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Rev Noah Benedict

Born Born 25 May 1737 at Location
Married Married 1st 16Feb1763 Rhoda Bennet at Location
Married Married 2nd 19 Jan 1796 Nabby Sheldon at Location
Died Died 30 Apr 1813 at Location


Children: with Rhoda Bennet

  1. Ruth Benedict 1767-1845
  2. Noah Bennet Benedict 1771-1830
  3. Brig Gen Thomas Bridgum Benedict Sr; 1783-1829


Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 369
10. Rev. NOAH,5 A. M. (Daniel,4 Daniel,3 Daniel,2 Thomas1)
b. May 25, 1737; m. Feb. 16, 1763, Rhoda Bennet, b. 1743, and d. 1795; m. 2d, Jan. 18, 1796, Nabby Sheldon of Hartford, Ct., b. 1743, and d. Nov. 23, 1827.
He was graduated at Nassau Hall College of New Jersey, in 1757; received the degree of Master of Arts, ad eundem, from Yale College, in 1760, and was a fellow of that institution from 1801 to 1812.
He served as chaplain of 13th Regt., Ct. militia, from 1795 to 1812.
Mr. B. was ordained as pastor of the first society in Woodbury, Oct. 22, 1760. He was a man of sound piety, and of great dignity and amiability of temper. He held an honored place in the affections of his people. He was successful as a spiritual teacher, and was followed to the tomb by his parishioners with hearts throbbing with grief. His church has been noted for the length of time it has enjoyed the services of its ministers. There is, perhaps, no other instance in the country where a church has been presided over by three pastors, as has been the case with this, for the long period of one hundred and forty-three years. Mr. B. was spoken of, during his life, and is still so remembered, as one of the fairest specimens of the good clergymen of Connecticut.
Constitutionally, he had a well balanced mind; singularly discreet and exemplary in his every day deportment, and in all the relations of life; as a preacher and counsellor, he held a high rank. His temper was even, and his condition was placid and easy. Temptations, he was cautious, and even zealous to put, if possible, out of the way. He once had a favorite horse, young, sound, gentle, active and graceful; the animal was admired by his rider's parishioners. But Mr. Benedict, to the surprise of all, sold the horse. A neighbor expressed his astonishment at the event, and inquired the reason of it. "He was growing unruly," was the grave pastor's reply. "But I thought," said the man, "that he was a very orderly horse." "No," was the rejoinder; "he was growing quite unruly; he once got into the pulpit, and I thought it was time to part with him." Mr. Benedict was blessed in his family, and honored in the alliances of his children by marriage, and by their eminent usefulness and the distinctions to which they attained in public offices and employments. His people never desired his separation; death effected it April 20, 1813, at the age of seventy-six. He lives in the sweet and grateful remembrance of the aged in his parish and out of it; and the present generation of Woodbury have heard from the reverential and affectionate, the story of his goodness.(*) (Cothren's History Ancient Woodbury, pp. 301-304, see also p. 229.) His sermon delivered on the occasion of the death of Rev. Dr. Bellamy in 1790, was published with an appendix, in pamphlet form, and has since been republished in vol. I, Dr. Bellamy's works. (Sprague's Annals, vol. I, p. 407.) Ch.
1) NOAH BENNET, b. April 2, 1771; m. Lydia Bacon, b. 1771, and d. July 5, 1808; m. 2d, Harriet Tomlinson, who d. March 22,1861. He grad. at Yale College in 1788, and was admitted to the bar in Litchfield Co., in 1792. He was appointed judge of probate in 1805, and resigned in 1816, on being elected an assistant (senator) or member of the council, which office he filled two years. He was elected a member of the house of representatives (Connecticut) in Oct., 1796, and reelected to ten sessions, subsequently, between this date and May, 1827. He was clerk of the house in 1809, and May, 1810. In the third week in June, 1831, Mr. Benedict came to Litchfield, to argue, among other cases, that of Fairman v. Bacon, 8 Connecticut Reports, 418. Just before that case came on, he was taken ill at his lodging, and could only send in the brief he had prepared. He was carried home, but survived only a few days. Judge Daggett, in giving the opinion of the court, in the case referred to, says he made "great use of the brief furnished by Mr. B., because he found it presented the argument in that dense, yet luminous view, for which that gentleman was so conspicuous, and by which the court were so often instructed and enlightened; and rarely more so than in this, one of his last efforts." His death occurred July 2, 1831, at the age of sixty years. He d. without issue. "He was honorably distinguished in his profession, courteous, affectionate and kind in his feeling, and endeared to the circle of his relatives and friends by his numerous virtues." Such is the modest record on his tombstone. He devised in his will the right of reversion to his homestead and some fifteen acres of valuable land, "to the 1st Congr. or Pres. Soc. of Woodbury, Ct." (Cothren's History Ancient Woodbury, pp. 306-7 and 357-8; see also pages 54 and 57 of Litchfield Co. Centennial Celebration, 8vo, pp. 212.)
2) RUTH, b. Jan 20, 1767; m. Jan. 11, 1789, Nathaniel Smith, and d. June 20, 1845. Judge Smith was by far the most distinguished native of the territory of "Ancient Woodbury;" an ornament to the town that gave him birth, to the profession which he adorned, to the bench on which he sat with unsullied purity, rectitude of purpose, and unbending devotion tothe demands of justice, and to his friends who clustered thickly around him. He was admitted to the bar in 1787, and immediately after commenced the practice of his profession in Woodbury, where he continued to reside until his death, March 9, 1822. Almost immediately he rose to eminence in his profession. Some of his first arguments were masterly forensic efforts. In October, 1789, he was elected a member of the General Assembly, and was reelected four times previous to 1795. In the house he was a distinguished member, and took a leading part in it. Yale college bestowed, in 1795, the honorary degree of A. M. In the same year he was elected a member of the congress of the United States, in which office he served four years, when he declined a second reelection. He particularly distinguished himself in the discussions in congress relating to the ratification of the British treaty. In 1799, elected to a seat in the council, or upper house of the legislature of Connecticut, and remained a member of this body till May, 1805. In Oct., 1806, he was elected a judge of the supreme court, and remained in this position till 1819. Judge Smith was b. Jan. 6, 1762, and d. March 9, 1822. (See Cothren's Hist. Ancient Woodbury; also, Goodrich's Recollections of a Life-time, vol. I, pp. 338-392.) Ch.
a) Nathaniel Benedict Smith, b. Dec. 7, 1795, and grad. at Yale College in 1815. Admitted to the bar of Litchfield Co., in 1818. Represented the town of Woodbury in the General Assembly in 1828, and again in 1847. He was appointed judge of probate, May, 1838, and held the office by successive appointments, till May, 1842. He is a resident of Woodbury, Ct.
3) THOMAS BRIDGUM, b. Oct. 23, 1783, at Woodbury, Ct.; m. June 15, 1808, Mary, dau. John and Jane (Humphrey) Wilson. John Wilson served in the British army during the Revolution. His dau. Mary was b. Nov. 3, 1787, in Sorel, Lower Canada, and d. June 15, 1861, at New Orleans, La. Thomas Bridgum, in partnership with Judge Cooper of Cooperstown, was engaged, in 1805, or 1806, in merchandise, and in directing the settlement of two townships in St. Lawrence county. He settled at De Kalb, and when the War of 1812 broke out, he raised a volunteer company, of which he was elected captain; being ordered to Ogdensburg, he removed there with his family. He was so rapidly promoted that within six months he held the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He fought in nearly every battle of the series transpiring between French Mills and Lundy's Lane. He had principal charge of the military operations at Ogdensburg. He left the service with the rank of brigadier-general. He was a man of much ability, and merited the confidence reposed in him. He d. March 11, 1829, at De Kalb. (Hough's Hist. St. Lawrence Co., p. 584; also, see manuscript volume in N. Y. State library, presented by Adjt. D. W. Church, for autograph letters and orders of Lt.-Col. Thomas B. Benedict, 123d Regt., 5th Brig. N. Y. S. M.) Ch. a) Noah Bennet, b. May, 1809; m. Sept. 24, 1850, in New Orleans, Harriett Sophia Battelle of Montgomery, Ala., b. Sept., 1826, who m. 2d, 1867, George W. Kidd. He grad. at Yale medical school; began his profession in Buffalo, and afterwards removed to New Orleans, where he d. Oct. 31, 1863. b) Thomas Bridgum, b. March, 1811; m. 1840, Margaret Laidlow, in Rossie, where he was then living; she was b. in Scotland; m. 2d, Oct., 1856, the widow Anne Walker (born Smith, an Englishwoman), who now resides in New Orleans. He studied medicine, and was licensed as a physician in New Orleans. He d. June 1, 1863, at Vicksburg, Miss., in confederate service. c) Jane, b. Oct. 18, 1822; res. Oak Hill, St. Helena parish, La.

(*) S. G. Goodrich, in his Recollections of a Life-time (p. 378, vol. II), says: "At length we departed from Durham, and took our way homeward, arriving at last at Woodbury. Here we remained a week or ten days, being hospitably entertained by the Rev. Noah Benedict, my brother-in-law's uncle. He lived in a large, low, oldfashioned house, embowered in elms, and having about it an air of antiquity, comfort, and repose. He was himself very aged -- nearly eighty years old, I should judge. He was like my own lineage, of the orthodox faith, and sometimes officiated in the pulpit, though he had now a colleague. I need not describe him further than to say that he was a fine old man, greatly beloved by his parish, and almost adored by his immediate connections. Close by, in a sumptuous house, lived his son, Hon. Noah B. Benedict, then a leading lawyer of the state. Half a mile to the south, in an antique, gable-roofed mansion, dwelt his daughter, the wife of Nathaniel Smith, one of the judges of the supreme court, and regarded as the intellectual giant of his time."


-- SandeeToo - 22 Jan 2009
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