|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1815|
BENJAMIN was born in Kingston, N. H. At the age of sixteen we find him as a private soldier in the 7th Massachusetts Regiment, then commanded by Colonel Shubael Gorham, and serving in the company commanded by Captain Edward Cole. This regiment took part in the memorable expedition against Louisburg. In 1746 Captain Daniel Ladd enlisted a company to do scout duty; the muster roll contains the names of Nathaniel and Benjamin Hunton. In 1750 Governor Wentworth ordered the enlistment of a troop at Kingston, and Charles, John, Jr., and Benjamin joined it; it was commanded by Colonel Atkinson. After the engagement on Lake George, September, 1755, reinforcements were called for, and New Hampshire furnished a second regiment of three hundred men under Colonel Peter Gilman, of Exeter; in the 6th Company John Hunton was lieutenant. Benjamin enlisted September 19, and was discharged October 13, having in the mean time marched to Albany and back, but seeing no active service. In 1776 "General Folsom was ordered to deliver Mr. Benjamin Huntoon eleven pounds of powder for the use of New Britton." In 1777 he served under General Stark at the battle of Bennington, as will appear from the Centennial Address of President Bartlett, p. 79. In 1778 he was engaged in apprehending deserters. In 1783. as constable of Salisbury, he received money to defend the western frontier. The writer has in his possession a wrought-iron pipe which formerly belonged to Benjamin, and which came into his possession in the following manner. While serving as a sergeant in one of the companies of a New Hampshire regiment, Benjamin Huntoon was, with a detail of men, ordered out on skirmish duty. Advancing through the woods, Huntoon discovered on the opposite side of a stream, behind a clump of hushes, a British officer, whom he judged by his uniform to be a lieuten ant. This officer would load, then rise, and pick off, one at a time, the advancing Americans. Huntoon, taking good aim, fired the next time his head appeared, and after the skirmish was over, swam the stream and reached the enemy's covert, where he found the officer mortally wounded and in great agony. The officer's faithful servant begged for their lives, and the officer, taking his sword and watch, offered them to Huntoon, saying, "It is the fortune of war; if you had not shot me I should have killed you.'' Huntoon refused the sword and watch, when the officer, pulling from his stocking a well-filled purse, passed it to him. Huntoon held it in his hand a moment; it was filled with gold, and very heavy: the temptation was great, but this also he could not take from so brave and generous a man. Finally the officer said to him, At least you will take this as a souvenir," and he handed him a wrought-iron pipe, saying to him that it had been his companion since he left Eng land, and had been his solace on many a dreary night and weary march, and begged him to take it. Huntoon took the pipe, clasped the hand of the gallant young officer, and rejoined his command.
Benjamin probably went to Salisbury about 1772; for this year George Jaffrey of Portsmouth deeded "to Benjamin Huntoon, of Kingstown, a certain lot of land reputed a one hundred acre lot, numbered sixty-four in Salisbury.'' In 1786 he is described as "gentleman" and "Dekon." When married in 1792, he is styled "Elder," and the Rev. Thomas Worcester and Rev. Benjamin Huntoon, in writing of him, call him "Elder."
Huntoon, Daniel. The Huntoon Family. University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1881.
Benjamin Huntoon married:
1) Ruth Clough on 7 Feb 1751
2) Mercy (Dearborn) Quimby about 1760
3) Hannah James on 21 Jun 1792, they had no issue.
Marcy Dearborn Huntoon (1732 - 1791)*
Hannah James Huntoon (1736 - 1808)*
Jonathan Huntoon (1754 - 1815)*
Benjamin Huntoon (1755 - 1855)*
Nathaniel Huntoon (1759 - 1784)*
Samuel Huntoon (1768 - 1835)*
Elizabeth Huntoon Brown (1771 - 1853)*
In memory of
Elder Benjamin Huntoon
December 6, 1815,
in his 87th year.
"For me to die is gain."
Shaw Corner Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: Shaw lot # 6
Created by: rick pickwick
Record added: Oct 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77431767