William Benedict

Born Born 3Jan1776 New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecicut
Married Married 1st 21Nov1805 Alse Hoag Grand Isle, Vermont
Married Married 2nd Date Polly Simmons Location
Died Died 17Mar1843 Peru, Marrow County, Ohio



  1. Daniel Benedict: 1807-
  2. Phoebe Benedict: 1809-
  3. Sylvester Benedict: Twin 1813-
  4. Elizabeth Benedict: Twin 1813-
  5. Aaron Benedict: 1819-
  6. Sarah Benedict: 1821-

1st Wife Alse Hoag

William m Alse Hoag in Grand Isle, Vermont.

William Benedict and Alse Hoag, 1st Intention. 25 of 9m.- 1805, 2nd Intention, 24 of 10m, 1805 Reported accomplished, 21 of 11m, 1805
Note: Per Benedicts of America Vol II, they m Grand Isle, VT, per the Society of Friends, they were m Peru, Clinton County, New York

2nd Wife Polly Simmons

Polly was b 29Jan1785, d 30Jun1840

Historical Findings

The Alum Creek Friends were legendary among UGRR circles for their skill and success in spiriting folds to Canada. Friends involved were David Osborn, Griffith Levering, William Taber, Micajah Dillingham, and three generations of Benedicts: Reuben, Aaron, William, and a second Aaron, Gardener, Daniel, and Aaron L., who had a $1,000 bounty placed on his head by Southerners. Cousins Mordecai and Livius Benedict drove wagonloads of fugitives up to Joseph Morris in Marion County when they were but six years old. In 1835, a slaveholder and two accomplices came to the Alum Creek Settlement to reclaim his slave property, a mother and her three sons. When the mother refused to leave, William Benedict sent word to the church for help just as the Friends gathered for the Quarterly Meeting. Soon, 25 to 30 people confronted the slaveholder, including Justice-of-the-Peace Barton Whipple who read the penalties for kidnapping - a fine up to $1,000 and 10 years in the penitentiary. At this, the two hirelings fled to the woods. One of them remarked he couldn't understand how all those people appeared so suddenly, as if "the Quakers rose right up out of the ground!" he exclaimed.


Benedicts to America, Vol II, Pg 44
286. William6, (Aaron5, Gideon4, Joseph3, John2, Thomas1)
b 3Jan1776 New Milford, Conn. m 1st 1805 Alice Hoag in Grand Isle, VT., m 2nd Polly Simmons, b 29Jan1785, d 30Jun1840. He moved to Ohio in 1812. Settled in Alum Creek, Pewru Twnsp. Farmer. He d 17Mar1843 Peru, Ohio. Ch:
1) 300. Daniel b 29Mar1807
2) Phoebe b 25Aug1809, m 1841 William Barber
3) Sylvester b 25Nov1913
4) Elizabeth b 25Nov1813, m 1st 1834 George Mc Clary, m 2nd Luther Welch
5) 301. Aaron, b 21Jan1817 or 1819 (Per Ohio Historic Society Records, Aaron L was b 1817)
6) Sarah, b 30Jun1821, m Sept1844 Lester Gray, surveyor of Ohio. Ch:
1. William Gray, b 17May1849 Alum Creek, m Hannah, dau Henry & Eliza T Benedict. He d Aug1917. Ch:
a. Loren Grey.
b. Dora Gray, b at Adrian, Mich., m John Blackwell. She d Nov 1917. Res, Hornwick, Iowa. Ch:
A) John Blackwell Jr. B) Daphne Blackwell, Res Wichita, KS. C) William Blackwell
c. Arthur Gray
d. Harry Gray, d Mar1918 No Ch.
2. Bennett Gray
3. Edgar Gray
4. Nobel Gray
5. Lydia Jane Gray, m Myron Hartley., Ch:
a. Lora Ruth Hartley, R 1310 Middle St. Wabash, Indiana


-- SandeeToo - 08 Jan 2010

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