I have started a blog at http://firelands.wordpress.com to tell the history of Sally DeForest Benedict and her husband, Platt Benedict of Danbury Connecticut, who together founded the town of Norwalk, Ohio in 1817 during the settlement of the Firelands or “Sufferer’s Land,” a section of the Connecticut Western Reserve that was given to “Sufferers” burned out of their homes by the British during the Revolution.
Sally DeForest was a direct descendent of Issac de Forest who settled in New Amsterdam (now New York City) in 1636 and David de Forest, who established the Connecticut branch of the family in 1694.
Sally and Platt Benedict established the Firelands Historical Society in 1858. The society has published a journal since its founding, which is a rich source of information about the settlement of the Firelands. I used this journal and family documents in my possession in writing Sally and Platt’s history.
I will post an episode of this history on my blog every Monday for the next twelve months. My fondest wish is that people interested in the history of the DeForest family will be entertained and informed by these postings, and fill in gaps and correct inaccuracies in my research.
Thank you for your kind attention. I hope you visit my blog and enjoy my story of Sally DeForest Benedict and the settling of the “Sufferer’s Land”.
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