Family Tree: William Benedict I and Wife wed about 1520

Family Tree: William Benedict I and Wife wed about 1520 in Nottinghamshire, England

What will you find in this hub?

William Benedict I is one of my direct ancestors. The year of his birth, the year 1500, precedes the year of my birth, by 458 years. He is my multiple great grandfather.

In this hub, you will find:

* Basic information about his birth, spouse, children, death, and other basic information. This is in the form of an interview.

* Information about his life from a variety of sources that will help fill in the blanks.

* A poem I wrote about William Benedict I.

Welcome to this hub!

William Benedict I tree
William Benedict I tree | Source

Family Tree: William Benedict I and Wife wed about 1520 in Nottinghamshire, England

Question and Answers:

Interviewer: What is your name?

William Benedict I: My name is William Benedict I.

Interviewer: When and where were you born?

William Benedict I: I was born in 1500 in Nottinghamshire, England.

The interview continues ...

Interviewer: Who were your parents?

William Benedict I: (Names Unknown)

Interviewer: Did you have brothers or sisters? If so, how many?

William Benedict I: I was an only son.

[It is not known if there were daughters; however, if this source was true, he was an only son.]

Source: “Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut”

Interviewer: Who did you marry?

William Benedict I: (Name unknown)

Interviewer: What can you tell us about her?

William Benedict I: She was born about 1500, the same as me. She was probably born in Nottinghamshire, England.

Interviewer: When and where did you marry?

William Benedict I: We married about 1520 in Nottingham, England.

Interviewer: What was your job?

William Benedict I: (Unknown information.)

Interviewer: Did you have any children?

William Benedict I: Yes. We had one son only. He was born about a year after we married in Nottinghamshire, England. We named him after me. His name was William Benedict II.

Interviewer: Did you have any other children?

William Benedict I: [It is not known if there were daughters; however, if this source was true, he was an only son.]

Source: “Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut”

It is not known where or what year William Benedict I died.

William Benedict I chart
William Benedict I chart | Source

From “Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut”

From “Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut,” the following is stated:

“BENEDICT, WILLIAM, in 1500, son WILLIAM, son WILLIAM, son THOMAS and MARY, all born in England. Tradition says the first William resided in Nottinghamshire, England about A.D., 1500, and was an only son, and he had an only son William, who resided in the same shire. This second William had also an only son William, in Nottinghamshire, who also had an only son Thomas, who was born in England, in 1617. He married Mary Bridgum, and was by trade a weaver. ... His father [William IV] married a second wife, Mrs. Bridgum (a widow), whose daughter Mary, married Thomas when of age, [1638]. Thomas Benedict and Mary came to Massachusetts, in the same vessel, and were soon after married. ...”

From: “History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.”

From: “History of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.” Compiled under the supervision of D. Hamilton Hurd. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co.,1881.

“From a period dating back toat least 1500, it is said that the first son of the Benedict family has been christened Thomas, and the first American progenitor, Thomas, was the only son for three successive generations, and transplanted the name from old to New England. He was born in 1617, ofreported Huguenot ancestry, and emigrated from England in 1638, marrying,shortly after his arrival, Mary Bridgum, his sister-in-law [should read step-sister] who came over in the same vessel with him. … “

From “The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America.”

From “The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America.” By Henry Marvin Benedict, Compiler of a Contribution to the Stafford Genealogy,Resident Member of the Albany Institute, and of the New York Genealogical andBiographical Society. Albany: Joel Munsell, 82 State Street, 1870

Thomas Benedict
“Among those Englishmen who went into voluntary exile, rather than endure the cruelties and oppressions of Stuarts in the State and Lauds in the Church, was Thomas Benedict, of Nottinghamshire. There is reason to suppose that his own remote ancestor hadmade England his refuge from religious persecution on the Continent. There was a tradition in his family which ran, that anciently they resided in the silk manufacturing district of France and were of Latin origin; that, Huguenot persecutions arising, they fled toGermany, and, thence, by way of Holland to England. …”

Poetry and Prose by Debbie Dunn
Poetry and Prose by Debbie Dunn | Source

A Poem about William Benedict I

Grandfather Benedict

I am your granddaughter many times removed.

You were born 458 years prior

to the year of my birth.

You were born and lived in England.

I have visited London, England three times in my life.

I never walked the same soil that you walked.

I never touched the places that you have touched.

But perhaps there is a drop of your blood

somehow running in my veins.

In any case, we share

some of the same DNA.

I know you had a wife.

I wish I knew her name.

I know you had one son

who you named your same name.

Did you have daughters?

Did they count?

Did you treasure girls, daughters, granddaughters?

Or were sons and grandsons the only descendants

who mattered to you?

I wish I could know

what you alone could teach me.

William Benedict I,

if you could reach beyond the grave

and share a nugget of wisdom

with your far-off granddaughter,

what, please Sir, would that be?

Reaching deep inside

my imagination, I sense a voice

who says to me

“Granddaughter, do your duty

to your family.

Do your duty to your community.

Reach out to serve others

the best that you are able.

That is the nugget of wisdom

that I would have you always recall.”

Thank you to my far-off grandfather

for sharing this time

with your granddaughter of future years

May you truly rest in peace.




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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed your interesting poem and this Hub. I see you are from Mosheim. I have cousins in Kingsport, David and Johnnie Hennessee. Nice people.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Hi, James,

My parents live in Kingsport. I spent over many years in that city. I wish you and your cousins all the best. Thanks for your feedback.

Best wishes, Debbie


Saskia 23 months ago

mpori o skino8etis tous na trivi ta xeria pos o apostolh toys ftani sto telos....ma kai tou siragfea oi aggeloi akonizoun ta spa8ia tous....o siragfeas sto telos tou ergou ''alla'' xamperia tous exei.


Klondike 23 months ago

The paragon of untndsraeding these issues is right here!


Rocky 23 months ago

That's an ineelligtnt answer to a difficult question xxx

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