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Hiram Benedict Jr

Born Born 1799 Bridgeport, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married Date Hannah Crandall at Location
Died Died Date Essex, Clinton co., Michigan



  1. Catherine Benedict 1837-

The Pioneer of Clinton County, Michigan

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.

Essex County Commissioner
Hiram Benedict Jr, elected 2-3Nov1840

Hiramís Early Years

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 NY 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

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

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

1870 US Federal Census: Post Office: Maple Rapids, Essex, Clinton County, Michigan; Roll: M593_669; Page: 507; Image: 460. 9Jun1870

  • Benedict, Hiram, age 68, male, white, farmer, value of real estate: 18,000, personal: 1975, b NY
  • Benedict, Hannah, age 60, female, white, keeping house, b NY
  • 1 domestic servant, 3 farm laborers

1880 US Federal Census: Inhabitants in Sumner, Seville, Gratiot County, Michigan; Roll: T9_580; Family History Film: 1254580; Page: 630.2000; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 0360. 1Jun1880

  • Annis, Marchus, white, male, age 49, farmer, b NY, parents b NY
  • Annis, Kate, white, female, age 42, wife, keeping house, b NY, father b CT, mother b NY
  • Cross, Rufus, white, male, son in law, age 24, farmer, b OH, parents b PA
  • Cross, Clara, white, female, age 19, wife, keeping house, b MI, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Hiram, white, male, age 82, father in law, boarder, b CT, parents b CT


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. (?)


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