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James Benedict

Family reference: 233.5

Born Born 25 Dec 1743 New Canaan, Fairfield County, Conn.
Married Married 25 May 1763 Thankful Lockwood at Norwalk, Fairfield County, Conn.
Died Died 17 Jun 1838  



  1. Nehemiah Benedict 1st b 1764, Norwalk, CT
  2. Nehemiah Benedict 2nd b 1765, Norwalk, CT
  3. James Benedict b 1767, Norwalk, CT
  4. Ruth Benedict b 1769, Norwalk, CT
  5. Matthew Benedict b 1770, Norwalk, CT
  6. David Benedict 1st b 1772, Norwalk, CT
  7. David Benedict 2nd b 1774, Norwalk, CT
  8. Billy Benedict b 1777, Norwalk, CT
  9. Lockwood Benedict b 1779, Norwalk, CT
  10. Thankful b 1781
  11. Caleb b 1783
  12. Ruth bap Jan1785

Children of James and Thankful (Lockwood) Benedict

Per Benedicts of America, Vol I, Pg 72: James5 bap 18Dec1743; m 5May1763 Thankful, dau of Ephraim and Thankful (Grummon) Lockwood, b 24Mar1745 (Hall pg 184 and 215) and d 17Jun1838. Children born to James and Thankful (Lockwood) Benedict: Nehemiah, b 16Apr1764, d 7Nov1765 Neheniah b 29Dec1765, d 26Apr1819 James b 24Nov1767 Ruth b 28May1769, d 17Aug1770 Matthew b 29Oct1770 David b 22Sep1772 David b 7Apr1774 Billy b 7Mar1777 Lockwood b 29Mar1779 Thankful b 10Jul1781, m 8Feb1800 Jos. Bouton Hoyt; d 27Oct1844 Caleb b 6Jul1783, d 12Dec1861 Ruth bap 12Jan1785 m 5May1803 Jacob Reed, and res North Wilton, CT

The Parents of Thankful Lockwood

Per Descendants of Robert Lockwood, Ephraim Lockwood, b: 1708 in Norwalk, CT d: 1786 in New Canaan, CT. Ephraim m Thankful Grummon m: 1734

James ís Early Years

Per BTA Vol II, Pg 24: Taken from New Canaan Society Annual of Jun 1955. James m Thankful, dau of Ephraim Lockwood and Thankful Grumman on 5 or 25,1762. They had 12 children, 9 of whom grew to maturity. Farmer & Shoemaker. He had a small shop attached to his house and there, with a number of apprentices, he made shoes for the NY market. There were only about four styles of shoes, all work performed by hand, no practical sewing machine coming into vogue until 1846.

James Military History

James served in 7th Reg. Watson's Co. for 3 years (D.A.R. Lineage Book states he enlisted 1777, served under Capt Titus Watson's Co., see pension statement of military record.

James Later Years

He lived with his son, Caleb, in the old homestead until his 95th year and had seen his numerous family all married, their children and children's children growing up around him. He died 17Jun1838. The old homestead and eight acres were sold in 1842 to Nathan Hanford, who lived just west on the sharp turn in the hill at the junction on the present Garabaldi Lane. The bulk of the farm on the south side of the street was sold to Andrew Benedict.

James was buried originally at Brushy Ridge and his headstone was relocated to Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, Fairfield co., Connecticut, Plot: A-271. The inscription reads:
IN memory of
James Benedict
Who died
June 17, 1838
Aged 94 years
5 mo & 22 days


Thankful Lockwood who m. James Benedict b:1743 Canaan, CT m: 25 May 1763 in New Canaan, CT REV: enlisted in Capt. Watson's Co. DAR ID#53630

NOTE: Records for birth of James list 25Dec1743, with baptism 18Dec1743. Birth for Thankful Lockwood given as 24Mar1745.


THE ANCIENT HISTORICAL RECORDS of NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, THE GENEALOGICAL REGISTRY OF NORWALK. Pastor Edwin Hall, First Congregational Church. Compiled & Published by Baker & Scribner, pub 1847

Per Early CT Marriages, fourth book, Stamford-New Caanan, New Haven Second Church, pg 23: James Benedict m Thankful Lockwood 25May1763


Per: THE ANCIENT HISTORICAL RECORDS of NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, THE GENEALOGICAL REGISTRY OF NORWALK James Benedict married Thankful Lockwood, May 25, 1763. Nehemiah Benedict, born April 16, 1764. Nehemiah Benedict 2d, born Dec. 29, 1765. James Benedict, born Nov. 24, 1767. Ruth Benedict, born May 28, 1769. Matthew Benedict, born Oct. 29, 1770. David Benedict, born Sept. 22, 1772. David Benedict 2d, born April 7, 1774. Billy Benedict, born March 7, 1777. Lockwood Benedict, born Mar. 29, 1779.

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