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Captain Elisha Benedict

Family reference: 464

Born Born 2 April 1736 at Danbury, Connecticut
Married Married 1st unknown
2nd Jerusha [Starr] Barnum
Died Died 26 August 1798 at Canada



  1. Caleb Benedict; b. 27 Sept 1758; d. abt. 1800
  2. Elisha Benedict; b. 5 July 1760
  3. Ira Benedict; b. 13 Jan 1763
  4. Elias Benedict; b. 23 May 1765
  5. Felix Benedict; b. 13 May 1767

The Parents of Elisha

Elisha’s Early Years

Captain Elisha Benedict was born April 2, 1736, at Danbury, Ct.; married -- --; then married 2d, Jerusha Starr, widow of Thomas Barnum who fell in the French war, in Canada. She was born April 26, 1727, and died July 22, 1799.

He was a resident of Albany in 1771, when he petitioned the common council to be appointed marshal. An account in his favor was ordered paid, Dec. 4, 1771 (note 1). He purchased, June 16, 1772, property in the township of Ball, Co. of Albany, and by the terms of the deed, appears to have resided there before that date. In 1774, he was engaged, by direction of N. Y. Provisional Congress, in forming military companies in Cumberland Co., Vt. (note 2). He was commissioned Captain in 8th Co., 2nd N. Y. Continental Regt., June 29, 1775 (note 3). He served before Quebec, 1776 (note 4).

October of 1780, Capt. Elisha and his three sons, Ensign Caleb, Elias and Felix, and his negro servant, together with other citizens of Ballston, were surprised in their beds, and taken prisoners by the British and Indians, under Major Monroe. Capt. Elisha and his three sons fell to the lot of Capt. John, leader of the Indians, and were carried to Canada. The pay roll of sundry officers, etc., on file in the office of comptroller of state of N. Y., shows that Capt. Elisha, Elias and Felix, were kept prisoners two and a half years. He afterwards removed to Canada, and died there Aug. 26, 17981.

Elisha and Jerusha

Jerusha was born on April 26, 1727, the daughter of Thomas Starr and Elizabeth Gilbert. Thomas Barnum married her in Connecticut in 1748, but he died seven years later; she then married Elisha, sometime between 1755 and 1758. She passed away in Canada on July 22, 1799.


  • Biography in Henry Benedict p. 289.1

1. Munsell's Hist. College of Albany, vol. I, pp. 225, 333.

2. Hall's Vermont, pp. 387 and 641.
3. O'Callaghan's Rev. Papers, vol. I, p. 106; vol. II, pp. 31, 36, 37, 43.
4. See Journals of Prov. Cong. of N. Y., vol. I, p. 184; vol. II, pp. 56, 58; also, Force's Am. Arch., vol. I, 1776.
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) Name: Jerusha Starr Birth Date: 1727 Birthplace: Can, Connecticut Volume: 167 Page Number: 136 Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 19 Feb 1908, 9768; 4 Mar 1908, 9768 2 Mar 1931, 1420
1790 United States Federal Census. Township: Balls Town County: Albany State: New York (all next to each other) Wht M over 16y Wht M under 16y Wht Females All Others Slaves Benedict: Elisha: 1male over 16y, 0males under 16y, 2females, 1slave Caleb: 2male over 16y, 2males under 16y, 2females Elias: 2male over 16y, 1male under 16y, 1female Ira: 1male over 16y, 0male under 16y, 3females


  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", by Henry M. Benedict; 1st pub. 1870; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

-- JimBenedict - 10 Jan 2006
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