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Seth Williston Benedict

Born Born 16 Nov 1803 Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married 1st 07 Nov 1822 Fanny Roe Benedict; Norwalk, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married 2nd 19 Jun 1856 Anna Elizabeth Russell at location
Died Died 10 Nov 1869 New York City

Parents:

Children: with Fanny Roe Benedict

  1. Anna Louisa Benedict; 1823-1882
  2. Charles Williston Benedict; 1825-1875
  3. James Hoyt Benedict; 1830-1887
  4. Sarah Esther Benedict 1834-1836
  5. Sarah Frances Benedict 1836-
  6. Emma Jane Benedict 1841-

Children with: Anna Elizabeth Russell

  1. Judge George Russell Benedict; 1859-1936

Fanny Roe Benedict and Family

Fanny was b 30Dec1798 in Norwalk, Fairfield co., CT. She was twin with Deborah Burrell Benedict. They were the daughters of William Benedict; 1753-1821 and Nancy Fitch, -1836 of Norwalk, Fairfield co., CT. Fanny d 8Jan1854.

Relationship

Seth Williston Benedict and Fanny Roe Benedict are 1st cousins 1 time removed. Their common ancestors are Nathaniel Benedict Sr Deacon and Mary Lockwood.
Nathaniel Benedict and Mary Lockwood: 1 Cousin, 1 time removed
John Benedict, Deacon and Phoebe Gregory: 3 Cousin, 1 time removed

Seth 1803, Nathaniel1774, Nathaniel 1744, Deacon Nathaniel and Mary Lockwood
Fanny 1798, William 1753, Deacon Nathaniel and Mary Lockwood

Anna Elizabeth Russell and Family

Anna was b ca 1835 in Massachusetts, the dau of James and Nancy Russell.

Seth’s Early Years

Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT Genealogy Registry
Seth Williston Benedict, only child of Nathaniel 3rd and Esther Bouton was born at Norwalk 16Nov1803, and awcording to the Family Record was "baptized by the Rev Dr Mathias Burnett, 5Jan1804." He was named after the pioneer missionary of Western New York, the Rev Seth Williston, now of Durham, NY. At the commencement of the tide of emigration to what was then called "The West", his father and Andrew, an older brother, settled on the banks of the Chenango River, where they resided for some time, but not liking the location, they relinquished their settlements, Andrew going further west, his father returning to his native town. It was there that the family enjoyed the labors of that indefatigable missionary, who his mother regarded as her spiritual father, and whose name she gave to her first and only child.
At the age of 15 he entered into the office of the Norwalk Gazette, then just establlished in his native town, to learn the art and mystery of printing. Four years after he purchased the paper and continued to publish it until 1Jan1833, when becoming interested in the New York Evangelist, he removed to New York , and published that paper until Sep1837. Since that time he has devoted himself mainly to his profession as printer.

Census Records

1830 US Federal Census: Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut; Roll: 6; Page: 247.

  • Seth W Benedict
  • 1 male under 5, 3 males 15-20, 1 male 30-50
  • 1 female 5-10, 1 female 15-20, 1 female, 20-30

1850 US Federal Census: New York Ward 8 District 1, New York, New York; Roll: M432_541; Page: 145; Image: 296. 28Aug1850. All in same household:

  • Benedict, Seth W, male, age 46, printer, b CT
  • Benedict, Fanny R, female, age 51, b CT
  • Benedict, Chas W, male, age 24, clerk, b CT
  • Benedict, Jane, female, age 26, b NJ
  • Benedict, James, male, age 20, clerk, b CT
  • Benedict, Frances, female, age 14, b CT, attended school
  • Benedict., Emily, female, age 8, b NY, attended school
  • Benedict, Fanny L, female, age 2, b NY
  • Lockwood, Legrand, male, age 30, broker, b CT
  • Lockwood, Ann L, female, age 27, b CT (dau of Seth?)
  • Lockwood, Legrand, male, age 6, b NY, attended school
  • Lockwood, Willoston, male, age 4, b NY, attended school (sb Williston)
  • 3 servants, all born Ireland

1860 US Federal Census: New York Ward 21 District 1, New York, New York; Roll: M653_819; Page: 762; Image: 167. 13Nov1860

  • Benedict, Seth W, age 30, male, no occ listed, b CT (age not correct)
  • Benedict Anna E, age 25, female, b Mass
  • Benedict, Geo R, age 11/12, b NY
  • 3 domestic servants

Sources

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 116
115. NATHANIEL6 (Nathaniel,5 Nathaniel,4 John,3 John,2 Thomas1)
b. July 17, 1774; m. Jan. 18, 1797, Esther, dau. William and Sarah Benedict [dau. John4 (25)] Bouton, b. May 20, 1779, and d. May 22, 1843. He d. May 20, 1834. Ch.
1) (264.) SETH WILLISTON, b. Nov. 16, 1803, Norwalk; d. Nov. 10, 1869.

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 208
264. SETH WILLISTON7 (Nathaniel,6 Nathaniel,5 Nathaniel,4 John,3 John,2 Thomas1) b. Nov. 16, 1803; m. Nov. 7, 1822, Fanny Roe, dau. William, son of Nathaniel4 (10) Benedict, b. Dec. 30, 1798, and d. Jan. 8, 1854; m. 2d, June 19, 1856, Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Farnsworth, dau. James and Nancy Russell, formerly of Boston. He was a native of Norwalk, Ct., and early distinguished for his intelligent energy in business. Being an apprentice to the printing business in the office of the Norwalk Gazette, at the age of nineteen he bought his time and became the proprietor, editor and publisher of the paper, which he continued until Jan., 1833, when he removed to New York and became the proprietor and publisher of the New York Evangelist, in connection with Rev. Joshua Leavitt. He disposed of the Evangelist in 1837, and soon after became the publisher of the Emancipator and other publications of the American and the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, while at the same time carrying on his printing and publishing business. In 1848 he projected the publication of a new Evangelical religious newspaper, to be devoted to the interest and cause of congregationalism. This plan was subsequently modified, and in Dec. of that year he commenced the publication of the Independent, under the auspices of Rev. Drs. Bacon, Thompson and Storrs, as editors, Dr. Leavitt, as assistant, and Messrs S. B. Hunt, S. B. Chittenden, Bowen and McNamee?, as proprietors. In Dec., 1853, he relinquished his connection with the paper, and continued his printing and publishing business until March, 1854, when his office was totally destroyed by fire. Latterly, he has conducted an extensive real estate agency. Mr. B. was for some years clerk of the Congregational church at Norwalk. On his removal to N. Y., he joined what is now Thirteenth street Presbyterian church, of which he became a trustee and an elder. Leaving this church, to aid in the organization of the Broadway Tabernacle church, he became a trustee and Deacon, and so remained till it was changed into a Presbyterian church. He died Nov. 10, 1869. His funeral sermon was preached by Dr. J. P. Thompson, from the text "diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." (See Hall's Hist. Norwalk, Ct., p. 319.) Ch.
1) - ANN LOUISA, b. Aug. 17, 1823; m. June 9, 1842, Le Grand Lockwood, banker, of New York city.
2) (559).) CHARLES WILLISTON, b. Aug. 2, 1825; m. Sept. 9, 1846, Jane, dau. James and Jane McAlpine?; paper manufacturer, N. Y. Ch.
a) - Fanny Louisa, b. March 22, 1848. b) Williston Hunter, b. Nov. 22, 1851. c) Emily Augusta, b. Sept. 29, 1856.
d) - Anna Coe, b. Sept. 23, 1862.
3) JAMES HOYT, b. Aug. 1, 1830; m. Nov. 15, 1851, Mary Elizabeth, dau. Samuel and Mary Andrews, who d. April 2, 1858; m. 2d, Sept. 16, 1864, Isabel Pilsbury, dau. William Robinson of Mich. Banker; res. New York city. Ch.
a) Alida Andrews, b. Aug. 23, 1852. b) Le Grand Lockwood, b. Aug. 24, 1855. c) James Henry, b. April 17, 1858.
d) (560.) Charles Williston, b. Sept. 14, 1865. e) Howard Robinson, b. Jan. 25, 1868, d 21Aug1896. f) Elliott Stuart b 22Mar1874. Res 144 E 56th NYC
4) - SARAH ESTHER, b. Aug. 13, 1834; d. Oct. 13, 1836.
5) - SARAH FRANCES, b. July 31, 1836; m. July 12, 1860, Rev. Arthur Tappan Pierson, graduate of Hamilton College, and Union Theological Seminary in N. Y.; pastor, of Presbyterian church, at Waterford.
6) - EMMA JANE, b. Nov. 14, 1841.
7) (561.) GEORGE RUSSELL, b. Nov. 25, 1859.

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 58 (Family of Sarah Roe Benedict)
10. NATHANIEL4 (John,3 John,2 Thomas1
b. 1716, and m. Mary, dau. Deacon Lockwood, who d. Jan. 12, 1763, aged 42. He m. 2d, Jan., 1764, Hannah, dau. Rev. Thomas Hawley, who d. Jan. 31, 1795, aged 67. Fence viewer, surveyor, lister, constable, and collector, between 1739 and 1757; selectman, 1755, '61, '62, '66-'72, '75, '76, and '78; called "Lieut.," 1762; representative in Gen. Assembly, Oct., 1762 His house and barn were burned by the British in 1779. The following obituary notice of him was written by Hon. Roger Minot Sherman: "He died at Norwalk on the morning of the 2d of April, 1806, after a shock of the palsy, with which he lingered about twelve days, in the 90th year of his age. On the 3d his remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relatives, among whom were his twelve(?) surviving children, and many of his more remote posterity. He has left ninety-one grandchildren and eighty-eight great-grandchildren, the whole number of his descendants, now living, being 191. For about thirty-two years he sustained the office of Deacon of the First Congregational church in that town. Deacon Benedict was one of those venerable personages by whom what remains of the pious habits of our forefathers, have been transmitted to the present generation. His long life has been eminently exemplary, and years to come will feel its happy influence. Every morning and evening witnessed his devotion. His sabbaths were faithfully appropriated to public worship and religious family instructions. An amiable, cheerful disposition, a sound mind, improved by a good degree of reading, and much reflection, and adorned with a bright constellation of Christian graces, comprised his character. At his funeral an appropriate sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Burnett, from Prov. xiv, 32. "The wicked is driven away in his wickedness; but the righteous hath hope in his death." Ch.
1) - ANNA, b. 1740; m. Seth Seymour.
2) - MOLLY, b. 1741-2; m. Deliverance Bennet; removed to Saugatuck; d. April 23, 1835.
3) (37.) NATHANIEL, b. March 26, 1744; d. Feb. 24, 1833.
4) JOSEPH, b. June 29, 1746; m. Hannah Hoyt; removed to Danbury, where he d. Dec. 9, 1835. His wife was b. Dec. 6, 1759, and d. Jan. 3, 1836. Ch. a) Hannah, b. Oct. 4, 1777; m. March 26, 1796, Elijah Gregory; d. June 17, 1836. b) Luther, b. Aug. 20, 1780; d. Oct. 15, 1807. c) Sally, b. April 28, 1783; m. Nov. 25, 1802, Ephraim G. Stevens; d) Lucinda, b. April 27, 1785; d. April 21, 1857. e) Phila, b. June 9, 1787; m. Sept. 28, 1806, Ezra Peck, son of Peter5 (52) Benedict of Danbury; d. Nov., 1868. f) Fanny, b. Sept. 7, 1790; m. Nov. 2, 1813, Augustus Wilcox; d. June 7, 1849. g) Mary, b. Sept. 7, 1790; res. Danbury.
5) - ESTHER, b. 1748; m. Jan. 20, 1766, Uriah Raymond; d. July 27, 1806. (Hall, p. 292.)
6) (38). ISAAC, b. July 6, 1751; d. May 17, 1841.
7) WILLIAM, b. 1753; m. Feb. 20, 1782, Nancy Fitch, who d. Sept. 11, 1836. He d. Sept. 2, 1821, Norwalk. Ch.
a) Anna, b. July 31, 1783; m. N. Lockwood. b) Charlotte, b. Sept. 29, 1785; m. Jer. Camp. c) Charles, b. Sept. 29, 1785; d. about 1810. d) Sukey, b. Jan. 30, 1788; m. James I. Hoyt. e) Sally, b. Nov. 17, 1790; m. Daniel Smith. f) Esther, b. May 10, 1793; m. Edward Smith. g) Mary, b. April 4, 1796; m. George Brown. h) Fanny R., b. Dec. 30, 1798; m. Seth Williston7 (264.) Benedict. i) Deborah, b. Dec. 30, 1798; m. George Scribner.
8) - SALLY, b. 1756; m. Nathan Hoyt; removed to New Milford.
9) BETTY, b. Feb. 20, 1759; m. March 22, 1781, Enoch Scribner (Hall, p. 298); d. April 19, 1835.
10) (39.) NATHAN, b. Dec. 10, 1765; d. Feb. 3, 1832.
11) - HANNAH, b. 1766; m. April 3, 1782, Deacon Stephen Wood; d. Nov. 28, 1826. (Hall, p. 289.)
12) - LYDIA, b. 1768; m. Capt. Lemuel Brooks; d. Feb. 18, 1828. 13) (40.) JOHN, b. Feb. 3, 1770; d. 1839.

Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
Name: Fanny R Benedict : Residence Location: Norwalk Marriage Date: 8 Nov 1822 Marriage Location: Norwalk Spouse: Williston Benedict Spouse Residence Location: Norwalk NOTE: Per Benedicts to America, m 7Nov1822_

Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) Name: Williston Benedict Residence Location: Norwalk Marriage Date: 8 Nov 1822 Marriage Location: Norwalk Spouse: Fanny R Benedict Spouse Residence Location: Norwalk

Footnotes

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