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David Mead Benedict

Born Born 17 Aug 1801   Danbury, Fairfield County, CT
Married Married 24 Sept 1832 Mary Booth Starr Danbury, Fairfield County, CT
Died Died 16 Jun 1843   Danbury, Fairfield County, CT

Lineage David Mead Benedict7 (Platt 6, Jonas5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Thomas1)



  • Mary Booth Starr; born 7 Aug 1808 in Danbury, CT; married (1) David Harris Boughton, 8 Aug 1826 at Charlestown, SC, (2) David Mead Benedict, 24 Sept 1832; died 27 June 1834 in Danbury, CT.


  • Mary Boughton Benedict: born in Oct 1833 in Danbury, CT; died 3 Jul 1834 in Danbury, CT.

Life of David Mead Benedict

David Mead Benedict was born in Danbury, Connecticut on August 17, 1801, second-born child and first-born son of Platt Benedict and Sarah DeForest. Although he spent most of his youth in Danbury, his parents also moved for a time to Harlem, New York, where his brother Jonas was born. [1]

In 1817, David accompanied his parents, two younger brothers Daniel and Jonas, his older sister Clarissa and younger sister Eliza Ann to the Firelands in northern Ohio. After a long and tedious journey, they arrived at their new home on a sand ridge where his parents founded the town of Norwalk. [2]

It is possible that David found life on the frontier burdensome. At one point, David ran away from home because he was tired of polishing a visiting bishop’s boots. [3] In any event, in 1822, he moved back to Danbury and engaged in the retail trade. He also owned much of the land around Norwalk, OH. [4]

On September 24, 1832, David married in Danbury Mrs. Mary Booth Boughton, a widow who was the daughter of Friend Starr and Esther Booth. They had a daughter, whom they named Mary Boughton Benedict.

In late June 1834, David’s wife and daughter became seriously ill. Mary Booth Benedict died on June 27, and her daughter six days later on July 3. David never remarried and he died January 16, 1843. [5]


  1. Jonas’s birth and early life in New York and Connecticut are from The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, by Henry Marvin Benedict, Volume I, p. 382.
  2. The Benedict family’s trip west to Ohio are described in “Memoirs of Townships - Norwalk”, by Platt Benedict, The Firelands Pioneer, May 1859, p. 17.
  3. Story of David Benedict running away from home is from the undated text of an address given by Eleanor Wickham to the Sally DeForest chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  4. According to Henry Timman of the Firelands Historical Society, David was in the retail trade. The extent of his land holdings is seen in the Town Platt of Norwalk, 1845
  5. A History of the Starr Family of New England, by Burgis Pratt Starr, 1879, pp. 464-465.

Census Record

1840 US FEDERAL CENSUS: Fairfield, Connecticut; Roll: 22; Page: 235.Name: David M Benedict; County: Fairfield, State: Connecticut; Males over 30 and under 40: 2; females over 30 and under 40: 1.

Family Search Records (LDS)

LDS 1239557, Page 728, Reference 15275: David Mead Benedict, Male; Birth:16 AUG 1801, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut; Death16 JAN 1843;Parents:Father: Platt Benedict; Marriages: Spouse: Mary Booth Starr: 24 SEP 1832

Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #97, Pin #87751: David Mead Benedict. Sex: M; Event(s): Birth: 17 Aug 1801; Death:16 Jun 1843,Danbury,Ct.; Parents: Father: Platt Benedict; Mother: Sarah DeForest; Marriage(s) Spouse: Mary Booth Starr; Sep 1833; Submitter: Danielle NOLAN, 191 St. Casimir St. Rochester, NY 14621

Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #97, Pin #87751: Mary Booth Starr: Sex: F; Event(s); Birth: bet 1794 and 1816; Death: bet 1838 and 1904; Marriage(s): Spouse: David Mead Benedict, 24 Sep 1833; Submitter: Danielle NOLAN, 191 St. Casimir St. Rochester, NY 14621

IGI Individual Record; MARY BOOTH STARR: Female; Event(s): Birth: 07 AUG 1808, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut; Death: 27 JUN 1834; Parents: Father: FRIEND STARR; Mother: ESTHER BOOTH

IGI Individual Record, Batch Number: A184790, Source Call No.: 184790-184792; MARY BOOTH STARR; Female; Marriages: Spouse: DAVID HARRIS BOUGHTON; 08 AUG 1826; Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut

IGI Individual Record, FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0, North America: David Harris Boughton; Male; Event(s): Birth: 27 AUG 1801; Of, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut; Death: 05 JUN 1829, Charleston, Hamilton, South Carolina; Burial: Parents: Father: Elias Boughton; Marriages: Spouse: Mary Booth Starr, 08 AUG 1826, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut


  • Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, by Agnes & Harriott Wickham, edited by Dave Barton, 2006 (unpublished)

  • The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Volume I, by Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870

  • The Firelands Pioneer, a historical journal published by the Firelands Historical Society, 1858-1939

  • A History of the Starr Family of New England, by Burgis Pratt Starr, 1879, pp. 464-465.

-- DaveBarton - 31 Mar 2009
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