Sarah Louise Williams

Sarah Louise Williams was born 6 March 1842 in Owego, Tioga Co., NY. She was the daughter of Ira Williams (1814 - 1847) and Olive Cook Ufford (1817 - 1899). After the death of her father in 1847 Sarah went to live with her great uncle, Ansel Berry in Norwich, Chenango County, New York. It was probably in Norwich that she met her future husband, Sereno W. Miner who was living in Norwich at the time. She married (1) Sereno W. Miner 9 Sept. 1863. Together the couple had three children. Sereno W. Miner died 9 March 1870 in Norwich, Chenango Co., NY. He was the son of Luther Miner, Jr. (1788 - 1861) and Nancy Moore (1790 - 1856). It is said that Sereno was a mechanical engineer who helped build pontoon bridges at the Cumberland Gap. He did not bear arms in the Civil War, but was employed by the U.S. during Lincoln's administration. He is remembered as having been a very proud, haughty and austere man. Sereno died March 9, 1870 leaving Louise with two children (John Berry Miner died in 1867 at age three).

The children of Sereno W. Miner and Sarah Louise (Williams) Miner were:
• John Berry Miner, born 11 Aug 1864; died June 1867
• Frederick Weston Miner, born 5 Sept. 1866; died 25 Apr 1942
Harriet "Hattie" Louise Miner, born 3 Jun 1869; died 19 June 1954

Sereno Miner died in 1870 leaving Sarah Louise with two small children, Fred was only four years old, Hattie was less than a year old. The 1870 Federal Census, NY, Chenango Co., Norwich lists Sarah L. Miner, age 28, with no husband, census was enumerated in June 1870. With Sarah L. Miner is Fred W. Miner age 3 and Hattie Miner, age 1.

Two years later, 14 Dec. 1872, Sarah Louise Miner married Frank E. Benedict in Canton, Bradford Co., PA. Frank was born 22 Dec. 1853 in Southport, NY. He was the son of Samuel Benedict (1806 - 1884) and Harriet N. Crowell (1815 - 1897). Frank was eleven years younger than Sarah Louise. Frank was a photograher in Canton, PA. Together Frank and Sarah Louise Benedict had two children, Maude Gertrude 1875 - 1959) and Georgiana "Georgia" St. John Benedict (1880 - 1955). Frank died 4 Dec. 1933 in Canton, Bradford Co., PA; Sarah Louise Benedict died 18 Sept. 1914 in Canton, PA. Both are buried in the Main Street Cemetery, Canton, PA. Obituary for Sarah Louise Bendict: The Canton World, Sept. 25, 1914. [Paraphrased by Barb Conrad] ... at the age of 5, after the death of her father, she went to live with her Uncle Joseph Berry in Norwich. She married John S. Miner there and after his death she moved to Canton and married Frank on 14 Dec 1872. She was survived by her husband: children, Fred W. of Bath and Harriet of Canton: children by 2nd husband, Maud G. Benedict and Mrs. Robert Gleckner of Canton: Two brothers, Ira of Cedar Ledge and Fred of Gaines; Sisters, Mrs. Henry Watrous and Mrs. John Kiljard of Gaines. Click to download complete obituary.

Maude Gertrude Benedict was born 21 June 1875 in Canton, PA; she died 27 Feb. 1959 in Canton, PA and is buried in the Main Street Cemetery, Canton, PA. She was never married; listed her occupation as a photo retoucher in the 1910 Fed. Census. Obituary: 1959 - The Canton Independent-Sentinel - "Maud G. Benedict, 34 Elm St., passed away at her home Friday, Feb. 27, 1959. She was 83. Miss Benedict, a life-long resident of Canton, was born June 21, 1875, the daughter of Frank E. and Sarah Louise Williams Benedict. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Canton and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Miss Benedict was also a 50-year member of the former Beethoven Club, and of the consolidation of the three senior music clubs, was made honorary member of the Canton Music Club. Survivors are: a nephew, Robert H. Gleckner of Morristown, NJ; a niece, Mrs. Parker Hoffman of Corning, NY; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Benedict of Corning. Funeral services were held at the Kleese Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m Monday, March 2, 1959, her pastor, the Rev. Robert H. Jones officiating. Burial was in Main St. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Howard Webster, Floyd Taylor, Erastus Kinch, and Howard K. Burrell." More on Maude Benedict.

Georgiana "Georgia" St. John Benedict was born 22 June 1880 in Canton, PA; she died 29 Aug. 1955 in Pelham Manor, Westchester, NY; she is buried in the Park Cemetery, Canton, PA. She married Robert Henry Gleckner 6 May 1903 in Canton, PA. They had one son, Robert H. Gleckner 16 Feb. 1909. Obituary for Georgia Benedict Gleckner: Gazette & Bulletin, Williamsport, Pa, Wed. Aug. 31, 1955: "Mrs. Georgia Gleckner: Canton: A former resident of Canton, Mrs. Georgia E. Gleckner, widow of Robert H. Gleckner, died at her home at Pelham Manor, NY after a brief illness. She was an artist, specializing in outdoor scenes and had several showings of her paintings in New York City and Daytona Beach, Fl. She resided in Canton until 20 years ago when she moved to Pelham Manor. Her interests also included vocal and instrumental music. Services will be held today at 2 pm at the Village Church, Bronxville, NY. Friends may call at the funeral home, Center Street, Canton, after 9 am Thursday where a brief prayer service will be held. The Rev. Paul Fattaruso, pastor of the Canton Methodist Church will officiate and burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton, PA"
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Found in the 150th Anniversary Edition of The Canton Independent-Sentinel, 1950

BENEDICT SISTERS LOCAL MUSICIANS

Mrs. Georgia Gleckner Has Art Displays

The three talented daughters of Frank Benedict, himself a musician and artist, should be mentioned among those who have contributed to the cultural growth of Canton. Miss Maude went to New York for a term of voice study, intending to return there for further work but upon the recommendation of Frank Mayo, remained at home to study with Blanche Davenport. Later she toured with a concert group, but having continued to live in Canton, she and her sister have always participated in choir and community activities. Miss Maude is the possessor of an unusually rich, vibrant contralto voice backed up by very sure musicianship.

Miss Hattie 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.

Both of these talented women have been somewhat frail in body, but in heart, mind and spirit they have been strong. They have been ever faithful and generous in all worthwhile community efforts.

Georgia Benedict Gleckner is a talented pianist but she inclined rather toward her father's interest in painting. There have been several shows of her work in canton and Florida. She served as Art Chairman of the V.I.A. for several years. She was chosen to do the Florida scenes for the Florida Building at the New York World's Fair. She now lives with her son Robert in Mt. Vernon, New York.


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