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Myer Benjamin

Also Known As: "Benjamin Myers"
Birthplace: Hungary
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Rachel Benjamin
Father of Benjamin Myers; Judith (or Juda) Montgomery; Maj. Mordecai Myers; Abraham Myers; Polly Myers and 5 others

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About Myer Benjamin

Myer Benjamin was a Hungarian Jew who settled in Newport, Rhode Island during the Colonial Period. In the 1760's there was a decline in the economy and Myer, a merchant, was forced to declare bankruptcy. The Jewish community came to his aid, and he found work as a shammos (sexton), and a shochet (a ritual slaughterer), for the Touro Synagogue. Myer Benjamin was married to Rachel, an Austrian, and together they had eight children. Myer Benjamin was a Loyalist and after his death in 1776, his wife and children emigrated to Canada where they were granted land by the Crown. Most members of the family returned to the U.S. The youngest was Maj. Mordecai Myers, a hero in the War of 1812 and the first Jewish mayor of Schenectady.

Burial: Colonial Jewish Cemetery of Rhode Island Newport Newport County Rhode Island, USA

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Myer Benjamin's Timeline

December 14, 1755
Age 32
New York, New York, NY, USA
May 24, 1759
Age 36
Phillips Manor, Yonkers, New York, New York, United States
May 31, 1776
Age 53
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
November 20, 1776
Age 53
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States