Benedict Generations

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Norfolk, England
Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Benedict surname originates from the Latin word for blessing: "Benedictus". There have been Benedicts in England's Norfolk area since before the mid 1500's, a region located about 100 miles northeast of London, along the coast of the North Sea. There is a Benedictine church in the great city of Norwich that has been a place of worship for over 900 years and this could be the genesis of the family surname.

The earliest recorded English person of Benedict surname is George Benedict, born about 1518 at Tasborough, Norfolk, England. His son George, grandson William and great grandson Thomas lived in Norfolk, raising families.

Thomas Benedict, born in 1617, he was raised an only son. His mother he had lost early; his father marrying, for his second wife, a widow, who had a daughter, Mary Bridgham.

Fleeing the cruelties and oppressions of the Stuarts in England, in 1637 Thomas emigrated to the New Colonies of North America, accompanied in the same ship by Mary Bridgham, his step-sister. They married shortly after arrival in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, then moved to a new English settlement on Long Island, eventually removing to Danbury in the Commonwealth of Connecticut.

Thomas and Mary started the original North America Benedict family, raising five sons and four daughters; Thomas, John, Samuel, James, Daniel, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah and Rebecca.

This family is the original settler unit for over 90 percent of the Benedicts in North America.

The bibliography master references for Benedicts are found in the companion books, Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Volume I by Henry Benedict[1] and the subequenct volume Genealogy of the Benedicts in America, Volume II by Elwyn Benedict[2].

Other sources of information can be found at:

  1. "Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", by Henry M. Benedict; 1st pub. 1870; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC
  2. Genealogy of the Benedicts in America", Vol. II by Elwyn E. Benedict; 1st pub. 1969; orig. avail. at Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC.