Biography of Nathan Gregory Benedict

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Benedict, Nathan Gregory, deceased, was descended from (1) Thomas Benedict of Nottinghamshire, England, who landed at Boston in 1638, married Mary Bridgum, and spent the remainder of his life in Connecticut, serving for a time as lieutenant of militia under Governor Nichols. His son (2), James Benedict, was one of the eight original settlers of Danbury, Conn.; he married Sarah Gregory, a lineal descendant in the twenty-first generation from Sir John Gregory of Leicester, England, who was born about 1700. (3) Thomas Benedict, son of James and Sarah, was for thirty-one sessions a member of the Connecticut Legislature; and died July 4, 1776, aged eighty-two; he married Abigail Hoyt and had four sons, all of whom served in the Revolutionary war. One son (4), Capt. Elisha Benedict, born in 1736, was marshal of Albany county. N. Y., in 1771, and in 1774-75 was engaged in forming military companies in Vermont; while on a furlough he was captured by the British and Indians, taken to Canada, and kept a prisoner two and a half years. His five sons all served in the war of the Revolution. One of them (5), Elisha Benedict, jr., born in 1760, settled after the war near Saratoga. N. Y., removed to Steuben county, and died in Yates county in 1845. He married his first cousin, Thankful Gregory, a lineal descendant of Sir John Gregory, and their son (6), Nathan Gregory Benedict, Sr., born at Ballston, N. Y., in 1789, married Polly, daughter of Ezra Torrance, a Revolutionary soldier, and spent his active life in Steuben and Yates counties, dying in 1867. (7) Nathan Gregory Benedict, jr., was born in Yates county, N. Y., March 10, 1833, attended the district schools and the Prattsburg Academy in Steuben county, and spent his life as a teacher. He came to Buffalo about 1855, and until his death on September 13, 1892, was principal of one of the public schools of the city. His labors in this capacity covered a period of over thirty-five years. One of his chief characteristics was a clear and comprehensive presentation of subjects to his pupils and a fatherly regard for their physical welfare. He was a pioneer in developing the school circulating library, establishing in his school, No. 32, one of the finest and largest in the city. He was president of the V. M. C. A. about six years. was largely instrumental in causing the erection of their building on the corner of Pearl and Mohawk streets, and was prominent in establishing the Black Rock and German branches. He was a member of the Delaware Avenue M. E. church, and in politics was a Republican. On December 25, 1857, he married Gracia S., daughter of the late Rev. Stephen R. Smith (which see), who survives him. They had one son, Dr. A. L. Benedict, whose sketch appears on another page.



2nd from the same book.

Benedict, Nathan Gregory, was born in Jerusalem. Yates county, N. Y., March 10, 1833, and died in Buffalo, Erie county, N. Y., September 13, 1892. He attended in his boyhood the district schools, and spent several winters at Franklin Academy, Prattsburg, Steuben county, N. Y. He began teaching at seventeen in country schools, boarding around, building fires, etc., and receiving four or five dollars a week. Later be taught a private school in Penn Van, Yates county, for a year or more very successfully. He came to Buffalo in May, 1855, to take charge of School No. 2 on the Terrace, continuing there for seven years. He became principal of School No. 32 on Cedar street, near Clinton, in May, 1862, remaining in charge till his death in 1892. He spent thirty-seven years in these two schools, and his work has had a marked influence for good over the thousands of pupils who have passed them. He was a good disciplinarian, a thorough instructor, and personally interested in his pupils, so that he held their affection and respect. The cleanliness, order, quiet and high moral tone of his schools were always remarkable. He was a member of the M. E. Delaware Avenue church for many years. He was a very active and efficient member of the Y. M. C. A., of which he was president for five consecutive years, during which the fine building belonging to the association was erected, calling for much effort on his part, which added much to the ill health which was beginning to seriously affect him. He was married in 1857 to Gracia S. Smith, daughter of Rev. Stephen Rensellaer Smith.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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