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Hezekiah Benedict

Family reference: 444.5

Born Born 16 March 1754  
Married Married 30 Jan 1777 Huldah Hall
Died Died 16 March 1831 Braceville, Ohio

Parents:

Children:

  1. Ebenezer Benedict; b. 3 Aug 1779
  2. Daniel Benedict; b. 1 Feb 1783
  3. Huldah Benedict; b. 29 July 178-; d. 21 Feb 1862
  4. Levi Benedict; b. 5 Jan 1786
  5. Jesse Benedict; b. 5 May 1787
  6. William Benedict; b. 5 May 1791
  7. Noah Benedict; b. 22 Sept 1792

The Parents of Hezekiah

Hezekiah’s Early Years

Hezekiah was likely a Revolutionary soldier as he enlisted on May 12, 1775 and was discharged that year on December 13. His father remained a royalist in the Revolution1.

Hezekiah and Huldah Hall

Huldah Hall was born on November 17, 1753, the daughter of Ebenezer Hall. Huldah passed away on March 25, 1845, fourteen years after her husband's death1.

Hezekiah and Huldah removed themselves from (likely) Connecticut in the 1790's and relocated the family to the new frontier of Ohio.

At that time, Ohio was considered part of Connecticut, called "The Western Reserve". Through a charter of the English King Charles II in 1662, Connecticut was granted all land within the home state, a third each of present-day Pennsylvania and Ohio, and parts of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. By 1787 this area was reduced once Pennsylvania was recognized. Connecticut then had a dilemma: how to govern and hold onto land that was an unbroken wilderness, hundreds of miles away and not adding money to the state's purse.

In 1786 the state appointed a committee of three to dispose of its far western land. The general assembly agreed to make a grant of a township to each purchaser, his heirs and assigns, and to reserve five hundred acres of good land in township for the support of the "Gospel minister," five hudred acres for "the support of the schools forever," and two hundred and forty acres in "fee simple to first Gospel minister who shall settle in such town."

It was to this wild and uncultivated land that Hezekiah brought his family. The issues with the Indians continued as their title to this land was in dispute until signing of the Greenville Treaty in 1795.

The Final Years for Hezekiah

Hezekiah passed away at Braceville, Ohio in 1831 at the age of 77.

Footnotes

  • Biography in Henry Benedict p. 293.1

Notes on the Children

  • Huldah married Zaccheus Lane on May 11, 1806.

  • Levi married Charlotte Croy- no issue.

Sources

  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 - 28 Feb 2006
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