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Abigail Benjamin (Eddy)

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Fordwich, Cranbrook, Kent, England
Death: May 20, 1687 (81-89)
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. William Eddy and Mary Eddy
Wife of John Benjamin, of Watertown
Mother of John Benjamin ; Abigail Stubbs; Mary Benjamin ; Samuel Benjamin ; Joseph Benjamin, I and 4 others
Sister of Nathaniel Eddy; Mary Everriden (Eddy); Phineas Eddy; John Eddy; Eleanor Fosten Eddy and 5 others
Half sister of Priscila Eddy

Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Abigail Benjamin

from Find A Grave Memorial# 35998107

Abigail Eddy was baptized at Cranbrook, Kent, October 1601, daughter of Rev. William Eddy of that parish; She married, by about 1620, John Benjamin (1595-1645). They came to Massachusetts Bay 16 September 1632 on the "Lyon." They first settled in Cambridge & moved to Watertown about 1643. She died at Charlestown 20 May 1687 (this date does not appear in the published Charlestown vital records, and may be from a tombstone)].

They had 8 children: John, Abigail Woodward, Mary, Joseph, Samuel, Caleb, Abel, & Joshua.

John's daughter Mary Benjamin refers in her will to "aunt Wines" and "cousin Anne Wines," indicating a connection with Barnabas Wines, whose wife Ann is also supposed to be a sister of John Eddy. This would also connect the Benjamins to SAMUEL EDDY.


  1. The Benjamin family in America.  by Gloria Wall Bicha and Helen Benjamin Brown. Page 4.
  2. The Benjamin family in America.  by Gloria Wall Bicha and Helen Benjamin Brown. Page 8.

Abigail Eddy Female, #5416, (October 1601 - 20 March 1686/87)

    Abigail Eddy was christened in October 1601 in St. Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent, England.1,2 She was born in October 1601 in St. Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent, England. She was the daughter of Rev. William Eddy and Mary Fosten.1,2 On 20 August 1616 in Cranbrook, Kent, England, Abigail Eddy was mentioned in the will of Rev. William Eddy.1 About 1619 Abigail, married John Benjamin, in England.1,2 Abigail Eddy and John Benjamin immigrated on 16 September 1632 to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on board the ship, Lion out of Bristol, under Capt. Mason.1,3,2 In 1636, their home burnt with an estimated loss of over £100. This house contained what was then considered one of the finer libraries in New England.1,4,3,2 Abigail Eddy and John Benjamin moved in 1637 to Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,4 Abigail Eddy moved in 1654 to Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.3 She died on Thursday, 20 March 1686/87 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at age 85 years and 5 months.1,3,5,2

Children of Abigail Eddy and John Benjamin

   John Benjamin1,2 (a 1620 - 22 Dec 1706)
   Abigail Benjamin+1,6,3,2 (1624 - 17 Feb 1695/96)
   Mary Benjamin1,3 (a 1626 - 10 May 1646)
   Samuel Benjamin1,3 (1628 - 1669)
   Joseph Benjamin1,2 (15 Sep 1633 - 1704)
   Caleb Benjamin3,2 (a 1638 - 8 May 1684)
   Abel Benjamin3,5,2 (a 1640 - )
   Joshua Benjamin3,1,5,2 (a 1642 - 6 May 1684)


   Eddy, Ruth Story Devereux. The Eddy Family in America. Boston: The Eddy Family Association, 1930.
   Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635. volume I (A-B). Boston: New England Historic Genealogy Society, 1999.
   Bond, Henry. Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts including Waltham and Weston. 1860. Reprint Boston: New England Historic-Genealogical Society, 1978.
   Paige, Lucius R. History of Cambridge, Massachusetts 1630-1877 with a Genealogical Register. 1877. Reprint Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1986.
   Wyman, Thomas Bellows. The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1818. 1879. Reprint Somersworth, New Hampshire: New England History Press, 1982.
   Woodward, Norma Slater. Descendants of Richard Woodward New England 1589-1982. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1982.

Source: http://genealogy.theroyfamily.com/p5416.htm

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Abigail Benjamin's Timeline

October 6, 1601
Cranbrook, Kent, England
October 6, 1601
Cranbrooke, Kent, England
September 11, 1620
Age 18
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 22
Probably England
April 10, 1626
Age 24
United Kingdom
Age 26
United Kingdom
September 16, 1633
Age 31
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
May 6, 1642
Age 40
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts