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Personal data Jay Leland Benedict , Major-General Male

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Ancestors (and descendant) of Jay Leland Benedict

Maria Tuttle

Jay Leland Benedict

(1) 1907
Genevieve Ardell Goldstein
(2) 1924
Loretta. Katherine Maher

Household of Jay Leland Benedict , Major-General

He is married to (1) Genevieve Ardell Goldstein on June 28, 1907 at Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, he was 25 years old.Source 5

They were engaged on April 1906 at To Miss Ardell In San Francisco, California, Usa.Source 5

Reported engagement to Miss Ardell April 1906 after San Francisco, California, USA earth quake.

The couple divorced on February 2, 1923 at Maryland Hotel, 490 Geary St, Sf CaSource 5.

He is married to (2) Loretta. Katherine Maher on June 14, 1924 at 63 Holly Ct, River Forest, he was 42 years old.


  1. Margaret Ann Benedict  1928-2015 Tree 8

Notes by Jay Leland Benedict , Major-General

Benedict was a classmate of Vinegar Joe Stilwell. He (Benedict) went on to be named Superintendent of West Point.
Enlisted service in Nebraska National Guard 1898-1899.
Commissioned in the Field Artillery from West Point in 1904. Instructor at West Point 1908-1912 and 1916-1917. With the War Department General Staff 1920-1924. Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1925 and the Army War College in 1926. Returned to the War Department General Staff 1926-1930. Brigadier General in January 1938. Superintendent of West Point 1938-1940. Major General in September 1940. Commanding General of IV Corps 1940-1941. Again with the War Department General Staff 1942-1946. Decorations Included the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit.

13 Jan 1910 Mrs Sarah A. Goldstein who since 1863 is prominently knows in SF and CA socitey left yesterday on the overland limited for extended tour of the East. Her objective will be West Point, N.Y. where she will visit her two daughters, Mrs J.L.Benedict wife of Lieutenant Bendict and Miss Vivian Pearl Goldsteins. The eastern branch of the family will hold a reunion of all its members during hjer stay in NY. L.A.Goldstein, long identified with the mercantile interests of the city and now one of the dept manager of S.N.Wood & co will accompany his mother.

The lieutenant graduated West Point in 1904, aged 22 years. He then was shipped to some disturbance and saw Vancouver, Canada for the first time in July of 1905. He arrived late due to illness. It was reported later that he was bored with his post at the barracks and so then he wandered about town being somewhat amused but equally bored with it until he visited the new Hager Theatre. There it's reported that he heard Genevieve sing and here his interest in her began. That's 1905. The San Francisco earthquake was April 1906. Genevieve had just married Frederick in March of 1906. Because of the earthquake and looting and lawlessness, the 14th infantry was deployed to help out. The army (and Jay) stayed 3 months until July 1906. After they returned to the barracks in Vancouver, they soon moved up to the American Lake near Tacoma Washington for drills and exercises. By November of 1906 the soldiers all returned back to Vancouver for regular duties. The daily attendance sheet shows lieutenant Jay L. Benedict as being injured and hospitalized. Every day now it's showing lieutenant Benedict dismissed from his duties while an inpatient at the barrack's hospital.
Meanwhile, the vaudeville circuit of Sullivan and Sullivan has Genevieve performing up and down the west coast. She is seen in Los Angeles and up into the Seattle area. Sometimes even in Canada. A singer of story songs. Her husband Frederick too was equally as busy with his Phroso act. All the while the lieutenant is healing from his injury and remains hospitalized as shown in the post rolls. But he is not resting in the hospital. He's out and about town. Then next to his name in parentheses is "Secret Service".
He is presumably injured following an incident while on exercise at American Lake and recuperating in the army hospital day after day after day as entered in the post daily rosters. But he not in the hospital.
He was born in Hastings Nebraska, and not from the state of Rhode Island as he claims; and not the aristocratic family he claims to be a part of.
Where was he? Apparently, during November of 1906 through 18 February 1907 Jay Benedict is acting as a Secret Service Agent under the US Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte.
Meanwhile, the town of Vancouver sees four civilians being arrested and accused of being in possession of government property. This consists of articles of clothing from soldiers. Then a crew from the N.O.A.A. research vessel are arrested the released for having government property which probably were blankets. Plus, nine soldiers were arrested and/or indicted for being not in possession of their allotted government items and were said to have bartered them for money or drinks in local saloons. Lieutenant Benedict's name was on each and every one of these charging papers, so apparently not Hospitalized during that period. Each and every day his name shows relieved of duty and hospitalized. But no soldier was ever arrested, court martialled, and all soldiers remained soldiers. The shipmates were reprimanded in court. Three civilians had their day in court. One was fined; One was jailed and fined, and one case dismissed.
Louis Mazuretzky was to be the forth and final one to see court but he never made it. Reports of his indictment reads that Louis was in possession of government goods. These items were from the nine named and equally indicted soldiers. They were articles of clothing, but no blankets as he first charged with possessing. Perhaps the NOAA shipmates had them?
Louis Mazuretzky was a Russian Jew with a Polish last name and he was a successful businessman of his time. He had owned businesses and homes and an entire city block in Vancouver. This was 1907. Louis ran a saloon. He also owned a secondhand store and a pawn shop and a junk store. Louis immigrated from Kiev, Ukraine in 1893. With his family, he had arrived in South Portland Oregon where they joined family and friends. He was the treasurer of his synagogue. He and his wife Bessie arrived in America with two children. Ida was two and Benny was a baby. Later two more boys joined the family. Benny died of tuberculosis about age 4. Louis then moved his family up into Vancouver to live and work the soldier trade. There, their last son was born.
Genevieve is singing because they "lost everything" in the San Francisco quake, one article reads. Everything must mean their house fell down but they were living 5 blocks west of the furthest reaches of the fire.
Now what about Frederick and Genevieve were just married in March of that earthquake year--April 1906. They were both performing in vaudeville. Nothing slowed these two down. Genevieve's parents survived the earthquake, her dad for a year and mother for 16 years.
In July 1905 when the lieutenant arrives in Vancouver for the very first time ever and sees and hears Genevieve for their first time together. Other reports says they met in San Francisco during the post-quake disaster.
If he first met her in 1905 why is he chasing her now in July when she just married to Frederick in March? And why is she flirting with the lieutenant if she is a newly wedded women?
Yes, poor old (47) Louis Mazuretzky. Those nine indicted soldier facing a court martial and then Alcatraz if convicted. All that they need for a defense is no witness to their said crimes of giving away government items. Back then it was a felony to possess anything military. Everything was stamped 'US ARMY'. If a soldier went AWOL, he better run off wearing his own clothes or when caught, it'll be theft and AWOL charges. So Louis Mazuretzky was indicted. He was charged with being in possession of government property, brought to him by soldiers over a period of a couple of months--between November 1906 and January 1907, right after the army exercises ended in November 1906. Louis ran a saloon. The articles of "clothing" were minor items such as, Band pants, Trouser, Shirts, Boots. Likely just rags to clean his bar with. If indeed he was in possession of any of these items, he never saw court. And being wealthy, he would have been able to have had an attorney defending his good name. Louis must have thought that he might get sent to prison. Louis could had easily paid his fine if needed. On Saturday night February 16 1907, Louis arrived back in to Vancouver from a family outing in Portland on the Sabbath, all arriving on the last train car. His whole family went out for dinner at a restaurant hotel at Third and Main Streets called the Baltimore Hotel and Restaurant. Ida (aged 16) and her three younger brothers, as well as James (25) her soldier boyfriend (not indicted), and the bartender/boarder Joseph all walked the three blocks home. Whereas Louis and Bessie remained behind. Louis called Ida at home (where there phones in 1907?) asking her to return with James and Joseph for drinks, likely after she had put the young boys to bed. Then again Louis and Bessie remained behind and the group left for home a second time that night. After midnight Louis and Bessie left the restaurant for their short walk home. This was the beginning of the new "Sunday Laws," which meant that everything shuts down at Saturday midnight.
Likely they then went to bed. The house was darkened when policeman, Ira Cresap, entered at around 02:00 that same night. He was just earshot away from the sounds of gun shots and then screaming from a women's voice. Ida was outside in hysterics dressed only her nightgown. The boarder- Joseph- was reported to have been standing outside smoking as the policeman walked up to the house. Other reports tells of Joseph being in his underwear after having climbed out the bedroom window. Who's/which window? He had a room upstairs next to Ida and next to Louis. Ida had her own room. Louis his own. Joseph shared with two of the boys. Bessie must have slept downstairs with the youngest boy. The policeman stumbles over Louis's body as he enters the house. It is late; it is winter; it is dark; the house is darkened. Bessie was still alive but barely, lying in the downstairs foyer. Policeman Ira Cresap calls for help.
Reports relate that there was not a single witness to this tragedy. Ida says she was awakened by gunshots and immediately ran outside to get help. The border, Joseph, clarims that he saw nothing. The report concludes that Louis shot his wife four times then turned the gun on himself. A hole was found behind his right ear.
After Louis died the nine soldiers were set free.
Louis had been killed at 02:00 on Sunday morning 17 February 1907. No witnesses.
An inquest was given and stayed with the officer's report. No forensics. Joseph was not called as a witness. Ida was at the inquest. The three boys not called to be a witness. No neighbors testified. Where was the soldier boyfriend all that time? Where were all of the nine soldiers? Where was Lt. Benedict at that time? On Monday February 18, 1907 Lt. Secret Service Agent Jay Leland Benedict is discharged from the hospital and resumes his duties as a company commander. Then the lieutenant begins changing his duties about once a month trying new things out. He was the officer in charge of prisoner transportation to Alcatraz. This would bring him back into the San Francisco area where Genevieve is from and may have met her there.
Louis and wife Ida are dead. The family is broken up. They lose everything. Where did all that property go?
Genevieve's father health was failing, then he passes away in early April 1907.
The lieutenant then runs off with Genevieve and marries her late June 1907, but no records of that marriage or subsequent divorce can be found. They are off by 1908 to New York.

The Balangiga massacre was an incident in 1901 in the town of the same name during the Philippine–American War. It initially referred to the killing of about 48 members of the US 9th Infantry by the townspeople allegedly augmented by guerrillas in the town of Balangiga on Samar Island during an attack on September 28 of that year. In the 1960s Filipino nationalists applied it to the retaliatory measures taken on the island. This incident was described as the United States Army's worst defeat since the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.Filipinos regard the attack as one of their bravest acts in the war. There has been much heated discussion regarding the number of Filipino casualties, for which there are no reliable documentary records. Gen. Jacob H. Smith, who ordered the killing of every male over ten years old during the retaliatory campaign, was subject to court-martial for "conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline". Reprimanded but not formally punished, Smith was forced into retirement from the service because of his conduct.


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  4. Will Probate
  5. newspaper, Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR, 1 jul 1907, pg 12

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