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Reuben Benedict

Born Born 16Mar1768 New Milford, Connecticut
Married Married Date Anna Stevens New Milford, Connecticut
Died Died 6Mar1854 Peru, Morrow Co, Ohio



  1. Lucy Benedict: b & d New Milford, CT
  2. Elisha Benedict: b & d New Milford, CT
  3. Phoebe Benedict: 1791-1822
  4. Adin Stevens Benedict: 1795-
  5. Polly Benedict. m Robert Gardner
  6. John Benedict: 1801-
  7. Ezra Benedict: 1803-
  8. Martin Benedict: 1808-
  9. Ira Benedict:
  10. Lucy Benedict: 1811- m Samuel Mosher
  11. Annis Benedict: 1813- m William Oliver
  12. George Benedict:

Note on Children: Per article below, Reuben and Anna relocated to Peru, Ohio with their 12 children

The Parents of Anna Stevens

Anna was the daughter of Peter Stevens of New Milford, Conn. She was b 1May1770, d 3Oct1831.

This and That

The Reuben Benedict House

The Reuben Benedict House, a two-story brick building with a wooden frame addition, lies in the rural farming community of Peru township. One of the earliest houses in Morrow County, Ohio, it stands surrounded by ageless maple and walnut trees. The Benedict house was an active station stop on the Underground Railroad, as well as a model of antebellum Quaker architecture. Out of the estimated 100,000 fugitive slaves who escaped with the assistance of the Underground Railroad at least 40,000 went through Ohio. The Alum Creek/Peru Township area contained a sizeable free and fugitive black population, an active Quaker fellowship, and a local community with strong convictions about the immorality and injustice of slavery. These combined characteristics made Peru area an ideal Underground Railroad station.

In 1812 several Benedict families migrated from New York to Ohio and established the first Quaker settlement of Morrow County, Ohio along Alum Creek. The Benedicts were the first Anglo-Americans to this previously unsettled frontier area of Ohio. Reuben Benedict, along with his wife Anna and their 12 children, were among these families. Benedict was the first recorded miller in the township. Numerous accounts confirm that the Reuben Benedict house was a station stop on the Underground Railroad. A history of Peru Township written as early as 1897 states clearly that "Reuben Benedict's House is now Harry Green's and was on the Underground Railroad." The house also played a role in the locally famous 1839 case of Bill Anderson of nearby Marion County, Ohio. During Anderson's trail, also known as "Black Bill," a group of Virginians attempt to return him to Virginia. Because Anderson was considered a free man by the court, and the Virginians could not prove ownership, he was released. However, after a second attempt to take Anderson to Virginia, a group of local Quakers helped him to Benedict's house to escape further capture, and from where he could move further north. The Benedict house is a unique Underground Railroad station because it retains a high degree of historic integrity. The house maintains much of its original plan and design, and is one of the few examples of the Federal vernacular style surviving in the area.

The Reuben Benedict House is located at 1463 County Rd. 24, in Peru Township near Marengo, Ohio. It is a private residence, and is not open to the public.

This and That

The first settler was Cyrus Benedict, his wife, three children, and Adam Vanduser in 1809. He built a cabin near South Woodbury in 1811. Meetings were held in a house from 1813-1815. The first church was built of logs in 1816. Land purchased in 1817 for a meetinghouse and graveyard is the present site of the church. The first building of today's church was in 1857. The most enduring houses in the area were constructed of brick by Reuben Benedict and David Osborne in 1828 and Aaron Benedict in the 1830's. The Reuben Benedict house served the community as a "Temperance Hotel" during the stagecoach era. The 1825 the Worthington-New Haven Road was completed and these buildings, among others, were used to shelter slaves.


After leaving Connecticut, they settled in Peru, Clinton County, NY, and from there relocated to Peru, Morrow County, Ohio

Daughter Phoebe Benedict


Phebe Benedict, daughter of Reuben and Anna of Peru married, 30 of 4m, 1812 at Peru Joseph Peasley of Peru, son of Micajah Peasley and Jane Gore

MARRIAGE INTENTIONS. MENS MEETING. PERU MONTHLY MEETING. CLINTON COUNTY. N. Y. Daniel Wood, son of Jonathan and Rachel Benedict and Phehe Benedict, daughter of Reuben Benedict, Intention, 26 of 3m 1812, 2nc[ Intention, 23 of 4m, 1812 Reported accomplished, 28 of 5m, 1812


Per The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Vol I:


AARON,1(*) b. 6th of 12th mo., 1740; m. 1759, Elizabeth Knowles, b. 20th of 2d mo., 1741, at Dartmouth, Mass., and d. 15th of 8th mo., 1821, at Bennington, Ohio. He d. 25th of 7th mo., 1816, at Bennington, Ohio. Ch. all b. at New Milford, Ct.

  • GIDEON,2 b. 6th of 9th mo., 1760; d. 1st of 12th mo., 1764.
  • PHOEBE,2 b. 19th of 2d mo., 1762; m. Israel Buck; d. 13th of 9th mo., 1823.
  • DORCAS,2 b. 17th of 10th mo., 1763; m. Benjamin Earl; d. 27th of 10th mo., 1823.
  • ANNE,2 b. 20th of 11th mo., 1766; m. David Osborn; d. 15th of 1st mo., 1848.
  • REUBEN,2 b. 16th of 3d mo., 1768; m. Anna, dau. Peter Stevens of New Milford, b. 1st of 5th mo., 1770, and d. 3d of 10th mo., 1831. He d. at Peru, Ohio, 6th of 3d mo., 1854. Ch.
  • LUCY,3 b. and d. in New M. ELISHA,3 b. and d. in New M.
  • PHOEBE,3 b. 1st of 3d mo., 1791; m. 30th of 4th mo., 1812, Daniel Wood; d. 28th of 7th mo., 1822.
  • ADIN STEVENS,3 b. 31st of 10th mo., 1795; m. Sarah, dau Wm. and Phoebe Gridley of Saratoga, and d. 21st of 3d mo., 1843, at Peru, Ohio. Ch.

(*) Mrs. Sylvia Bull, dau. Jonathan4 (19) Benedict, page 63, informed G. S. Benedict of Gambier, Ohio, in 1833, that her father had two brothers, Aaron and John, but, as the Ridgefield manuscript does not include Aaron (it may have been a clerical omission), he and his descendants were not classed in the line of John, but are given here.

Per The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Vol II, Pg 40:

283. Reuben6, (Aaron5, Gideon4, Joseph3, John2, Thomas1) b 16Mar1768, m Anna, dau Peter Stevens of New Milford, b 1May1770, d 3Oct1831. He d 6Mar1854 at Peru, Ohio. Ch:

  • Lucy, b & d in New Milford
  • Elisha, b & d in New Milford
  • Phoebe, b 3Mar1791, m 30Apr1812 Daniel Wood, d 28Jul1822
  • 288. Adin Stevens, b 31Oct1795
  • Polly m Robert Gardner
  • 289. John b 21Apr1801
  • 290. Ezra b 21Jun1803
  • 291. Martin b 9Jun1808
  • Ira d at 2months
  • Lucy, b 18Mar1811, m Samuel Mosher
  • Annis, b 26Mar1813, m 11Aug1831 William Oliver
  • 292. George

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