Zera Benedict

15 December 1806–27 July 1888 (Age 81)
Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States

The Life of Zera

When Zera Benedict was born on 15 December 1806, in Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States, his father, Enoch Benedict, was 32 and his mother, Mary Veeder, was 28. He married Matilda Cowles on 17 January 1834. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Millville Township, Clayton, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Iowa, United States in 1870. He died on 27 July 1888, in Jesup, Buchanan, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Cedar Crest Cemetery, Jesup, Buchanan, Iowa, United States.

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Zera Benedict
Matilda Cowles
Marriage: 17 January 1834
Mary Ann Benedict
Ella Benedict
Wesley Benedict
Reuben Weed Benedict
Susan Benedict
John Wesley Benedict
Livonia Benedict
Ella Eudora Benedict
E Benedict
Mary Benedict
James Benadict

Spouse and Children

17 January 1834


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 21

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 24

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from the medieval personal name Benedict (Latin Benedictus meaning ‘blessed’). This owed its popularity in the Middle Ages chiefly to St. Benedict of Norcia ( c.480–550 ), who founded the Benedictine order of monks at Monte Cassino and wrote a monastic rule that formed a model for all subsequent rules. No doubt the meaning of the Latin word also contributed to its popularity as a personal name, especially in Romance countries.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Zera Benedict, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Zera Benidict, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Zira Benedict, "United States Census, 1870"

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