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James Benedict

Family reference: 441

Born Born 1710   at location
Married Married date Mercy Knapp at location
Died Died 3 March 1777   Danbury, Conn.


  • James Benedict4, (James3, James2, Thomas1)



  1. James Benedict
  2. Bushnell Benedict 1734-
  3. Francis Benedict
  4. Caleb Benedict; 1739-1819
  5. Mercy Benedict; 1742-1811
  6. Hannah Benedict
  7. Thankful Benedict

James and Mercy Knapp

Mercy Knapp was born in 1713 and died 84 years later on May 22, 1797, outliving James by twenty years. Mercy was the daughter of Lt. Samuel Knapp Sr. and Hannah Bushnell. She and James resided at Danbury.

His estate was distributed on June 9, 1777 to his widow Mercy, the children James, Francis, Bushnell, Caleb, Mercy, Hannah and Thankful1.


Notes on the children: 1

  • Mercy was born on April 13, 1742 and was married to Martin Kellogg on May 13, 1762. She died on April 8, 1811.
  • Hannah was married to Stephen Olmstead.
  • Thankful was married to Daniel Platt.

Benedicts to America,* Vol I, Pg 283

James2, Thomas1
James was born at Southold Long Island; removed with his parents to Norwalk, CT, and there married 10May1676 Sarah, dau John and Sarah Gregory, b 3Dec1652. He was one of the eight who purchased and settled Danbury, CT. He sold his property in Norwalk, 26Mar1691. He m 2nd, prior to Mar1707-08, Sarah, dau of Robert Porter and widow Abraham Andrus, b 20Dec1657. [Abraham Andrus died 3May1693] He survived until Aug1717, certainly, when he deeded property. He was b 6Feb1649/50. Chd:
- Sarah b 16Jun1677
- Rebecca b 1679; m 17Jan1704/05, Samuel Keeler Jr, of Norwalk, CT; d 20Mar1709 (Hall, p 201)
- Phoebe b 1682; probably m Thomas Taylor
2. James b 1685; first white male child born in Danbury, CT
3. John b Oct1689
4. Thomas b 9Nov1694; d 4Jul1776
- Elizabeth b Jul1696; probably m Samuel Taylor 5. James4, James3, James2, Thomas1 Pg 285
b 1710; m Mercy Knapp, b 22May1797. He resided at Danbury, and d 3Mar1777. Estate distributed 9Jun1777. to widow Mercy, children James, Francis, Bushnell, Caleb, Mercy, wife of Martin Kellog, Hannah, wife of Stephen Olmstead, and Thankful, wife of Daniel Platt. Chd:
19. James
20. Bushnell, b 1734
21. Francis
22. Caleb, b 1739
- Mercy, b 13Apr1742; m 13May1762, Martin Kellogg; d 8Apr1811
- Hannah, m Stephen Olmstead
- Thankful, m Daniel Platt

Per Knapp Family Tree

7. Mercy KNAPP - b abt 1713 Danbury, CT; d 22 May 1797; m James BENEDICT - b abt 1710; d 3 Mar 1777

Per Bushnell Family Tree

Mercy Knapp was the daughter of Lt. Samuel Knapp Sr. and Hannah Bushnell . Mercy Knapp was born in 1713 at Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She married James Benedict circa 1732. Mercy Knapp died on 22-May-1797.
NOTE: Hannah Knapp m Ens Thomas Benedict III, her sister Mercy m James Benedict, Thomas and James were not brothers, but James Benedict III and Thomas Benedict III Ens are 1st cousins 1 time removed. Their common ancestors are Thomas Benedict Sr and Mary Bridgeham.

Bushnell Benedict's spouse

Many postings on the Web indicate that the name of the wife of Bushnell Benedict (b. 1734) of Danbury, Connecticut, is unknown. I am happy to report that she has been identified; she was Elizabeth Hobart, daughter of Joseph Hobart of Ridgefield and Danbury. The evidence was lurking within land records in Ridgefield, in which Joseph's heirs sold their shares in certain land parcels. Bushnell Benedict and wife Elizabeth were among the sellers. I have written this up in an article that has been published in the latest issue of Connecticut Ancestry, vol. 53, no. 2 (Nov. 2010).

As posted by Ken Rockwell at Benedict message board on 5 Dec 2010


  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 - 01 Dec 2008
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