Lewis Benedict is said to have been born in November 1785. He was the first son born to the marriage of Uriah and Ruth Rockwell Benedict who had migrated west from Fairfield County, Connecticut. By 1790, his father had settled their budding family in Ballstown.
In January 1812, Lewis married Albany native Susan Stafford. By 1830, the marriage had produced at least eight children.
Beginning with the first issue in 1813, the Albany city directories listed his residence at 51 Lydius Street and his store at 3 State Street. At the same time, the "widow of Uriah" Benedict (probably his sister-in-law) was listed nearby at 38 Dock Street.
This individual was a merchant in partnership with his in-laws, the Staffords, until 1825 when finally he left that business. He was months shy of his fortieth birthday. We must summarize his subsequent life and career after that time.
Sources: The life of Lewis Benedict is CAP biography number 7306. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. The basic family-based resource is Henry Marvin Benedict, The Genealogy of the Benedicts in America (Albany, NY, 1870).
Confusion abounds in the assignment of information between this individual who died in 1862 and a much younger but same-named Union army officer who was killed in Louisiana in 1864.
first posted: 10/30/11