|Also Known As:||"Benaiah"|
|Birthplace:||Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts|
|Death:||Died in Piscataway Township, Middlesex, New Jersey|
|Place of Burial:||Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ|
Son of Dea. John Dunham, of the Plymouth Colony and Abigail Dunham
|Occupation:||Captain, Planter - Militia Captain, Linen Weaver|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About Capt. Benajah Dunham
Occupation (as of) 10 May 1679 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey  Linen weaver
Genealogy of the Gann, Donaldson, Laubacher, McDowell and related families
'Captain Benajah Dunham
Abt 1637 - 1679 (~ 42 years)
Name Captain Benajah Dunham [1, 2, 3]
Born Abt 1637 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts [2, 3]
Residence 1672 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey 
Occupation 10 May 1679 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey 
Residence 10 May 1679 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey 
Will 10 May 1679 Middlesex Co., New Jersey [2, 4]
Edmund, Mary, and Elizabeth.
Land on Raraton R., do. on Bonham's Creek, do. North of Andrew Woodin, do.
in New England. Personal property.
The wife executrix with Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge
and John Fitzrandolphe of Piscataway as overseers for the children
Died 24 Dec 1679 Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey 
"Dunham Genealogy" gives the year 1680 but his will was proved before 24 Dec 1680
Probate 12 Aug 1680 Middlesex Co., New Jersey 
Person ID I2076 Wm L Gann Ancestors
Last Modified 12 Jul 2016
Father John Dunham, b. Abt 1589, Bedfordshire, England ,
d. 2 Mar 1668/9, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Age ~ 80 years)
Mother Abigail Barlow, d. Aft 2 Mar 1668/9
Married 22 Oct 1622 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Family ID F913
Family Elizabeth Tilson, d. Aft 14 Jan 1684/5 
Married 25 Oct 1660 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts [1, 2, 6, 7]
Recorded both in Eastham and Plymouth.
Location of the marriage is not clear
+ 1. Edmund Dunham, b. 25 Jul 1661, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts ,
d. 17 Mar 1734 (Age 72 years)
2. John Dunham, b. 28 Aug 1663, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts ,
d. 6 Sep 1663, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (Age 0 years)
3. Elizabeth Dunham, b. 20 Nov 1664, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts ,
d. 31 Dec 1667, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (Age 3 years)
4. Hannah Dunham, b. 4 Jun 1666, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts ,
d. 25 Dec 1667, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts (Age 1 years)
5. Benjamin Dunham, b. 28 Oct 1667, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
6. Mary Dunham, b. 1669, New Jersey
7. Elizabeth Dunham, b. 1670, New Jersey
Last Modified 24 Aug 2016
Family ID F912
[S110] Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, Col. Leonard H. Smith, Jr. & Norma H. Smith,
(Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, 1993), 33 (Reliability: 2), 12 Jul 2016.
[S52] Dunham Genealogy, Isaac Watson Dunham, comp., Hartford, CT: 1907., 250 (Reliability: 1), 11 Jul 2014.
[S26855] The Hull Family in America, Col. Charles H. Weygant, (The Hull Family Association), 291 (Reliability: 1), 11 Jul 2009. John Dunham was the son of Benajah Dunham and his wife Dorothy Martin; Benajah Dunham was the son of Rev. Edward and Mary (Bonham) Dunham; Rev. Edward was the son of Capt. Benajah Dunham, who was the son of Rev. John Dunham of Plymouth.
[S99] New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Volume XXIII, Abstracts of Wills, 1670-1730, p. 146 (Reliability: 3), 11 Jul 2016.
[S26855] The Hull Family in America, Col. Charles H. Weygant, (The Hull Family Association), 291 (Reliability: 2), 11 Jul 2009. John Dunham was the son of Benajah Dunham and his wife Dorothy Martin; Benajah Dunham was the son of Rev. Edward and Mary (Bonham) Dunham; Rev. Edward was the son of Capt. Benajah Dunham, who was the son of Rev. John Dunham of Plymouth.
[S54] Plymouth Colony Records v. 8, ed. Nathaniel B Shurtleff, MD, (Boston: William White, 1857), 22 (Reliability: 2), 16 Jul 2014.
[S116] Records of Plymouth Colony, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), 22 (Reliability: 2), 24 Aug 2016.
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Benajah Dunham was the next to the last child of eight children born to Deacon John Dunham and his second wife Abigail Ballou.
Born in Plymouth, Mass. 1640, Benajah Dunham was a freeman in 1664, a court officer at Eastham, Mass., in 1669, emigrated to East Jersey about 1671; in 1672 purchased 100 acres of land at Piscataway, N. J., and became a planter and in 1673 a captain of the Piscataway Militia Squad in New Jersey under the Dutch.
Benajah married October 25, 1660, Elizabeth Tilson, of Scituate MA. Shortly after Benajah & Elizabeth’s marriage, the young couple moved from Plymouth to Eastham Massachusetts (on Cape Cod). They stayed here for eight or nine years but by 1671 they had relocated to Piscataway, New Jersey.
Between 1661-1671, Benajah 2 and Elizabeth had 3 sons and 4 daughters. Their first born son Edmund Dunham moved to the new town of Piscataway along with several other Eastham families.
Benajah died in Piscataway, New Jersey 24 December 1680.
From An American Family History citing "Dunham Genealogy: English and American Branches of the Dunham Family by Isaac Watson Dunham"
Benjah [Dunham] b. Plymouth, 1640; m. Oct. 25, 1660. Elizabeth Tilson, of Scituate, dau. of Edmund, of Plymouth. He bought, in 1672, one hundred acres of land in Piscataway, N. J., and became a planter; 1664, a freeman; 1669. a court officer at Eastham; 1673. militia captain; May 10, 1679, willed to son. Edmund, seventy acres of land on Raritan river; to Mary, house and meadow on Bonham Creek, and one-third of cattle, movable goods and books; to his wife, one-third of cattle, movable goods and books; to Elizabeth, forty acres of land, and one-third of cattle, movable goods and books: d. Dec. 24. 1680, at Piscataway, N. J.
- I.—Edmund, b. July 25, 1661; m. July 15, 1681, Mary Bonham; b. Oct. 4, 1661; d. March 17, 1734.
- II.— John, b. Aug. 28, 1663; d. Sept. 6, 1663.
- III.—Elizabeth, b. Nov. 20, 1664; d. Dec. 31, 1667.
- IV.—Mary, b. New Jersey, 1669; m. Mr. Thompson. Had son, John.
- V.—Elizabeth, b. 1670, New Jersey; m. July 15, 1681, Jonas Wood.
- VI.—Hannah, b. June 4, 1666; d. Dec. 25, 1667.
- VII.—Benjamin, b. Oct. 28, 1667; baptized at Eastham, by Pastor Russell; d. young.
In 1672 emigrated with his family & bought 100 acres of land in Piscataway, N.J. where he established his family. The first mention of him in Plymouth Colony records was of a complaint brought against him on March 5, 1656 for 'foolish & provoking carriages, in drawing his knife upon sundry person at Taunton, which might have proved of ill consequences.' He denied the charges & it was dismissed due to lack of evidence. Made a freeman on June 8, 1664 (Eastham, MA.) & served on inquest panels on Sept. 20, 1667 & Dec. 24, 1667. Commisioned Captain of Militia May 10, 1679.
He m. Elizabeth Tilson, of Scituate, Oct. 25, 1660. His occupation was similar to that of his father, a linen weaver.
He accompanied his brother, Daniel, to Eastham, in 1668. He became a court officer in 1669. Here they separated and in 1672 followed Jonathan, the son of Thomas his brother, and settled in Piscataway, New Jersey, south of Woodbridge, the home of Jonathan Dunham. He purchased 100 acres of land and became a planter. He took an active interest in the affairs of the colony and in 1673 was appointed captain of the militia, and as such was one of the committee of safety and council of war. It was under this board that Jonathan Singletary, from Haverhill, who had assumed the name of Jonathan Dunham, was condemned for his vagrancy.
This Jonathan (Singletary) Dunham is an ancestor of President Barack Obama.
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Capt. Benajah Dunham's Timeline
November 18, 1637
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
July 25, 1661
August 28, 1663
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
November 20, 1664
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
June 4, 1666
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 28, 1667
Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
New Jersey, USA
Eastham, Massachusetts, United States
Piscataway, New Jersey, United States