James William Benedict, son of Catherine Dafoe and Smedley Benedict, was one of the Ontario descendants of Joshua Benedict, a son of a revolutionary solder.
Smedley Benedict married Catherine Dafoe about 1824/25 having their first daughter, Elizabeth December 15, 1825. Catherine’s family is well recorded in the United Empire Loyalist’s records of Ontario. In about 1828, Smedley Benedict was enrolled in the Second Regiment of the Lennox Militia under the command of a Captain Archibald McDonnell. This is according to the Militia General order dated 7 Nov. 1828.