Found in Benedict Bible Re: James Benedict
Probably written by Roselia Benton Benedict, passed down the generations by Olin Benedict, Hazel Benedict Bennett and Lynn Bennett. I came across a copy courtesy of Lynn's wife, Bea.
Roselia (b. 1846) was married to Marcus Wilbur Benedict (James's grandson and my first cousin 4x removed.) Hazel (b. ca. 1903) is Roselia’s granddaughter. James Benedict and Sarah St. John are my g4x grandparents.
submitted to dcnyhistory.org by Alison Thibodeau email@example.com
- posted to dcnyhistory.org website Dec 1, 2011
The story of the brilliant traitor Benedict Arnold commander at West Point during the Revolution and Major Andre who was sent by Sir Henry Clinton to arrange with Arnold the terms by which the great fortune was to have been delivered into the hands of the British, this is familiar to us all. We tremble when we think of Andre in the American lines. Tho the pass given by Arnold carried him through, yet ere he reached the British came one dark night three armed men came upon him. He was searched and at last in his boots the papers were found, then as a spy he was imprisoned and carefully guarded for ten days before being led to his execution. This story with all its details was heard over and over again by a young boy about 12 years old in vicinity of New Canaan, CT. His Uncle and Cousin were of the guard over Major Andre. This boy James Benedict of the 6th generation of Benedicts. His father James Benedict, his mother Thankful Lockwood grew to be our Grand Mother, no wonder he was patriotic? Could be, and willing to hear.
When 23 years old he was married to Sarah, daughter of Caleb St. John. Four children Sophia, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Mary were born before left New Cannan to come to Walton and clear a large farm and build a house where A.S. Louden now lives. He and his wife were 30 years old in the prime of life when they began to make this home on New Road. The first houses were usually constructed trees were felled, trimmed and cut into lengths. The ends notched to fit together a ridge pole, rafters, and strips of bark for the roof, a door a window—and the house was built. There was not much furniture for little could have been transported from the Mother state. There was of course an open fireplace with its long handled frying pan and cast iron bake kettle, strong iron spoons and Blue edged plates were among the dishes. Two more children Thankful and Caleb were born in the New house.
Our grandfather was of the sturdy race and himself was very strong with wonderful power of endurance after five days hard work. Barefooted he would walk for miles after a lost cow, not minding the darkness or storm. Frosty mornings in winter when others wore mittens to handle their log chains, he needed none. His hands were not cold. A new frame house soon replaced the log one for he prospered. But the fireplace was still on evidence and used for cooking.
One at least now present remembers the delicious fried cakes from the bake kettle over the fire. As a family the Benedicts were strong of intellect and benevolent in disposition. Like his ancestors, he was a man of ability, upright, public spirited, and religious.
When the Sabbath came the team was put to the wagon or sleigh and the family, with any neighbors who wished to go, was taken to the church at Walton.
About 19 years after moving to New Road, he helped to form a church society and later to erect a meeting house. The story comes to us that his ox team was one of those to draw the heavy flat stone at the entrance of the old church at Northfield now the property of Curtis Benedict.
The wife having suffered several years with paralysis of the throat died in 1836. In the years which followed her death, Aunt Sophia the maiden daughter was the house keeper in that hospitable home. His daughter Mary saw opened arms and she came home to live bringing her 2 youngest children.
But declining years brought their infirmities; and he grew hard of hearing but was still a faithful member several can remember how on Sundays carried a chair on the pulpit flat from where he could hear every word of that long sermon. He was a supporter of the church in every way. He always had money and was benevolent in its use.
He died in 1850 and buried in the Benedict burying ground beside his wife.