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Harriott Melvina Benedict

Born Born   6 Jan 1859   Norwalk, Huron County, OH
Married Married 1st 14 Oct 1881 Henry W. Owen Norwalk, Huron County, OH
2nd 28 Sept 1897 William B. Benhaue Norwalk, Huron County, OH
Died Died   6 Jun 1952   Norwalk, Huron County, OH

Parents

Spouses

  • Henry W. Owen

  • William B. Benham

Photographs of Harriott Melvina Benedict

Benedict Sisters HattieBenedict2
The photo on the left of Hattie (top row) and her sisters, as young women is from the collection of Susan Orsini. The photo on the right of Hattie in middle age is from the collection of Dave Barton.

Life of Harriott Melvina Benedict

Harriott (Hattie) Melvina Benedict was born January 6, 1859 when her father was attending Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. With the coming of the Civil War after his graduation, her father volunteered in the Union army and served the duration of the war. The thought of losing her father apparently bothered her. In one of his letters home to his wife, Doctor Benedict mentions that Hattie and her older sister Mary had asked about death.

Hattie married Henry W. Owen on October 14, 1881. He developed tuberculosis, so they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where Henry became the County Surveyor for Weld County. He developed the town’s first waterworks, located on a creek behind above the town. His health improved in the dry mountain air, and he became quite well. However, when they returned to Ohio for Henry’s uncle’s funeral, he contracted pneumonia after standing hatless in the rain at the cemetery and died soon after.

She returned to Ohio, and married William B. Benham on September 28, 1897, but they never had children. After William’s death, she lived with her sisters and niece in her father’s house. In later years became incapacitated by Alzheimer’s. Hattie died June 6, 1952 in Norwalk. [1]

Footnotes

[1] Hattie Benedict’s life story is from Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, by Agnes and Harriott Wickham, edited by Dave Barton, 2006 (unpublished) & from Harriott Wickham Barton’s papers.

Census Records

1860 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: M653_991; Page: 211; Image: 55. 5Jun1860

  • Benedict, David D, age 26, male, medical student, value of real estate 9000, personal value 500, birthplace OH
  • Benedict, Hattie M, age 24, female, birthplace NY
  • Benedict, Mary D, age 3, female, birthplace NY
  • Benedict, Hattie M, age 1, female, birthplace NY
  • Hanner, Elizabeth, age 22, female, domestic servant, birthplace Switzerland
  • Loker, Joseph, age 17, male, student, Ohio

1870 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: M593_1225; Page: 428; Image: 379. 10Jun1870

  • David Benedict; age 39; birthplace: Ohio; Male; Real Estate Value: 20,000; Personal Value: 5,000; Occupation: druggist
  • Harriet L Benedict; age 35; birthplace: New York; Female; occupation: keeping house
  • Mary R Benedict; age 13; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Harriet Benedict; age 11; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Agnes C Benedict; age 9; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Fanny B Benedict; age 7; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Frederick Benedict; age 4; birthplace: Ohio; Male
  • Ellen L Benedict; age 2; birthplace: Ohio; Female
  • Therese Beader; age 22; birthplace: Ohio; New York; Female; occupation: domestic servant
  • Peter Lawrence; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Male; occupation: laborer
  • Louise Green; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: domestic servant

1880 US Federal Census: Res: Seminary St, Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: T9_1035; Family History Film: 1255035; Page: 283.2000; Enumeration District: 159; Image: 0568. 2Jun1880

  • D. D. Benedict; Spouse/parents: Hattie M.; age 46; birthplace: Ohio; relation to head: Self (Head); occupation: physician
  • Hattie M. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D.; age 45; birthplace: New York; Relation: Wife; occupation: keeping house
  • Mary D. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 22; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Hattie M. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 20; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Agnes C. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 18; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Fannie B. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 16; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student
  • Frederick B. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 14; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Son; occupation: student
  • Ellen E. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 11; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student;
  • Susan R. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 6; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student

1910 US Federal Census: Norwalk Ward 2, Huron, Ohio; Roll; T624 1200; Page: 9A; Enumeration District; 36; Image: 859.

  • Mary Benedict; age 52; birth: abt 1858; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Head
  • Suzen Benedict; age 36; birth: abt 1874; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Sister
  • William Benham; age 51; birthplace: Indiana; Relation; Brother
  • Harriott Benham; age 51; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Sister

1920 US Federal Census: Norwalk Ward 2, Huron, Ohio; Roll: T625 1398; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 54; Image: 307

  • Mary Benedict; age 61; birth: abt 1859; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Head
  • Susan Benedict; age 45; birth: abt 1875; birthplace: Ohio; Sister

1920 US Federal Census: Norwalk Ward 2, Huron, Ohio; Roll: T625 1398; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 54; Image: 307

  • William Benham; age 60; birthplace: Indiana; Relation: Head
  • Harriott Benham; age 60; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Wife

1930 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron, Ohio; Roll: 1823; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 1014.0.

  • Mary D Benedict; age 72; birth: abt 1858; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Head
  • Harrietee Benham; age 71; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Sister
  • Fannie B Hottel; age 57; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Sister
  • Eleanor S Wickham; age 42; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Niece
  • Alma Bishof; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Maid

Bibliography

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

-- DaveBarton - 06 Apr 2009
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