Benjamin Mendes Seixas

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Benjamin Mendes Seixas

Birthplace: Newport, Newport, RI, USA
Death: Died in New York, New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Franks Seixas
Husband of Zipporah Seixas
Father of Abigail Mendes Seixas; Moses Benjamin Seixas; Isaac Benjamin Seixas; Rebecca B. Hart; Abigail Phillips and 16 others
Brother of Abraham Seixas; Abigail Judah; Moses Mendes Mendes; Rev. Gershom Mendes Seixas; Abraham Mendes Seixas and 2 others

Occupation: One of the founders of the NY Stock Exchange; m. Zipporah Levy (b. 1760), 1/27/1779, Philadelphia; dau. Rachel Mendes Seixas (b. 1798) m. Dan'l Levy Maduro Peixotto (b. 1799, Am'dam, Netherlands)
Managed by: Judith Ann Berlowitz
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About Benjamin Mendes Seixas

DAR Record for Ancestor A101642

Benjamin was a saddler with a shop of his own in NYC. When the British occupied NYC in 1776, he fled with his kin to Stratford, CT. There, his father found a pleasant task to perform -- he asked his friend Hayman Levy on Ben's behalf for the hand of his daughter Zipporah in marriage. The prospective groom was 30; the bride 18. Hayman Levy, one of NY's leading fur traders and merchants, had moved to Philadelphia with the coming of the enemy. Ben's marriage to Zipporah was successful, certainly in one respect -- they had 21 children. Ben stayed in Philadelphia until the end of the war, when he returned to New York. In later years, Ben became one of NY's distinguished Jewish citizens, a founder of the NY Stock Exchange and president of the synagogue. From Jacob R. Marcus, The American Jewish Woman (Ktav Pub Inc., 1981)

Simon Nathan and Benjamin Seixas were designated to represent Masonry in the Carolinas in June, 1781. Four of the founders of the Scottish Rite in Charleston in 1801 were Jewish Masons (including Solomon Harby), and many others participated. Jews have been founders and masters of lodges, even grand masters, and Masonic squares-and-compasses are not uncommon in Jewish cemeteries in the U.S.

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Benjamin Mendes Seixas's Timeline

January 17, 1747
Newport, Newport, RI, USA
January 27, 1779
Age 32
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
December 3, 1779
Age 32
October 24, 1780
Age 33
New York, New York County, NY, USA
November 22, 1781
Age 34
November 3, 1782
Age 35
June 23, 1784
Age 37
January 22, 1786
Age 39
New York, NY, USA
May 5, 1787
Age 40
March 31, 1789
Age 42
New York, NY, USA