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Benjamin Church

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Place of Burial: Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Church of Plymouth and Elizabeth Church
Husband of Alice Church and Alice Church
Father of Alice Mary Rathbothan (Rosbothan); Elizabeth Little; Catherine Troop; Thomas Church, Esq.; Benjamin Church and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Dy Hobart; Richard Church, Jr.; Joseph Church; John Church; Nathaniel Church, I and 10 others

Occupation: Soldier
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About Colonel Benjamin Church

Benjamin Church was a prominent leader in King Philip's War. Church is the author of "Diary of King Philip's War, 1675-76."

King Philip's War ended when Philip was killed by a Wampanoag soldier in Captain Benjamin Church's force.

http://www.pilgrimhall.org/philipwar.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Church_%28military_officer%29

Colonel Benjamin Church (c. 1639-January 17, 1718) is considered the father of American ranging.[1] He was the captain of the first Ranger force in America (1676).[2] Church was commissioned by the Governor of the Plymouth Colony Josiah Winslow to form the first ranger company for King Philip's War. He later employed the company to raid Acadia during King Williams War and Queen Anne's War.

Church designed his force primarily to emulate Indian patterns of war. Toward this end, he endeavored to learn to fight like Indians from Indians.[3] Americans became rangers exclusively under the tutelage of the Indian allies. (Until the end of the colonial period, rangers depended on Indians as both allies and teachers.)[4]

Church developed a special full-time unit mixing white colonists selected for frontier skills with friendly Indians to carry out offensive strikes against hostile Indians and French in terrain where normal militia units were ineffective. His memoirs "Entertaining Passages relating to Philip's War" were published in 1716 and are considered the first American military manual. -------------------- There is much information concerning Col. Benjamin Church.

http://www.ask.com/wiki/Captain_Benjamin_Church

Gravesite et al.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=church&GSfn=benjamin&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=42&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=24720663&df=all&

Benjamin was the first ‘Englishman’ to settle at Little Compton in 1675. He was a hero in King’s Philip’s War. He was involved early on in the war at Pease Field Fight in Jun 1675, later in the massacre at the Great Swamp in Dec 1675, and he lead the expedition that resulted in King Philip’s capture in Aug 1676. For a popular introduction to King Phililp’s War including Benjamin’s involvement and excerpts from his diary, see King Philip’s War: the history and legacy of America’s forgotten conflict, by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias, Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 1999.

Benjamin dictated to his son Thomas his story published in 1716 as Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip’s War. Various editions have been published including The History of Philip’s War, Commonly Called the Great Indian War of 1675 and 1676, edited by Samuel Drake in 1829 and reprinted in 1989 by Heritage Book, Bowie, MD. See also the Diary of King Philip’s War, 1675-76, with an introduction by Alan Simpson and Mary Simpson, Lockwood, Tiverton, RI, 1975.

Awesome Grave Marker study: http://www.histarch.uiuc.edu/plymouth/deathshead.html

Benjamin In 1692, under the direction, and money of, Phips he was to assist in the building of Fort William Henry, an English fort on the frontier with Acadia, at Pemaquid.

Read about Phips (Privateer and Bounty Hunter) http://www.blupete.com/Hist/BiosNS/1700-63/Church.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Compton,_Rhode_Island

http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=712

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Colonel Benjamin Church's Timeline

1640
1640
Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
1665
March 26, 1665
Age 25
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
1667
December 26, 1667
Age 27
Hingham, Plymouth, MA
1668
1668
Age 28
Little Compton, Newport, RI
1673
1673
Age 33
Duxbury, , Massachusetts, USA
1676
May 12, 1676
Age 36
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1678
1678
Age 38
1678
Age 38
1680
1680
Age 40
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1680
Age 40