Benjamin Smith (1658 - 1720) MP

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Birthplace: Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
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About Benjamin Smith

was born on 7 Jan 1658/59 in Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA. He died on 4 Jul 1720 in Edgartown?, Martha's Vineyard, MA. Resident of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA.

"... accompanied his family from New Jersey to Sandwich. ... An early mention of Benjamin in the Sandwich records is found in Freeman (Vol. 2, p. 73) who notes that it was voted in 1679 'that Shubael Smith be paid £1 for a wolf killed by his bro. Benj.' Benjamin Smith is called a carpenter in some of the early records. ... At some point he moved to Martha's Vineyard, as did a number of other people from Sandwich. He had a grant of land in Edgartown in l684 which was adjacent to a previous grant of unknown date. Banks thinks it was probably about a year earlier and that he married Jedidah Mayhew about the same time. 'This alliance became a career for him, and his name dots the records frequently thereafter. He was attorney for the town in 1687, 1692; commissioner as King's Attorney for the county [Dukes] in 1691; selectman, 1693, 1696, 1697; county treasurer, 1698, 1715; representative to the General Court, 1692, 1703; county commissioner, 1703, 1708, besides doing other less important work in town affairs up to the last years of his life. Notwithstanding his family associations it appears that he did not entirely approve of all the things that were done by his relatives in the government of the island, and in particular the head of the clan received his private condemnation, although he could not afford open opposition. From this we may conclude his sense of justice was keen, even if his strength of character was not enough to apply the corrective.' He died 'suddenly' 4 July 1720." (Hubbard)

He was married to Jedidah MAYHEW after 16 Jun 1684.

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Benjamin Smith's Timeline

1658
January 7, 1658
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
1679
1679
Age 20
Of Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts
1684
June 16, 1684
Age 26
Marthas Vineyard, Dukes, Ma
1687
1687
Age 28
Edgertown, Marthas Vineyard, Dukes, Mass.
1689
1689
Age 30
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
1691
December 29, 1691
Age 33
Marthas Vineyard, MA
1693
1693
Age 34
Of Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts
1697
May 16, 1697
Age 39
Edgartown, Marthas Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts
1698
August 1698
Age 40
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts
1720
July 4, 1720
Age 62
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA