connoisseur Emmanuel Bénézit (1854-1920), the dictionary originally published in three volumes, containing brief entries for artists from all eras and parts of the world, as well as an appendix of signatures, .
- Channel Islands Census 1851 1861 1871 1851 1861 1871 census gives date of birth "abt 1816" and wife Euphrasie Benezet as born 1821
- Gazette des beaux-arts 1975- Page 35 "Emmanuel Benezit était le fils du Dr Charles-Emmanuel Benezit (1854- 1920), auteur du célèbre Dictionnaire des Peintres"
- James S. Patty Salvator Rosa in French Literature: From the Bizarre to the Sublime 2005 - "Emmanuel Bénézit (1854–1920) died before the appearance of the third volume of the first edition; even if Marguerite Bénézit was his daughter, it is difficult to "