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Nelson Benedict

Born Born 1804 Saratoga County, NY
Married Married 1839 Mary Ann Ely at Location
Died Died 1865 Essex, Clinton County, Michigan



  1. Elizabeth Matthews Benedict 1840-1871
  2. George Ely Benedict; 1842-1880
  3. Helen Amanda Benedict 1845-1848

Mary Ann Ely and Family

Ely Family History
Mary Ann Ely, Essex, CT b 1805, dau Denison Ely and Phebe Lay. m 1829 Henry Matthews, Penfield, Monroe County, NY. , who was b 1803, d 1834, son of Jabez Matthews and Louisa Owen; m 2nd Nelson Benedict, in Maple Rapids, MI in 1839, who was b 1810 and d 1865. Son of Hiram Benedict and Abigail McCrea. CH:
1) - Laura Ely b 1829, d 1835
2) - Elizabeth Matthews b 1840, d 1871. m 1867 Charles Puller
3) - George Ely b 1842, d 1880. m 1867 Laura Maria Eldred
4) - Helen Amanda b 1845, d 1848

The Pioneer of Clinton County, Michigan

History of Clinton County, Michigan Hiram Benedict and his brother in law Timothy H Pettit, accompanied by their families, Nelson Benedict, an unmarried brother of Hiram, and another young man named John Brown, came from Saratogy county, NY and settled upon what has been called since as "Benedict's Plains" in the autumn of 1837, thus becoming the first settlers after Mr Campau. Their families found shelter under the hospitable Mr Campau, until their own first dwellings were ready for occupancy. Hiram Benedict purchased of the government of the west half of Section 9 5Nov1835, and soon afterwards became in possession of the two east 80 acre lots of Section 8.The spring following his settlement (1838) he was elected supervisor of the newly organized township of Wandougan, and afterward, without changing his residence, served as the first supervisor of the townships of Lebanon, Bengal, and Essex. He was an able man, a good citizen, and highly respected. His aged father, Hiram Sr. and his mother also removed to this township where they passed the remainder of their days. Hiram Benedict Sr had served in the War of 1812-14. Timothy H Pettit and Nelson Benedict were also prominent citizens.

Nelsonís Early Years

Hiram BENEDICT 1779-1853 b Danbury, Fairfield County, CT Additional Notes Migration Steps Hiram Benedict, Sr., married (date unk) Abigal ? born 1779 in NY. They had two sons, Hiram, Jr. 1799. Bridgeport, CT and Nelson, 1804, Saratoga, NY from this union. In 1837, Hiram and Abigil accompanied their two sons & wives, Hiram, Jr. & Hannah Crandall, born 1808 Saratoga in NY and Nelson & Mary Ann (Ely) Matthew, born 1805 in CT, married 1839, to Essex Township, Clinton County, MI and all remained there for the rest of their lives

Census Records

1850 US Federal Census: Essex, Clinton, Michigan; Roll: M432_349; Page: 42; Image: 347. 19Sep1850

  • Benedict, Hiram Jr, age 49, male, farmer, b CT
  • Benedict, Hannah, age 42, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Catherine, age 13, female, b NY
  • Benedict, Hiram, age 72, male, hatter, b NY
  • .....2 Down.....
  • Benedict, Nelson, age 40, male, farmer, value of real estate: 800, b NY
  • Benedict, Mary Ann, age 45, female, b CT
  • Benedict, Elizabeth M, age 9, female, b MI
  • Benedict, George E, age 7, male, b MI


Essex is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut

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