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Joseph Benedict

Born Born   29 Jul 1708   Ridgefield, Conn
Married Married 1st 8 May 1732 Susannah at Location
2nd Date Unknown at Location
3rd Date Lydia at Location
Died Died   17 Jul 1793   at Location


Children: with all wives

  1. Joseph Benedict 1732-ca 1793
  2. Jeremiah Benedict 1735-1735
  3. Susannah Benedict 1736-
  4. Lewis Benedict; 1754-1827
  5. Lydia Benedict
  6. Nancy Benedict 1756-ca 1848
  7. Ambrose Benedict; ca 1757-
  8. Susannah Benedict
  9. Anna Benedict


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 51
4. JOSEPH3 (John,2 Thomas1)
b. Norwalk; m. Anne --; removed to Ridgefield, where she d. Dec. 9, 1716; m. 2d, March 21, 1720, Mary --*. By his first wife he had four ch.
1) (16.) JOSEPH, b. July 29, 1708; d. March 25, 1790.
2) (17.) GIDEON, b. March 15, 1710.
3) - ANNA, b. Dec. 17, 1713.
4) (18.) SAMUEL PITMAN, b. Jan. 31, 1721; d. 1775.
5) (19.) JONATHAN, b. Feb. 2, 1721-2; d. Sept., 1800.
6) - MARY, b. July 25, 1726.
7) - EZRA, b. Aug. 19, 1730. (Descendants, if any, not ascertained.)
*Joseph's 2nd wife: Mary Groom Pitman

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 61
16. JOSEPH4 (Joseph,3 John,2 Thomas1)
b. July 29, 1708, Norwalk, Ct.; m. May 8, 1732, Susannah --; m. 2d, -- --; m. 3d, Lydia --. He res. near the the village of Cross Roads, in the town of South Salem; justice of the peace. Lydia d. Feb. 24, 1791, aged 75 years; he d. July 17, 1793. By his three wives he had 23 ch., most of whom d. under age. The names of the following only have been ascertained, who with the exception of first three are mentioned in his will, proved Nov. 6, 1793. Ch.
1) - JOSEPH, b. Feb. 17, 1732; no record of his descendants; probably d. before 1793.
2) - JEREMIAH, b. May 14, 1735; d. May 17, 1735.
3) - SUSANNAH, b. March 25, 1736.
4) - 48. LEWIS, b. June 25, 1754; d. July 21, 1827.
5) - LYDIA.
6) - *NANCY, b. 1756. It is said of her that "she was superior in education to those around her, and that she was constantly teaching her neighbors to read and write." In 1776, when Gen. Howe advanced northward from New York, she mounted her horse, and with other heroic women, followed the army and witnessed the battle of White Plains." Joseph4 lived near the "neutral ground," and had in his employ one David Williams, who, when not engaged in military service (the whigs who encountered the "Cowboys" in their excursions into the country were generally in the militia service on short enlistments), made the house of his employer his welcome home. Thus it happened that Williams was enjoying an agreeable tąte-Ö-tąte with Nancy Benedict, in the fall of 1780, when she pointed out to him a small company of armed men approaching their village. They entered an inn near by, and Williams, having recognized Isaac Van Wart, John Paulding and others, they set out together for Tarrytown; the especial object of Williams being to reclaim the property of a neighbor, the widow Pelham, or avenge the death of her husband, killed the night before by a party of Cowboys. At Tarrytown, Williams, Paulding and his cousin Van Wart separated from their companions, taking the east road, at an angle of which they concealed themselves, obtaining a north and west view of it for some distance. The approach of Major Andrä, his arrest, etc., followed. Congress having granted Williams, Nov. 3, 1780, a medal, a yearly annuity of $200, in specie, or an equivalent in current money, during life; also, the privilege of locating any confiscated lands in the county of Westchester, to the value of $1,250, or of receiving the said sum in cash, he married Nancy Benedict, and with the $1,250 bought a part of the farm owned by his father-in-law and settled upon it, erecting a log cabin to to live in." * * * "In the fall of 1830, he visited the city of New York on the invitation of the corporation, to be present as a guest at the celebration of the French Revolution. Here he received all manner of attentions, and was presented with a silver cup, a silver-headed cane, an elegant horse, carriage and harness. He died at Broome, Schoharie Co., Aug. 2, 1831. After her husband had been dead ten years, Mrs. Williams obtained a continuance of his pension, which had been stopped at his death, receiving $2,000 at once." She d. about 1848, in her 92d year.
(Simm's Schoharie County, etc., p. 649.)
7) (49.) AMBROSE.
8) - SUSANNAH (?), m. Miller.
9) - ANNA, m. Robert Murphy.
* Nancy Ch: David, m ?, Ch: Jane, m Richard Fox, Ch: nine, one of whom was Mary Fox, m Jonathan P. Middlecoff.


South Salem, CT is in the area of Danbury, Ridgefield, and Wilton, Fairfield, County, CT

As full names and dates are not available for any of his three wives, the mother of the children cannot be ascertained. They are listed as presented in Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 61

NOTE: Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 51, Joseph d 25Mar1790. Per Vol I, Pg 61, Joseph d 17Jul1793

-- SandeeToo - 15 Jan 2009
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