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Jonathan Benedict

Born Born 12 Apr 1744 Danbury, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married 1st Date Unknown at Location
Married Married 2nd Date Huldah Seelye at Location
Died Died 18 Jul 1834 Onandoga County, NY
Buried Blocktown Cemetery, Pompey, Onandoga co., NY



  1. E Lemuel Benedict 1767- b Warren, Litchfield County, CT
  2. Martin Benedict

Children:with Huldah Seelye

  1. Stephen Benedict b 24Oct1783-
  2. Cyrus Benedict 1785-1848
  3. James Benedict 1788- , res Delphi, NY
  4. Henry Benedict 1790-
  5. Xury Benedict 1791-1867
  6. Orman Benedict 1792-1833
  7. Elizabeth Benedict m Robinson
  8. Cyrene Benedict 1797-1828 m Bentley, Sherman
  9. Huldah Benedict 1800-1840 m Allen
  10. Sally Ann Benedict 1803-1847 m Allen
  11. Milton Benedicr 1806-1828
  12. George Benedict 1807-


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 245
10. NATHANIEL4 (Nathaniel,3 Samuel,2 Thomas1) m. Hannah Keller. Revolutionary soldier. Will made Oct. 26, 1805, and proved July 5, 1806. Ch.
1) (24.) JONATHAN, b. April 12, 1744.
2) (25.) GILBERT, b. 1745.
3) (26.) NATHANIEL.
4) - LOIS, m. Nathaniel Perry.
5) - HANNAH, m. Moses Vail.
See Pg 233, Vol II under grandson # 57, Levi
See Pg 507, Vol II for more data (dau Hannah that m Moses Vail)

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 250
24. JONATHAN5 (Nathaniel,4 Nathaniel,3 Samuel,2 Thomas1)
b. April 12, 1744; m. 1763; m. 2d, Huldah, dau. Abijah Seelye, b. July 11, 1765. He d. July 20, 1834. She survived until 1857. He was a Revolutionary soldier and pensioner; in early life, a teacher. Ch.
1) (50.) E. LEMUEL, b. 1767.
2) (51.) MARTIN.
3) - CHLOE, d. in Canada.
4) - ABIGAIL, m. David Gregory; d. Niagara Co.
5) - PHOEBE, m. Joseph Pringle; d. in Canada.
6) - HANNAH, m. Miles Rigge; d. in Canada.
7) - MARY, m. Artemas Morris.
By 2d wife:
8) - STEPHEN, b. Oct. 24, 1783; m. Polly Sherman; d. Oct. 27, 1840. He lost three sons in infancy, and had three daughters:
d) Maria
e) Julia
f) Emmeline, who went west.
9) (52.) CYRUS, b. Nov. 23, 1785.
10) - JAMES, b. Jan. 27, 1788; m. Eunice Wooley, who d. June, 1868, in Delphi; res. Delphi.
11) - HENRY, b. May 23, 1790; d.
12) (53.) XURY, b. 1791.
13) - ORMAN, b. Oct. 3, 1792; d. Nov. 3, 1833.
14) - ELIZABETH, b. March 12, 1795; m. Daniel Robinson.
15) - CYRENE, b. May 31, 1797; m. Salmon Bentley; m. 2d, George Sherman; d. July 3, 1828.
16) - HULDAH, b. Sept. 8, 1800; m. Luther Allen; d. Oct. 20, 1840.
17) - SALLY ANN, b. Feb. 13, 1803; m. Asahel Allen; d. Oct. 22, 1847.
18) - MILTON, b. July 14, 1805; d. July 20, 1828.
19) - GEORGE, b. Nov. 9, 1807; m. Elizabeth Webster; m. 2d. --. Ch.
a) Jane
b) Sarah
c) James
d) George
e) Huldah
f) Caroline
g) David
h) De Witt
i) Warren.
They are all m. but the last three.

Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 231
24. JONATHAN5 (Nathaniel,4 Nathaniel,3 Samuel,2 Thomas1)
b 12Apr1744, m 1763; m2nd Huldah, dau Abijah Seelye, b 11Jul1765, d 6Mar1852, age 90y, 7m, 20d. He d 18Jul1834 age 87y. Buried in Blocktown Cemetery on Pompey Center Road between Pompay Center and Fabius, corner of road #3. Revolutionary Soldier. The family record shows this Revolutionary was b in Danbury, Conn. He was a teacher in early life, and his name appears in the 16th Regiment, Conn. Line, '80. Also a Sgt in NY Militia and applied for pension in 1831. Declaration, made by him, in order to obatin the benefit of the act of Congress passed 7Jun1832 personally appeared before George Pettit, a judge of the county courts, in and for said county, at his own house, being unable from bodily infirmity to appear in open court., Jonathan Benedict, a resident of the town of Pompey in said county, age 87 years who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed 7Jun1832--that he entered the service of the US under the following named officers, and served as herein stated. That he was 10y old when the French War began and 30y old when the Revolution began and that there was just 20y between the two wars, that his recollections are not distinct as to dates, but he recollects being out along the coast on two or three short drafts the very forepart of the war, living then a resident of Danbury in the State of Conn. and remembers going once in this service under Capt Joseph Smith and Col Couch, one or both of whom belonged in Brookfield, that he after went in this way on short drafts from three weeks to two months, and in frequent general alarms, when maraudering parties of the enemy would land from their ships and from Long Island, and when the whole country would turn out as far as 20 miles, which was the distance of Danbury from Norwalk, to which place, and to Middlesex and Byram River and other places.
He often went in drafts as aforesaid and general alarms and thinks his sources in this way, in all, could not have been less than one year during the war, that he belonged at home with Capt Daniel Hicocks Co of Militia and part of the time Capt Joseph Elmore was Captain at home and that he was orderly Sargeant in said company, and when out in the service as aforesaid Capt Hicock went out on some of the aforesaid drafts and alarms, but Capt Elmore never went.
He well recollects, while at Byram River, he was Sargeant of the Guard one night, was relieved in the morning by another Sargeant with his guard and thinks his name was Curtiss, and immediately a party of the British came and dispersed his guard, killed one of our men left in a house, took another out of doors and told him in derision to say his prayers for he must die and they killed him in the presence of a neighboring woman who stood pleading for his life. That in 1776 he was drafted and went to New York under the said Capt Hicock and Col Ely Mygatt, commonly called Col Maggot, and was there when our people left the city and belonged to a party that was ordered to call the men away from the entrenchment and was ordered to go a second time and see that our men were all out of the entrenchments and there found two men still there, by the names of Peter and Stephen Ambler with whom he was acquainted at home that he was in the fighting when the enemy took possession and the fall having been gone as much as three months and remembers crossing Kings Bridge which is 12 miles from New York.
In forepart of the same year he went, and served under Capt Hicock and Col Mygatt in NY, he thinks as long as six weeks or two months and well recollects that he came back by water aqnd landed at Norwalk in Conn., that he went on, the same day and traveled about six miles to Betts Tavern in Wilton, where he stayed all night and next morning traveled on to a place called Umpwaughill, where he met his brother-in-law, Moses Vail, with two horses who had come to meet him and help him home, and that he did orderly Sargeant duty during the whole of the aforesaid service at NY.
He well remembers seeing Gen George Washington and Col Meigs while at New York. Afterwards towards the close of the war and during the time that Gen McDougel? was in command of the Continental troops at West Point, he went to that place and trained a company under Col Canfield of New Milford in Conn. and his regiment was one-years men, that he joined the Company as follows: he had harrassed so much, in alarms and drafts where he lived in Danbury, he considered it was time to go away and joined the service some where from home. Col Mygott gave him a pass and recommendation to Col Canfield then at West Point, in the month of June and agreed with Col Canfield to join his regiment with whom he was well acquainted, and remained in said regiment four months and was discharged in Oct. of the same year by his consent and agreement that he well remembers that there was some differences between Gen McDougal? and Col Canfield, between the Continentals and the years men, about doing labor on fatigue that they were preparing firewood for West Point for the winter, that the wood was brought there in boats and had to be carried up a terrible hill, that is, Gen McDougal? intended to have the militia as they were called, bring it up the hill which they did and grumbled about it, also because of a good deal of other hard service on fatigue more than they thought belonged to them.
West Point lies on the north river on the west side above New York and the deponant remembers the namesof Crumpond, Peekskill in that neighborhood. He was taken into the service as aforesaid by Col Canfield as an Orderly Sgt. and did that duty during the said term of more than four months, which he believes was in the year 1781, but is not positive. That while the deponant was out on one of the terms of positive. That while the depondent was out on one of the above terms of service his brother, Gilbert Benedict , of Danbury of aforesaid, now deceased, in behalf of himself and the depondant according to a rule in Conn. that if any two men would furnish a soldier for during the war his service should answer for both, did hire one John Allen of New London to serve for them as aforesaid during the war, and each paid said Allen fifty silver dollars for his service, that through ignorance of said Gilbert, he conducted said Allen into the state of NY where he joined Col Willetts regt. which mistake of said Gilbert by not entering said Allen in the Conn. regt. This was the cause of depondants being afterwards called on to perform duty in that state. Said Allen did serve as aforesaid during the war in persuance of said aqgreement in Col Willett's Regt. of NY troops and had 600 acres of land patented to him in the county of Onondaga and was not seen after the war by either of his said employers.
He has no documentary evidence and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service, that soon after he came into this town about 15 years ago, two and one half years of which time he was resided in Cazenovia in Madison Co., NY. His eyesight began to fail and for seven years he has been almost entirely blind, which has been the cause of confinement at home, so that no clergyman is sufficiently acquainted with him to certify as to his reputation as a soldier in the Revolution. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension for annuity, except the present and declares his name is not on the pension roll of the aging of any state.
Sworn and subscribed by George Perttit, Judge of Onondaga Co. Courts. Signed: Jonathan Benedict
See Page 233 for another document concerning Jonathan and his brother, Gilbert. (His watch and a poem "My Great-Grandfather's Watch" by Almon Homer Benedict is in possession of Clarence Corwin Benedict, II 11th generation, of 388 N Glengarry Road, Birmingham, Mich.

Notes on burials at Pompey: Gilbert was born in 1746 and died Dec. 4, 1827. Stephen died on Sept 22, 1861 at 78 years. His wife Jemima died on Dec. 18, 1857 at 72 years. She was the daughter of Abel Benedict. Stephen's son Gilbert W. Benedict died Aug. 31, 1838. Jonathon (likely Gilbert's brother), born 1747 and died July 18, 1834 at age 87. His wife, Huldah Sleeve (sb Seeley) Benedict, born 1761 and died March 6, 1852. Levi died Jan. 27, 1831.

-- SandeeToo - 05 Mar 2009
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