Mary Brigham was a fellow passenger on the ship that brought her future husband, THOMAS BENEDICT, from England to Mass. Bay Colony in 1638. They were married shortly after they arrived.
She was the daughter of her husband's father's second wife (Mary was Thomas Benedict's step-sister), twenty-one years of age when they immigrated, and she lived to be 100 -- according to the "The Genealogy of the Bendicts of America" by Henry Marvin Benedict, 1870.
Her memories were told to her grandson, Deacon James Benedict of Ridgefield, who lived with Thomas & Mary Benedict. He put her memories into writing in the first history of the Benedict family in 1755.
From Thomas Benedict's will: "I do will and bequeath to my loueing wife Mary Bennidick my whole Estate, house and household, Lands, Cattle -- to use and despose according to ye controll and advise she, with my overseers afterwards mentioned, shall judge most during ye Time of her naturall Life...."
"Mary Benedict, ye Relickt of Thos Benedick Senr, late of Norwalk deceased, appeared before me, the 5th of November 1690, and attented upon oath yt according to ye best of her knowledge, ye above sd Inventory is a true Inventory. Signed Thomas Fitch, Comiss." Their sons, John & Samuel were named administrators of his estate along with their mother.
According to LaRue Olsen (2006), Mary Bridgham was baptized on 15 November 1618, Morningthorpe, Norfolk, England, daughter of John Bridgham and his first wife Grace.
Source of information: Olsen, LaRue. "English Origins of the First Thomas Benedict of Long Island and Norwalk, Connecticut." The Connecticut Nutmegger, v. 39, pages 353-366. December 2006.
Thomas Benedict (1617 - 1690)*
Thomas Benedict (1641 - 1688)*
Samuel Benedict (1645 - 1719)*
John Benedict (1649 - 1729)*
Mary Benedict Olmstead (1650 - 1693)*
East Norwalk Historical Cemetery
Plot: NO TOMBSTONE REMAINS
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Feb 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33581171