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John Benedict

Born Born 3 March 1676 Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn.
Married Married 1700 Mary Hoyt at Norwalk
Died Died 16 Jan 1766 Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn.

Parents:

Children:

  1. John Benedict; b. 1701; d. 1770
  2. Matthew Benedict; 1703-1757
  3. Caleb Benedict; 1709-1761
  4. Deacon Nathaniel Benedict; 1716 - 2 April 1806
  5. Hannah Benedict
  6. Phoebe Benedict

John and Mary

Mary Hoyt, the daughter of John Hoyt and Mary Lindall, was born on Sept. 1, 1677 in Norwalk and died there on June 5, 1749. Sergeant John Benedict married her in 1700.

John Benedict was a selectman between 1705 and 1715; a surveyor between 1709 and 1711; a lister and fence viewer during 1713-18. He was called serjeant in 1717; then a townsman in 1722 and and 1724. John was also a deacon before 1725, which office he held for many years.1

The Final Years for John

John and his wife Mary are buried side by side in the graveyard near Pine Island, Norwalk. His gravestone is engraved:
TO THE MEMORY OF
Deacon JOHN BENEDICT
who departed this life
JAN'Y. YE16, 1766,
in ye 90 year of his age.

And that of his wife:

HERE LIES THE BODY,
of
MRS. MARY BENEDICT,
wife of
MR. JOHN BENEDICT,
WHO DIED JUNE YE 5, 1749,
AGED 72 YEARS.

Sources

Per Benedicts to America, Vol1, Pg 49
1. JOHN2 (Thomas1)
born at Southold, L. I., removed with the family to Norwalk and married Phoebe, daughter of John and Sarah Gregory(*) of that town, Nov. 11, 1670.(+) He was a freeman of Norwalk in 1680, and succeeded his father as selectman in 1689. He was a selectman in 1692-94 and '99; and also held some minor civil appointments in the town. He was occupied, however, mainly, with church affairs, having become Deacon, probably, upon the death of his father. Thenceforth the records show him to have been constantly on committees having charge of the religious and educational interests of the community, now "obtaining a minister," then, "hyering a schoolmaster." In 1705 the church honored him by voting him a sitting "in ye seat before ye pulpit." He served as representative in the General Assembly in the sessions of 1722 and 1725. The date of his death is not to be ascertained, nor is that of his wife. The volume of probate records, which probably covered the time within which they died, unfortunately, is missing. He conveyed property to his sons James and Joseph of Ridgefield, in 1722 and 1723; and that he was living in 1727, is thought to be certain, because his son is then referred to as Deacon John Benedict Junior. (See Hall, pp. 83, 88, 93, 100, 102; and Town Records, Norwalk, Ct.) Ch.
1) - SARAH.
2) - PHOEBE, b. Sept. 21, 1673.
3) (2.) JOHN, b. March 3, 1676, Norwalk, Ct.
4) JONATHAN (no des. given in the old Ms.)
5) (3.) BENJAMIN, b. 1678.
6) (4.) JOSEPH.
7) (5.) JAMES, b. Jan. 5, 1685.
8) - MARY, or MERCY.
9) (6.) THOMAS, b. 1682.

Footnotes

References:

  • Family reference: 23
  • Family Tree: Benedict Generations
  • Lineage: John Benedict3, (John2, Thomas1)
  • Books:
    • GBA-I p. 501

  • John Benedict's biography is in Henry Benedict p. 50.1
  • Further information on Mary Hoyt can be found at the Descendants of Hoyt website (as of 2008).

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 - 24 Nov 2005
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