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Benjamin Church

Birthplace: Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Place of Burial: Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Church of Plymouth and Elizabeth Church
Husband of Alice Collier Church
Father of Elizabeth Little; Catherine Troop; Thomas Church, Esq.; Benjamin Church; Constant Church and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Dy Hobart; John Church; Joseph Church; Richard Church, Jr.; Nathaniel Church, I and 9 others

Occupation: Soldier, frontiersman
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About Colonel Benjamin Church

Benjamin Church was a prominent leader in King Philip's War. Church is the author of "Diary of King Philip's War, 1675-76."

King Philip's War ended when Philip was killed by a Wampanoag soldier in Captain Benjamin Church's force.

Colonel Benjamin Church (c. 1639-January 17, 1718) is considered the father of American ranging.[1] He was the captain of the first Ranger force in America (1676).[2] Church was commissioned by the Governor of the Plymouth Colony Josiah Winslow to form the first ranger company for King Philip's War. He later employed the company to raid Acadia during King Williams War and Queen Anne's War.

Church designed his force primarily to emulate Indian patterns of war. Toward this end, he endeavored to learn to fight like Indians from Indians.[3] Americans became rangers exclusively under the tutelage of the Indian allies. (Until the end of the colonial period, rangers depended on Indians as both allies and teachers.)[4]

Church developed a special full-time unit mixing white colonists selected for frontier skills with friendly Indians to carry out offensive strikes against hostile Indians and French in terrain where normal militia units were ineffective. His memoirs "Entertaining Passages relating to Philip's War" were published in 1716 and are considered the first American military manual.

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Benjamin was the first ‘Englishman’ to settle at Little Compton in 1675. He was a hero in King’s Philip’s War. He was involved early on in the war at Pease Field Fight in Jun 1675, later in the massacre at the Great Swamp in Dec 1675, and he lead the expedition that resulted in King Philip’s capture in Aug 1676. For a popular introduction to King Phililp’s War including Benjamin’s involvement and excerpts from his diary, see King Philip’s War: the history and legacy of America’s forgotten conflict, by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias, Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 1999.

Benjamin dictated to his son Thomas his story published in 1716 as Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip’s War. Various editions have been published including The History of Philip’s War, Commonly Called the Great Indian War of 1675 and 1676, edited by Samuel Drake in 1829 and reprinted in 1989 by Heritage Book, Bowie, MD. See also the Diary of King Philip’s War, 1675-76, with an introduction by Alan Simpson and Mary Simpson, Lockwood, Tiverton, RI, 1975.

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Benjamin In 1692, under the direction, and money of, Phips he was to assist in the building of Fort William Henry, an English fort on the frontier with Acadia, at Pemaquid.

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Colonel Benjamin Church's Timeline

Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
March 26, 1665
Age 25
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Age 28
Little Compton, Newport, RI
Age 33
Duxbury, , Massachusetts, USA
May 12, 1676
Age 36
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Age 37
Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 38
Age 38
Age 40
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA