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Obadiah Benedict

Born Born Date Location
Baptized 25 Sept 1765 Bethel, Conn.
Married Married Date to Who at Location
Died Died Date at Location



  1. Asahel Benedict; 1792-1881

Possible children:B

  1. Hezekiah Benedict; m. 1816
  2. Obadiah Benedict; m. 1817 or 1825
  3. Hannah Benedict; m. 1818
  4. Eley Benedict; m. 1823
  5. Saphrona Benedict; m. 1825
  6. Catharine Smith Benedict; m. 1825
  7. Obadiah Benedict; m. 1825

Obadiah’s Early Years

It is possible that Obadiah originally came from Scotland and was adopted into the Benedict family.A

Obadiah and ?

The Final Years for Obadiah


  • Family reference: 444.9
  • Family Tree: Benedict Generations
  • Lineage: Obadiah Benedict5, (Hezekiah4, James3, James2, Thomas1)
  • Books:
    • GBA-I p. 2861
    • GBA-II p. 3052


Note A: Scottish ancestry for Obadiah?

"The paternal grandfather of our subject was Obadiah Benedict, a native of Scotland, and a Quaker in his religious belief; his wife was of Welsh ancestry. Among the progeny of this worthy couple was Asahel Benedict, who was born in the State of New York, and adopted the occupation of farming."

From: "Portrait and Bigraphical Album of Sumner County, Kansas". Publisher: Chapman Brothers, 1885, p 427

Note B: The list of possible children is derived from this Ohio marriage data table, which will require further scrutiny.

From Ohio Genealogy Express; Franklin county, Ohio marriages

date Name Married to Minister notes
1825 Oct. 26 Benedict, Asahel More, Ebelina Walker, Aristarchus  
1825 Mar. 10 Benedict, Catharine S. daughter of Obediah Benedict Lewis, Jacob H. Walker, Aristarcrus  
1823 Dec. 31 Benedict, Eley Justice, Robert, Jr. Walker Aristochus  
1818 Nov. 26 Benedict, Hannah Fairfield, Jacob, Jr. Stansbery, R.  
1816 Mar. 24 Benedict, Hezekiah Lewis, Elizabeth Griswold, Ezra  
1817 Dec. 9 Benedict, Obadiah, Jr. McClean, Caty Swaze, Wm. - Minister marriage return filed Dec. 13)
1825 Oct. 5 Benedict, Obadiah Little, Hetty Cowles, R. W.  
1825 Mar. 3 Benedict, Saphrona Granger, Moses Walker, Aristarcrus  

Note C:

"Most of the leases between the patroon of Rensselaerwyck and the tenants were generated between the late 1780s and the early 1800s. The terms of the lease usually stated that the tenant and his heirs agreed to hold title to the land in perpetuity and rent payments were to be made to the patroon annually in kind or cash. The leases also state the total acreage of land conveyed to the tenant along with the delineation of the plat. Releases of property to other individuals or parties is often documented. Lands described in these leases were situated in the East Manor and the West Manor."

"The Manor of Rensselaerswyck is the name of a colonial estate—specifically, a Dutch patroonship and later an English manor—owned by the van Rensselaer family that was located in what is now mainly the Capital District of New York in the United States.

The estate was originally deeded by the Dutch West India Company in 1630 to Kiliaen van Rensselaer, a Dutch merchant and one of the company's original directors. Rensselaerswyck lay on both sides of the Hudson River near present-day Albany and included parts of the present New York counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer.

The patroonship lasted successfully for more than two centuries, dying with its last patroon, Stephen van Rensselaer III in 1839. At his death, van Rensselaer's land holdings made him the tenth richest American in history to date.[2] The manor was split between Stephen III's sons, Stephen IV and William. Farmers began protesting the feudal system and the anti-rent movement was eventually successful, causing Stephen IV and William to sell off most of their land, ending the patroonship in the 1840s."

From: Rensselaerwyck Manor Papers; SC7079; Index to Leases; New York State Library

Todd, Paul and Benedict, Obadiah March 8, 1798 Lease of land in Berne, Lot 37, 120 acres

U.S. Census of 1790

Names of Heads of Families Free White Males
under 16 16 and over
Obadiah Benedict 2 1

Names of Heads of Families Free White Females
Obadiah Benedict 2

- 1790 Federal Census of Schachticoke, Albany county, New York; roll: M637_6; page 357; image: 325; Family History Library film: 0568146.

U.S. Census of 1800

Names of Heads of Families Free White Males
to 10 10 to 15 16 to 25 26 to 44 45 up
Obadiah Benedict 2 1 1 1  

Names of Heads of Families Free White Females
to 10 10 to 15 16 to 25 26 to 44 45 up
Obadiah Benedict 2     1  

- 1800 Federal Census of Berne, Albany county, New York; roll: 22; page 65; image: 70; Family History Library film: 193710.


  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", by Henry M. Benedict; 1st pub. 1870; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.
  2. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", Vol. II by Elwyn E. Benedict; 1st pub. 1969; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.

-- JimBenedict - 31 Jan 2011
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