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Nathan Dunning Benedict, Rev

Family reference: 441.432

Born Born   26 Nov 1797   at Location
Married Married 1st 15 Dec 1818 Polly Ann Gillet at Location
Married 2nd 18 Sep 1845 Margaret Guild at Location
Died Died   Date   at Location

Photo Album - Family album of photos and documents. Lineage:

  • Nathan Dunning Benedict7 (Cyrus6, Caleb5, James4, James3, James2, Thomas1)

Children: with Polly Ann

  1. Mary A Benedict; b 22Jan1820, d 8Oct1843
  2. Emily Benedict; b 25Jul1825; m 8Nov1843 Edward Near; widow; res. Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn

Polly Ann Gillet and Family

Polly Ann was b 16Aug1797, d 3Apr1844. She was the daughter of Moses Gillet of Newtown, CT.

Margaret Guild and Family

Margaret was b 17Jul1802. She was the daughter of Jacob Guild of Woodstock, CT

The Quilt

family quilt A "presentation quilt" was given by Margaret Guild Benedict to her stepdaughter, Emily B. Nears in 1856. On it are a set of Benedict and Gillette family names and dates. Somehow, this quilt was passed down through the generations and was finally purchased by Lisa Erlandson, a quilt historian, appraiser and quilt show judge. In the photo, Lisa Erlandson, and Jim and Joan Benedict are in front of the quilt. Taken at a quilt seminar in Calgary, Alberta on 19 Oct 2014.

Census Records

1860 US Federal Census: Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut; Roll: M653_74; Page: 1069; Image: 484. Post Office: Bridgeport. 24Aug1860

  • Benedict, Nathan D, age 62, male, Baptist Clergyman, value of real estate: 2500, personal: 2000, b CT
  • Benedict, Margaret, age 58, female, b CT
  • Finch, Sally Ann, age 53, domestic, b NY

1870 US Federal Census: Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut; Roll: M593_97; Page: 434; Image: 319. Post Office: Southport, CT. 28Jul1870

  • Benedict, N D,* age 72, male, white, Baptist Priest, value of real estate: 3000, personal: 1650, b CT
  • Benedict, Margaret, age 67, female, white, keeping house, b CT
  • Finch, Sally A, age 63, at home, b NY

1880 US Federal Census: Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut; Roll: T9_95; Family History Film: 1254095; Page: 314.2000; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 0070. 8Jun1880

  • Benedict, Margaret G, white, female, age 77, widow, keeping house, b CT, father b NH, mother b CT
  • Finch, Sarah A, white, female, age 73, single, boarder, b NY, parents b NY


Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 316
68. Cyrus6, Caleb5, James4, James3, James2, Thomas1
b 16Apr1771; m 3Jan1783, Penelope, dau Nathan Dunning of Brookfield, CT, b 5May1775, and d 16Apr1868. He d 31Dec1848 at Danbury, CT. Ch:
1) Polly b 3Aug1795; m 31Oct1814, Zera Hamilton; d 23Jul1822
2) Rev Nathan Dunning, b 26Nov1797; m 15Dec1818, Polly Ann, dau Moses Gillet of Newtown, CT, b 16Aug1797, and d 3Apr1844; m 2nd 18Sep1845, Margaret, dau Jacob Guild of Woodstock, CT., b 17Jul1802. Minister of the Baptist church for more than forty years; res: Easton, (Fairfield County,) CT. Ch: i) Mary A b 22Jan1820; d 8Oct1843. ii) Emily b 25Jul1825; m 8Nov1843, Edward Near; wid; res Danbury, CT.
3) Almon, b 27Aug1799; m Clarissa, dau Lewis6 (69.) Benedict. He d 8May1862 at Stanford, CT. Ch: i) Morris P. ii) Edgar. iii) Jane. iv) Calista. All m but one.
4) Ira b 18Jul1803; m 16Oct1822, Sarah O., dau Gershom and Damaris Buckley, b 23Jan1803, and d 15Jan1856. He d 22Nov1868 at Danbury, CT. Ch: 1) Ezra B b 23Dec1823; d 15Jun1826. 2) Nelson b 23Jul1827; m 1Oct1846, Janette, dau Erastus Buckingham of Milford, CT. Res Newark, NJ. They had chd a) Emma J b 5Oct1850. 3) Edgar Wheeler b 28Feb1833; m 4Dec1855, Sarah A, dau Herman G and Elizabeth Atwood, b 22Feb1833. Res Danbury, CT. Ch: a) Carrie O, b 17Oct1859; d 4Aug1860.
5) Ebenezer b 15Jun1808; m Hannah Dean; d 17May1837. Ch: i) Anna Hester, m Robert Sayres of Danbury, CT. ii) Cyrus D, m 15Oct1852, Lydia M Bears; res: Newark, NJ. Ch: a) Willie, b 1854. b) Minnie D b 1859.

Danbury, CT Vital Records 1685 - 1848. From the Barbour Collection as found at the CT State Library.
BENEDICT Nathan Dunning, son Cyrus & Penelope, b Nov 26, 1797


Easton CT is located in the heart of Fairfield County. The town is a rural community situated among Redding, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Weston and Newtown.

North Fairfield, a part of the town of Fairfield, land was purchased from the Aspetuck Indians in 1670 for thirty pounds and an amount of trucking cloth. In 1762 the Connecticut General Assembly established the parish of North Fairfield. The Legislature in 1787 combined the parishes of North Fairfield and Norfield into the town of Weston. In 1845, the former parish of North Fairfield was divided from Weston and became Easton. It is still governed by the town meeting.

-- SandeeToo - 01 Dec 2008
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