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Hiram Benedict Sr

Born Born 1779 Danbury, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married Date Abigail McCrea at Location
Died Died 1853 Essex Township, Clinton co., Michigan



  1. Hiram Benedict Jr; 1799-
  2. Nelson Benedict; 1804-1865

Abigail McCrea and Family

Ely Family History
Mary Ann Ely, Essex, CT b 1805, dau Denison Ely and Phebe Lay. m 1829 Henry Matthews, Penfield, Monroe County, NY. , who was b 1803, d 1834, son of Jabez Matthews and Louisa Owen; m 2nd Nelson Benedict, in Maple Rapids, MI in 1839, who was b 1810 and d 1865. Son of Hiram Benedict and Abigail McCrea. CH:
1) - Laura Ely b 1829, d 1835 (dau with Henry Matthews)
2) - Elizabeth Matthews b 1840, d 1871. m 1867 Charles Puller
3) - George Ely b 1842, d 1880. m 1867 Laura Maria Eldred
4) - Helen Amanda b 1845, d 1848

Hiramís Early Years

from Danbury to Bridgeport, Fairfield County, CT in 1795
to Saratoga County, NY in 1800
to Essex Township, Clinton County, MI in 1837

History of Clinton County, Michigan
Hiram Benedict and his brother in law Timothy H Pettit, accompanied by their families, Nelson Benedict, an unmarried brother of Hiram, and another young man named John Brown, came from Saratogy county, NY and settled upon what has been called since as "Benedict's Plains" in the autumn of 1837, thus becoming the first settlers after Mr Campau. Their families found shelter under the hospitable Mr Campau, until their own first dwellings were ready for occupancy. Hiram Benedict purchased of the government of the west half of Section 9 5Nov1835, and soon afterwards became in possession of the two east 80 acre lots of Section 8.The spring following his settlement (1838) he was elected supervisor of the newly organized township of Wandougan, and afterward, without changing his residence, served as the first supervisor of the townships of Lebanon, Bengal, and Essex. He was an able man, a good citizen, and highly respected. His aged father, Hiram Sr. and his mother also removed to this township where they passed the remainder of their days. Hiram Benedict Sr had served in the War of 1812-14. Timothy H Pettit and Nelson Benedict were also prominent citizens.

Census Records

1850 US Federal Census: Essex, Clinton, Michigan; Roll: M432_349; Page: 42; Image: 347. 19Sep1850

  • Benedict, Hiram Jr, age 49, male, farmer, b CT
  • Benedict, Hannah, age 42, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Catherine, age 13, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Hiram, age 72, male, hatter, b NY
  • .....2 Down.....
  • Benedict, Nelson, age 40, male, farmer, value of real estate: 800, b NY
  • Benedict, Mary Ann, age 45, female, b CT
  • Benedict, Elizabeth M, age 9, female, b MI
  • Benedict, George E, age 7, male, b MI


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 301
48. THADDEUS5 (Thaddeus,4 Thomas,3 James,2 Thomas1)
b. Aug. 14, 1749; m. July 12, 1775, Deborah, dau. Col. John Read of Reading, Ct. She was b. 1751, and d. --. Her father, Col. Read, was a Revolutionary officer. The town of Reading derived its name from him. He had at R., a park of ten or fifteen acres, in which he kept deer. He d. 1786, aged 85. Thaddeus Benedict grad. at Yale College, 1773; lawyer by profession; probate clerk, in 1776; removed to Reading; selectman, Feb. 13, 1778; appointed justice of peace there, 1783, and continued such until 1795; represented Reading, in General Assembly of Ct., May, 1783, '84, and 1790, Oct., 1790, May, 1794, Oct., 1794, and May, 1795. In 1795, sold his property at Reading, and removed to Bridgeport, Ct., but d. at R., 1799. He was one of the most celebrated lawyers of his day, and had a very large and extensive practice. The early reports of cases show that he practised in every county of the state. Ch.
1) - SARAH, b. March 3, 1776; d. Dec. 9, 1836, unm. at Danbury, Ct.
2) - WILLIAM, b. Feb. 24, 1778; grad. Yale College, 1797; studied under Judge Reeve, at his celebrated law school in Litchfield, Ct.; went to Bridgeport, and was admitted to Fairfield Co. bar; practised from 1802 to 1816, and d. Aug. 26, 1819, at Bridgeport, Ct.
3) - HIRAM, b. Nov. 21, 1779; m. His son, Hiram [Jr], res. near Maple Rapids, Mich.
4) (116.) CHARLES, b. Aug. 22, 1783.
5) - HENRY, b. July 8, 1785; d. unm. before 1819.
6) - THADDEUS, b. July 29, 1791. (?)


Hiram BENEDICT 1779-1853 b Danbury, Fairfield County, CT Additional Notes Migration Steps Hiram Benedict, Sr., married (date unk) Abigal ? born 1779 in NY. They had two sons, Hiram, Jr. 1799. Bridgeport, CT and Nelson, 1804, Saratoga, NY from this union. In 1837, Hiram and Abigil accompanied their two sons & wives, Hiram, Jr. & Hannah Crandall, born 1808 Saratoga in and Nelson & Mary Ann Ely Matthew, born 1805 in CT, married 1839, to Essex Township, Clinton County, MI and all remained there for the rest of their lives

Essex Township is a civil township of Clinton County in the state of Michigan. Maple Rapids is a village in the northern part of the township

-- SandeeToo - 14 Mar 2009
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