|Birth: ||1617, England|
|Death: ||Mar., 1690|
According to the memories of Mary Brighum Benedict, the wife of Thomas Benedict, as told to and recorded by her grandson, Deacon James Benedict of Ridgefield, Conn., the great grandfather of Thomas Benedict I was William Benedict of Nottingham, England. He had an only son, William Benedict, who had an only son, William Benedict. Thomas was the only son of the last William Benedict(#3).
Thomas was born in 1617 in England, was apprenticed to a weaver, and came from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637/1638 in his 21st year of age along with his father's second wife's daughter by her first marriage (his step-sister), MARY BRIGHUM (BRIGHAM). They were probably married around 1639/40 since all of the children were born in Long Island, New York beginning in 1641.
They first lived at Hashamommock near Southold, L. I., New York. In 1649 Thomas Benedict along with my ancestor, HENRY WHITNEY, millright, and Edward Treadwell purchased land of William Salmon, and had the first mill on the east side of Tom's (named after Thomas) Creek in Hashamommock. It was just a few rods more than two miles east of the First Church of Southold & two miles east of Southold Station of the L. I. RR. In 1650, he along with three others were commissioned by the court to examine the complaints of Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegan Indians, and act as arbitrators.
Thomas Benedict and some others living near Southold petitioned the General Court at New Haven, requesting to join them and asking their protection. On May 12 1662, the Court granted the petition and confirmed Jonas Wood and Thomas Benedict to act on behalf of the government. The same year, he was appointed to lay out the south meadows, and was given a home lot.
Trusted and respected by the Dutch, on March 20, 1663, he was appointed to be a magistrate for the Dutch Governor, Styvesant. On Dec. 3, 1663, "Goodman Benedick" was elected Lieutentant of the town of Jamaica, L. I. He was given a ten acre lot beyond the Rocky Hollow under the Hills to the east of Jamaica.
An educated man, "Thomas Benndyck" signed his name as a witness to a bill of sale. A copy of his signature can be seen in "The Genealogy of Thomas Benedict" by Henry Benedict. In 1664, he was made a freeman in "Jamaicoe" and was nominated as a commissioner for the town. The same year, Thomas Benedict and others petitioned Richard Nichols, Gov. under his Royal Highness the Duke of York, for permission to settle a plantation upon the river in New Jersey, a tract of land purchased from the Indian Sachem at Staten Island on October 28, 1664. The governor granted their petition, and a group from Jamaica was sent to colonize the place now called Elizabeth City, New Jersey.
At the first legislative body to convene in New York on February 28, 1665, Daniel Denton & Thomas Benedict were sent as delegates from Jamaica. He was appointed lieutenant of the Foot Company of Jamaica by Gov. Nichols.
When New York was finally taken over completely by the English, Thomas Benedict, whose real allegiance was to New Haven Colony, decided to leave Long Island and migrate to Norwalk along with all of his children and their families. In 1668 he sold his land in Long Island to Thomas Rider and purchased land in Norwalk in 1669. He was a Selectman of the town for seventeen years, a Representative to the General Court, and was Town Clerk for Norwalk until 1674. In 1671 John Platt & Thomas, Sr. were appointed to lay out the last division of land and also the home lots. His estate was worth 150 pounds in 1673 and 153 pounds in 1687. In 1684, he along with three others was appointed to plant a town above Norwalk or Fairfield at Paquiage (now called Danbury). His sons, Samuel & James, and six others with their families settled there. He was named a patentee of Norwalk in the Patent granted by the General Court in 1686.
No known record can be found that indicates the day of his death. His will was dated February 28, 1689/90 in Norwalk, Conn., and the inventory of his estate was on March 18, the same year, also in Norwalk.
The children of THOMAS & MARY (BRIGHAM) BENEDICT:
THOMAS II, my ancestor
ELIZABETH (BENEDICT) Slawson
SARAH (BENEDICT) Beebe
Mary (Benedict) Olmstead
Rebecca (Benedict) Wood
Mary Brigham Benedict (1617 - 1717)
Thomas Benedict (1641 - 1688)*
John Benedict (1649 - 1729)*
Mary Benedict Olmsted (1650 - 1693)*
East Norwalk Historical Cemetery
Plot: NO TOMBSTONE REMAINS
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Jan 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33427648