Biography of Jewett Benedict
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Benedict, Jewett, a farmer and fruit grower of Starkey, and a native of Steuben County, N. Y., born June 19, 1843, is a son of Lewis and Catherine (Hendricks) Benedict, both natives of Sullivan County, N. Y. The father was born in 1805. Of their nine children four survive: Mary J., wife of Harrison Horton; Harriet M., widow of Marcus J. Hilton, of Bradford County, Pa; Delia M., wife of J. M. Shoemaker. The father learned the blacksmith trade and followed the same for thirty years, after which he engaged in farming and stock raising. He died in 1878. The mother makes her home with her son Jewett, and is eighty six years of age. Jewett Benedict was educated at the Dundee Academy. In 1851 he came with his parents to the farm where he now lives. In 1862 he joined the Union army, enlisting in the One Hundred and Twenty sixth New York Infantry, serving but a short time, when he was discharged for disability. In 1863 he was drafted, reenlisted and served until the close of the war in 1865. November 13, of the same year, he married Julia E. Rogers, a native of Illinois, born July 12, 1844. Her father built the first steam saw mill in Chicago, Ill., and made the first set of chairs manufactured there. Mr. and Mrs. Benedict have three children, Lewis H., Millie M., and Fernwood. In 1855 he formed a partnership in the grocery business with his brother Wesley, at Dundee, where he continued until the fall of 1862 when he sold out before entering the army. After the war he engaged in farming until 1867, when he moved to Caidwell County, Mo., remaining until 1870, when he returned to New York to his old home and commenced fruit farming.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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