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Thomas Benedict

Family reference: 46

Born Born 9 Nov 1694   Danbury, Fairfield co., Conn
Married Married 1726 Abigail Hoyt Fairfield co., Conn
Died Died 4 July 1776   Danbury, Fairfield co., Conn


  • Thomas Benedict3, (James2, Thomas1)



  1. Thomas Benedict; 1727-1821
  2. Thaddeus Benedict Sr Esq; 1728-1805
  3. Elizabeth Benedict; 1729-1798
  4. Elisha Benedict; 1736-1798
  5. Margaret Benedict; 1743-1808
  6. Robert Benedict Sr; 1744-1828
  7. Mindwell Benedict
  8. Thankful Benedict; 1746-before 1782
  9. Hannah (Anna) Benedict; ca 1745-1786
  10. Sarah Benedict
  11. Molly Benedict; -1745

Abigail Hoyt and Family

Abigail was b ca 1694 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT. She was the dau of John Hoyt b 13Jul1644 Windsor, Hartford County, CT and his 2nd wife Hannah ?.John m 1st 14Sep1666 Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT Mary Lindall 1646-1679. He m Hannah ca 1693. Johns father was the immigrant Sgt Walter Hoyt b Bef. 29 Nov 1618, West Hatch, Somersetshire, England; d. Bet. Feb - Mar 1698/99, Norwalk, Fairfield County, CT. (Note: controversy, one source states m 1st in England, unknown)

Compiled and published by Edwin Hall, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Norwalk, CT. New York: Baker & Scribner, published 1847.
Judah Greggorie married Hannah Haite, daughter of Walter Haite of Norwalk, on October 20, 1664. (Hannah's 1st m) Hannah Greggorie, born September 24, 1665. (probable wife of Sgt Walter Hoyt) John Greggorie, born March 17, 1668. Percie Greggorie, born February 11, 1671. Joseph Greggorie, born July 16, 1674. Lydia Greggorie, born January 9, 1676. Josiah Greggorie, born July 13, 1679. Benjamin Greggorie, born March 26, 1682.

Thomas and Abigail (Hoyt) Benedict

Abigail was a daughter of John Hoyt, one of the orginal settlers of Danbury, Connecticut. She was born about 1696 at Salisbury, Essex County, Mass.

Thomas was fifth justice of the peace, appointed May 1738 and first judge of the district, and held both offices until his death. He was a member of the Connecticut legislature for thirty-one sessions between May of 1737 and October of 1766, inclusive. He was chosen Deacon on September 19, 17701.

Notes on the children

  • Sarah; may have died early in life.
  • Molly married Joseph Starr and died 17451.
  • Elizabeth; born in 1729; married James Taylor, who died before her; she died Jan. 25, 1798 at Danbury, Connecticut ( per Barbour Collection; Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 ).
  • possibly another, Jemima, who married a Hamilton, Pg 2851.

From my Notes: BENEDICT, Mary (Molly) b: 1724/1725 d: 12 Sep 1816 m STARR, Capt. Joseph, V:RW b: 1725/1726 d: 03 Apr 1802 m: 1745 after extensive research, I have not been able to prove this m by any valid sources, I only find that Joseph Jr was the s of Joseph Sr and his wife Sarah Southmayde of Middletown, CT.



  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.

Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 283
James2, Thomas1
James was born at Southold Long Island; removed with his parents to Norwalk, CT, and there married 10May1676 Sarah, dau John and Sarah Gregory, b 3Dec1652. He was one of the eight who purchased and settled Danbury, CT. He sold his property in Norwalk, 26Mar1691. He m 2nd, prior to Mar1707-08, Sarah, dau of Robert Porter and widow Abraham Andrus, b 20Dec1657. [Abraham Andrus died 3May1693] He survived until Aug1717, certainly, when he deeded property. He was b 6Feb1649/50. Chd:
- Sarah b 16Jun1677
- Rebecca b 1679; m 17Jan1704/05, Samuel Keeler Jr, of Norwalk, CT; d 20Mar1709 (Hall, p 201)
- Phoebe b 1682; probably m Thomas Taylor
2. James b 1685; first white male child born in Danbury, CT
3. John b Oct1689
4. Thomas b 9Nov1694; d 4Jul1776
- Elizabeth b Jul1696; probably m Samuel Taylor

Per Benedicts to America, Vol I, Pg 284
4. Thomas3, James2, Thomas1
b 9Nov1694; m Abigail, dau John Hoyt, one of the original settlers of Danbury, CT. He was fifth justice of the peace, appointed, May1738, and first judge of the district, and held both offices until his death. He was chosen Deacon 19Sep1770. He d 4Jul1776. Chd:
1)- Sarah
2)- Molly m Joseph Starr; d 1745
3) (15.)Thomas b 1727
4) (16.)Thaddeus b 1Nov1728
5)- Elizabeth b 1729; m James Taylor
6) (17.) Elisha b 2Apr1736
7) (18.)Robert b 1744
8)- Mindwell, m Hamilton
9)- Thankful m 2Apr1760, Nathan Gregory. See Elisha5 (55)
10)- Hannah m 1st _; m 2nd Samuel Perry
- Possibly another, Jemima, who m a Hamilton

Per Benedict Review, Thomas and Abigail were m 1726 Fairfield County, CT


  • Biography in Henry Benedict p. 284.1

Per History of Fairfield County, CT compiled by D. Hamilton Hurd, pub 1881 by J. W. Lewis & Co, Philadelphia: The 5th Justice of the Peace.

Per Rootsweb, Hoyt Family Tree
ABIGAIL6 HOYT (JOHN5, WALTER4, SIMON3, MICHAEL2 HOYTE, THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1694, and died Unknown. She married THOMAS BENEDICT 1726 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, son of JAMES BENEDICT and SARAH GREGORY. He was born 09 Nov 1694 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA, and died 04 Jul 1776 in Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. ,BR> Children of ABIGAIL HOYT and THOMAS BENEDICT are:
i. SARAH6 BENEDICT, d. Unknown.
ii. MOLLY BENEDICT, d. 1745.
iii. THOMAS BENEDICT, b. 1727; d. 14 Nov 1821.
iv THADDEUS BENEDICT, b. 01 Nov 1728; d. 20 Jan 1805.
v. ELIZABETH BENEDICT, b. 1729; d. Unknown.
vi. CAPTAIN ELISHA BENEDICT, b. 02 Apr 1736, Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut; d. 26 Aug 1798, Canada.
vii. MARGARET BENEDICT , b. 1743; d. 25 Apr 1808.
viii.ROBERT BENEDICT, b. 1744; d. 1828, Charlton, Saratoga County, New York.
ix. MINDWELL BENEDICT, d. Unknown.
xi. HANNAH BENEDICT, d. Unknown.
xii. JEMIMA BENEDICT , d. Unknown.

NOTE: If his father sold his property in Norwalk in 1691, Thomas would have been b Danbury CT, unless they happened to be visiting Norwalk at the time of his birth, and records were kept at his home town, as they currently still are in CT 2008.

What? the colonies have finally gotten their official freedom from England and Thomas dies on the day of official Independance?? It must have been an intense time of emotion and passion indeed!

Note: my records show this Elizabeth Benedict1729 m Thomas Taylor. The Elizabeth Benedict1729 that m James Taylor as being the daughter of Abraham Benedict1681 and Hannah (Benedict)1684. SandeeToo :

Per Benedicts To America Vol I, pg 365:
Lieut Daniel2, Thomas1
He was born at Southold, L.I. 165_, and after his removal to Norwalk, CT, married Mary, dau of Matthew2 Marvin* of Norwalk, CT. (Hall, p 182). He was a soldier in the direful swamp fight, 19Dec1675, a fight which has scarcely a parallel in the annals of ancient or modern warefare. At a town (Norwalk) meeting, 12Jan1676: "The towne in consideration of the good service that the soldiers sent out of the towne ingaged and performed by them, and out of respect and thankfulness to the sayd soldiers, doe with one consent and freely give and grant to so many as were in the direful swamp fight twelve acors of land; and eight acors of land to so many as were in the next considerable service." Accordingly, there was granted by the plantation, as a gratuity unto Daniel Benedict, "being a souldier in the Indian warr twelve acres of land and lyeth in three parcels." (Hall, p 63) He sold his property in Norwalk 25Mar1690, and moved to Danbury, CT. The date of his death is not known. He was certainly living 15Feb1722-1723. His signature is attached to a deed bearing date 17Aug1717 in the Norwalk Records. Ch:
1) - Mary
2) (2.) Daniel
3) - Mercy
4) - Hannah m Nathan Taylor; and their son James, m Elizabeth Benedict?) (dau of Abraham 1681-1676 and Rebecca Knapp 1701-1733

Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) - Danbury, Fairfield County, CT
Name: Elizabeth Taylor, wid James, Age: 72 Y. Birth Date: abt 1726 Spouse: James Death Date: 25 Jan 1798 Death Location: Danbury

-- JimBenedict - 10 Jan 2006
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