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Charles Edward Benedict

Born Born 8Nov1837 Warwick, Orange County, NY
Married Married 10Jan1860 Sarah Tunison Bertholf
Died Died 2Nov1862 Warwick, Orange County, NY


  • Father:Benedict, William Lewis, Rev1814
  • Mother:Burt, Phoebe1818


  1. Grace Benedict b 22Oct1860
  2. Harold Benedict; b 22Oct1862

Sarah Tunison Bertholf

b 1842, New York d 4May1913 Buried: Warwick Cemetery, Orange County, New York Benedict, Sarah Tunison Bertholf, b. 1842, d. 4 May 1913, w/o Charles Edward Benedict

1910 US Federal Census: Hamptonburgh, Orange County, New York; Roll: T624_1059; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 475. 25Apr1910

  • Benedict, Harold, head, white, male, age 47, married1, m 20y, b NY, parents b NY, farmer, own account
  • Benedict, Grace V S, wife, female, white, age 45, married1, m 20y, mother of 2, 1 living, b Maryland, parents b Maryland
  • Sears, Elsie, aunt, female, white, age 74, wid, mother of 0, b NY, parents b NY, own income
  • Benedict, Sarah T, mother, female, white, age 68, wid, mother of 2, 1 living, b NY, parents b NY, own income

The Family of Sarah Tunison Bertholf

1860 US Federal Census: Hamptonburgh, Orange County, New York; Roll: M653_834; Page: 0; Image: 449. 11Jun1860

  • Bertholf, James I, age 53, male, farmer, value of real estate: 9360, personal: 1660, b NY
  • Bertholf, Jane P, female, age 49, b NY
  • Bertholf, Elsie I, female, age 24, milliner, b NY
  • Bertholf, Jesse W, male, age 22, b NY
  • Bertholf, Elizabeth, female, age 20, C S teacher, b NY
  • Bertholf, Sarah, female, age 18, b NY
  • Bertholf, Malcom, male, age 17, b NY
  • Bertholf, Sophy, female, age 16, b NY
  • Bertholf, John, male, age 9, b NY

Charles’s Early Years

Old Warwick Valley and the Ways of Its People. By Donald M. Barrell. Warwick Valley Dispatch, July 16, 1975: No occasion was complete without Eliza and her attendant band of handsome, gay young kinsmen, among them her eldest brother, Charles Edward, (called “Prince or Lord Charlie” by his intimates)

For some years William L. Benedict and Gabriel Wisner had thought that the district schools were not carrying their courses high enough. In the latter part of 1855 they planned a home school for higher education. The Wawayanda Hotel had been closed since Tim Ward’s death and seemed a likely place. Both men had large families and felt certain other families would favor such a project. The idea got under way much more rapidly than was expected and development was not recorded, so there is an element of mystery. Perhaps some furniture was left in the old hotel, and some donated, but they seem to have been in operation that autumn. Its success was so phenomenal that it really outgrew itself the last two years, and become the Warwick Institute and rated high. It later became the public school system of today. There must have been eight teachers at the start, but we have no record of all of them. Charles E. Benedict, William L’s son, was principal and taught higher mathematics at the age of 22. Eliza Benedict, his sister, taught French, Botany, drawing and etiquette. There was a Miss Fannie Hastings, whose father was a minister and composer of our popular hymns.

Military Service

Enrollment of Persons Liable to Military Duty Warwick, NY 1862. Transcribed from photocopy of the original in the collection of the Albert Wisner Public Library by F. Roecker. This was a census of persons who could possibly fill the call for troops during the Civil War, done by the Town Clerk, Ira S. Smith. 2004

No Name Age Occupation

77 Benedict Charles E. 23 volunteer in 124th Reg.

U.S National Park Service, Soldiers of the American Civil War: No. Soldier Name Side Function Regiment Name 24 Benedict, Charles E. Union Infantry 124th Regiment, New York Infantry

American Civil War Soldiers Side served: Union; State served: New York; Enlistment date: 12 Aug 1862.. Name: Charles Benedict Enlistment Date: 12 Aug 1862 Enlistment Place: Goshen, New York Side Served: Union State Served: New York Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 12 August 1862 at the age of 24. Enlisted in Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment New York on 5 Sep 1862. Died of disease Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment New York on 2 Nov 1862 at Warwick, NY. Sources: 14

Charles became ill during the war, went home, and died with his family in attendance.


Warwick Cemetery, Orange County, New York Benedict, Charles Edward, b. 8 Nov 1837, d. 2 Nov 1862, s/o Rev William Lewis Benedict & Phoebe Burt, h/o Sarah Tunison Bertholf


Per Benedicts of America, Vol I, Pg 150

Charles E., b. Nov. 8, 1837; m. Jan. 10, 1860, Sarah T., dau. James Bertolph of Hampton. He was appointed principal of the Warwick Institute, March 1, 1858. In April, 1860, became editor of the Putnam County Courier. Aug., 1862, enlisted in Co. D, 124th N. Y. Vols., and died in the service, Nov. 2, 1862. Ch. 1) Grace, b. Oct. 22, 1860. 2) Harrold, b. Oct. 22, 1862.

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