Dec. 7, 1770 Warwick Kent County Rhode Island, USA
Jul. 5, 1832 Tunkhannock Wyoming County Pennsylvania, USA
Benjamin Slocum was the sixth of ten children of Jonathan and Ruth (Tripp) Slocum, who settled at Wilkes-Barre, Pa about 1776. Follow link to Ruth for more history of this Wyoming Valley pioneer family. She was a daughter of Isaac Tripp, earliest settler of Providence, Pa which is part of present-day Scranton.
Benjamin was a soldier by 1790 in the Luzerne County militia. As a boy of nine he had seen his grandfather and father killed by Indians and his sister Frances, then only five, carried away; she was traded to the Miami tribe and lived out her life as 'Maconaquah', a squaw in Indiana. Follow link to either of Benjamin's parents and then to daughter Frances for her story.
Benjamin entered into business with his brother Ebenezer and removed to Providence where he served as its first postmaster from 1811 to 1829. In 1830, he moved to the former farm of his brother Isaac at Tunkhannock where he died two years later.
Benjamin married Phebe LaFrance about 1805 and they had three daughters: Maria who married Dr Silas Robinson of Scranton, Ruth who married Henry Stark of Tunkhannock, and Frances who married Samuel Nicholson of Wilkes-Barre. They also had a son, Thomas Truxton Slocum, who married Ann Dennis of Wilkes-Barre.