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Thomas Benedict

Male Abt 1617 - Bef 1690  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Thomas Benedict  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1617  Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 18 Mar 1689/90  Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7
    • date of inventory
    Buried East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Notes 
    • It is said of Thomas Benedict, that he was born in 1617; that he was an only son... Mary Bridgum, came to New England in 1638, in the same vessel with Thomas, then in his twenty-first year. Soon after their arrival they were married, and finding the society and institutions of Massachusetts Bay congenial, they resided in that colony for a time... he soon sought the opposite shore of Long Island... Mary Benedict names Southold as his place of residence and birthplace of their five sons and four daughters... in 1649 he purchased a tract of land belonging to the town of Southold, called Hashamomack... It is certain, that in June, 1657 he was a resident of Huntington... he took to Norwalk... His name is one of forty-two who comprised the list of Freemen in 1669. He was the representative of Norwalk in the General Assembly in 1670 and again in 1675... . He was continued Town Clerk until 1674; and, after an interval of three years, was again appointed... His term of service as Selectman covers seventeen years, closing with 1688... In the Patent granted by the General Court in 1686, confirming the title of Norwalk to its territory, his name is inserted as a patentee... Until his settlement at Norwalk when he was nearly fifty years old, no one place appears to have held him long; and it is a remarkable thing that these changes of abode, each of which must have made him a new comer, never prevented his immediate preferment either in church or state affairs... No record can be found that indicates the day of his death ; one, of his Will, is extant, which states that he was "weak of body ;" "aged aboute 73 years ;" and that his Will was executed the "eight and twentieth feb.r, ano dominy 1689-90." An Inventory. of his Estate, in which he is described as "late deceased," was taken on the 18th of March in the same year; it is therefore quite certain that he died, at Norwalk, in the interval between those two dates.

      On 8 Oct 1649, Thomas Benidick, William Salmon, Henry Whitney and Edward Tredwell purchased a tract of land called Hashamommock in Southold, Long Island which is recorded in the town records of Southold, Vo. 1. p. 89.

      Magistrate, Jamaica, 1663; Lt., Dec. 1663. commissioner for Jamaica, 1664 (Conn. Col. appointment). Deputy to Hempstead Convention, 1665; Lt., Foot Company, Jamaica, Apr. 1665. Deputy (Norwalk) to Conn. leg., May 1670, May 1675. Town Clerk, Norwalk; Selectman, 17 terms. One of committee to plant Danbury, 1684.
      Son of William of co. Nottigham (sic), he was born about 1617; came to New England about 1638, settled in Southold, L.I., lived in Huntington and Jamica, L.I.; removed 1665 to Norwalk, where he died early in 1690. Deacon of church.
      Married Mary Bridgum.
      Will 28 Feb 1689/90; wife Mary; sons Daniel and John Benedict; grandchild Thomas son of daughter Elizabeth Slawson; son James Benedict; grandchild Elizabeth Slawson; grandchild Thomas Benedict; grandchild Samuel Benedict; grandchild John, eldest son of son John; Joanna Benedict (mentions her grandmother); daughter Rebecca Wood; daughter Sarah; grandchild Mary Olmsted; grandchild Hannah Benedict; sons John and Samuel Benedict, overseers. Inv. 18 Mar 1689/90

      Table of original grants of home-lots to the first settlers in Norwalk. Note- these records appear to have been made some twenty years and more after the grants. They are generally interspersed with other records from 1670 to 1690
      Thomas Benedick, Sen. (recorded March 1, 1669-70, having possessed it some years before), purchased of Mr. Hanford 1 acre 1 rood, of John Ruscoe 2 roods, of John Bowten 1 rood—4 acres. Bounded east by Mr. Handford's and John Ruscoe's, west by John Bowten, north by Town Highway, south by Richard Homes.

      Thomas Benedict, born about 1617, died 1690 in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Thomas was probably born in Norfolk, England as his mother Elizabeth was from Norfolk when she married second, John Bridgum. Thomas came to New England about 1638 along with his step-sister Mary Bridgum whom he later married about 1638/1639 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay. Mary was born about 1621 in England and died about 1721 in Connecticut. She was the stepsister of Thomas.

      Thomas Benedict, who was born in England in 1617, came to New England about 1638, and settled successively at Southold, Huntington, and Jamaica, Long Island, and at Norwalk, Conn., where he died between 28 Feb. 1689/90 (the date of his will) and 18 March following (the date of the inventory of his estate). Thomas Benedict, who was a prominent man in each of the towns in which he lived, married Mary "Bridgum," and by her had issue nine children [1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12]
    Person ID I16649  Mindrum
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2016 

    Father William Benedict,   b. by 1758, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Sep 1629, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth,   d. Dec  
    Family ID F11642  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Bridgham,   b. Abt 1621,   d. 1721, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 100 years) 
    Married Abt 1638/1639  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Thomas Benedict,   b. Abt 1641, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1688, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     2. John Benedict,   b. Abt 1643, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1729  (Age ~ 86 years)
     3. Samuel Benedict,   b. Abt 1645, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Mar 1719, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     4. James Benedict,   b. 6 Feb 1649/50, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1717, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years)
     5. Daniel Benedict,   b. Abt 1651, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1723, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     6. Mary Benedict,   b. Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 1693/1695
     7. Elizabeth Betty Benedict,   b. Abt 1653, Southold, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec
     8. Sarah Benedict,   b. Abt 1657,   d. Dec
     9. Rebecca Benedict,   b. Abt 1657,   d. Dec
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F11641  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Inventory Transcript
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Inventory Transcript
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Will Transcript
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Will Transcript
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Will
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Will
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Inventory
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - Inventory

    Histories
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - History
    Benedict, Thomas (1617-1690) - History

  • Sources 
    1. [S2770] Roberta B. Pierson, editor Mary Alice Benedict Grindol, Benedict/Hunloke/Hunlocke Connection.

    2. [S292] A Genealogy of the Families of John Rockwell of Stamford, Conn., 1641, and Ralph Keeler, of Hartford, Conn, 1639, James Boughton, (1903), p. 5.

    3. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:61.

    4. [S2755] The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870, Henry M. Benedict, (1870), p. 1.

    5. [S2755] The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870, Henry M. Benedict, (1870), p. 2.

    6. [S8487] Thomas Benedict Will and Inventory.

    7. [S2755] The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870, Henry M. Benedict, (1870), pp. 18-19.

    8. [S6231] www.findagrave.com.

    9. [S2755] The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870, Henry M. Benedict, (1870), pp. 1-24.

    10. [S286] S. Whitney Phoenix, (1878), p. 1.

    11. [S3661] Edwin Hall, (A. Selleck, 1865), p. 22, p. 24.

    12. [S4844] Note on Bridgham and Thomas Benedict of Norwalk, John Coddington.