Benajah Dunham (c.1637 - 1680)

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Nicknames: "Benejah (Benaiah) /Dunham/", "Captain"
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Piscataway Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States
Occupation: Captain, Planter - Militia Captain, Linen Weaver
Managed by: Esther ROWE Irish
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About Benajah Dunham

In 1672 emigrated with his family & bought 100 acres of land in Piscataway, N.J. where he established his family. The first mention of him in Plymouth Colony records was of a complaint brought against him on March 5, 1656 for 'foolish & provoking carriages, in drawing his knife upon sundry person at Taunton, which might have proved of ill consequences.' He denied the charges & it was dismissed due to lack of evidence. Made a freeman on June 8, 1664 (Eastham, MA.) & served on inquest panels on Sept. 20, 1667 & Dec. 24, 1667. Commisioned Captain of Militia May 10, 1679. -------------------- He m. Elizabeth Tilson, of Scituate, Oct. 25, 1660. His occupation was similar to that of his father, a linen weaver. He accompanied his brother, Daniel, to Eastham, in 1668. He became a court officer in 1669. Here they separated and in 1672 followed Jonathan, the son of Thomas his brother, and settled in Piscataway, New Jersey, south of Woodbridge, the home of Jonathan Dunham. He purchased 100 acres of land and became a planter. He took an active interest in the affairs of the colony and in 1673 was appointed captain of the militia, and as such was one of the committee of safety and council of war. It was under this board that Jonathan Singletary, from Haverhill, who had assumed the name of Jonathan Dunham, was condemned for his vagrancy. This Jonathan (Singletary) Dunham is an ancestor of President Barack Obama.

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Benajah Dunham's Timeline

November 18, 1637
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
October 25, 1660
Age 22
Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
July 25, 1661
Age 23
August 28, 1663
Age 25
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
November 20, 1664
Age 27
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
June 4, 1666
Age 28
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 28, 1667
Age 29
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 31
New Jersey, USA
- present
Age 31
Eastham, Massachusetts, United States
- present
Age 34
Piscataway, New Jersey, United States