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Thomas Edsall Benedict

Born Born 3Apr1839 Warwick, Orange County, New York
Married Married 1st Date Frances M Ackerly-Freer
Married Married 2nd ca 1902 Eva Dutcher-Ford
Died Died ca 1926 Date at Location

Parents:

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

Children - all born with 1st wife Frances:

  1. Florence Montgomery Benedict 1865-1867
  2. Alberta Lewis Benedict 1870-
  3. Mary Herrick Benedict 1873-1877
  4. Paulina B Benedict 1874-infant
  5. Charles Edward Benedict Feb1875-Jun1875
  6. Frederick Scorsby Benedict 1881-

1st Wife, Frances M Ackerly-Freer

b ca 1846, d 9Jun1883

1960 US Federal Census: Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York; Roll: M653_872; Page: 0; Image: 9. Napanoch Post Office. 16Jul1860

  • Isaac Van Wagnen Family, farmer
  • Freer, Frances A, domestic, age 14, b NY (sb Frances M)

1870 US Federal Census: Montgomery, Orange County, New York; Roll: M593_1068; Page: 156; Image: 314. Post Office: Walden. 28Jul1870

  • Benedict, T E, age 31, male, white, music teacher, personal estate: 500, b NY
  • Benedict, Frances M, age 24, female, white, keeping house, b NY
  • Benedict, Alberta, age 4/12, female, white, b Jan, b NY

2nd Wife, Eva Dutcher-Ford

b Sep1869

1900 US Federal Census: Shandaken, Ulster County, New York; Roll: T623 1171; Page: 11A; 16Jun1900

  • Ford, Eva, head, white, female, b Sep1869, age 30, widow, mother of 3, 2 living, b NY, parents b NY, occ: boarding house
  • Ford, Loyd B, son, white, male, b Jul1889, age 10, b NY, parents b NY
  • Ford, Frank P, son, white, male, b Mar1892, age 8, b NY, parents b NY

1930 US Federal Census: Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York; Roll: 1656; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 67; Image: 216.0. 2Apr1930

  • Benedict, Eva F, head, female, white, own, value: 12,000, age 57, widow, b NY, parents b NY, not employed

The Life of Thomas Edsall Benedict

Per Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 149

b 3Apr1839 Warwick, NY, son of Phoebe Burt Benedict, dau of Benjamin Burt (6), and William L. Benedict who was seventh in descent from Thomas Benedict, who settled at Southold, Long Island, NY in 1638, and who was a member of the Representative Convention from that town in Mar1665, held at Hempstead under authority of the English gobernor of NY. Thomas Edsall Benedict received an academic education and at the age of nineteen engaged in teaching, followed by a term as a railroad ticket agent and bookkeeper in an iron works. In 1870, associated with his brother (Gilbert), he founded the Ellenville, NY Press, a Democratic weekly newspaper and conducted it successfully for a term of fourteen years, making it a business and political success in the community in which it was located. In 1879 he was elected to the Assembly by the Democrats of the third district of Ulster County and was elected for three succeeding years. He served with great satisfaction to his constituents and the State of large. He served three years on the committee of Ways and Means as chairman of the railroad committee and a member of several important investigating committees. He was a candidate for the office of Speaker of the Assembly in 1883 but failed to receive the nomination by one vote in the Democratic caucus.

Following the adjournment of the Legislature of that year, he lost his wife by a sudden illness, which affliction determined his retirement from legislative work. In 1883 he was permanent chairman of the Democratic state convention at Buffalo. The next year he accepted the position of Deputy State Comptroller by the comptroller-elect. In 1886 President (Grover) Cleveland (of Buffalo, NY) offered him without solicitation the position of public printer at Washington which was accepted with reluctance. In 1889 President Harrison removed him from that office for reasons that were purely political. In 1890 he was offered the position of deputy secretary of State at Albany which he accepted and now fills. As Public Printer, Mr Benedict instituted business reforms and improved methods which resulted in a large increase of public work at reduced cost to the government while also benefiting the government employees in increasied earnings and comforts. Upon Mr. Cleveland's retiremnent from the presidency he thanked Mr Benedict for the work he had accomplished as public printer saying, "You have accomplished as much in favor of good governnment methods as has been accomplished by any officer during my term of administration, if not more." State Comptroller Chapin, in his report for 1887, referred to Mr Benedict's career as Deputy Comptroller in these words: "Mr Benedict's energy, capacity and high sense of duty had won him a wide an enviable reputation as an administrative officer. His personal qualities secured the respect and earnest regard of his associates within his department. Wherever honest, warm-hearted manhood is appreciated he will find friends; wherever ideal uprightness and painstaking application are needed there will be work for him to do."

Thomasís Speach at a Burt Family Reunion

Per Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 148 Brothers and Sisters,---I propose to be a little more familiar towards you than some of my kinsmen who have addressed you here. We have been gotten here by our kinsmen, Henry M Burt, with true Burt zeal and we propose to be right kindly and familiar towards each other. I did not expect to be called upon to speak here.

My uncle, Grinnell Burt, has already spoken for the Warwick, NY branch of the Burt family, a branch which has probably been one of the most stable of the branches of the parent stock of this vicinity since the work of emigration commenced with the home circle. I feel that I am more of a Burt than a Benedict. Last evening my kinsman, Bradley Benedict Burt, and I sat up until midnight running over our family records, and we concluded that we were the purest blooded Burts of any one here assembled, and until claim can be successfully disputed we propose to hold to it.

My grand ancestor on my father's side, Thomas Benedict, came to this country two years in advance of my grand ancestor, Henry Burt, on my mother's side. As a son of the largest branch of the descendants of Thomas Benedict, the father of all the Benedicts in America, I could come here and claim your fellowship and sympathy without the mention of my mother's name. I believe that Thomas Benedict and Henry Burt, the pioneers, were early friends after they erected thier homes and established their families in America. Sarah Burt, a daughter of Henry Burt married Judah Gregory, and two of the sons of Thomas Benedict, John and James, married nieces of Judah Gregory. My great ancestor, Thomas Benedict, was a witness to the will of John Gregory of this place, who was a brother of the husband of Sarah Burt Gregory.

Such close business and family relations as these could not have existed at that stage of family settlement without bringing the family circle of Burts and Benedicts into intimate association and knowledge of each other. In 1735 a great-great aunt of my father named Hannah Benedict married Daniel Burt, a son of Benjamin Burt, the captive, one of the original settlers of Ridgefield, Conn. This marriage made my mother a distant relative of my father. Since 1735 there have been seven marriages between the Burts and Benedicts.

Years before the Revolution they were established families at Warwick, NY, my birthplace. Here their relations, not only as a family have been the closest, but they have been close religious, social and political friends. My great-great grandfather, James Benedict, was the pastor of my great grandfather, James Burt, during and following the Revolutionary days. Thus I claim a relationship alone as one of the Benedict family to you, but as I look into your faces and recognize the marked characteristics of the Burt lineage, I see myself as if I were looking into my own looking glass, and I know the Burt blood runs into my own veins.

My mother of blessed memory, was a Burt, distinguished and honored in all the strong qualities of her ancestry, and whose virtues and worth I am proud to say have been continued in the lives of sixteen sons and daughters, all of whom are living today except two sons who gave their lives to their country during the war of 1861-65. Of whom or what can I speak to many of you with more intrest and sympathy than of my mother. She died but two weeks ago in her home where my father took her as a bride over 56 years ago. Her home was also the "home roof tree" of her own brothers and sisters for many years, while they were young. Not one of the Burts from afar ever visited Warwick but those who did come were received with a joyous welcome by her. The last time I saw her I spoke to her of these visits, and spoke to her of my hopes of her being able to attend here. Her sweet face and dignified and graceful form is missing, and many here with me miss her, as one whose presence would have added additional pleasure and interest to our gathering.

Now let me bespeak for an effort to be made to the end that our meeting may not be lost sight of in the future. Let some permanent memorial be made of our assemblage. In whatever form it be best, I agree I will assist in any way, and I trust I may be able to act in accord with some well directed effort to be agreed upon before we part. (Not dated)

1870 US Federal Census: Montgomery, Orange County, New York; Roll: M593_1068; Page: 156; Image: 314. Post Office: Walden. 28Jul1870

  • Benedict, T E, age 31, male, white, music teacher, personal estate: 500, b NY
  • Benedict, Frances M, age 24, female, white, keeping house, b NY
  • Benedict, Alberta, age 4/12, female, white, b Jan, b NY

1880 US Federal Census: Res: 61 Maple Ave, Village of Ellenville, Ulster County, New York; Roll: T9_940; Family History Film: 1254940; Page: 349.4000; Enumeration District: 158; Image: 0700. 17Jun1880

  • Benedict, Thomas E, white, male, age 41, married, Editor, Ellenville Press, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Frances M, white, female, age 32, married, keeping house, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Alberta L, dau, white, female, age 10, b NY, parents b NY, attended school
  • Benedict, Harold, nephew, white, male, age 17, single, printer, b NY, parents b NY (s of brother Charles Edward)
  • Fisher, Maggie, domestic s, white, female, age 19, single, b NY, parents b NY
  • ........Next Door........
  • Benedict, Gilbert, male, white, age 32, married, Editor, Ellenville Press, b NY, parents b NY (brother of Thos E)
  • Benedict, Lila, wife, female, white, age 32, keeping house, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Lewis R, brother, male, white, age 22, single, printer, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Georgie, son (looks to be crossed out), age 2, b NY, parents b NY (sb dau)

Albany, New York Directories, 1889-91

  • Name: Thomas E. Benedict Location 1: office Capitol Location 2: 155 Washington avenue Occupation: deputy secretary of State Year: 1890 City: Albany State: NY

  • Name: Thomas E. Benedict Location 1: office Capitol Location 2: 155 Washington avenue Business Name: deputy secretary of State Year: 1891 City: Albany State: NY

1900 US Federal Census: Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York; Roll: T623 1171; Page: 29B; 30Jun1900

  • Name: Thomas E Benedict Home in 1900: Wawarsing, Ulster, New York Age: 61 Birth Date: Apr 1839 Birthplace: New York Race: White Ethnicity: American, Relationship to head-of-house: Boarder At Terwilliger House (Boarder), Father's Birthplace: New York Mother's Birthplace: New York Mother: number of living children: 2 Marital Status: Widowed, Residence : Ellenville Village, Ulster, New York
  • Benedict, Thomas E, boarder, white, male, b Apr1839, age 61, wid, parent of 2, 2 living, b NY, parents b NY, capitalist
  • Benedict, Frederick T, boarder, white, male, b Sep1881, age 18, single, b NY, parents b NY, at school

1910 US Federal Census: Res: State Road, Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York; Roll: T624_1086; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 263. 18Apr1910

  • Benedict, Thos E, head, male, white, age 71, m2, m 8y, b NY, parents b NY, retired farmer, general farm
  • Benedict, Eva, wife, female, white, age 40, m2, m8y, mother of 2, 2 living, b NY, parents b NY
  • Ford, Frank P, stepson, male, white, age 17, b NY, parents b NY

1920 US Federal Census: Res: Farm, Ellenville Road, Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York; Roll: T625_1270; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 214; Image: 908. 12Jan1920

  • Benedict, Thomas E, head, male, white, age 80, married, b NY, parents b NY, not employed
  • Benedict, Eva, wife, female, white, age 50, married, b NY, parents b NY
  • Ford, Frank P, stepson, male, white, age 27 single, b NY, parents b NY, engraver, knife factory

Children

Per Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 149

  • Alberta Lewis Benedict b 3Jan1870 Montgomery, NY m 30Apr1889 George K French who died. m 2nd John D Schoonmaker of Kingston, NY. She d 1953 at Kingston
Child:
  • I Dorothy French m William VanSlyke? of Albany, NY. No children born

Children by 2nd m:

  • II Louise Schoonmaker b1899 Kingston, Ulster County NY m 1920 W E Chilton, Jr in Charleston, WV. She d 1928 at Kingston Ulster County, NY. Chd: a) Edwin Chilton III m Elizabeth Easley Early. b) Mary Chilton m 1st Park Chapman, had 3 children, m 2nd L L Abott Jr, had 2 children
  • III John D Schoonmaker, Jr b 1901, m Mary I Govin, m 2nd Isabel Brigham of Kingston, NY. Chd by 1st m a. Louise Schoonmaker m Roberty Keeley b. Helen Schoonmaker m Eugene Brown Chd by 2nd m c. Derek Schoonmaker b 1943 d. Shelby Schoonmaker b 1945

1930 US Federal Census: Res: 124 Chestnut Street, Kingston, Ulster County, New York; Roll: 1655; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 374.0. 15Apr1930

  • Schoonmacker, John D, head, own, 65000, has radio, male, white, married at age 32, b NY, parents b NY, President, transportation, not a veteran
  • Schoonmacker, Alberta I, wife, female, white, married at age 28, b NY, parents b NY
  • Chilton, William E III, grandson, male, white, age 8, b NY, father b WV, mother b NY
  • Chilton, Mary C, grandau, female, white, age 5, b NY, father b WV, mother b NY
  • a male servant and a governess

Per Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 149

Frederick Scorsby Benedict Sr b 3Sep1881 Ellensville, NY m 1904 Olive Berry of Norwich, NY. He d 30Dec1955 in NYC. Children I Beatrice B Benedict b 23Jul1906 Norwich, m Charles B Hill, Jr of Montgomery, NY. She d 13May1957. 4 children born: a) Charles B Hill III m Mary Ann, b) VanNess? has child Rachel, c) James King Hill, d) Beverly Benedict Hill

Frederick Scorsby Benedict Sr b 3Sep1881 Ellensville, NY m 1904 Olive Berry of Norwich, NY. He d 30Dec1955 in NYC. Olive b Feb1884, dau of Silas W and Ella Berry of Norwich,Chenango County, NY

Children:

  • Beatrice B Benedict b 23Jul1906 Norwich, m Charles B Hill, Jr of Montgomery, NY. She d 13May1957. 4 children born: a)Charles B Hill III m Mary Ann, b) VanNess? has child Rachel, c)James King Hill, d) Beverly Benedict Hill

  • Frederick Scorsby Benedict Jr b 1913 Kingston, NY m Joyce Bottenus

1920 US Federal Census: Res: 187 Columbia Ave, Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island; Roll: T625_1674; Page: 22A; Enumeration District: 86; Image: 115. 20Jan1920

  • Benedict, Frederick S, head, male, white, age 38, married, b NY, parents b NY, commercial traveler, wire works
  • Benedict, Olive R, wife, female, white, age 36, married, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Beatrice B, dau, female, white, age 13, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Frederick S, son, male, white, age 6, b NY, parents b NY

1930 US Federal Census: Res: 214 Park St, Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey; Roll: 1332; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 543; Image: 963.0. 15Apr1930

  • Benedict, Frederick S, head, rent, 100, male, white, age 48, married at age 24, b NY, parents b NY, propriator, washing ?
  • Benedict, Olive, wife, female, white, age 46, married at age 22, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Beatrice B, dau, female, white, age 23, single, b NY, parents b NY, secretary, dry goods
  • Benedict, Frederick S Jr, son, male, white, age16, b NY, parents b NY

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Name: Frederick Scoresby Benedict Sr, Birth Date: 3 Sep 1881 RESIDENCE: New York, New York Birth: Ellenville, New York Race: White Roll: WW2_2283274 Res: 3 Weehawken Street, NYC, NY, Phone: WA 5-8173, age 60, Nearest relative: Olive R, same address. Emp: Delehanty Inst. E 16th Street, NYC, NY

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Frederick S Benedict Jr Birth Year: 1913 Race: White, citizen (White) Nativity State or Country: New York State: New York County or City: New York Enlistment Date: 2 Apr 1943 Enlistment State: New York Enlistment City: New York City Branch: No branch assignment Branch Code: No branch assignment Grade: Private Grade Code: Private Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Education: 4 years of high school Civil Occupation: Shop Engineer, Railway or Mechanical Engineer Marital Status: Single, with dependents Height: 99 Weight: 143

Social Security Death Index

Name: Frederick Benedict Jr SSN: 100-09-6280 Last Residence: 10014 New York, New York, New York, United States of America Born: 28 Apr 1913 Last Benefit: 10014 New York, New York, New York, United States of America Died: Jul 1978 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)

Deaths:

all buried Warwick Cemetery, Orange County, New York
  • Benedict, Florence M, b. Jan 1865, d. Sep 1867, d/o Thomas Edsall Benedict & Frances M Ackerly-Freer
  • Benedict, Mary Herrick b. b 9Nov1873, d 27Aug1877, d/o Thomas Edsall Benedict & Frances M Ackerly-Freer
  • Benedict, Paulina B, d. infancy, d/o Thomas Edsall Benedict & Frances M Ackerly-Freer
  • Benedict, Unnamed Son, b. Feb 1875, d. Jun 1875, s/o Thomas Edsall Benedict & Frances M Ackerly-Freer. Names Charles Edward per Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 149
  • Benedict, Mrs Thomas E, b. abt 1846, d. 9 Jun 1883, A/K/A Frances M Ackerly-Freer, w/o Thomas Edsall Benedict
  • Benedict, Thomas Edsall

Note:

His daughter Alberta's passport application, dated 1925, gives Father's Birth Location: Warwick, NY, Father's Residence: Napanoch, NY

Sources

Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 150

Thomas E b 3Apr1839, m Frances M Ackerly Frea (sb Ackerly, the Widow Freer) of Napanoch. He early engaged in the teaching of music, and is now successfully practising his profession at Montgomery

Note: Napanoch is a hamlet in Ulster County, New York. Napanoch is in the Town of Wawarsing, New York, in the Kingston Metro area, north of the Village of Ellenville, New York off US 209 , U.S. Route 209 in New York where NY 55 New York State Route 55 leaves for Rondout Reservoir to the west.

Footnotes

-- SandeeToo - 28 Jul 2008
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