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Benjamin Marston

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death: smallpox
Place of Burial: Saint Werburgh's Church Dublin County Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Marston, of Salem and Alice Marston
Husband of Abigail Marston and Patience Marston
Father of Abigail Marston and Joseph Marston
Brother of John Marston; Ephraim Marston, Sr.; Manassah Marston; Sarah Pickworth; Hannah Marston and 4 others

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About Benjamin Marston

Benjamin was born to John and Alice (Eden) Marston in Salem. Benjamin's parents were both born in Ormesby, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Boston in 1637, and settled in Salem.

Benjamin married his first wife, Abigail Veren on Sep. 25 1678 in Salem. They had two children, Abigail (1679-1709) and Joseph (1681-1719). Sadly, his wife Abigail died on Mar. 14, 1693 in Salem.

Benjamin married his his second wife, Patience Rogers, on Apr. 15, 1696 in her home village of Ipswich, then settled in Salem, where he accumulated considerable wealth as a merchant. He represented the town at General Court in 1696, was one of the Selectmen, and was also a deacon of the First Church.

Patience and Benjamin had three children.

1. Col. Benjamin Marston (1697-1754), m1. Mehitable Gibbs on Jun. 24, 1725; m2. Elizabeth Winslow on Jan. 20, 1729.

2. John Marston (1699-1719), no record of marriage, died young at the age of 19 years.

3. Elizabeth Marston (1701-1784), m. Samuel Barton on May 29, 1737 in Salem.

After 1708, his fortunes waned. He suffered losses at sea by pirates, and other natural causes compelled him to mortgage his real estate.

Partly for a relief from business, which was undermining his health, he went with his son Benjamin on one of his own vessels to Cork, Ireland. They proceeded to Dublin, where he became ill with smallpox and died there on Sep. 17, 1719.

There is a significant amount of information in "New England Historical and Genealogical Register & Antiquarian Journal For The Year 1873, Volume XXVII, The Marston Family of Salem, Massachusetts" about his final trip with his son, including letters to his wife from his son, Benjamin, and others.

His cause of death and then burial on Oct. 3, 1719 at Saint Werburgh Parish is recorded in parish documents.

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Benjamin Marston's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 9, 1651
Age 1
Salem, Essex, MA
January 9, 1651
Age 1
Salem, Essex, MA
March 9, 1651
Age 1
Salem, MA
November 25, 1678
Age 28
Salem, Essex Co., MA
Age 29
Age 31
September 17, 1719
Age 69
Dublin, Ireland
June 20, 1927
Age 69
June 20, 1927
Age 69