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Mary Deaver Benedict

Born Born 26 July 1857 at Norwalk, Huron County, OH
Died Died 12 Dec 1931 at Norwalk, Huron County, OH

Parents

Photograph of Mary Deaver Benedict

Benedict Sisters
Mamie Benedict (second row left) as a young woman. This photo is from the collection of Susan Orsini.

Life of Mary Deaver Benedict

Mary (Mamie) Deaver Benedict was born July 26, 1857, the first child of David and Harriott Benedict, while her father was attending Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. With the coming of the Civil War after his graduation, her father volunteered in the Union army and served the duration of the war. The thought of losing her father apparently bothered her. In one of his letters home to his wife, Doctor Benedict mentions that Hattie and her older sister Mary had asked about death.

Mamie attended Norwalk public schools. She never married and lived in her parents' house all her life. She cared for her mother, who probably suffered from Alzheimer’s until her death, then traveled the world for many years, visiting Europe and China. In her later years, she also developed Alzheimer's, a disease that became know in the family as the “Benedict curse.” She died December 12, 1931 in Norwalk, OH. [1]

Footnotes

  1. Mary Benedict’s life story is from Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, by Agnes and Harriott Wickham, edited by Dave Barton, 2006 (unpublished) & from Harriott Wickham Barton’s papers.

Census Records

1860 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: M653_991; Page: 211; Image: 55. 5Jun1860

  • Benedict, David D, age 26, male, medical student, value of real estate 9000, personal value 500, birthplace OH
  • Benedict, Hattie M, age 24, female, birthplace NY
  • Benedict, Mary D, age 3, female, birthplace NY
  • Benedict, Hattie M, age 1, female, birthplace NY
  • Hanner, Elizabeth, age 22, female, domestic servant, birthplace Switzerland
  • Loker, Joseph, age 17, male, student, Ohio

1870 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: M593_1225; Page: 428; Image: 379. 10Jun1870

  • David Benedict; age 39; birthplace: Ohio; Male; Real Estate Value: 20,000; Personal Value: 5,000; Occupation: druggist
  • Harriet L Benedict; age 35; birthplace: New York; Female; occupation: keeping house
  • Mary R Benedict; age 13; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Harriet Benedict; age 11; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Agnes C Benedict; age 9; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Fanny B Benedict; age 7; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: student
  • Frederick Benedict; age 4; birthplace: Ohio; Male
  • Ellen L Benedict; age 2; birthplace: Ohio; Female
  • Therese Beader; age 22; birthplace: Ohio; New York; Female; occupation: domestic servant
  • Peter Lawrence; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Male; occupation: laborer
  • Louise Green; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Female; occupation: domestic servant

1880 US Federal Census: Res: Seminary St, Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: T9_1035; Family History Film: 1255035; Page: 283.2000; Enumeration District: 159; Image: 0568. 2Jun1880

  • D. D. Benedict; Spouse/parents: Hattie M.; age 46; birthplace: Ohio; relation to head: Self (Head); occupation: physician
  • Hattie M. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D.; age 45; birthplace: New York; Relation: Wife; occupation: keeping house
  • Mary D. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 22; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Hattie M. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 20; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Agnes C. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 18; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Fannie B. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 16; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student
  • Frederick B. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 14; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Son; occupation: student
  • Ellen E. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 11; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student;
  • Susan R. Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: D. D., Hattie M.; age 6; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: student

1900 US Federal Census: Kenton Ward 2, Huron County, Ohio; Roll: T623 1288; Page: 10B; 11Jun1900

  • David D Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: Harriott M; age 66; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Head; occupation: capitalist
  • Harriott M Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: David D; age 65; birthplace: New York; Relation: Wife
  • Mary D Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: David D, Harriott M; age 42; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter
  • Susan R Benedict; Parent/Spouse Name: David D, Harriott M; age 26; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Daughter; Occupation: school teacher

1910 US Federal Census: Norwalk Ward 2, Huron, Ohio; Roll; T624 1200; Page: 9A; Enumeration District; 36; Image: 859.

  • Mary Benedict; age 52; birth: abt 1858; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Head
  • Suzen Benedict; age 36; birth: abt 1874; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Sister
  • William Benham; age 51; birthplace: Indiana; Relation; Brother
  • Harriott Benham; age 51; birthplace: Ohio; Relation; Sister

1920 US Federal Census: Norwalk Ward 2, Huron, Ohio; Roll: T625 1398; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 54; Image: 307

  • Mary Benedict; age 61; birth: abt 1859; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Head
  • Susan Benedict; age 45; birth: abt 1875; birthplace: Ohio; Sister

1930 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Huron, Ohio; Roll: 1823; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 20; Image: 1014.0.

  • Mary D Benedict; age 72; birth: abt 1858; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Head
  • Harrietee Benham; age 71; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Sister
  • Fannie B Hottel; age 57; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Sister
  • Eleanor S Wickham; age 42; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Niece
  • Alma Bishof; age 15; birthplace: Ohio; Relation: Maid

Bibliography

  • Family History: Wickham, Benedict, Preston & Deaver, by Agnes and Harriott Wickham, edited by Dave Barton, 2006 (unpublished)

-- DaveBarton - 06 Apr 2009
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