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John Benedict

Born Born 1715   Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married Date Elizabeth at Location
Died Died Before 31 Aug 1789   Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn



  1. Enoch Benedict; 1739-1791
  2. Mary Benedict 1740-1826
  3. Elizabeth Benedict 1741-1827
  4. Abraham Benedict; 1745-1845
  5. Sarah Benedict 1752-1844

John and Elizabeth


Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 52
Capt Thomas3 (John2, Thomas1)
b 1682, Norwalk, CT; m 1705 Millison, dau Thomas and Mary Hyatt of that town. Thomas Hyatt was active and brave enough in the Indian Wars of his time to incite the town to make to him a grant of land as a testimonial of its gratitude, and a requital of his services. Millison, b Dec1866, was twin-sister to Sarah, who became the wife of Dea. James5 Benedict of Ridgefield. Thomas appears to have possessed a strong desire for military distinvction, together with so much aptitude for affairs of that character, that during his whole life, he was never without some military rank. He comes before us as "Sergeant" in 1713; as "Ensign" in 1724; as "Lieutenant" in 1742, and as "Captain" in 1746; this latter title adhering to him for the rest of his life. It is very evident, however, that civil position was not distasteful to him; for he was chosen selectman not less than seven times, and moderator of the annual town meetings at least ten times; the last occasion being the year preceding his death. He was representative in the General Assembly, probably in 1737 and 1740, and certainly in 1744. He exhibited the family tendency to do service in the church. 2Dec1724, the town desires him 'to sett ye tune to ye Psalme, at such times as that part of service is to be performed in ye publik worship of God; and to read ye Psalmes needed; ye town, also Seat ye said Bennedick in ye 3d long seat at ye end of ye middle alley." The power of his voice must have been something remarkable, for it is stated on credible authority that he could be heard and understood at the distance of more than a mile. It is probable he was Deacon of the church (Congregational) of which he and his wife were members (1725), but the loss of the church records prevents certain knowledgwe on this point. His will bears date May 20, 1763, and was proved July 5, 1763. * He died, of course, in the interval between those dates. His wife survived him, but the date of her death is not known. Ch. all b in Norwalk - See Hall's Hist. Norwalk, CT, pp 113, 114, 125.

*In the Name of God, Amen. The 20th day of May, A D 1763. I Thomas Benedict of Norwalk, in the County Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut, being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, and willing to mind my mortality, do make and ordain this my last will and testiment. Principally and first of all, I commend my soul into the hands God who gave it, and my body I commit to ye Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of Exedutyors hereafter named nothing doubting of its resurrecdtion and hoping for eternal life through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Redeemer. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life I will, devise and bequeath the Same in manner and form following: My will is yt my just debts and funeral charges be first paid out of my moveable estate. Imprimus: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Millison Benedict all my household goods and furniture to be her own forever; also, the use and improvement of my dwelling house and the one half party of my real estate during her natural life in lieu and in full of her dowry. Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons John Benedict and Seth Benedict and my daughter Betty Betts, and to each of them, their heirs and assigns forever, twenty five pounds lawful money to be taken out of my Real Estate according to the apprizal of said Estate. Item. I give and bequeath unto my two grandsons Stephen Benedict and Uriah Benedict and to each of them, their heirs and assigns forever, ten pounds lawful money; and, also, to my grandaughter Betty Benedict and to her heirs forever, five pounds lawful money, to be taken out of my Real Estate according to the apprizal of said Estate. Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandsons Jesse Benedict and David Benedict, the one sixth part of the afore mentioned residue and remainder, viz: To Jesse and to his heirs forever, the two third parts of the last mentioned sixth part of the aforesaid remainder: and to David, the one third part of ye aforesaid sixth part to his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto the surviving children of my son Thomas Benedict, late deceased, and to their heirs forever the other sixth part of the aforementioned residue and remainder not before disposed of, to be equally divided among them. I likewise constitute, make and ordain my loving sons Ebenezer, John and Seth Executors of this my last will and Testament ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seat, the day and date above written. (signed) Thomas Benedict [L. S.] Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Benedicty the Testator, to be his last will and Testiment in the presence of us, the subscribers. David Comstock, William Hanford, Hayns Fitch.

Mem. John and Seth accepted trust - will ordered approved and recorded 5Jul1763. Original will is on file in Probate office, Fairfield, CT, and the record is contained in Vol "1761-63," p 28

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 67
25. JOHN4 (Thomas,3 John,2 Thomas1
m. Elizabeth --; d. 1789; was pounder, tythingman and lister between 1735-65. His will was made May 24, 1787; proved Aug. 31, 1789. Inventory showed 106 10s. 4d. Ch. b. Norwalk.
1) (73.) ENOCH.
2) (74.) ABRAHAM.
3) - MARY, m. Stephen Gregory.
4) - ELIZABETH, m. Thomas Hays.
5) - SARAH, b. June 15, 1752; m. William Bouton, Feb. 15, 1769; d. Aug. 26, 1844. Mr. Bouton, b. Jan. 16, 1749, was son of Joseph, son of Jachin, son of John, son of John, an original settler in Norwalk, 1651. He d. May 31, 1828. (Hall, pp. 306-7.) Rev. Nathaniel Bouton, D. D., their son, b. June 20, 1799; grad. of Yale, 1821; Andover Theol. Sem. 1824; pastor of 1st Cong. church Concord, N. H., from March, 1825-1867. He delivered, July 9, 1851, in the first Cong. church, Norwalk, an historical discourse in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the settlement of Norwalk, Ct. Res. at Concord, N. H., and is engaged in editing state papers. His eldest son N. Sherman Bouton of Chicago, Ill., was Brig. Quar. Mast. in an Ill. Regt., and was in the battles at Stone River, Chattanooga and Chickamauga; his second son, John B. Bouton, grad. D. C., 1849, and is chief editor of New York Journal of Commerce.


Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT - 1847 Historical Records
b ca 1716, d 1789

-- SandeeToo - 10 Jan 2009
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