Biography of Mrs. L. Benedict (w/o Lyman)
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Benedict, Mrs. L., is the widow of the late Lyman Benedict, whose death in 1876 was a source of universal regret. He was a man of decided character and possessed those noble and generous qualities which have served to embalm his memory in the hearts of both young and old. He was a liberal supporter of the Presbyterian church, where his memory still lingers as a benediction. He was born in 1805, son of a farmer who died when Mr. Benedict was small, leaving a large family. They were very poor but the mother, heroine that she was, maintained a home, keeping the flock together. Mr. Benedict learned the mason trade and came to Hoosick Falls about 1830, engaging in building and contracting, and most of the factories and many brick houses were erected under his supervision. He was also an extensive contractor on the Fitchburgh Railroad and its bridges. He was a member of the Wood Machine Co. from its organization, and erected in 1874 a handsome residence. He allied himself in 1839 to one of the first families of this place by his marriage to Caroline E. Bishop. She is of English ancestry, a daughter of the late William Bishop, who was also born here. Her grandfather, Nathaniel Bishop, was one of the first settlers here.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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