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Eliza Ann Benedict

Born Born 27 Oct 1812   Danbury, Fairfield County, CT
Married Married 1 May 1832 William Brewster Norwalk, Huron County, OH
Died Died 17 August 1840   Norwalk, Huron County, OH



  • William Brewster: born 25 May 1809 in Preston, New London, Connecticut, son of Elisha Brewster and Jane Harkness; married (1) Eliza Ann Benedict 1 May 1832 in Norwalk, OH, and (2) Elizabeth Gray, 5 Sep 1842 in Ashland, Ohio; died: 5 Jul 1854 in Norwalk, Ohio.

Life of Eliza Ann Benedict

Eliza Ann Benedict was born October 27, 1812 in Danbury, Connecticut, the youngest child of Platt Benedict and Sarah DeForest. [1] In 1817, she accompanied her parents, her sister, Clarissa and three brothers David, Daniel, and Jonas, to the Firelands in Northern Ohio. After a long and tedious journey, they arrived at their new home on a sand ridge where her parents founded the town of Norwalk. [2]

In 1818, with her brother, she attended a school just outside of town. The schoolhouse was a crude building made of logs, with a chimney of sticks plastered inside, the fire occupying nearly the whole side of the building. The seats were made of split logs, the flat side up, resting upon sticks, which were driven into them in a sloping direction. The desks were coarse, un-planed boards, running the whole length of the three unoccupied sides. The scholars sat with their faces to the wall. The teacher of this school in the summer of 1818 was Ann Boalt. [3] Beginning in 1820, Eliza and her brother attended the first school in the village of Norwalk in a shanty on their parent’s property, built two years before by the workers who made bricks for their new house. [4]

Eliza married William Brewster on May 1, 1832 in Norwalk. She had two sons and a daughter, all of whom died young. She died August 17, 1840 in Norwalk, Ohio at the age of 27 and was buried at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norwalk. Later her remains were moved to Woodlawn Cemetery. [5]


  1. Eliza’s birth and early life 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 is described in “Memoirs of Townships - Norwalk”, by Platt Benedict, The Firelands Pioneer, May 1859, p. 17.
  3. Description of the first school in Norwalk Township is from “Scattered Sheaves - No. 4, by Ruth - Maj. Underhill”, The Firelands Pioneer, September, 1860, pp. 43-44.
  4. The first school in Norwalk Village is referenced in “Memoirs of Townships - Norwalk,” by Platt Benedict, The Firelands Pioneer, May 1859, p. 21.
  5. “Obituaries - Benedict,” The Firelands Pioneer, December 1902, p. 921.

Family Search Records (LDS)

IGI Individual Record, FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0, North America: *Eliza Ann Benedict*: Female; Event(s): Birth: 27 OCT 1812 Of, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut; Death: 17 AUG 1840; Parents: Father: Platt Benedict; Mother: Sarah De Forest; Marriages: Spouse: William Brewster, 01 MAY 1832

Individual Record; FamilySearch™ Ancestral File v4.19: William BREWSTER (AFN: N810-ML) Sex: M; Event(s): Birth: 25 May 1809, Preston, New London, Connecticut; Death: 5 Jul 1854, Norwalk, , Ohio; Parents: Father: Elisha BREWSTER (AFN: N7X0-S6); Mother: Jane HARKNESS (AFN: N7X0-TC); Marriage(s): Spouse: Eliza Ann BENEDICT (AFN: N810-NR); Abt 1830, Ohio; Spouse: Elizabeth GRAY (AFN: 1CSZ-LNH), 5 Sep 1842, Ashland, Ohio


  • The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, by Henry Marvin Benedict, Volume I, pp. 373-383.

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

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

-- DaveBarton - 31 Mar 2009
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