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John Benjamin
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Birth: 1585, England
Death: Jun. 14, 1645
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA


BAPTZ: 12MAR1585 St. Bartholomew, Chalvington,
Heathfield, Sussex County, ENG
MARRD: 1619 ?Cranbrook, Kent, England
-----------------Abigail EDDY
DEATH: 14JUN1645 Watertown, Middlesex County,

..John BENJAMIN & family arrived Boston Harbor Sunday evening, 16SEP1632, after a 12 week voyage aboard the 'Lion' from Plymouth, England. His voyage to the New World may have been induced by the fact that his friend, Governor WINTHROP, had preceded him by two years and that his wife had two brothers already in Massachusetts.

County Sussex, England

In 1634, he was appointed a constable in Cambridge by the General Court of Massachusetts which made him the chief executive officer of the town & was a position of prestige & honor.
In 1642, he owned the largest homestall in Watertown MA(Boston Vicinity) & it was referred to by Governor Winthrop as "...unsurpassed in elegance & comfort by any in the vicinity..."
On 7APR1636, John's home was severely damaged by fire in Newtowne with his extensive library also damaged. On November 7, 1634, he was excused from military training on account of age and infirmity but was required to have at all times arms for himself and servants.
In his will written on 12JUN1645, two days before death, he bequeathed:

-to his wife: two cows, forty bushels of corn, one part flower of all his household stuff & in an amendment he provided that she would be able to gather firewood from his lands as long as she lived. * Son, John, received a double portion over his brothers & sisters who were to divide his property equally with the provision that their mother was to occupy the house and three adjoining acres as long as she lived.

John Sr.'s estate consisted of a house and meadow next to the mill, a lot, house & 60 acres(homestall), 10 acres of meadow near Oyster Bank, 10 acres in Rocky Meadow, 8 acres in Great Dividends, & 16 in Watertown. The inventory was valued at 297 which was a great estate for those times. (See Bicha & Brown for BENJAMIN English Ancestry)


-1 John c1620ENG-22DEC1706MA m 1650MA Lydia ALLEN
-2 Abigail 1624ENG-1704MA m1 c1641MA Joshua STUBBS
m2 165?MA John WOODWARD
-3 Samuel 1628ENG-25SEP1659CT m Mary ?
-4 Mary c1629ENG-10APR1646MA
-5*JOSEPH 16SEP1633 MA-1704CT m1 Jemima LAMBERT
-6 Joshua 06MAY1642 MA-06MAY1684MA m 1682MA Thankful STOWE
-7 Caleb 1643 MA-08MAY1684CT m c1670 Mary HALE
-8 Abel c1645 MA- ?1710MA m 06NOV1671MA? Amity MYRICK
-- #5 b.CambridgeMiddlesexMA #6-8 b.WatertownMiddlesexMA

Family links: 
  Abigail Eddy Benjamin (1601 - 1687)*
  Abigail Benjamin Woodward (1624 - 1704)*
  Joseph Benjamin (1633 - 1704)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: H BRAUN
Record added: Dec 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32247942

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