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Benjamin Smith

Birthplace: Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Smith and Susannah Smith
Husband of Jediah Mayhew and Jedidiah Mayhew
Father of Dorcas Hawes (Smith); Benjamin Smith; Ebenezer Smith; Jane Cathcart; Jedidah Osborn and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Smith; Ebenezer Smith; Mary Dunham; Dorcas Andrews; Shubael Smith and 6 others

Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Benjamin Smith

was born on 7 Jan 1658/59 in Barnstable, Cape Cod, MA. He died on 4 Jul 1720 in Edgartown?, Martha's Vineyard, MA. Resident of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA.

"... accompanied his family from New Jersey to Sandwich. ... An early mention of Benjamin in the Sandwich records is found in Freeman (Vol. 2, p. 73) who notes that it was voted in 1679 'that Shubael Smith be paid £1 for a wolf killed by his bro. Benj.' Benjamin Smith is called a carpenter in some of the early records. ... At some point he moved to Martha's Vineyard, as did a number of other people from Sandwich. He had a grant of land in Edgartown in l684 which was adjacent to a previous grant of unknown date. Banks thinks it was probably about a year earlier and that he married Jedidah Mayhew about the same time. 'This alliance became a career for him, and his name dots the records frequently thereafter. He was attorney for the town in 1687, 1692; commissioner as King's Attorney for the county [Dukes] in 1691; selectman, 1693, 1696, 1697; county treasurer, 1698, 1715; representative to the General Court, 1692, 1703; county commissioner, 1703, 1708, besides doing other less important work in town affairs up to the last years of his life. Notwithstanding his family associations it appears that he did not entirely approve of all the things that were done by his relatives in the government of the island, and in particular the head of the clan received his private condemnation, although he could not afford open opposition. From this we may conclude his sense of justice was keen, even if his strength of character was not enough to apply the corrective.' He died 'suddenly' 4 July 1720." (Hubbard)

He was married to Jedidah MAYHEW after 16 Jun 1684.

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Benjamin Smith's Timeline

January 7, 1658
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Age 20
Probably Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Province of New York
Age 28
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of New York
Age 30
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States
December 29, 1691
Age 33
Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 34
Probably Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
May 16, 1697
Age 39
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
August 1698
Age 40
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
July 4, 1720
Age 62
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts