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Daniel's signature from his will when he was 52 and ill. Daniel used a different style of "e" than his paternal ancestors back to Thomas, but it was also one that was outdated for his generation.


.....He may have been the Sgt. Daniel Benedict who served in Capt. Samuel Hanford's Company of Col. Jonathan Hoyt's regiment when they marched north on the alarm of the French attack on Fort William Henry on Lake George, NY, in August 1757. He served for 16 days, but it isn't recorded in the muster rolls if they reached the fort or any other activity.(1)

The will of Daniel Benedict:

In the name of God amen, I Daniel Benedict of Norwalk in the County of Fairfield being thro' the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho' weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my last will and testament and desire it may received by all as such. First I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits and mediation of my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ blessed be God. I give my body to the earth form whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day and as to worldly estate my will is that out of my movable estate so much as my executors shall think best be paid all my just debts and funeral expences and the charge of the execution of these presents, and if not anuff to sel land or real estate until their be any the rest of my estate I dispose of as followeth.

(viz) To my dearly beloved wife Phebe for her improvement as long as she remains my widow I will bequeath and demise one third part of my dwelling house and barn as she shall chuse and one third part of all my lands and meadows and also one third part of any movable estate during her life

Item to my beloved children begotton of my body I will bequeath and demise the whole of my lands and buildings with incumbrances? And one third part of them as ling as their mother remains my widow to be devided among them as follows

To each of my sons three parts of my estate and to each of my daughters one part of my estate

Item to my beloved son Daniel for his us and benefit I will bequeath and demise five acres of land lying at Hayes field so called bounded south by Ezra Benedicts land east by John Benedicts land north by my land and west by highway for the consideration of twenty five pounds

Item to my beloved son John for his use and benefit I will bequeath and demise his dweling house and half an acre of land adjoining it for the consideration of twenty five pounds.

I will that my two younger sons to wit Azariah and Eri be made equal with my two elder sons Daniel and John.

Finally I nominate constitute and appoint John Benedict [disappears in paper fold, but probably says "Junior," as explained below] of Norwalk and Daniel Benedict Junior of Norwalk my executors of this my last will and testament revoking and disanuling all and other wills whether written or nuncupative and declareing this and none other to my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this 9th day of October Anno Domini 1776.

[witnesses] Hezekiah Benedict
Nathaniel Gray
James Benedict

Daniel Benedict


On 3 March 1777 the Norwalk Town Clerk recorded that John Benedict, Jr., came to him and accepted his executorship. The fold in the will that obscured John's name in the will probably covers "Junior." No mention is made of Daniel, Jr., who may have been sick by that time. He died later that year.

An inventory of the estate of Daniel Benedict late of Norwalk Decd. appraised by us the subscribers being sworn for that purpose and is as followeth viz.

blue great coat 0"15"0
broad cloth coat 1"0"0
home made do. brown 11"0
blue cloth jacket 7/6 old blue do 4/ 11"6
yellow do. 4/ linning do. 2/6 6"6
1 pr. old leather breeches 7"0
1 pr. do 20/ black velvet do. 10/ 1"10"0
sagathe do. 10/ blue do. old 2/6 12"6
blue jacket 8/ beaver hat 20/ 1"8"0
periwig 2/6 striped linning jacket 2/6 5"0
serge coat 18/ old homemade do. 6/ 1"4"0
yellow jacket 8/6 brown do. 5/ 13"6
striped linning do. 1/6 1"6
pr leather breeches 10/knit do. 2/6 12"6
old serge do. 1/6 black do 1/3 2"9
blue striped linning jacket 1"0
broad cloth do. 8/ great coat 12/ 1"0"0
chest 4/6 white linning shirt 11/ 15"6
3 old chex do. 1/6 two woolen do. 4/ 5"6
5 pr yarn stockens 8"0
2 pr worsted do. 5/ 2 pr. linning do. 4/ 9"0
18 [lbs] of good puter 1"1"0
4 [lbs] old puter 3/6 quart pot 2/6 6"0
pint do. 1/ iron pot 4/ small do. 2/ 7"0
iron kettle 2/ broken do. /6 2"6
frying pan 2/ warming pan 3/ 5"0
2 trammels 5/6 peel & tongs 3/6 9"0
small do 2/9 cast hand iron 2/ 4"9
1 pr. hand irons 4/6 grid iron 2/6 7"0
toasting iron 1/ large brass kettle wt 25 [lbs] 43/ 2"4"0
smaller do. wt 16 [lbs] 16/ small do wt 4 [lbs] 4/6 1"0"6
tin ware 2/ 7 puter spoons /9 2"9
looking glass 15/ broken do. /6 15"6
great chair 3/6 6 bannister back do. 16/6 1"0"0
6 slat back do. 15/ 6 old do. 6/ 1"1"0
tea kettle 5/ tea canister /6 5"6
mettle tea pot 2"6
cups & saucers milk pot & spoons 1"6
earthon plates & cups 1/ dishes 32/ 1"13"0
chest with 1 draw 12"0
square table 2/ round do. 7/6 9"6
large square do. 3/ small stand /9 3"9
great wheel 6/ old do. 3/ 9"0
2 dutch wheels 9/ clock reel 2/ 11"0
brass skimmers & ladle 2"0
small stilyards 2/6 saddle bags 12/ 14"6
pr. boots 12/ old do. 8/ 2 pr. shoes 9/6 1"9"6
gun 20/ sword 3/ frye pan 3/ 1"6"0
2 seder pails 1/6 4 old do. 1/ 2"6
5 milk pans 1/3 tray 1/ seder tub 1/6 3"9
wooden bowls 1/ 3 old lat tubs 1/6 2"6
half bushel measure 1"6
1 corn basket & 2 small do. 1/ 2"0
hogshead tub 1/ 2 small do. 1/ 2"0
old hogshead 1/ flat iron 1/6 2"6
5 syder barrels 7/6 s meat d0. 4/6 12"0
seder tub 1/ 2 small cags 2/6 3"6
old cask & tubs in ye chamber 8"0
best feather bed boulsters & pillows & underbed at 36 [lbs] 2"0"0
bedsted and cord 8"0
black & white coverled 10"0
red & blue do. 7/6 blue & white do. 6/ 13"6
white blanket 5/ striped do. 6/ 13"6
old white do. 2/ striped do. 2/ rag do. 3/ 7"0
bed quilt 4/6 pr. sheets no. 1 10/ 14"6
do. no. 2 10/ do. no. 3 10/ do. no. 4 4/ 1"4"0
do. no. 5 3/ do. no. 6 11/ do. no. 7 9/ 1"3"0
do. no. 8 8/ 1 pr small do. no. 9 3/ 11"0
huckeback table cloth 2/6 plain do. 1/6 4"0
old do. 1/3 3 huckeback nalkins 2/ 3"3
3 old towels 0"9
small bed boulsters & pillows wt 18 [lbs] 12"0
1 feather bed boulsters & pillows wt 29 [lbs] &underbed 1"5"0
bedsted & cord 4/ do. & underbed 9/ 13"0
old hat 4/ water pot 4/ 8"0
saddle & bridle 27/ do. 18/ 2"5"0
sundry books 12/ old pillion 2/ 14"0
narrow ax 5/ do. 3/ old hoe 1/ 9"0
nail hammer /9 spike gimblet /4 1"1
47 [lbs] of old iron 7"0
ox chain wt 12 [lbs] 5/ 5"0
crow bar wt 17 [lbs]
corn fan and riddle 11"0
5 [lbs] of iron 1/6 1 [lbs] steel 1/ 2"6
small ox plow and irons 9"0
ox cart 100/ old iron shovel 1/ 5"1"0
iron fetters 4/ close basket 1/ 5"0
sythe & furniture 6"6
steele sythe 1"6
abt 50 bushl. of corn in the ears 5"10'0
2 old meal trays 0"9
hetchel 11/3 ptuch fork 1/ rake /9 13"0
old slay and furniture 8"0
2 pr. horse geers 4"0
old yoke and iron 2"0
abt 12 bushels flax seed 2"5"0
7 [lbs] coarse wool 5/ 4 old bags 4/ 9"0
3 old candlesticks 0"6
old ox plow and irons 5"6
stone sled 4"6
corn riddle /6 old chest 3/ 3"6
1 feather bed at 26 [lbs] boulsters & pillows 1"10"0
blanket 5"0
black horse..15"0"0
brown mare 6"0"0
gray mare 9"0"0
[?] pr. 3 year old steers 10"10"0
fat cow 85/ black white faced do. 65/ 7"10"0
brown white faced do. 3"0"0
5 sheep 30/ 4 fat hogs 170/ 10"0"0
3 small pigs 17"0
black white faced cow 3"5"0
black cow 3"0"0
black paide steer 1 yr old 2"0"0
brindle do. 37/6 red paide do. 37/6 3"15"0
yellow do. 37/6 3 calves 67/6 5"5"0
gray colt 120/ brown do. 120/ 12"0"0
hay and fodder in the barn 15"0"0
abt. 60 bushl. wheat in the barn 16"10"0
abt. 20 bushl. oats in the barn 2"0"0
flax a rolling 4"7"6
abt 5 acres of wheat & rye on ye ground 8"0"0
hay in the barn at Canaan 5"0"0
wheat at Canaan 4"10"0
oats 60/ rye 11/3 3"11"3
abt. 30 acres of land in the homestead and buildings 200"0"0
abt. 1 acre of salt meadow on the west side of Stuart's Creek 5"0"0
abt. 3 acres of salt & fresh meadow on the west side of said creek 9"0"0
abt. 3 acres of sedge flat near Liberty Pond 12"0"0
4 acres of land near Keeler's Mill 30"0"0
abt. 12 acres of land on the east side of the road at Canaan 60"0"0
abt. 20 acres of land on the west side of the road at Canaan at 75/ 75"0"0
barn & abt. acre of land adjoyning 20"0"0
flax at Danl. Seymore's 18"0
sugar pail 2"6
21 [lbs] tanned leather 1"10"0
yoke and iron 3"0
tann'd calf skin 4"0
3 run linning yarn 3"0
1 pr. pillow cases no. 1 1/6 do. no. 2 2/ 3"6
do. no. 3 1/ do. no. 4 1/3 do. no. 5 1/ 3"3
womans saddle 2"5"0
corn fan 15"0
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636"8"5

cash 34"19"0
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671"7"5

abt. 6 yards of worsted cloth 1"1"0
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672"8"5

John Carter
Saml. Gruman

appraisers under oath



children of Daniel and Phebe (Wood) Benedict:

i. Daniel b. 1749
ii. Azariah b. or bap. 18 November 1750, died young
iii. John b. or bap. 2 February 1752
iv. Phebe
v. Azariah bap. 12 June 1757
vi. Ann b. or bap. 4 November 1759
vii. Elizabeth b. or bap. 6 June 1762
viii. Asenath b. or bap. 26 August 1764
ix. Mary b. or bap. 10 May 1767, died young
x. Eri b. or bap. 15 April 1770
xi. Mary b. or bap. 22 January 1775 (perhaps dau. of Daniel, Jr.?)



vital records sources: Daniel's marriage in Huntington is recorded in the Norwalk town records?, where Phebe is noted as being from Huntington. Is it also in the Huntington town records? Daniel wrote his will on 9 October and it was presented at court on 30 October 1776. Being only 52 and knowing he was ill enough to die, he may have died of small pox, which had spread across the East Coast at that time.

1. Connecticut Historical Society Collections, vol. IX, French & Indian War Rolls 1755-1757, vol. 1.

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