JAMES D. BENEDICT was born in the stone house about one mile from Warwick, Orange County, September 2, 1834.
His father, William Smith Benedict, purchased the Wickham farm about 1839 and continued to operate it for many
years. He removed to Warwick in April, 1867, and remained there until his death, September 22, 1883. James attended
the district school and the Florida Institute. He assisted his father on the farm during his younger days and has
always made farming his occupation. He removed to Warwick in 1871, remaining there about nine years, when he again
took up his residence on the Wickham farm, where he resided until his death, which occurred February 17, 1898.
He was a member of the Grange, a prosperous farmer and a good citizen. Mrs. Benedict has presented the International
Sunshine Society with a plot of land on her farm near Wisner; on which the society will erect a bungalow costing
about $2,000. The plot is beautifully located, presenting a fine view of the surrounding country. On it is a spring
that never freezes, supplying an abundance of pure water. The place is to be known as "The James D. Benedict
Sunshine Rest Home."
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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