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Benjamin Smith

Birthplace: Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Old, Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Smith and Susannah Smith
Husband of Jedidiah Mayhew
Father of Jane or Jean Chase; Jedidah Smith; Dorcas Hawes (Smith); Thomas Smith; Mary Smith and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Smith; Ebenezer Smith; Mary Dunham (Smith, 1647-1697); Dorcas Smith; Shubael Smith, Sr. and 6 others

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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

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