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Theodore Hudson Benedict

Born Born 13 Mar 1821 New York
Married Unmarried
Died Died 14 Jun 1885 Tarrytown, Westchester co., NY


The Life and Times of Theodore Hudson Benedict

Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 398
49. THEODORE HUDSON7 (James,6 Jonah,5 Matthew,4 Daniel,3 Daniel,2 Thomas1)
b. March 13, 1821, in New York City. "He was educated at Yale College, and grad. with high honors in the class of 1841. In 1845 he received the degree of A. M. He had fine intellectual gifts; but, as he has written merely for amusement, his writings consist only of fugitive pieces in prose and verse, which have never been collected for publication. Being naturally of a retiring disposition, and left in affluent circumstances by the death of his father, which occurred just after he had taken his degree at college, he has led a very quiet and retired life, devoting himself to literary pleasures, and of late years to the care of the family estate at Tarrytown, where he has always resided. He has never married. In 1842 he was obliged to seek health in foreign travel. Returning home about the time of the nomination of Henry Clay for president, he became interested in politics, and identified himself with the whig party. In the autumn of 1850, he consented to accept the whig nomination for member of Assembly, and was elected by a large majority, although his district had always before given heavy democratic majorities. He was one of the leading members in the Assembly chamber, although the youngest member of the legislature of 1851, and identified himself with several of the prominent bills passed that session. He was chairman of the committee on public schools, and was much complimented upon the report he made to the assembly on that subject. In the autumn of 1851, he received the whig nomination for state senator from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, and the New York Times (which had then but just entered upon its career), came out with a long editorial article upon his nomination, complimenting him and the nominating convention in strong terms. He was compelled, however, to decline the nomination, on account of ill health. In the spring of 1852 he was elected delegate to the whig national convention, which sat in Baltimore (the last national convention the whig party ever held), and which nominated Gen. Winfield Scott for president of the United States. In the autumn of that year he was again compelled to seek health in other climates, and accompanied his brother, James Milton Benedict, on an extended tour in the West Indies. Since that time he has been connected with the republican party, but has not mingled in political matters otherwise than by correspondence. During the rebellion of the southern states he devoted his means and influence to the raising and equipping of volunteers for the Union army from his county."

Census Records

1850 US Federal Census: Greenburgh, Westchester, New York; Roll: M432_615; Page: 52; Image: 106. 26Aug1850

  • Benedict, Deborah, age 40, b America
  • Benedict, Theodore H, age 28, male, b America
  • Benedict, James, age 8, male, b America
  • Cobb, Edward B, age 35, male
  • Cobb, Ann Augusta age 50, female
  • 4 servants
  • Cobb, Edward B, age 1, male

1860 US Federal Census: Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester, New York; Roll: M653_881; Page: 0; Image: 45. 25Jul1860

  • Cobb, Edward, age 43, male, occ illegible, value of real estate: 15,000, personal: 2000, b CT
  • Cobb, Ann Augusta, age 37, female, value of personal:2000, b NY
  • Cobb, Edward B June, age 11, male, b NY
  • Cobb, Augustus, age 10, male, b NY
  • .....Next Door.....
  • Benedict, Deborah, age 66, female, value of real estate 100,000, personal: 2000, b NY
  • Benedict, Theo, age 35, male, gent, value of real estate: 12,000, personal: 10,000, b NY
  • 4 servants, incl coachman

1870 US Federal Census: Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh, Westchester, New York; Roll: M593_1114; Page: 372; Image: 741. 6Aug1870

  • Benedict, Theodore, age 49, male, white, farmer, value of real estate: 100,000, b NY
  • Benedict, Debra, age 78, female, white, keeping house, b NY (his mother)
  • Cobb, Anna, age 50, female, white, b NY (his sister)
  • Cobb, Edward, age 55, male, white, b NY
  • Cobb, Edward B, age 21, male, white, b NY
  • Cobb, Augustus, age 19, male, white, b NY
  • 6 servants

1880 US Federal Census: Village of Tarrytown, Greenburgh, Westchester, New York; Roll: T9_945; Family History Film: 1254945; Page: 288.2000; Enumeration District: 98; Image: 0578. 10Jun1880

  • Cobb, Edward B, white, male, age 65, married, retired merchant, b NY, parents b CT
  • Cobb, Ann Augusta, wife, white, female, age 61, married, b NY, parents b NY
  • Cobb, Edward B, son, white, male, age 30, single, lawyer, b NY, parents b NY
  • Cobb, Augustus, son, white, male, age 29, single, lawyer, b NY, parents b NY
  • Benedict, Theodore H, brother in law, white, male, age 59, single, at home, b NY, parents b NY
  • 2 female servants

This and That

2Jul1885 The will of the Honorable Theodore H Benedict, who died at Tarrytown 14Jun, was offered for probate at the Westchester County, Surrogates Court, at White Plains yesterday. He left an estate of $250,000, and made his sister Mrs Anne Augusta B Cobb, of Tarrytown his sole legatee and executrix. Anne Augusta (Benedict) Cobb is the daughter of James Benedict. James Benedict, a nephew, gave notice of his intention to file objections to the probate of the will on the ground of undue influence, incapacity, and fraud. The case was adjourned until 8Jul. Mr Benedict was a member of the Legistature in 1850 and was the youngest member. The next year he was nominated for Senator, and sat in the Whig Convention which nominated General Scott for the presidency in 1852.


Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 386
30. *AMES6 (Jonah,5 Matthew,4 Daniel,3 Daniel,2 Thomas1)
b. Sept. 30, 1784; m. May, 1812, Deborah, youngest dau. James Coles of New York, a dry goods merchant. Mr. Coles was a lineal descendant of one of the original settlers, three brothers Coles, of Long Island. (See Thompson's Hist. L. I., vol. II, Appendix.) She was b. Sept. 8, 1792, and resides at Tarrytown. "James, at an early age, entered his father's hat factory, and later he was, also, apprenticed to his uncle Zadock, and worked in his factory until he became well acquainted with the business. Energetic and ambitious, he thought Danbury, Ct., and South Salem poor fields for enterprise, and, therefore, in 1804, he went to New York and entered the employ of Tweedy & Hoyt, manufacturers and dealers in hats and furs, 37 Maiden Lane. He soon gained the confidence and esteem of his employers, and upon the death of Mr. Hoyt, became a partner. About 1810, they rebuilt their store on the old site, and continued there for many years doing a large and successful business. Mr. Tweedy remained at Danbury, Ct., and superintended the large manufactory they had erected there, while Mr. Benedict managed the store in New York, their southern branches, and the business generally. Upon the breaking out of the war of 1812, Mr. Benedict promptly offered his services to the Governor of the state, and was commissioned, June 19, 1812, 1st Lieut., 11th Regt., 1st Brig., Art'y. He served with his regiment during the war, being promoted Captain. He was stationed during the greater part of the war at the forts in New York harbor. After the peace, he continued in the state military service, and rapidly rose to Col., and Brig.-Gen. of Art'y (commission as Brig.-Gen. dated June 27, 1823), until, in March 23, 1826, he was made Maj.-Gen., and placed in command of 2d Div. N. Y. State Art'y. Gen. Benedict took a deep interest in politics; being an intimate friend of De Witt Clinton, he was his staunch supporter and an earnest advocate of the Erie Canal. He was sent to the legislature in 1824. It was during this session that a strong opposition to the measures of De Witt Clinton sprang up, culminating in the passage by large majorities in both houses of the resolution, removing him from his office as canal commissioner. Although the legislature was almost unanimous in this matter, Gen. Benedict stood up almost alone and manfully defended him. Upon the final vote, Gen. B. and one other member recorded their votes against Clinton's removal. A revolution in public sentiment made De Witt Clinton Governor of the state, and Gen. B. was the only member of the legislature of 1824 who was returned by his constituents in 1825. Thurlow Weed, in his Reminiscences, published in the New York Times, in winter of 1866, spoke of Gen. B. 'as a worthy and excellent man.' After his second term in the legislature, he retired from public life, and, March 4, 1829, resigned his commission as Maj.-Gen. The firm of Tweedy & Benedict was dissolved, 1826-7, Samuel Tweedy retiring.(*) Gen. B. continued business until 1830, under the name of James Benedict & Co., when he removed to an estate he had purchased at Tarrytown, where he resided until his death, July 23, 1841. He was, through his maternal grandmother, a lineal descendant of Hendrik Hudson." Ch.
1) (48.) JAMES MILTON, b. March 5, 1814.
2) - ANN AUGUSTA, b. June 2, 1819; m. April 4, 1848, Capt. Edward Brown Cobb; res. Tarrytown. Their son, Edward Benedict Cobb, is a student at Yale College, class 1872.
3) (49.) THEODORE HUDSON, b. March 13, 1821.
4) - MARY MATILDA, b. June 17, 1824; d. July 7, 1849.

(*) Samuel Tweedy, Esq., died in Danbury, Ct., July 1, 1868, at the age of 92 years. He had been president of the Danbury Bank for nearly forty years.


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