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Judge George Russell Benedict aka Russell Benedict

Born Born 25 Nov 1859 New York City, NY
Married Married ca 1893 May Gillette Sherwood at Location
Died Died 1936 at Location



  1. Williston Benedict 1896-
  2. Russell Sherwood Benedict 1899-

May Gillette Sherwood and Family

May was b 15Sep1872 at Brooklyn, Kings County, NY.

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Census Records

1860 US Federal Census: New York Ward 21 District 1, New York, New York; Roll: M653_819; Page: 762; Image: 167. 13Nov1860

  • Benedict, Seth W, age 30, male, no occ listed, b CT (age not correct)
  • Benedict Anna E, age 25, female, b Mass
  • Benedict, Geo R, age 11/12, b NY
  • 3 domestic servants

1900 US Federal Census: Res: 1045 Prospect Place, Brooklyn Ward 24, Kings County, New York; Roll: T623_1062 Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 418. 11Jun1900

  • Benedict, Russell, head, white, male, b Nov1859, age 40, b NY, father b CT, mother b MA, lawyer
  • Benedict, May S, wife, white, female, b Sep1872, age 27, b NY, father b NY, mother b CT
  • Benedict, Williston, son, white, male, b Dec1896, age 3, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Russell S, son, white, male, b Dec1899, age 6/12, b NY, parents b NY
  • 2 servants, b Ireland

1920 US Federal Census: Res: 104 E 16th Street, Brooklyn Assembly District 21, Kings County, New York; Roll: T625_1178; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 1352; Image: 696. 18Jan1920

  • Benedict, Russell, head, male, white, married, age 59, b NY, father b CT, mother b MA, justice, Supreme Court
  • Benedict, May S, wife, female, white, married, b age 47, NY, father b NY, mother b CT
  • Benedict, Williston, son, male, white, single, age 23, b NY, father b NY, mother b NY
  • Benedict, Russell S, son, male, white, single, age 20, b NY, father b NY, mother b NY
  • 1 servant, b Poland

Son Williston Benedict

1930 US Federal Census: Res: 11 Grosvenor Place, North Hempstead Town, Nassau County, New York; Great Neck; Roll: 1461; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 164; Image: 722.0. 10Apr1930

  • Benedict, Williston head, own, 26,000, male, white, age 32, married at age 27, b NY, father b NY, mother b CT, lawyer, general practice
  • Benedict, Carolyn S, wife, female, white, age 30, married at age 25, b PA, parents b PA
  • Benedict, Williston R, son, age 6/12, b NY, father b NY, mother b PA
  • 1 female servant, b Ireland

U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
I, Russell Benedict, accompanied by my wife, May S, and minor children: Williston b 9Dec1896, Brooklyn, NY and Russell S, b 22Dec1899, Brooklyn, NY. I was born at NYC 25Nov1859, that my father was a native citizen, that my permanent residence is Brooklyn, NY, occ: Justice, Supreme Court, state of NY. purpose: visiting Canada, touring. 3JUl1915. birth record not abtainable

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Name: Williston Benedict Arrival Date: 13 Mar 1930 Estimated Birth Year: 1896 Age: 33 Gender: Male Port of Departure: New York, New York Ship Name: Caledonia. Port of Arrival: New York, New York Line: 13 Microfilm Serial: T715 Microfilm Roll: T715_4694 Birth Location Other: new york c Page Number: 15 Benedict, Williston, age 33, male, married, b NYC 8Dec1896, res: Great Neck, L I, NYC
Benedict, Caroline, age 31, female, married, b Jeannette, PA 6May1896, res: same

Son Russell Sherwood Benedict

*New York City Births,*( 1891-1902
Name Birth Date Certificate Number
Russell Benedict 22 Dec 1899 1102

WWI Draft Registration 12Sep1918
Name: Russell Sherwood Benedict City: Brooklyn County: Kings State: New York Birth Date: 22 Dec 1899 Race: White Roll: 1754595 DraftBoard?: 67
Res: 104 Buckingham Rd, Brooklyn, NY, age 18, student, Polytechnic Prep School, Dyker Beach, Brooklyn, NY, contact: May S Benedict, mother. medium height, slender build, blue eyes, light brown hair.

City Directories

Brooklyn, New York Directories, 1888-1890
Name: Russell Benedict Location 1: 18 Wall N. Y. Location 2: 35 McDonough?
Occupation: lawyer City: Brooklyn State: NY


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 208
264. SETH WILLISTON7 (Nathaniel,6 Nathaniel,5 Nathaniel,4 John,3 John,2 Thomas1) b. Nov. 16, 1803; m. Nov. 7, 1822, Fanny Roe, dau. William, son of Nathaniel4 (10) Benedict, b. Dec. 30, 1798, and d. Jan. 8, 1854; m. 2d, June 19, 1856, Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Farnsworth, dau. James and Nancy Russell, formerly of Boston. He was a native of Norwalk, Ct., and early distinguished for his intelligent energy in business. Being an apprentice to the printing business in the office of the Norwalk Gazette, at the age of nineteen he bought his time and became the proprietor, editor and publisher of the paper, which he continued until Jan., 1833, when he removed to New York and became the proprietor and publisher of the New York Evangelist, in connection with Rev. Joshua Leavitt. He disposed of the Evangelist in 1837, and soon after became the publisher of the Emancipator and other publications of the American and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, while at the same time carrying on his printing and publishing business. In 1848 he projected the publication of a new Evangelical religious newspaper, to be devoted to the interest and cause of congregationalism. This plan was subsequently modified, and in Dec. of that year he commenced the publication of the Independent, under the auspices of Rev. Drs. Bacon, Thompson and Storrs, as editors, Dr. Leavitt, as assistant, and Messrs S. B. Hunt, S. B. Chittenden, Bowen and McNamee?, as proprietors. In Dec., 1853, he relinquished his connection with the paper, and continued his printing and publishing business until March, 1854, when his office was totally destroyed by fire. Latterly, he has conducted an extensive real estate agency. Mr. B. was for some years clerk of the Congregational church at Norwalk. On his removal to N. Y., he joined what is now Thirteenth street Presbyterian church, of which he became a trustee and an elder. Leaving this church, to aid in the organization of the Broadway Tabernacle church, he became a trustee and Deacon, and so remained till it was changed into a Presbyterian church. He died Nov. 10, 1869. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr. J. P. Thompson, from the text "diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." (See Hall's Hist. Norwalk, Ct., p. 319.) Ch.
1) - ANN LOUISA, b. Aug. 17, 1823; m. June 9, 1842, Le Grand Lockwood, banker, of New York city.
2) (559).) CHARLES WILLISTON, b. Aug. 2, 1825; m. Sept. 9, 1846, Jane, dau. James and Jane McAlpine?; paper manufacturer, N. Y. Ch.
a) - Fanny Louisa, b. March 22, 1848. b) Williston Hunter, b. Nov. 22, 1851. c) Emily Augusta, b. Sept. 29, 1856.
d) - Anna Coe, b. Sept. 23, 1862.
3) JAMES HOYT, b. Aug. 1, 1830; m. Nov. 15, 1851, Mary Elizabeth, dau. Samuel and Mary Andrews, who d. April 2, 1858; m. 2d, Sept. 16, 1864, Isabel Pilsbury, dau. William Robinson of Mich. Banker; res. New York city. Ch.
a) Alida Andrews, b. Aug. 23, 1852. b) Le Grand Lockwood, b. Aug. 24, 1855. c) James Henry, b. April 17, 1858.
d) (560.) Charles Williston, b. Sept. 14, 1865. e) Howard Robinson, b. Jan. 25, 1868, d 21Aug1896. f) Elliott Stuart b 22Mar1874. Res 144 E 56th NYC
4) - SARAH ESTHER, b. Aug. 13, 1834; d. Oct. 13, 1836.
5) - SARAH FRANCES, b. July 31, 1836; m. July 12, 1860, Rev. Arthur Tappan Pierson, graduate of Hamilton College, and Union Theological Seminary in N. Y.; pastor, of Presbyterian church, at Waterford.
6) - EMMA JANE, b. Nov. 14, 1841.
7) (561.) GEORGE RUSSELL, b. Nov. 25, 1859.

Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 561
561. Judge George Russell8, (Seth Williston7, Nathaniel6, Nathaniel5, Nathaniel4, John3, John2, Thomas1)
b 25Nov1859, m May Sherwood, who d 1936. NYS Suprene Court. He d 1936. Ch: 1) Williston, b 8Dec1896, m Carolyn Smail, b 1900. He b at Brooklyn, NY. Grad. Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Served in 345th Aero Sqd WWI. Grad NY Univ. Law Sch. 1920. He d 11Mar1961. Res 12 East 10th st, NYC, NY. Ch:
a) Williston Russell, b 10Oct1929, student. Res as father's.


THE donor of the Monument on Battle Hill, within the cemetery, has also acquired a plot of ground just outside the cemetery, on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Twenty-third Street, one hundred feet square, which he intends to donate to the City, State, or Nation, as a site for a monumental observatory tower like that on Bunker Hill in Boston. This location gives a much finer and more extended view than that from Bunker Hill and is the most scenic spot in the city, affording magnificent views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, the waters of New York Harbor, with the towering Statue of Liberty, the shores of Staten Island and New Jersey and the lands and waters for miles around from the Atlantic Ocean to the Orange Mountains including a view of the whole battle-ground in what was a much more important battle than Bunker Hill. It is therefore thought that with the Altar to Liberty within the cemetery on the top of Battle Hill and a monumental tower out side the cemetery on the slope of Battle Hill, which will be more accessible to the general public, that this precious historic spot will be adequately marked and monumented as the place where our first fight was made for National Independence and will thus be a Fourth of July Shrine equal to Independence Hall itself, and a place where the patriotic pilgrim can view a most inspiring scene and drink in important lessons in history and patriotism at the same time.
1 1. Introductory Address By Mr. Chas. A. Ditmas 3 p.m. President Kings County Historical Society
1.4 Salute from U. S. Warship in Harbor near Statue of Liberty
1.7.Acceptance of Monument on behalf of Greenwood Corporation: Hon. Russell Benedict 3.33 p.m.

Benedict, Russell Acts and Laws of the Thirteen Original Colonies and States.
Constituting the extraordinary collection of Hon. Russell Benedict.
New York: American Art Association, 1922
[272]pp. Reprinted 1998 LCCN 98-20196 ISBN 1-886363-56-0. Cloth. $85.

Political Graveyard
Benedict, Russell, b ca 1859, of Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. b in NY, Republican, lawyer, Justice NY Supreme Court, 2nd Dist 1912-1925, burial unknown

Bibliography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
Name: Benedict, Russell Birth - Death: 1859-1936 Source Citation:
Encyclopedia of American Biography. New Series. Volume 8. New York: American Historical Society, . Use the Index to locate biographies. (EncAB?-A 8) >BR> Who Was Who in America. A component volume of Who's Who in American History. Volume 1, 1897-1942. Chicago:

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