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Abraham Benedict

Abraham BENEDICT, born in 1681; died about 1779; was of the first generation of Benedicts born and raised in the wilderness of Danbury Connecticut. He lived for about 98 years, raising eight children within two marriages.

Born Born   21 June 1681    
Married Married 1st about 1720 Rebeckah Knapp Danbury, Fairfield Co. Conn.
2nd   Sarah Hickok  
Died Died   about 1779    


  • Father: Samuel Benedict; 1649 - 1727
  • Mother: Rebecca Andrews; 16?? - 1723

Children by Rebeckah:

  1. Abraham Benedict?; b. 1721; d. 14 April 1798
  2. Timothy Benedict; b. 15 Nov 1723; d. Sept 1771
  3. Jabez Benedict; b. 1726; d. 1804
  4. Elizabeth Benedict; b. 1731; m. James Taylor
  5. Rebecca Benedict; b. 1733; m. Lemuel Abbott; d. 1779

Children by Sarah:

  1. Mary Benedict; b. 1735; m. 15 Feb 1770 to Ebenezer Hickok
  2. Israel Benedict?; b. 1736; d. 1766
  3. Silas Benedict; b. 25 Oct 1745; d. 3 July 1778

The Parents of Abraham

Abraham was of the third-generation of Benedicts pioneering on New England soil. He was the fifth child for Samuel Benedict and the third for Rebecca Andrews. Abraham's father was raised in the English colony on the east end of Long Island, who then came to Connecticut in about 1665 as a young lad. Abraham's mother Rebecca came from the Andrews family of Fairfield county.

Abraham's Early Years

At sixteen years of age, he and his parents left the birthplace on Long Island, landing at Connecticut.

Abraham and Rebeckah

Rebeckah Knapp was born 24 September 1701 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.1 Her mother was Elizabeth Seymour, descended from Edward Seymour, the First Duke of Somerset. Rebeckah died in 1733 at Danbury, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.

Abraham and Sarah

Sarah Hickok was born 4 April 1742 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut and died 25 May 1774 at Danbury, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. The dates totally conflict with the information on Abraham and the children, so this needs full review.

The Final Years for Abraham



  • Family reference: 35
  • Family Tree: Benedict Generations
  • Lineage: Abraham Benedict3, (Samuel2, Thomas1)
  • Books:
    • GBA-I p. 2432

ABRAHAM was born June 21, 1681; married Sarah (Hickok?). Information from will made May 25, 1774. It mentions sons Abraham, Timothy, Jabez, heirs of Israel, deceased, Silas, and daughters Elizabeth, wife of James Taylor, heirs of Rebecca, late wife of Lemuel Abbott, and Mary, wife of Eben. Hickok. Abraham and Eben. Hickok were executors. Will proved June 15, 1779. Inventory made July 21, 1779, foots sterling 55 pounds 17s. Distribution of estate made Aug. 3, 1779. He had advanced in his life-time to each of his sons Abraham, Timothy and Jabez, 148 1s. 0d.; to Israel, 136 5s. 0d.; to Silas, 116 1s. 0d.; and to Elizabeth, Rebecca and Mary, each 74 0s. 6d.2

Some of the children's birth dates are from's One Family Tree.


  1. "The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Volumes 1-55" republished by Genealogical Publishing Co.
  2. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", by Henry M. Benedict; 1st pub. 1870; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

-- JimBenedict - 12 Aug 2007
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