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Benjamin Smith, Esq.

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Death: July 4, 1720 (62)
Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Tower Hill Cemetery, Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Smith, of Barnstable and Susannah Smith
Husband of Jedidiah Smith
Father of Dorcas Worth; Benjamin Smith, Jr.; Thomas Smith; Abiah Claghorn; Jane Cathcart and 4 others
Brother of Samuel Smith; Sarah Chadwick; Ebenezer Smith; Mary Dunham; Dorcas Andrews and 7 others

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About Benjamin Smith, Esq.

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.


Between 1687-1692: Attorney for Edgartown Dukes Co. Treasurer 1691: Commissioner as King's Attorney 1692-1703: Representative to the General Cour 1693, 1696, 1697: Selectman, Edgartown 1698-1715: county treasurer

He m. Jedidah Mayhew, daughter of Thomas Mayhew Jr., missionary to the Indians and granddaughter of Gov Thomas Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard.

He left his widow Jedidah, who survived him sixteen years, and eight children, two of whom, Thomas and Ebenezer, became the transmitters of his name unto this present time. Four daughters married leaders in the social and political circles of the period."

Note: His will of 14 Feb 1719 was probated 17 Aug 1720.

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Benjamin Smith, Esq.'s Timeline

January 7, 1658
Sandwich, Barnstable County, 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
Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts
Age 34
Probably Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Province of Massachusetts
May 16, 1697
Age 39
Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
Age 39
Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 51
Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Province of New York