Benajah Douglas (c.1760 - 1829)

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Birthplace: Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT, USA
Death: Died in Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, USA
Managed by: Anna Saccheri
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About Benajah Douglas

BENAJAH was born on December 15, 1760 in Plainfield, CT. In 1780, he married MARTHA D. ARNOLD, daughter of Stephen Arnold and Martha Gardiner. They removed to Stephentown, NY. They lived for a time in Ballston, NY. There he passed the remainder of his life, dying on October 29, 1829. Martha was born in 1762, in Kingston, RI and died April 1, 1818 in Brandon, VT. She is buried in the old village churchyard. In "Stephen A. Douglas" by Robert W. Johannsen, I found the following:

"The twelfth of Asa's thirteen children, and his youngest son, was Benajah Douglass. With his brothers, Benajah helped to work the family farm until after his marriage, when he continued the northward movement begun by his father. After a brief residence in Ballston, NY, he purchased nearly 400 acres of farmland near Brandon in July 1795 and there he remianed until his death over thirty-four years later. His eldest son bore the name of his wife's father, Stephen Arnold. Stephen Arnold Douglass foreswore agricultural pursuits for medicine, studying for a time at Middlebury College and with a Brandon physician before beginning his own practice. Early in 1811, he married Sarah Fisk, the youngest daughter of nathaniel Fisk, a prosperous farmer and a resident of the Brandon area since 1784; two years later his first son, and second child, was born in the simple, frame dwelling on the north edge of the village. The son, like the father, bore the name of Stephen Arnold.

Stephen A. Douglas never knew his father, who died in his thirty-second year, when Douglas was just over two months old. 'I have often been told,' Douglas later wrote, 'that he was holding me in his arms when he departed this world.' Upon her husband's sudden death, Mrs. Douglass moved with her two children to a small farm in Arnold Hollow, about three miles northwest of Brandon."

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Benajah Douglas's Timeline

December 15, 1760
Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT, USA
January 16, 1782
Age 21
Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, USA
August 4, 1783
Age 22
Age 24
Age 25
May 17, 1789
Age 28
September 3, 1796
Age 35
Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, USA
October 29, 1829
Age 68
Brandon, Rutland Co., VT, USA