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Winifred Benham (King)

Birthplace: Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John King and Mary Baker
Wife of Joseph Benham, Sr.
Mother of Joseph Benham, Jr.; Anna Jansen; Joanna Benham; Elizabeth Benham; John Benham and 9 others

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About Winifred King

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 186

WINIFRED KING was born in an unknown place about 1639, and died equally unknown, after 1703. She married in Boston 15 January 1657 Joseph Benham and they had fourteen children. Her mother may have been the widow MARY HALE, age seventy four, who was tried as a witch in Boston in 1680, and acquitted, and who called Winifred Benhams's daughter Joanna her "grandaughter". Nothing has been found to prove this relationship.

  Mary Hale was a widow, age seventy-four in 1680 who ran a rooming house/ infirmary, taking in many destitute people, for whose care she was paid by the city. Her granddaughter Joanna Benham, age nineteen, acted as her assistant. Mary was accused of poisoning a young man who had once courted Joanna and now was paying attention to another young girl. She was judged not guilty (Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County and Records of the Court of Assistants). 

Winifred (King) Benham is on the list of accepted ancestors for The Associated Daughters of Early American Witches. She was accused in 1697, along with her daughter Winifred.

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Winifred King's Timeline

January 15, 1657
Age 22
Boston, Suffolk, MA
May 25, 1659
Age 24
Wallingford, New Haven, CT
Age 26
New Haven, Connecticut
July 25, 1662
Age 27
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
September 13, 1664
Age 29
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
December 28, 1666
Age 31
Wallingford, New Haven, CT
Age 34
Wallingford, New Haven, CT
Age 34
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
November 3, 1671
Age 36
Wallingford,New Haven,Connecticut,USA