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Bennett Elliott

Also Known As: "Benedict Eliot"
Birthplace: Widford, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Nazeing, Essex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Eliot and Jane Eliot
Husband of Letteye Elliot
Father of Sarah Curtis; Deacon Philip Bennet Eliot; Rev. John Eliot; Jacob Eliot; Lydia Wight and 3 others

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About Bennett Elliott

Son of Simon Eliot and Jane unknown.

His will mentions son-in-law, William Curtis, husband of Sarah Eliot Curtis; his other daughters Mary and Lydia; his sons Jacob and Francis.

Children of Bennet Eliot and Letteye Aggar

  1. Sarah (13 Jan 1599 - 27 Mar 1673). Married William Curtis.
  2. Philip (13 Jan 1599 - 22 Oct 1657)
  3. Rev. John Eliot "the Apostle Eliot" (5 Aug 1604 - 21 May 1690)
  4. Jacob Eliot (21 Sep 1606 - 28 Apr 1651)
  5. Lydia Eliot (1 Jul 1610 - 27 Jul 1676). Married Penniman
  6. Francis Eliot (10 Apr 1615 - 30 Oct 1677)
  7. Mary Eliot (11 Mar 1620 - 24 Mar 1679)


HALL ANCESTRY, Charles S. Hall, Call Number: R929.2 H178, New York: The Knickerbocker Press. 1896, pp. 108-112

Rev. John Eliot, called "the Apostle to the Indians," was born in England in 1604, probably in Widford, in Hertfordshire. In the Parish Register of the Church of St. John Baptist at Widford, his baptism is thus recorded: "John Elliot the sonne of Bennett Elliot was baptized the fyfte daye of Auguste in the yeare of or Lord God, 1604." The baptism of his sister Sarah in 1599, his brother Phillip in 1602, and his brother Jacob in 1606, are also recorded in this Parish Register. Among the marriages is this: Bennett Eliot and Letteye Aggar were married the 30th day of October, 1598.

Subsequent to 1606 and prior to 1610, the family doubtless removed to Nazeing, for in the Parish Register of the Church of All Saints in that Parish are recorded the baptisms of Lydia in 1610, of Francis in 1615, and of Mary in 1620. The Register also shows that in the churchyard are the graves, unmarked and unknown, of Letteye Eliot, who died in 1620, and Bennett Eliot, who died in 1621--the father and mother of our apostolic ancestor.

Bacon, J. Dean. BACON AND ALLIED FAMILIES. Murray & Gee Inc., Culver City, CA 1958., p. 157-9

The English ancestors of the American family are thought to trace from Normandy with "William the Conqueror." This recorded ancestry is particularly well established. It starts with the marriage record of Bennett Eliot and Letty Aggar in the Widford Parish Register thus: "An Dom 1598 Bennett Eliot and Lettye Aggar were married the xxxth of October An Sup Dicto." Widford is about twenty-five miles north of London, and four and one-half miles east of Ware. The Church of St. John Baptist, where the above record is found, is an ancient structure, parts of it are probably 800 years old. Charles Lamb was a frequent worshipper there. Pictures of the Church appear in "The Eliot Genealogy."

They came from Nazing, Essex County, England to Roxbury, Massachusetts on the ship Lion' 1631. The above ancestry is established from Vital Records, starting with the marriage record in Church of St. John Baptist, Widford, Hertfordshire, England, Parish Register An Dom 1598 BENNETT ELIOT and LETTYE AGGAR were married the xxxth of October An Sup Dicto.'

She died March 16, 1621, Nazing, Essex County, England. The record of her burial at Nazeing is "Lettes Ellyot 16 March." (1620).


Laurel Logan

August 5, 2008

Apparently, this is another connection of the family tree. Bennet Eliot (or Bennett Elliot) had daughters Lydia Eliot-Penniman (Great Grandmother of Lydia Ripley-Cary) and Sarah Eliot-Curtis (Great Grandmother of Elizabeth Ruggles-Spooner).


Bennet Eliot. bur. Nazeing, Essex, England on November 21, 1621.349

His will was dated November 5, 1621 in Nazing and proved March 28, 1622. In it he made the following bequests:

To son-in-law Wlliam Curtis, all rents from his lands in Ware, Widford, Hunsdon, Estweeke and Harford for eight years to pay to his son John Eliot 8£ per year for his expenses at Cambridge University, and to pay the rest towards the support of his youngest children, Francis, Jacob, Mary and Lydia.

To son Francis, land called Crotwell Croft (2a.) and Coles Croft (1a.), land called Dameter in Great Hyfield, land in Little Westney (1.5a.) and land in Sowters Common Meade (.5a.)

To son Jacob, tenement in Widford wit all lands belonging to it in Widford, Ware, Hunsdon and Eastwick

To daughter Lydia, 50£ to be paid at age 18

To daughter Mary, 20£ to be paid at age 18

To goddaughter Mary Curtis, 3£

All stock of cattle, corn and outdoor moveables to be sold for the support of his children

To daughters Mary and Lydia, the chest in the yellow chamber

To son Francis, four silver spoons given to him at his christening

To Mary Curtis, five shillings to make a ring in remembrance of him

To the three executors of his will, 10£ annually for the support of his children for eighteen years.

He m. Lettice Aggar.

They had the following children:

 i. Philip
 ii. Sarah (-1673) 
 iii. Jacob (-1651) 
 iv. John (-1690) 
 v. Lydia (-<1676) 
 vi. Francis (-1697) 
 vii. Mary 

--Laurel Logan --------------------

Bennet Eliot was born before 1562 in Widford, Hertfordshire, England.1 He was the son of Simon Eliot and Jane unknown.1 

On 30 October 1598 in Widford, Hertfordshire, England, Bennet married Letteye Aggar.1

Bennet Eliot was buried on 21 November 1621 in Nazeing, Essex, England.2

Children of Bennet Eliot and Letteye Aggar

Sarah Eliot+2 (13 Jan 1599 - 27 Mar 1673)

Philip Eliot2 (13 Jan 1599 - 22 Oct 1657)

Rev. John Eliot "the Apostle Eliot"2 (5 Aug 1604 - 21 May 1690)

Jacob Eliot2 (21 Sep 1606 - 28 Apr 1651)

Lydia Eliot+2 (1 Jul 1610 - 27 Jul 1676)

Francis Eliot2 (10 Apr 1615 - 30 Oct 1677)

Mary Eliot2 (11 Mar 1620 - 24 Mar 1679)


Fiske, William Wyman. "Ancestry of Bennet Eliot of Nazeing, Essex, Father of Seven Great Migration Immigrants to Massachusetts", New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume 161 (April 2007).

Ancestral File. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 1994.

From Rob Roy,

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Bennett Elliott's Timeline

Widford, Hertfordshire, England
November 22, 1571
Age 9
Roxwell, Essex, England, United Kingdom
Age 11
Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 11
October 30, 1598
Age 36
Widford, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
January 13, 1599
Age 37
Nazeing, Essex, England, United Kingdom
January 13, 1600
Age 38
Widford, Hertfordshire, England
April 25, 1602
Age 40
Ware, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
August 5, 1604
Age 42
Widford, Hertfordshire, England
Age 44
Widford, Hertfordshire, England