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John Benham, II

Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of (unknown? / John?) Benham and Sarah Benham
Husband of Sarah Harper / Benham and Mercy (Smith) Benham
Father of Hannah Rood; John Benham, III; Sarah Benham; Mary Benham; Joseph Benham and 4 others
Brother of Mary Benham

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About John Benham, II Joseph BENHAM (John BENHAM1) was born 1630 in England, and died 1702 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT. He married Winifred KING 15 NOV 1656 in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. She was born 1631 in England.


Children of Joseph BENHAM and Winifred KING are: + 4 i. Joseph BENHAM , Jr. was born 25 MAY 1659 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT. + 5 ii. John BENHAM was born 3 NOV 1671 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT, and died 1751 in Long Island, Suffolk Co., NY. + 6 iii. Sarah BENHAM.

3. John BENHAM (John BENHAM1) was born 1632 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died 1691 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. He married Mercy SMITH 3 MAR 1668 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, daughter of George SMITH and Sarah. She was born 22 FEB 1644/45 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died 1681 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.


Child of John BENHAM and Mercy SMITH is: + 7 i. Nathan BENHAM was born 10 JUL 1679 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died JUN 1757 in Cheshire, New Haven Co., CT.


  1. Title: Families of Ancient New Haven
     Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
     Abbrev: Jacobus
     Publication: Salem MA: Higginson Book Co., 1994
     Abbrev: Families of Ancient New Haven
     Page: p. 1620 

John Benham came to this country in 1630, sailing from Plymouth, England, March 20th, in the "MARY AND JOHN" and landing on May 30th at Nantasket Point. The next day, Capt. Squib put them on shore and left them. With the aid of the planters, they obtained a boat and went up the Charles River to a place called Watertown, Mass. where they landed. They found a neck of land called Mattapan, and named their town Dorchester, Mass., where he was made freeman May 18, 1631, having requested the privilege on the 10th of October, 1630.

In 1639, He moved in New Haven, Conn., with the colony of Eaton and Davenort and became on of the founders of that place. He was listed as head of one of the 70 families that constituted that settlement, with 5 persons in his household and $70. The earliest maps of New Haven show the location of his home lot.

In 1643 he is listed in the group of New Haven planters with a family of five persons. We know that he had two sons who survived and left descendants. He was a brickmaker by trade, the drummer of the town, and the town crier. His duties included calling the people to church, to elections, and to public gatherings.

For some reason, John seemed to get in trouble with the town council about every six months, even though he sat on it as one of the original settlers. The following is a short version of his time line, with some of the case in point from the New Haven Town Records:

1639 - Assigned a 4 acre homelot and a 16 acre outlot as one of the original 70

JOHN BENHAM was born in England about 1600 and died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1661. He married twice; (1) in England about 1633 to MARY (-----) , who died in New Haven about June 1660.; and (2) in Boston in November 1660 the widow MARGERY ALCOTT. The story that he, his wife, and their two boys came on the ship "Mary and John" may well be true, but has never been proved.

  He did start in Dorchester; was made freeman there in 1631 and stayed there as a bricklayer until 1638 when he moved with the Reverend John Davenport to found New Haven, (History of Dorchester, by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society). In New Haven he was listed #14 in the church records, and was Town Crier. He travelled many times between New Haven and Hartford, often bearing letters between Davenport and Governor Winthrop.(Davenport Family). 
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John Benham, II's Timeline

May 30, 1630
Ship "Mary & John" landed Nantasket, MA
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
September 17, 1656
Age 24
New Haven, CT, USA
April 10, 1660
Age 28
New Haven, CT, USA
January 8, 1661
Age 29
Wallingford, New Haven Colony
Age 29
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
September 15, 1664
Age 32
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
June 9, 1670
Age 38
New Haven, CT, USA
November 16, 1671
Age 39
New Haven, CT, USA