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Eliakim "Starr" Benedict

| Born |Born |29Feb1813|Danbury, Fairfield County, CT|(Date is likely 28 Feb 1813 since 1813 wasn't a leap year

Married Married 1st Date Sophia Carey at Location
Married Married 2nd Date Delilah/Delia ? at Location
Married Married 3rd 21Jan1869 Ellen F Gilmore Washington Township, Litchfield County, CT
Died Died 10May1894 Madison, New Haven County, CT

Lineage:

  • Eliakim Starr Benedict7, (George Benedict6, Eliakim5, Thaddeus4, Thomas3, James2, Thomas1)

Parents:

Children: with Delilah/Delia:

  1. Benedict, Frances b ca 1850-
  2. George Israel Benedict;1853-1920
  3. Sarah "Sadie" Frances Benedict; ca1851-

Children: with Ellen F Gilmore:

  1. Francis "Frank" Gilmore Benedict; 1870-
  2. Mary Augusta Benedict; 1871-1947
  3. Burton Gilbert Benedict; 1873-1938
  4. Walter Francis "Edward" Benedict; 1876-
  5. Florence R Benedict; 1878-1933
  6. Alice Viola Benedict; 1881-1971

The Wives of Eliakim "Starr" Benedict

Sophia Carey

per Myrtle M. Jillson, Certified Genealogist for the State of CT, Sophia d ca 1861 Kent, Litchfield County, CT. believe her notes should have been for Deliah/Deliah Benedict. No proof found

Delilah/Delia ?

1850 Federal Census: Washington, Litchfield County, CT. Roll M432_43, Pg 310, 20Aug1850, Line 52, Dwelling No 157, Family No 155:

  • Benedict, Starr, age 42, male, white, day laborer
  • Benedict, Delilah, age 38, female, white
  • Harmon Kerney, age 44, male, white, carpenter journeyman

1860 Federal Census: Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Roll M653_81, Pg 306, Image 313, dwelling house No 270, New Preston Post Office (a village within Washington, Litchfield County, CT)

  • Benedict, Starr age 50, male, white, farm labor, value of personal estate $200, born CT
  • Benedict, Delila, age 42, female, white, born CT
  • Benedict, Israel, age 7, male, white, born CT, attended school (sb George Israel)
  • Benedict, Francis, age 10, female, white, attended school (sb Frances)

Ellen F Gilmore 21Jan1869 Starr Benedict, age 52, Laborer, born in Washington (incorrect, was b Danbury), both residing in Washington, CT married Ellen Gilmore, age 22, born in Barrington, Mass, (incorrect, b Delhi, Delaware County, NY) residing in Washington, CT. Married by L. Williams. 2nd marriage for Starr, 1st marriage for Ellen. Per Town of Washington, CT. BMD Records, 1852-1871, pg 70 and LDS Microfilm 1517000. Marriage date also per Divorce Petition in the Superior Court, Litchfield County, CT. Death cert states born Barrington, Mass, information supplied by daughter Alice Hoffman.

1880 Federal Census: Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Family History Center Library Film: 1254101, NA Film No.: T9_0101, pg No.: 331C Benedict, Starr. Birth Year 1812, b. CT, age 68, Occ: Laborer, Married, White, Head of Household: Starr Benedict, Father born CT, Mother born CT. Benedict, Elle (sb Ellen). Birth Year 1847, b. NY, age 33, Occ: keeping house, married, white, Head of Household: Starr Benedict, Father born MA, Mother born NY. Household:

  • Benedict, Starr, self, Marr, Male, White, 68 years old, b. CT, Laborer, Fa born CT, Mo born CT.
  • Benedict, Elle (sb Ellen), wife, Marr, Female, white, 33 years old, born NY, Fa born MA, Mo born NY
  • Benedict, Mary, Dau, single, Female, white, 9 years old, born CT, at school, Fa born CT, Mo born NY
  • Benedict, Bertie, single, son, white, 7 years old, born CT, attended school during census year, Fa born CT., Mo born NY (sb Burton)
  • Benedict, Walter, son, single, male, white, 4 years old, -, Fa born CT., Mo born NY.
  • Benedict, Florence, dau, single, female, white, 1 year old, born CT., Fa born CT, Mo born NY.

From Connecticut Divorces: Superior Court Records for Litchfield County, 1752-1922 Benedict, Ella (Gilmore) of Warren m. 21Jan 1869 Star Benedict - physical abuse - intemperance - two minor children, Florence (4) Alice (2). Petitioned 7Jul1883 - discontinued 8May1890. Note: No mention of children Francis (Frank), Mary, Burton, or Walter in petition, they were also minor children at that time.

1900 US Federal Census: Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Roll T623_141, ED 260, sheet 3B, 9Jun1900, line 74, Dwelling No 62, Family No 62.

  • Gallus, Jacob, head, white, male, born Jan1832, widowed, born Switzerland, father born Switzerland, mother born Switzerland, can read, write, speak english
  • Benedict, Ella, housekeeper, white, female, born Feb1850, age 50, widowed, mother of 6 children, number of children still alive, 6, born NY, father born MA, mother born NY, can read, write, speak english, rent, farm, Farm Schedule No 41

Ellen Benedict: 21Nov1906. Per marriage records, page 2 of the Warren CT VS office, Jacob Gallus, farmer, s of Matthew and Julia Gallus, born in Switzerland, a widower age 73 married Ellen Benedict, widow, age 68, housekeeper. Signed W.C. Brooks, Clergyman of Warren, CT. Father is listed as David Gilmore, mother as Rhoda Gilmore. This is listed as 2nd marriage for both. (Ellen's age sb 58, not 68)

Per LDS 1517090, Warren, Litchfield County, CT Item 4, pg 3: Gallus, Jacob of Switzerland, age 73, farmer and Ellen Benedict, age 68, housewife, both of Warren m 21Nov1906. 2nd m for both. Birth place of parents for both Jacob and Ellen is blank. by Henry Upson Congregational Clergyman. (Ellen sb 58y, not 68y)

Ella F. Gallus: birth and death dates are as listed on her death certificate, as submitted by her daughter Alice Hoffman. It lists her father as George Gilmore, (incorrect, was David Gilmore Jr1815) her mother unknown (Mother was Rhoda Ann Howland1819). Age as 62 years, 8 months, 21 days. Signed by H.G. Stevens, MD, New Preston, CT., Nov 7 1910. Occupation as housekeeper, buried Old Warren Cemetery, Warren, CT. Signature of person in charge, George H. Beers, License No. 338, Cornwall Bridge, CT. Primary cause of death is listed as Senile Dibility, long lasting duration. Secondary cause of death was cardiac failure, no duration listed. Page 43 of Warren CT VS office.

The Family of Ellen F Gilmore

1850 US Federal Census: Great Barrington, Berskshire County, MA, Roll M432_306, pg 176, 20Jul1850:
  • GILMAR, David, age 35, male, clerk, b Mass
  • GILMAR, Rhoda A, age 32, female, born NY
  • GILMAR, Charles A, age 10, male, born NY
  • GILMAR, Mary A, age 8, female, born NY
  • GILMAR, Julia A, age 6, female, born NY
  • GILMAR, Ella F, age 4, female, born NY
  • GILMAR, Alice, age 10/12 m, female, born NY

1860 US Federal Census: Great Barrington, Berskire County, MA, Roll 653_488, Page 0, 26Jun1860, by Wm O'Connell, line 27, Dwelling 1010, Family No 1032:

  • David Gilmore, age 45, male, factory hand, born MA
  • Rhoda A. Gilmore, age 42, female, house wife, born NY
  • Mary Gilmore, age 18, female, factory operative, born NY
  • Julia A. Gilmore, age 16, female, born NY
  • Ella Gilmore, age 14, female, born NY, attended school
  • Alice Gilmore, age 11, female, born NY, attended school
  • David Gilmore, age 5, male, born MA, attended school

Father: David Gilmore Jr b 6Jun1815 Dudley, Worchester County, Massachusetts, d 30Oct1863 Hartford, Hartford County, CT. Cause of death: Suicide. Buried: Water Street Cemetery, State Road, Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MA. He was the son of David Gilmore Sr b ca 1782 Mass. and Phebe Lucas b 28Dec1785 Shaftsbury, RI d 31Jul1882 Dudley, Worchester County, MA. Per LDS 2079757, Dudley, Worchester County, MA VS Records:Vol 6, Pg 105, No 12: Phebe, wife of David Gilmore, age 66y, 7m, 3d, d 31Jul1852, recorded 14Jan1853, Informant: David Gilmore. buried Dudley, Dropsey on the chest (cough), b Shaftsbury, RI, dau of Aaron T. and Sarah Lucas.

Mother: Rhoda Ann Howland b 26Oct1819 Hamden, Delaware County, New York, d 30May1901 Lenox, Berkshire County, MA. Buried with husband David Gilmore Jr Water Street Cemetery, State Road, Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MA.

Rhoda Ann was the daughter of Rev Gersham Howland Jr b 19Jan1766 Freetown, Bristol County, Rhode Island, d 4Oct1846 Hamden, Delaware County, NY. Her mother was Maria Polly Fisher b 11Apr1781, d 30Sep1846 Hamden, Delaware County, New York.

OBITUARY: From The Berkshire Eagle May 31st,1901.

LENOX - MRS. R.A. GILMOR DEAD

Mrs. Rodah A. Gilmore, 81, widow of David Gilmore of Great Barrington died at the home of her son, Frank L. Gilmore, yesterday morning. Three weeks ago Mrs. Gilmore fell from a doorway and fractured a limb, and the injuries resulted in her death. Mrs. Gilmore was for many years a nurse in Great Barrington, where she lived up to going to Lenox 16 years ago. She is survived by three daughters and two sons. The funeral was held this morning at Mr. Gilmores residence. Burial will be in Great Barrington.

Per New England Ancestors.org, Rhoda d 1901 in Lenox, MA

From "Tombstone inscriptions Great Barrington, Mass. Vol. 1 (DAR 1936) Water Street Cemetery, State Road, Great Barrington

David Gilmore Died Oct. 29, 1863 Ae, 48 yrs. Rhoda A. Howland, Wife of David Gilmore, Died May 30, 1901 Aged 81 years

From Deaths Registered in the Town of Lenox 1901 (Microfilm of original Lenox Records)

Date of Death: May 30, Name of Deceased: Rhoda A. Gilmore, Sex: F, Condition: W [widow], Age: 81 years 7 mo., Disease or cause of death: S???? following injury Residence: Lenox, Place of Burial: Gt. Barrington, Occupation:, Place of Birth: Hamden, Deleware County, NY, Name and Birthplace of Parents of deceased: Howland -U.S. Fisher. Date of Record: July 1

Rhoda Ann descends from Henry J Howland and Mary Sarah Newland Henry Howland b. 25 November 1604 became a Quaker. Came to America with his brother Arthur. Married Mary Newland. Died 1671 at Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Henry Howland Gender: male Birth Place: En Birth Year: 1604 Spouse Name: Mary Sarah Newland Spouse Birth Place: En Spouse Birth Year: 1609 Marriage Year: 1624 Marriage State: MA Number Pages: 1

Howland, Henry - Plymouth Colony, p.310

-A brother of 1620 Mayflower passenger, John Howland, Henry Howland was in Plymouth at least as early as 25 March 1633, when his name appears on the tax list, and he was also on the original freeman list. On 8 April 1633, Walter Harris had his indenture transferred to Henry Howland (PCR 1:13). On 5 January 1635/36 Henry became the constable of Duxbury (PCR 1:36). He was frequently a member of trial and grand juries (PCR, passim). On 3 June 1657 he, John Tompson, Morris Truant, Ralph Allen, and Thomas Greenfield refused to serve on the grand jury (PCR 3:115). On 2 March 1657/58, the same day his brother Arthur was fined Đ4 for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and Đ5 for resisting the constable of Marshfield in the execution of his office, Henry Howland was fined ten shillings for entertaining a meeting in his house [p.311] contrary to court orders (PCR 3:129). On 7 June 1659 the court, referring to an order disenfranching Quakers and other offenders, gave notice to four men to appear in court the following August, and on 6 October 1659 Howland had his freeman status taken away from him (PCR 3:167, 176). On 1 May 1660 Henry Howland was charged with entertaining another man's wife in his house after her husband had complained to him, and for permitting a Quaker meeting in his house and entertaining a foreign Quaker. He stiffly denied the first charge, and the court noted that the evidence "did not appeer to make it out," but he was convicted on the Quaker charges. On the same day Lt. Samuel Nash complained against Howland for stopping up a highway (PCR 3:186). On 2 October 1660 he was fined Đ4 for twice having Quaker meetings at his house (PCR 3:201). On 3 June 1668 he was a highway surveyor for Duxbury (PCR 4:181). He made his will 28 November 1670, inventory 14January 1670/71, and he named his wife Mary (her surname is not known; they were possibly married in England), his sons Zoeth, Joseph, John, and Samuel, and his daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Abigail (MD 19:32). An article by Robert S. Wakefield and the late Robert M. Sherman, "Henry Howland of Duxbury, Mass., 1633, His Children and His Grandchildren," will appear in a forthcoming issue of NGSQ.

Per 1632 Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Record (not a typo). HENRY HOWLAND State: MA County: Plymouth County Township: Plymouth Year: 1632 Page: 253 Database: MA Early Census Index

Per "History of Duxbury" Justin Winsor Boston, MA: 1849; p270. "Henry Howland, Duxbury,1633, lived by the bay side, close to Love Brewster. One of the substantial landholders and freemen, Proprietor of Bridgewater, 1645."

Per 1642 Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Record (not a typo) HENRY NEW HOWLAND State: MA County: Plymouth County Township: Duxborrow Year: 1643 Page: 256 Database: MA Early Census Index

The Howlands were members of the Essex Family. Many of their descendants emigrated to the American Colonies. Son, John Howland, was one of the passengers on the first voyage of the ship "Mayflower" in 1620. The Howlands, of Fen Stanton, lived near the college town of Cambridge, north of London about 9.5 miles. Their descendants include many prominent and notable American people, including Jennie Jerome Churchill, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Johnny Carson, George Plimton, Edith Carow Roosevelt (wife of Theodore); Henry Cabot Lodge; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Census Records

1840 Federal Census: Danbury, Fairfield County, CT. Roll M704_22, Pg 239, Image 52.

  • Benedict, Starr, Head

  • males between ages of 15-20: 1, 40-50: 1
  • Females between ages of 40-50: 1
  • .....also found.....

Per 1840 Federal Census: Page 195, M704_278, Image 200, Dover, Dutchess County, New York

  • Benedict, Starr:

  • Males 20-under 30: 1
  • Females 20-under 30: 1

1850 Federal Census: Washington, Litchfield County, CT. Roll M432_43, Pg 310, 20Aug1850, Line 52, Dwelling No 157, Family No 155:

  • Benedict, Starr, age 42, male, white, day laborer, b NY (b 1808, sb b CT)
  • Delilah, age 38, female, white, b NY
  • Harmon Kerney, age 44, male, white, carpenter journeyman, b NY

1860 Federal Census: Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Roll M653_81, Pg 306, Image 313, dwelling house No 270 New Preston Post Office (a village within Washington, Litchfield County, CT)

  • Benedict, Starr age 50, male, white, farm labor, value of personal estate $200, born CT
  • Benedict, Delila, age 42, female, white, born CT
  • Benedict, Israel, age 7, male, white, born CT, attended school
  • Benedict, Francis, age 10, female, white, attended school

Per 1870 US Federal Census: Warren, Litchfield County, CT.

  • Bennedict, Starr, male, white, age 45, farm laborer, b CT
  • Bennedict, Nellie, female, white, age 24, keeping house, b CT (Ellen?)
  • Bennedict, Frank, male, white, age 2, b CT

1880 Federal Census: Warren, Litchfield County, CT. Family History Center Library Film: 1254101, NA Film No.: T9_0101, pg No.: 331C, Pg 11, Supervisors Dist 1, 15-18Jun1880

  • Benedict, Starr, self, Marr, Male, White, 68 years old, b. CT, Laborer, Fa born CT, Mo born CT.
  • Benedict, Elle (sb Ellen), wife, Marr, Female, white, 33 years old, born NY, Fa born MA, Mo born NY
  • Benedict, Mary, Dau, single, Female, white, 9 years old, born CT, at school, Fa born CT, Mo born NY
  • Benedict, Bertie, single, son, white, 7 years old, born CT, attended school during census year, Fa born CT., Mo born NY
  • Benedict, Walter, son, single, male, white, 4 years old, -, Fa born CT., Mo born NY.
  • Benedict, Florence, dau, single, female, white, 1 year old, born CT., Fa born CT, Mo born NY.

Daughter Frances Benedict

1860 Federal Census: Kent, Litchfield County, CT. Roll M653_81, Pg 306, Image 313, dwelling house No 270,
  • Benedict, Starr age 50, male, white, farm labor, value of personal estate $200, born CT
  • Benedict, Delila, age 42, female, white, born CT
  • Benedict, Israel, age 7, male, white, born CT, attended school
  • Benedict, Francis, age 10, female, white, attended school (sb Frances)

1870 US Federal Census: M593_105, 22Jun1870, Pg 37, Kent, Litchfield County, CT., line 15, Dwelling No 790, Family No 309:

  • Hatch, Bruce, age 25, male, white, farm labor, b CT, citizen of US
  • Hatch, Katy, age 19, female, white, keeping house, b CT
  • Hatch, Calvin, age 4/12, male, white, b CT in February
  • Benedict, Frances, age 17, female, white, domestic servant, b CT

Eliakim Starr's Final Years

Per Records of Death for the town of Madison, CT, 1894 pg 366

Eliakim Starr Benedict d 10May1894, 83 years, 2 months, 11 days old (dates don’t match with birth records) Male Widower (incorrect, Ellen was still alive in Warren, Litchfield County, CT), he was born Danbury, CT. Lived in New Preston/Washington CT. Resided Madison, CT at time of death. Cause of death: Bronchitis, Occupation: Farmer, Color: White, name of parents: George and Dorcas (Vail) Benedict. Daniel M. Webb, M.D. IF 83y, 2m, 11d OF AGE, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN 27FEB1811. I have not personally located any birth records for him. No records found list him as a Farmer, but a Farm Laborer

Buried Hammonnasett Cemetery, Madison, New Haven County, CT

Notes: Hammonnasett Cemetery does not have any plot numbers. There is not a headstone for Eliakim Starr, and his burial spot is unknown by the sexton Don Lewis or VS Office records in 2002. There is no listing in the Hale Collection. In the old Burial Register in the Madison, CT Town Clerks’s office for town cemeteries from about 1880-1955, E. Star Benedict is listed as having died 10May1894, attending physician Daniel Webb.

Sources

Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 302

Eliakim5, Thaddeus4, Thomas3, James2, Thomas1 Eliakim b 26Sep1753; m 22May1783, Hannah, dau Joseph4 (13) Benedict, b 1754, and d 24Jul1731. He represented Danbury in General Assembly: May 1807, Oct1808, and Oct 1809. He d 22Aug1832. Chd: 1) Eliakim b 3May1799, d 9Nov1803. 2) George b 4Sep1786; m 11Mar1811 Dorcas, dau John Vail, b 25Jul1794, and d 10Jul1867. He d 2Feb1838. Chd: a) Eliakim Starr b 29Feb1813; m Sophia __; m 2d, Delilah b 1818; res New Preston, CT. Census, 1860 gives Ch: I) Francis b 1850. II) Israel b 1853. b) Thomas Taylor b 28May1815; m 26Nov1836 Sarah, dau James and Hannah Peck of Greenwich, CT. Ch: I) Parthenia Vail b 20Feb1838; d 8Jun1838. II) Thomas Eldridge b 4Feb1840; m 2Aug1865 Frances H, dau Silas and Susan A Belham, b 11Sep1845. Enlisted Co A, 5th Regt, CT Vols; reenlisted _; served four years. Ch: i) Clifford Eldridge b 7Aug1866. c) Harriet Losena b 16Dec1842; m 28Jun1859 Joseph Blakesley. d) George Edwin b 5Jun1845; res New Haven, CT. e) Emanuel b 25Sep1857, d 4Jan1864. 3) George Vail b 10Jan1822; m 16Jan1854 Beulah Peck, dau Eliakim and Sarah P Griffin, b 1834; res Danbury, CT. Ch: i) Mary b 1Jan1859, d 10May1859 4) Hannah b 7Oct1792; m 2Jan1828 John Harper Whiting; d 24Jul1836

Per Benedicts to America Vol II, Pg 312

146. Eliakim Starr Benedict 7 (George 6, Eliakim 5, Thaddeus 4, Thomas 3, James 2, Thomas 1) b 29Feb 1813, Danbury, CT, m 1st Sophia Carey, m 2nd Ella Gilmore. He d 10May1894, Madison, CT. Chd by 1st m: I) Francis b 1850. II) Sarah. III) George Israel b 23May1853, m Laura Ingersol Hall, b 17Apr1835 in Warren, CT, d 10Feb1901. He d 9Nov1920 New Britain, CT. Chd: 1) Grace Ingersol b 9Jul1879 Warren, m 20May1902 William Louis Trappee. Chd: A) Elizabeth Louise Trappee b 22Oct1945. b) Florence Teresa Trappee b 4Feb1912 Mt, Carmel, CT, m 24Jun1937 Ralph H Buckingham. Chd: A) William Ralph Buckingham b 31Oct1939 Cheshire, CT. B) David Richard Buckingham b 8Jan1944 Cheshire, CT. C) Janet Hall Buckingham b 14Sep1949 Cheshire, CT. 2) Clarence Lewis b 10May1882 Warren, CT. m 1Jun1905 Anna Mabel Scheny, b 23Sep1877 New Britain, d 6Mar1957, he d 28Apr1957 New Britain, CT. Chd: a) Mabel Anna b 20Aug1911, m Richard Gordon of New Britain, CT. Res: 201 Harrison St, New Britain, CT. 3) Elizabeth Florence b 7Nov1886 Warren, CT. m 28Nov1936 Robbin Gilbert Spencer of Mt. Carmel. Res: 28 Feun Rd., Cheshire.

Chd by 2nd m: IV) Daughter, m Mr. Frank Hoffman. Res: RD Cornwall Bridge, Warren, CT V) Walter Francis b 7May1876, m Hazel Henrietta Lenhard on 30Aug1904. She b 29Aug1888 at Darwin, Minn. Chd: Roy Walter b 22Jan1906 Wilimar, Mandiyohi County, Minn., m 8Jan1948 Alta Blanche Chandler. Res: 12345 S West Parkway, Portland, OR. Chd: a) Patricia Ann b 11Jul1949.

NOTE conflict of information on wives and children between Vol I and Vol II

Source: Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, Vol. II

Fen Stanton is about 1-2 miles south of St. Ives, near to Huntingdon, in the area northwest of Cambridge. Huntingdonshire county no longer exists. " Howland " was a location phrase for ' Land at the ancient burial mound '. This alluded to a prehistoric tomb where the ancestors farmed. The Howland coat-of-arms, granted in 1584, has two black bars below three blackrampant lions on a silver shield. Buried in church cemetery in Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, England Henry Howland, of the Parish of Fenny Stanton (Fen Stanton now known as Fenstanton, nine miles north of Cambridge,England) Huntingdonshire, was a yeoman who died at Fen Stanton on 17 May 1635. His wife, Margaret, was buried at Fen Stanton, 31 July 1629. They had seven children: Arthur, John, Margaret, Humphrey, George, Simon and Henry. In 1963, the John Howland Society of Plymouth, MA, erected a bronze tablet in the Fenstanton Church "In memory of HENRY HOWLAND who was buried in the churchyard of this parish on 17th May 1635 - Father of John Howland a pilgrim to America on the Mayflower 1620." Erected by the Pilgrim Hohn Howland Society 17th May 1966 The "Old Colony Howlands" descend from his three sons: Arthur, John and Henry. Arthur and Henry came in either the FORTUNE in 1621 or the ANN 1623 (per "Certain Comeovers" by Henry Howland Crapo, Volumne I.) Their brother John was the first of the family to reach America, coming on the original MAYFLOWER. While there is no verification, possibly due to the state of panic caused in England at this time by the epidemic of plague (Black Death) at the time, many researchers believe that most of the Howland family that stayed in England died of the plague and possibly the only survivors were the three brothers (John, Arthur and Henry) who immigrated to America. parents could be John Howland and Emma Revell, "The lineage from this John Howland was at one time thought to include the Mayflower passenger as a grandson of this John. That part was supposedly disproved, but part of that lineage matches what we have here. It is best to look at this part of the lineage with a grain of salt, but if further corroborative evidence comes along, there is more herein."

John Howland 2nd: Born during the early reign of Henry VIII, John Howland and Anne Greenway had eleven sons and one daughter and all historians agree that all Howlands in England were descended from this pair. The eldest son , Richard Howland, Doctor of Divinity and Archbishop of Peterborough, was granted the Family Coat of Arms June 10, 1584. Historians say he delivered the funeral sermon of Mary Queen of Scots. John's will was proven April 1550. The name Howland is found only in Essex England and was originally found only in Newport, Wicken, Essex, England. Both George and Humphrey Howland died before 1653, as Humphrey's widow Annie was executrix of both their wills. She died December 20, 1653. Humphrey was a draper of London. George lived at St. Donstons, East London.

Footnotes

Starr did not register the births of any of his daughters at all. All records for sons born only indicate "Male Child Benedict," (son of Starr Benedict)

Barbour Collection does list his father George's birth, as does LDS microfilm LDS 1435525, Danbury, Fairfield County, CT. No official record of George's marriage found. No official record of his death found. LDS 1435525, Danbury, Fairfield County, CT list mother Dorcas's birth and death information, however no Barbour Collection information found, and no spouse information found. No information of Dorcas's father, John Vail found. No information at all of who her mother may have been. Mention made, but no records of birth of his children found. Chd: 1) Eliakim Starr-No official records of his birth or 1st/2nd marriage found. m records with Ellen F Gilmore found, stating his 2nd m, her 1st. am inclined to believe that Vol I with m to Sophia Carey is not true, but m to Deliah/Deliah is proven through Census Records, thus, first three children were born with Deliah/Deliah

Note: third child, Sarah Francis Benedict m to Carlton Leslie Graves lists age at marriage as 22, which would have her b ca 1861.

NOTE: Although evidence proves otherwise, am leaving 3 wives in this record for Eliakim "Starr". Further research may prove there were three, but records for only two can be found at this time, Deliah/Delia and Ellen F Gilmore

Note: Washington Township is located within the Town of New Peston, Litchfield County, CT.

Notorized Affidavit:

My name is Elisabeth Florence (Benedict) Spencer (Mrs. Robbin Gilbert Spencer) and my address is 28 Fern Road, Cheshire, Connecticut.

My grandparents were Eliakim Starr and Sophia (Carey) Benedict of Danbury, CT. Their son, George Israel, was my father.

After the death of my grandmother about 1861, my grandfather married Ella Gilmore, and on May 7th 1876 a son, Walter Francis, was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

I was a little girl when he left Connecticut for the West, but I remember him, and knew that for many years he and my brother, Clarence Lewis Benedict corresponded. Signed Elizabeth Benedict Spencer, notorized Cheshire, CT 21Mar1960. Katherine A. Costello, Notary Public for County and State.

-- SandeeToo - 17 Nov 2008
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