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Smith Benedict

Born Born   1797 Peekskill, Westchester co., New York
Married Married 1st 13 May 1828 Margaret Cole
2nd 25 March 1835 Dorcas (Trickey) Cole
Died Died   9 April 1889  


Children with Margaret Cole:

  1. Peter Benedict; 1829-1866
  2. Andrew Barton Benedict; 1832-

Children with Dorcas (Trickey) Cole:

  1. Samuel Benedict; 1835-1877
  2. William Benedict; 1837-
  3. Adelia Ann Benedict; b. June 12, 1839
  4. Caroline Rebecca Benedict; b. May 341, 1841
  5. Rueben James Benedict; 1843-1859
  6. Alonzo Benedict; 1845-
  7. Mary Jane Benedict; 1847-1881
  8. Orville Oscar Benedict; b. May 16, 1849
  9. Edgar Stacy Benedict; 1851-1856
  10. Rachel Elba Benedict; 1853
  11. Martha Benedict; 1858-1858

The Parents of Smith

Smith's father was James Benedict who was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, then emigrated to Canada to live in Sophiasburg, Ontario. Smith was born in New York State in 1797 and arrived in Canada with his parents. His mother, Ann Barager, was also from Peekskill.

Smith’s Early Years

Smith was born in Peekskill, Westchester county in upper New York State. By his 20's, he and his parents had moved to new land opportunities in Upper Canada (now Ontario).

Smith and Margaret Cole

Margaret, born on Feb. 2, 1810 at Adolphustown, Lennox & Addington twp, Ontario, was the daughter of Peter Cole. They married on May 13, 1828 and she died five years later on Nov. 13, 18331.

Smith and Dorcas (Trickey) Cole

Dorcas Trickey was born on May 20, 1813 at Sophiasburg, Prince Edward county, Ontario. She first married a Peter Cole on Feb. 8, 1830. He died on Oct. 19, 1833, three years after the marriage1.

Dorcas, the widow, then married Smith Benedict on March 25, 1835, about a year and a half after his first wife Margaret passed away. The marriage was witnessed by Simeon Cole and Zachariah Cole (perhaps her father-in-law and/or her brother-in-law). She and Smith resided at Shannonville in Canada. She died at the age of 75 years, on October 20, 1888 at Tyendinaga. Smith died the next year1.

We do not know as of yet the relationship if any between Margaret Cole and Dorcas Cole.


Most of the information on Smith Benedict is sourced from GBA2 p. 419. Some information on his two wives were derived from family trees.

Notes on the children

  • Peter, born of Margaret on March 12, 1829; died on March 30, 1866.
  • Andrew Barton, born of Margaret on Jan. 21, 1832; he resided at Lexington, Michigan.
  • Samuel; see his biography page.
  • William; born Oct. 19, 1837; served 3 years with the 11th Michigan Regiment; resided at Lexington, Michigan.
  • Reuben James; born Aug. 14, 1843; died Sept. 16, 1859.
  • Mary Jane; born March 10, 1847; died April 15, 1881.
  • Edgar Stacy; born May 15, 1851; died July 21, 1856.
  • Rachel Elba; born July 21, 1853; married Mr. Harrison of Manitoba.
  • Martha; born Dec. 21, 1858 (sic.; likely 1857); died May 17, 1858 at age of five months. Her mother, Dorcas, would have been 45 by that time.

Census of 1871

Person Sex Age Birthplace Religion Origin Occupation
BENEDICT, Smith M 73 USA E. Meth. English Carpenter
- 1881 Census for Tyendinaga, Hastings East, Ontario. NA Film C-9992; District 061; Sub-district B; Division 1; page 109.
Note: the Federal Census of 1871 only listed the head of household.

Census of 1881

Person Sex Age Birthplace Status Religion Origin Occupation
BENEDICT, Smith M 83 USA married E. Meth. English  
Dorcas F 67 USA   E. Meth. English  
- 1881 Census for Tyendinaga, Hastings East, Ontario. Family History Library Film 1375873; NA Film C-13237; District 120; Sub-district B; Division 1; page 49; household 234.


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

-- JimBenedict - 11 Jun 2008
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