Thankful Buell

25 June 1820–1861 (Age 40)
Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Thankful

When Thankful Buell was born on 25 June 1820, in Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Timothy Buell, was 41 and her mother, Thankful Olmstead, was 35. She married Washburn Benedict about 1840, in Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in La Grange, Cass, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died in 1861, at the age of 41.

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Washburn Benedict
Thankful Buell
Marriage: about 1840
Timothy B Benedict
John Emery Benedict

Spouse and Children

    Washburn Benedict



about 1840
Michigan, United States


    Timothy B Benedict


    John Emery Benedict


Parents and Siblings



World Events (7)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 5

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 12

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: variant of Bowell .2 Dutch: occupational name for a hangman.

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

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Sources (3)

  • T Benedict in household of W Benedict, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thankfull Benedect in household of Washburn Benedect, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Thankful Bael in entry for John Benedict and Blanche Wells, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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