Benoni Twitchell (1682 - 1740) MP

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Birthplace: Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Managed by: Marce Schulz
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About Benoni Twitchell

...Of even more interest is a problem that arose within the last year. A recent NEXUS (5[1988]:32) ran a query from Henry Twitchell, Jr., of Winchester, Mass., reading in part: “Seeking true ancestry of Benoni Twitchell, b. at Medfield?, Mass. ca. 1682...Father may not be Abiel Twitchell of Medfield as per 1929 TwitchelI genealogy.” The published Medfield vital records give the birth of an Abiel Twitchell, daughter of Benjamin and Marie, on 1 November 1663. The birth of Benoni Twitchell is not recorded, but his marriage in 1705 and the births of his children duly appear (Vital Records of Medfield, Mass., to the Year 1850 [1903], pp. 99, 100, 179, 239). Because of my interest in children named Benoni, I suggested to Mr. Twitchell that he read through the Medfield town meeting records for mention of a female Abiel with an illegitimate child. Some months later Mr. Twitchell wrote that he had acted on the suggestion and found that “For six summer months in 1683 the Medfield town selectmen met to consider one and only one matter: Josiah Rocket was harboring one ‘Abiel Twichel' and her child in his house, who continuing there may have become chargeable to the [constable] to forbid said Josiah Rockett any longer to entertain ye said Abiel and also to warn her out of ye town. Josiah Rockett was fined 20 shillings for not obeying these orders promptly.” Josiah was the husband of Abiel's sister Mary, which may be why Abiel was living in his house. Although the name and sex of her child were not stated, it is almost certain that the child was Benoni.

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Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 18, 1705
Age 23
July 20, 1706
Age 24
Medfield, Suffolk, MA, USA
July 10, 1707
Age 25
Medfield, Suffolk, MA, USA
August 15, 1708
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Medfield, Suffolk, MA, USA
July 21, 1710
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November 9, 1711
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February 12, 1712
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Medfield, Suffolk, MA, USA
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March 10, 1718
Age 36
Oxford, Worcester, MA, USA