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Rev. David Benedict

Family reference: 274.81

Born Born 10 Oct 1779   Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn.
Married Married 4 May 1808 Margaret Hubbel Gano where
Died Died 1874   Pawtucket, Providence co., RI


  • David Benedict6, (Thomas5, Thomas4, Thomas3, John2, Thomas1)



  1. Cornelia Eliza Benedict; 1809-1874
  2. Stephen Gano Benedict; 1811-1889
  3. Rebecca Avis Benedict
  4. Thomas Scudder Benedict
  5. John Gano Benedict (1st); 1815-1818
  6. David Holroyd Benedict
  7. John Gano Benedict (2nd); 1817-1841
  8. Lt-Col. James Talmadge Benedict
  9. Maria Martha Benedict; 1821-1891
  10. Joseph Brown Benedict
  11. Newton J. Benedict
  12. George Henry Hough Benedict; 1827-1853

The Parents of Margaret Hubbell

dau of Rev Stephen and Cornelia (Vavasor) Gano/Gayneau


Per Benedicts of America, Vol I, Pg 97

Thomas5, Thomas4, Thomas3, John2, Thomas1 b 28Sep1758 Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT. m 1st Martha Scudder of Long Island, she d 1786. m 2nd Elizabeth Seelye of New Canaan, CT, she d 17Oct1799. m 3rd Selote Sprague, the widow Sweet of Milton, b Smithfield, RI and d 22Jul1839. He settled in Saratoga Co prior to his third marriage; removed to New Lisbon, Otsego Co in the spring of 1816, and went thence to Rhode Island in the spring of 1833, where he died. Served in the Revolutionary war. children:

With Martha Scudder

  • David b 10Oct1779, Norwalk, CT. res Pawtucket, RI
  • Betsey b 28Feb1782, m 16Dec1798, Zephaniah Warren of Galway
  • Uriah b 3Mar1784, m Nov1812, Phila Walcott of Pawtucket, RI. m 2nd 26Jan1834 Sally Ann Walcott, sister of Phila. Children: a) Caroline M b 1Aug1813, m Aug1835 James M Kimball of New York; d 11Aug1846. b) Frances H b 10Aug1815, m 5Feb1835 Rev Samuel S Mallery of Norwich, CTY. c) Ann E b 17Dec1816, d 25Aug1841 at Providence, RI. d)Elizabeth W b 17Jun1822; m 6Jul1846 John D Burgess of Providence, RI. e) William Edward b 5Feb1825, d 29Jun1845.

Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 174

Thomas5, Thomas4, Thomas3, John2, Thomas1

Rev David, D.D. b 10Oct1778, at Norwalk, CT; m 8May1808, Margaret Hubbell, dau Rev Stephen and Cornelia (Vavasor) Gano (see Sprague's Annals, Vol VI, p 229) b 22Sep1785. He was fitted for college at Sing Sing, and graduated at Brown Univ. 1806; ordained as a Baptist minister in 1805, and was settled over a society in Pawtucket, RI for twenty five years. Mr., and curator of Brown Univ., and S.T.D. Coll. Shurtl, 1851. Dr Benedict's name is intimately associated with the history of the Baptist denomination. Among his contributions to their permanent literature are two large volumes, entitled History of the Baptists, and a History of All Religions. In 1860 he published his Fifty Years among the Baptists, and has been quite recently engaged upon a History of Pawtucket. On the 8th of May 1858, he and his wife were privileged to celebrate their "Golden Wedding". Dr. B is living at Pawtucket, at the advanced age of 91y. His wife d 28Nov1868. He d 5Dec1875. Ch: Cornelia Eliza, b 4May1809 Stephen Gano b 16Sep1811; m 24Oct1833, Abby M Smith of Grafton, Mass; moved from RI in 1854, to Madison, Wis, where he resided until 1869. Deacon of Baptist church there. He was appointed, Jul1861, by the governor of Wisconsin, state agent to attend to the wants of the 2nd Wis. Vols. in 1864 he was a representative recruit to the Wis Cav. Insurance and real estate agent; res. Pawtucket, RI. He d 24Jan1889. chd: a) Vavasor Holroyd b 26Jan1836; d 12Dec1836. b) Edwin Rossinton b 27Sep1837; d 6Sep1839, c) Harriet Amelia b 6Sep1839; m 1Jan1867, Henry W Shepard of Madison, Wis. d) Margaret Eliza b 6Jul1842; d 22Apr1848, e) Judson b 27Oct1846; de 16Jan1864.


David Benedict (1779-1874) was born in Norwalk, Connecticut to Thomas (1758-1839) and Martha (Scudder) Benedict (d. 1786). He married Margaret Hubbel Gano (1868-1784) [date is as is on the submission] on May 4, 1808. She was the daughter of Dr. Stephen Gano, the long-time pastor of the First Baptist Church in Providence. They had twelve children: Cornelia; Stephen; Rebecca; Thomas; John (1815-1818); David; John (1817-1841); James; Maria (b. 1821); Joseph (b. 1823); Newton; and George. When Benedict was fourteen he was apprenticed as a shoemaker. At the age of twenty-one he worked in his trade for one year in New York. He aspired for a classical education and was sponsored at a school in Mount Pleasant, New York by Rev. Stephen Nelson. He attended this school for two years and in 1804 began his junior year at Brown University. Also during 1804 Benedict received a license to preach from Stratfield Church. During his two years at Brown he was the informal pastor for the Baptist Church in Pawtucket. Upon graduation from Brown in 1806, Benedict was formally asked to accept the pastorate to this church. He remained the pastor for twenty-five years, whereupon, he relinquished the pastorate during the anti-Masonic agitation in 1828, as he was a member of the Masons. Besides his work as a pastor, Benedict was also a prolific writer. He was a published author of books, journals, and other religious press. He was also involved in setting up new churches and religious associations for education and philanthropy. Benedict served as a trustee of Brown University for fifty-eight years and was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Shurtleff College in 1851. Benedict died at the age of ninety-five in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is buried at the Mineral Springs Cemetery.

Per: History of the State of Rhode Island, The History of Pawtucket, First Baptist Society

An act of incorporation was petitioned for in March, 1793, and granted. The officers of this society for some years were: Stephen Jencks, Moderator; Jerathmeel Jencks, Treasurer, and Stephen Jencks, Jr., Clerk. The church was, after many delays, completed, and dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. The site upon which stood this humble structure has long been occupied by a Baptist temple of worship. As the society increased, the original structure was found inadequate for their accommodation, and it gave place to a more pretentious and commodious edifice. Among its early pastors were Rev. Joshua Bradley, Rev. Mr. Messer, and Rev. David Benedict, who settled in 1804. He was a young graduate from college, but his youthful labors were but the prelude to his future activity and success in the ministry. At this time, no formal Baptist church existed in Pawtucket. But Mr. Benedict, seeing an increasing feeling in religious matters, resolved to organize a church, and met with satisfactory encouragement in his undertaking. In August, 1805, thirty-nine persons united in a church organization, and, in the following year, Mr. Benedict was ordained pastor. The ordination-sermon was preached by Dr. Gano, M. D., of Providence. Mr. Benedict remained for many years the sole pastor in Pawtucket. He was a man of more than ordinary ability, active and energetic in all public enterprises, and it may be properly said of him that his works form the connecting link between the past and present of Pawtucket. Bibliography: Biographical Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island, 96. Providence: National Biographical Publishing, 1881. Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, 1466. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Company, 1908. Rhode Island Cemetery Database


In 1841, the Rev. David Benedict donated, along with other material, "A Compend of Ethics", author unknown, 1763-1764, which he found among the papers of Brown University's President Manning; Benedict theorized that it was "probably one of the earliest College exercises" and that "Thomas Dungan was probably its author." See slip tipped in to p. 33. At the same time Rev. Benedict donated a fragment of a diary (2/14/1782-2/20/1782 and 2/13/1783-2/20/1783, 1 leaf) by an unknown Newport resident. This fragment was found inserted in "A Compend of Ethics." In 1882, A.D. Nickerson donated papers relating to the first Sunday School in Pawtucket, collected by Rev. Dr. Benedict. In 1891, Maria M. Benedict (Rev. Benedict's daughter) donated the manuscript of "History of the Baptists." Numerous other manuscripts pertaining to Rev. Benedict were probably donated by Maria M. Benedict in 1892.

In 1895, Mrs. O.A. Washburn donated a book of baptisms and marriages kept by Rev. David Benedict, 1807-1839. In 1935, Mr. Saunders donated a book of marriages kept by Rev. David Benedict, 1807-1839. In 1936, Mrs. John G. Benedict (wife of a descendant of David Benedict ) donated miscellaneous material. This gift probably included five letters received, which are identified through red tabs, and by pencil notes similar to those on Gano material donated at same time. In 1968, H.P. Kraus sold three letters to Rev. David Benedict written by Dutee Pearce, 1825 and 1838, and James Tallmadge, 1838.

Notes on the children:

  1. Cornelia Eliza; born 4 May 1809 in Rhode Island, died 2 Dec 1874 atRhodeIsland. Unmarried.
  2. John Gano (1st); born 1 April 1815 at Rhode Island, died 27 May 1818 atRhode Island, buried at Mineral Springs Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
  3. John Gano (2nd); born 9 Aug 1817 at Rholde Island, died 6 March 1841 at Rholde Island, buried at Mineral Springs Cemetery, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
  4. Maria Martha; born 15 March 1821 at Rhode Island, died 30 Dec 1891 at Rhode Island, buried at North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, RI. aka Martha Maria. Unmarried.
  5. George Henry Hough; born 17 Oct 1827, died 11 Nov 1853 at Stockton, California. Unmarried.


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