Myer Benjamin (c.1723 - 1776) MP

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Nicknames: "Benjamin Myers"
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Birthplace: Hungary
Death: Died in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Managed by: Peter Dutton, Jr.
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About Myer Benjamin

http://americanjewisharchives.org/pdfs/stern_p220.pdf

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29333959

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

1723
1723
Hungary
1755
December 14, 1755
Age 32
New York, New York, NY, USA
1776
May 31, 1776
Age 53
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
November 20, 1776
Age 53
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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