THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   SAMUEL B. BENEDICT, a prominent farmer of the town of Lebanon, was born in that town, March 5, 1825. He is a son of Elijah Wescott Benedict, who was born in the town of Otego, Otsego County, August 4, 1799. His father, Zar Benedict, formerly a resident of Connecticut, came thence to Otsego County, New York, and lived for a time in the town of Otego, removing afterward to the town of Lebanon, Madison County, settling in the vicinity of Lebanon Centre. In addition to farming, he kept public house for a number of years, residing on his farm until his death. Elijah W. Benedict was a young man when his father came to Madison County. He assisted on the farm and in the hotel until he attained his manhood, when he himself settled on a farm in South Lebanon, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying there August 26, 1881, at the age of eighty-two years. The maiden name of his wife, the mother of the subject, was Lois Harrison. She was a daughter of Daniel Harrison, of Chautauqua, County, New York. She reared eight children, namely: Elizabeth R., born November 19, 1823; Adah L., born April 23, 1827; Thirza E., born February 20, 1829; Sarah R., born February 14, 1831; Mariette D., born April 25, 1836; Ur ula H., born August 15, 1839; Lucy A., born January 9, 1843; and Franklin J., born June 8, 1850.
   Samuel B. Benedict attended school in his youthful days, and worked upon the farm until he was eighteen years old, when he commenced teaching school, and taught six winter terms. The rest of the year he was engaged in farming. Remaining at home with his parents until his marriage, he then settled on the farm in South Lebanon which he now owns and occupies. The name of his first wife was Louisa A. Foot; and she was a daughter of James W. and Lovisa Foot, of Otselic, Chenango County. By her he had one child, a daughter--Addie, wife of E. D. Squires, of Milford, Otsego County. Mr. and Squires have three children; namely, Ida, Lula, and Eldora. Mrs. Benedict died November 12, 1863. For his second wife Mr. Benedict married Julia L., only daughter of James E. and Lucy Cady, of Lebanon, by whom he has four children; namely, L. Angela, Agnes V., Edith M., and M. Ernestine. Angela is the wife of Walter F. Ingalls, of Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls have two children--Ruth B. and Raymond F. And Agnes V. is the wife of George W. Osborne, of Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Osborne have two children-Dorothy E. and Robert H.
   Mr. and Mrs. Benedict are members of the Baptist church, and in politics Mr. Benedict is a Republican. He is a man in whom the people place confidence, as is evident from their having elected him to a position on the district School Board and having made him Town Collector, and about ten years ago having elected him Justice of the Peace, which office he holds at the present time. He was a successful teacher of vocal music and a choir leader for about eighteen years. Mr. Benedict was one of the patriots of the Civil War, enlisting in April, 1861, at the first call for troops, and being mustered in as principal musician of the Twenty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, remaining in that position until he was mustered out. He was present with his regiment through all its marches, campaigns, and battles, including the battle of Antietam, after which he was honorably discharged, and came home to take up again the duties of the private citizen, which he had laid down to aid his country in its struggle with armed treason and rebellion.

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