Benjamin English was the son of Benjamin & Rebekah (Browne) English. He married Sarah Dayton, daugher of Isaac & Elizabeth (Todd) Dayton on September 25, 1735. He was the commander of vessels engaged in West Indies trade.
From a deposition from his daughter-in-law: "Abigail English wife of Capt. Benjamin English of New Haven of lawfull age testifies and says that on the 5th day of July when the Brittish troops came to New Haven, Mr. Benjamin English aged about seventy four years was in his house alone. She saw a number of the Brittish troops at his well drinking water, that soon after she saw a soldier come out at the back door, sd English came to the back door with his hands on his breast and the blood running and he crying out, He has stabb'd me he has stabb'd me. She asked him why he stab'd him he answer'd, he could not tell, for he had humour'd them as much as Jay in his power, and he walked about two rods and fell down and instantly expired there appeared three wounds in his breast as if made with a bayonet, that she went into the house found blood in the great chair where he was wont to sit where she has the utmost reason to suppose he receiv'd his mortal wound."
Benjamin English died 5 July 1772 aged 74
He was stabed by a British Soldier when sitting in his own hou's.
Mrs. Sarah English wife of Benjamin Engish died 19 July 1769 aged 53.
Distinguished among her sex, for outstanding piety, and usefulness and her children rise up and call her blessed: Husband and all who knew her spake in her praise."