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Aaron Benedict

Born Born 6 Dec 17401   New Milford, Litchfield co., Conn.
Married Married 21 Nov 1759 Elizabeth Knowles New Milford, Litchfield co., Conn.
Died Died 25 July 1816   Bennington, Morrow co., Ohio
Buried     Alum Creek Friends cemetery, Morrow co., OhioA

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents.


Children: All born New Milford, Connecticut

  1. Gideon Benedict; 1760-1764
  2. Phoebe Benedict; 1762-1823
  3. Dorcas Benedict; 1763-1823
  4. Anne Benedict; 1766-1848
  5. Reuben Benedict; 1768-1854
  6. Aaron Benedict; 1769-1825
  7. Elizabeth Benedict; 1722-1836
  8. Cyrus Benedict; 1774-1828
  9. William Benedict; 1776-1843
  10. Hannah Benedict; 1777-1777
  11. Sylvester Benedict; 1780-1821
  12. Hannah Benedict; 1783-1852

Aaron’s Early Years

Aaron was brought up by his grandfather, Joseph, after his father died. He was 15 years old when his grandfather died and a guardian was then appointed for him.

It was Aaron Benedict who qualified all of his descendentsfor membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and the DAR. Though a Quaker, he fought under Colonel Van Rensselaer in the First New York Regiment.A

Aaron was living in New Milford in 1777 when permission to hold a Preparatory Meeting there was given by the Monthly Meeting at Oblong, Dutchess co., New York. He was one of the delegates to the Montly Meeting and on May 6, 1779 he and three others were appointed to inquire into the number of books belonging to the Meeting. They reported 29. When the meeting house was built at Lanesville in 1788 Aaron was one of the members.

Aaron and Elizabeth Knowles

Elizabeth, born at Dartmouth, Mass on April 20, 1741, was the daughter of William Knowles and Innocent Phillips. Aaron married her on Nov. 21, 1759. Elizabeth died August 15, 1821 at the age of 80 years.

The marriage record of Aaron and Elizabeth occupies a whole page in the Record Book of Oblong Monthly Meeting and was signed, after themselves, by William Knowles (her father), Innocent Knowles (her mother), Arthur Knowles (her brother), Dorothy Benedict (either his mother or sister) and ten others.1

In 1812, Aaron and family joined a large company of Quakers to settle on the Western Reserve in Ohio. It was composed of about 67 persons of three generations, all relatives or friends. On the way they were joined by the Lewis family from Redstone, Pennsylvania and all settled in Morrow county.

Aaron established the family home at what is now Bennington Ohio, and in 1812 was among the early settlers of Deleware County, Ohio, clearing a farm on Alum Creek. Arron, his son Reuben and three other families settled Peru township, named for their old home in New York State.

Delaware county, about 30 miles north of Columbus, was part of the so called U.S. Military district, which Congress set aside for land grants to Revolutionary Soldiers. Settlement of the area was delayed for years, and most recipients sold their grants. The Benedicts did not.

A certificate of removal was given to Aaron and Elizabeth and their children; Cyrus, William, Sylvester, Anne, Elizabeth and Hannah to the Monly Meeting at Danby.

Aaron's Final Years

He was the first person buried in Pennsylvania Township, Morrow county, Ohio. His grave can still be seen in the Friend's cemetery there.1

All of his family were members of the Society of Friends or Quakers. Consequently, no records of Reverends of this Society. The old Aaron Benedict house was still standing in Sept 1993. It is just over the line in Morrow county, Ohio in a quiet farming region. Sources say it is a fine brick building, Federal style, very impressive for its day out there on the frontier. It is still remembered today as a busy stop on the underground railroad before the Civil War. Some of this information is from John E. Benedict of Washington, D.C.A

This brick house, located on the west side of Alum Creek was an active station in the underground railroad. It is told that during the time it served this purpose, there was a wing to the south of the house which served as a spinning room. This room was over a secret cellar which could only be entered by a trap door in the floor. The slaves could be hidden in this cellar, the trap door closed and a rug laid over it. The then current Mrs. Benedict would place her spinning wheel on the rug and spin busily, the sound of the wheel drowning out any stray noises coming from below, while the slave owner or his representatives searched aboveB.

Obituary from the Morrow Sentinel of August 6, 1903: AARON BENEDICT was born 6 Dec. 1740 and m. Elizabeth, dau. of William and Innocent Knowles. He lived at New Milford and died at Bennington Ohio 25 July 1816. His children married into several Pawling families.

Historical Findings

The first settler was Cyrus Benedict, his wife, three children, and Adam Vanduser in 1809. He built a cabin near South Woodbury in 1811. Meetings were held in a house from 1813-1815. The first church was built of logs in 1816. Land purchased in 1817 for a meetinghouse and graveyard is the present site of the church. The first building of today's church was in 1857. The most enduring houses in the area were constructed of brick by Reuben Benedict and David Osborne in 1828 and Aaron Benedict in the 1830's. The Reuben Benedict house served the community as a "Temperance Hotel" during the stagecoach era. The 1825 the Worthington-New Haven Road was completed and these buildings, among others, were used to shelter slaves.

The Alum Creek Friends were legendary among UGRR circles for their skill and success in spiriting folds to Canada. Friends involved were David Osborn, Griffith Levering, William Taber, Miicajah Dillingham, and three generations of Benedicts: Reuben, Aaron, William, and a second Aaron, Gardener, Daniel, and Aaron L., who had a $1,000 bounty placed on his head by Southerners. Cousins Mordecai and Livius Benedict drove wagonloads of fugitives up to Joseph Morris in Marion County when they were but six years old. In 1835, a slaveholder and two accomplices came to the Alum Creek Settlement to reclaim his slave property, a mother and her three sons. When the mother refused to leave, William Benedict sent word to the church for help just as the Friends gathered for the Quarterly Meeting. Soon, 25 to 30 people confronted the slaveholder, including Justice-of-the-Peace Barton Whipple who read the penalties for kidnapping - a fine up to $1,000 and 10 years in the penitentiary. At this, the two hirelings fled to the woods. One of them remarked he couldn't understand how all those people appeared so suddenly, as if "the Quakers rose right up out of the ground!" he exclaimed.



  • Family reference: 262.2
  • Family Tree: Benedict Generations
  • Lineage: Aaron Benedict5, (Gideon4, Joseph3, John2, Thomas1)
  • Books:
  • GBA-II p. 391

Note A: The descendants of John Benedict and Phoebe Gregory that moved to Alum Creek are described in the Alum Creek webiste at

Note B: Spinning wheel notes and building photograph per Alum Creek Friends Meeting, Sesqui-centennial Observance, October 15, 1967. Submitted by Connie Jacquart on 12 Aug 2009.

Morrow County, Ohio
Morrow County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Shawnee people used the area for hunting purposes before white settlers arrived in the early 1800s. Morrow County was organized in 1848 from parts of four neighboring counties and named for Jeremiah Morrow, Governor of Ohio from 1822 to 1826. Peru Township is one of the sixteen townships of Morrow County, Ohio, originally part of neighboring Delaware County, Peru Township became part of Morrow County in 1848

Notes on the children:


  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", Vol. II by Elwyn E. Benedict; 1st pub. 1969; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

Cyrus Benedict, wife Hannah and children, Anna, Sylvester and Glarinda, from Peru to Short Greek, Ohio; 23 of 7m, 1812

Reuben Benedict, from Peru to Short Creek, Ohio; 24 of 9th., 1812

Aaron Benedict, Jr., wife Esther and children, Sarah, Elizabeth and Aaron L. from Peru to Short Greek, Ohio: 24 of 9m, 1812

Benedict, William, wife Alice and children, Daniel and Phebe from Peru to Short Creek, Ohio; 22 of 10m, 1812

David Wood, (Clear of marriage engagement) ' from Peru to Allun Creek, Ohio, 23 of 7m, 1818

Cyrus Benedict and Ann Barker, 1st Intention, SI of 10m, 1799; 2nd Intention, 28 of 11m, 1799 Reported accomplished, 2 of 12m, 1800

William Benedict and Alse Hoag, 1st Intention. 25 of 9m.- 1805, 2nd Intention, 24 of 10m, 1805 Reported accomplished, 21 of 11m, 1805

Hannah Benedict, daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth of Peru Married, 1 of 10m, 1805 at Peru Levi Birch, son of Israel and Phebe of Peru

Peleg Bunker and Hannah Benedict 1st Intention, 25 of 9m, 1800, 2nd Intention, 24 of 10m, 1805 Reported accomplished, 21 of lira, 1805

Daniel Wood, son of Jonathan and Rachel Benedict and Phehe Benedict, daughter of Reuben Benedict, Intention, 26 of 3m 1812, 2nc[ Intention, 23 of 4m, 1812 Reported accomplished, 28 of 5m, 1812

-- JimBenedict - 30 Jul 2009
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