Fred W. Benedict Family
Frederick Weston Miner was born 5 Sept. 1866 in Norwich, Chenango Co., NY; he died 25 April 1942 in Savona, Steuben Co., NY. Fred Weston Miner was the son of Sereno W. Miner and Sarah Louise Williams. His father, Sereno Miner died in 1870 when Frederick was only 4 years old. His mother, Sarah Louise (Williams) Miner married (2) Frank E. Benedict in 1872 in Canton, Bradford Co., PA. Frederick assumed the name Benedict from his step-father, Frank E. Benedict. Frederick W. Benedict married (1) Estelle "Stella" Tubbs 31 Jan 1887 in Bath, Steuben Co., NY; Estelle was born 17 July 1869 in Bath, NY; she died 2 Aug 1905 in Bath, NY. She is buried in the Grove Cemetery, Bath, NY. Fred & Estelle (Tubbs) Benedict had 7 children. Estelle Benedict died just three months prior to the death of her son, Fred Vincent.
Below are the children from Fred Benedict's "First" Family with Estelle Tubbs.
• Elizabeth R. "Lizzie" (1888 - 13 Aug 1890)
• Margaret (1888 - 6 Mar 1891)
Genevieve "Jennie" (30 Aug 1891 - 3 Dec 1906)
• Benedict Daughter (1 Apr 1894 - 2 Oct 1894)
Marjorie Juanita (24 Mar 1896 - 10 Oct 1957)
• Esther Frances (19 Jun 1899 - 1977)
Fred Vincent (7 Jun 1905 - 1 Nov 1926)
Marjorie Juanita
Marjorie Juanita Benedict, born March 24, 1896 in Bath, New York, was the fifth child born to Fred Weston Miner Benedict and Estelle Tubbs. Marjorie had three sisters, Lizzie, Genevieve and Esther Frances, and a brother, Fred Vincent. Marjorie's mom, Estelle, died in 1905 when Marjorie was just nine years old. She married Earl Dobrott and later moved out west to southern California. Marjorie was trained as a nurse. She died Oct. 10, 1957 in California and is survived by her two sons, Donald and Marshall. This photo was taken when Marjorie was about 20 years old, circa 1916.
Fred Vincent Benedict
Fred Vincent Benedict, only son of Fred & Estelle (Tubbs) Benedict was accidentally killed by his cousin, Robert Gleckner, while hunting. Wellsboro Gazette, Thursday, Nov. 11, 1926: "Canton Youth Fatally Shot While Hunting: Vincent Benedict, aged 21 years, a grandson of Frank Benedict of Canton, was accidentally fatally shot by his cousin, Robert Gleckner, Jr. late Monday afternoon while hunting. The accident occurred at South Mountain back of West Leroy. According to reports of the accident, Gleckner was breaking his gun to eject a shell when the weapon discharged the shot lodging in Benedict’s thigh, severing veins and arteries and causing a great loss of blood before the flow could be stopped. The youth was an ardent sportsman and the past two years had spent a great deal of time hunting. Besides his grandfather, the youth is survived by three aunts, Mrs. Robert Gleckner and Misses Maude and Hattie Benedict, all of Canton."
Fred & Verna 1938

On Dec. 27, 1909 Fred Weston Benedict married Verna Deming Crandle of Canton, PA. She was the daughter of Job Robards Crandle and Martha Rosette Barnes. They had seven children together: Rosette Gertrude (1910 - 1912), Janet (1912 - 2008), Weston (1914 - 1988), Ellen (1915-2014), Martha (1917-2011), Job Crandle "Cran" (1920 - 1991), & Willliam "Bill" (1922 - 1995). Verna Benedict was 43 years old when she had her last child. The couple lived in Bath, Sonora, 'on the hill' between Sonora and South Bradford, and later in Savona, New York. Fred Benedict died 25 April 1942 in Savona, NY.

Janet Wes Ellen 1916
The first three children born to Fred & Verna (Crandle) Benedict were Janet, Weston & Ellen who were all born in Bath, NY. All the children were given the middle name of Crandle. Photo taken in approximately 1916.
Benedict kids 1921
This picture of the Benedict children was taken in approximately 1921. Pictured here are Janet, Weston, Ellen, Martha, and baby, Job Crandle "Cran" Benedict who was born in Sonora, New York, 30 May 1920.
Ellen 1925 Bradford Hill
Pictured here at Fred and Verna's second farm at Bradford Hill, Steuben County, New York, is Ellen Crandle Benedict circa 1928. The second farm was on the Sonora-Bradford Road. It was up the hill from their first "Valley Farm" in Sonora. Fred and Verna sold cream and eggs, raised pigs for winter meat for the family and in the spring tapped maple trees for sap which was made into maple syrup. There was also a field of black raspberries which the children helped to pick.
Ellen 1934 Long Beach
Ellen left New York in 1933 for sunny California. She went to stay with a friend of her mother's, Eleanor Burrell, and her children in Long Beach, California. Besides being a nanny to Mrs. Burrell's two boys, Ellen attended Long Beach Junior College for $5.00 per semester! After junior college she moved to the Westwood campus of U.C.L.A. and graduated in the spring of 1939. Ellen models a stylish outfit she created and crafted herself. Ellen passed away April 1, 2014. Click on this link for her obituary.
Bendict Siblings 1938
During the summer of 1938 Ellen went back to New York to visit with her family. It turned into a very special family reunion which they held in Syracuse, New York. Pictured here on the left are sisters, Martha, Janet, and Ellen Benedict. On the right are the brothers, Cran, Weston and Bill Benedict. Ellen met her future husband, Howard Wilson, on this trip.
Benedict Family 1938
The family together in 1938 for a family reunion in Syracuse, New York. Seated on steps are Janet, Billy & Ellen Benedict; next row up is Fred, Verna & Martha Benedict; top row are Cran & Weston Benedict.
Verna Crandle 1902

Verna Deming Crandle, daughter of Martha Rosette Barnes and Job Robards Crandle, born April 30, 1879 in Grover, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. She was the seventh child of nine children. This picture was taken in 1902. The notes on the back of this picture describe the construction of her dress: "Dress pink voile--black lace, case knife pleating ruffle on bottom. Also wore a bustle and 4 petticoats, each measuring at least 4 yards around the bottom-- dress 4 and one half yards at bottom." Verna was 30 years old when she married Fred W. Benedict in 1909. Photo of Verna Benedict's headstone at East Canton Cemetery, Canton, Pennsylvania. She died 11 October 1967.

Fred Benedict in Choir Robes

"As a young man, Dad had a beautiful tenor voice. I never heard about voice lessons so this talent must have come naturally to him. His three sisters also had unusual musical ability. We have pictures of Dad in the choir robes of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, New York. I don’t know how long he sang in that choir. When our family moved from Bath to a farm in Sonora about 1916, it was too far to go to Bath to sing in the choir. However, there was a small Methodist Church in Sonora that the family attended. Once in a while during a special church service, my father would sing a solo accompanied by my mother at the piano". (Memories by Ellen Benedict) Also, see Memories of Dad.

Aunt Hattie Benedict
Harriet "Hattie" Louise Miner was the third child born to Sereno Weston Miner and Sarah Louise (Williams) Miner. Hattie was Fred W. Benedict's sister. She was born 3 June 1869 in Norwich, Chenango Co., NY. She died 19 June 1954 and is buried in the Main Street Cemetery in Canton, PA. Because she was "adopted" by her step-father, Frank E. Benedict, she used the name Hattie Benedict. Her step-father, Frank E. Benedict was a local photographer in Canton, PA. "Miss Hattie was a musician and artist and well-known in Canton. She has the type of voice known as lyric soprano - a light and clear voice. She began her study in Syracuse, later continuing with a Professor Parker who was in Canton for a time. She toured with his concert company and later with another group." (Canton Sentinal, 1950)

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