Family Tree: William Benedict III and Wife wed in 1585

Family Tree: William Benedict III and Wife wed in 1585 in Nottinghamshire, England

What will you find in this hub?

William Benedict III is one of my direct ancestors. The year of his birth, the year 1553, precedes the year of my birth by 405 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 III.

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William Benedict III tree
William Benedict III tree | Source

Family Tree: William Benedict III and Wife wed in 1585 in Nottinghamshire, England

Question and Answers:

Interviewer: What is your name?

William Benedict III: My name is William Benedict III.

Interviewer: When and where were you born?

William Benedict III: I was born in 1553 in Nottinghamshire, England.


The interview continues ...

Interviewer: Who were your parents?

William Benedict III: My father’s name was William Benedict II.

[My mother’s name is unknown.] As you have probably noticed, I was named after my father and my grandfather, William Benedict I.

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

William Benedict III: I was an only son. My father was also an only son. Additionally, my grandfather 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 III: (Name unknown)

Interviewer: What can you tell us about her?

William Benedict III: She was born presumably in England. It is unknown what year she was born.

Interviewer: When and where did you marry?

William Benedict III: We married in 1585 in Nottinghamshire, England.

Interviewer: What was your job?

William Benedict III: (Unknown information.)

Interviewer: Did you have any children?

William Benedict III: Yes. We had one son only. He was born in the same year we married in Nottinghamshire, England. We named him after me. His name was William Benedict IV.

Interviewer: Did you have any other children?

William Benedict III: [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 what year William Benedict III died; however, it is known that he died in Nottinghamshire, England.


William Benedict III chart only
William Benedict III chart only | Source
William Benedict III plus in-laws chart
William Benedict III plus in-laws 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 to Germany, 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 III

My many times over

Grandfather Benedict III

was the son of my

many times over plus one

Grandfather Benedict II

who was the son of my

many times over plus another one

Grandfather Benedict I.

All three of you shared

the first name of William.

All three of you did not preserve

records of your wife; therefore,

I have no clue about her first name,

her parentage,

or any other little personal details

that could mean so much.

However, you did share something

very, very special.

Each of you were an only son.

Each of you had just one son.

Once again,

whether or not

any of you had daughters,

that is not known to me.

One more thing you shared.

The great grandson of William I,

The grandson of William II,

The son of William III,

became William IV.

So your first name was shared

four times over.

Thankfully this fourth William

had records kept about him.

He too had an only son; however,

he gave this only son a different name.

This son started the tradition

of preserving the first name of Thomas

rather than William.

Your future granddaughter-in-law

was the one who kept

careful records about your son –

that fourth William

-William Benedict IV.

So Grandfather William Benedict III,

what do you have that you can teach me

that I don’t already know?

Or what might I know; however,

what new perspective can you give me

on this piece of knowledge or wisdom?

I would very much like to learn

what you have to teach,

oh, far off and many times over

Great, Great, …, Great Grandfather

of mine.

Out of the far-off distance

and far-off time,

I seem to hear or sense a voice

sharing with me what I really want to know.

This is what I believe I heard.

“Oh, Dear Great Granddaughter of mine,

how very different your life is to mine.

It is a different time, a different place,

even a different country.

During my time,

I did not then suspect

that my son and grandson

would someday be traveling

to that very country wherein you reside.

In fact, I was never to know that very thing,

as I had already passed over

to what you call the Other Side

when that very thing happened.

The greatest lesson I learned in life

is that love of family is of extreme importance.

Honor your father and mother.

Treat your fellow countrymen,

and yes, I will add, for your sake,

countrywomen with courtesy

and utmost respect.

Do not count yourself superior

or inferior to others.

We are all the same

and equal in God’s sight.

Perhaps some of this perspective

came from when I had already passed

to the Other Side.

God loves us all equally.

God loves us far more

than we even have the ability to perceive.

He created us to help one another.

He created us to reach out to one another.

He created us to embrace our unique talents

to the very depth of which we are capable.

Let nothing go to waste.

Every moment counts.

That is the wisdom that I am here

to share with you,

my Great Granddaughter of the future.

Please share these words with others

so that they too might benefit

and feel strengthened and buoyed

by God’s ever abiding love.

And now, I bid you adieu.”

Thank you so much,

my many times over

Great, Great, …, Great Grandfather

William Benedict III.

I will share your words through this poem.

May others receive the benefit of your wisdom.

May all of you walk and live in peace.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

It must fee so good to be able to trace your ancestry so far back and yet so frustrating not to be able to find the missing links. A good job done well


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Rosemay50, thank you so much for commenting. Yes, it is like working a jigsaw puzzle. It's exciting when you get another piece of the puzzle that fits and frustrating for all those missing pieces. My only hope is that someone will turn out to be a distant cousin and can help me fill in the gaps.

Have a lovely day,

Debbie


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

I love this stuff, my father in law does our family tree, and sometimes I feel like I am the only one that appreciates his hard work. My sis in laws don't have a clue what a treasure it is. He take the time to add to the volumes every year and even sends out a family birthday calender of relatives past and present. All the stories and diaries preserved with stories about settlers stories and such. Reading it from a school history book is not as personally moving and meaningful as a reading your own history.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 4 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

It sounds like you have a wonderful father-in-law. I bet he appreciates you!


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Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

It's great that you have done so much research on your "many times over" great grandfather, yet I know you remain curious about your "many times over" great grandmother. The poem is a nice tribute. Voted up.

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