Henry Lafayette Benedict

Born Born 1 Apr 1827   Franklin, Ohio
Married Married 13 Sept 1849 Sarah Elizabeth Andrew Location
Died Died 20 Feb 1905B   Milan, Kansas



  1. Lucy Evelina Benedict; 1851-1888
  2. John A. Benedict; 1854-
  3. George Benedict; 1856-1859
  4. Harriet Caroline Benedict; 1859-
  5. Robert Anderson Benedict; 1861-1927
  6. Charles H. Benedict; 1866-1938
  7. Lavina F. May Benedict; 1868-1950
  8. Thomas Crowder Benedict; 1873-1950

Henry’s Early Years

Henry was the second member of the parental family, was born in Franklin county, Ohio on April 1, 1827, and was reared to the age of sixteen at the place of his birth. He received a common school education in the district schools, and at the age of thirteen years began life for himself as a farm hand, working by the month. Three years later he went to Louisiana, and was engaged in checking timber and in sawmill work near New Orleans for about four years, after which he spent a year getting out timber in the swamps.

Henry and Sarah

Sarah E. Andrew was a daughter of Thomas Andrew, a native of North Carolina and a mechanic, who departed this life in 1878, and of Lucy Dollans, a native of Virginia, whose death took place in 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew were the parents of eight children.

Sarah was the third born in the family, on May 24, 1831, and was united in marriage with Henry on September 13, 1849. Two of her brothers, William and John, entered the Union Army, and the latter died in the service in 1865.

After the lumbering and milling experiences in the South, Henry turned his family northward and settled in Washington county, Indiana, on a farm, continuing to reside in the Hoosier State and occupying himself with agricultural labors until 1871, with the exception of the time away for the Civil War. By 1871 he removed to Kansas, settled on a farm in Cowley county, and six years later removed another farm. His estate comprised 160 acres of land, all improved, and supplied with a full assortment of buildings in good condition. Henry was appointed Postmaster at Milan, June 24, 1889, and beside conducting the office, which is a fourth-class and money order one, he handled a stock of groceries.

Call to Arms for the Union

"The shot heard round the world" had scarcely ceased to re-echo throughout the land ere Henry had determined to do what lay in his power to prevent the dissolution of the Union. He enlisted July 13, 1861, as a private in Company K, Twenty-third Indiana Infantry, and six months later was promoted to the rank of Corporal.

The command was sent to St. Louis, and thence to Paducah, Kentucky, and served under General U. S. Grant until after the fall of Vicksburg, following which they were under the leadership of General Logan, General McPherson and of General F. P. Blair. Still later Henry was a member of the force under command of General Gresham, and still later fought under General Sherman.

He participated in the trying contests of Forts Henry and Donelson, on the bloody field of Shiloh, throughout the siege of Vicksburg, at Raymond, Jackson (Miss.), Champion Hill and Black River. He took part in a running fight with Bragg's army, in the Sherman raid to Meridian, Miss., in the affray at Big Shanty, and in the notable engagement at Kenesaw Mountain.

He celebrated the Fourth of July, 1864, by taking part in the rattle of musketry and the clash of arms on the Chattahoochie River, and during the following day also spent the hours in renewed attempt to preserve the life of the Nation that had been born eighty-eight years before. A few days after this engagement, the three-year's term of service for which the regiment had been enlisted having expired, they were sent to Rothwell, Georgia, discharged, and going to Chattanooga, Tenn., were there mustered out of the service.

The Final Years for Henry

Henry belonged to John Goldy Post, No. 90. G. A. R., and was Vice Commander in 1888. He was much interested in educational matters, and had been a member of the School Board for several years. He was Treasurer of Ryan Township in 1887, and he was one of the gentlemen who named it.


  • Family reference: 444.912
  • Family Tree: [[][Benedict Generations]]
  • Lineage: Henry Benedict7, (Asahel Benedict6, Obadiah5, Hezekiah4, James3, James2, Thomas1)
  • Books:
    • GBA-II p. 305-3061

Note A: Most of the biographical information was extracted from Portrait and Bigraphical Album of Sumner County, Kansas. Publisher: Chapman Brothers, 1885, p 427

Note B: Death date of Feb. 20, 1905 as appears on Henry's tombstone.

Notes on the Children

U.S. Federal Census of 1850

Person Position Sex age
BENEDICT, Henry L. head M 23
Sarah E. wife F 18
- 1850 Census for Posey, Washington co., Indiana; Roll: M432_179; page 235A; Image: 288.

Kansas State Census of 1885

Person Age Sex Status Occupation
BENEDICT, H. L. 58 M married merchant
S. E. 53 F married  
C. or E. 19 M single  
May 16 F single  
Crowder 11 M single  
- 1885 Kansas Territory Census; microfilm reel: K-1.

U.S. Federal Census of 1900

Person Position Sex Birth date age status Birthplace Occupation
BENEDICT, Henry L. head M Apr 1827 73 married Ohio  
Sarah E. wife F May 1831 69 married Indiana  
John A. son M Mar 1834 46 divorced Indiana money loaner
Essie M. gnd-dtr F Mar 1886 14 single Arkansas at school
- 1900 Census for Ryan, Sumner co, Kansas; Roll: T623_502; page 5B; Enumeration District: 341.


  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", Vol. II by Elwyn E. Benedict; 1st pub. 1969; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

-- JimBenedict - 26 Feb 2011

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