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Joseph Benham, Sr.

Also Known As: "Benom", "Benam"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Death: Died in Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Wallingford, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Benham, I and Mary / Margery Oldcoln
Husband of Winifred Benham
Father of Joseph Benham; "Daughter" Benham; Joanna Benham; Elizabeth Benham; John Benham and 9 others
Brother of Sarah Benham; Joanna Benham; Elizabeth Benham; Sarah Benham; Anna Benham and 5 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Soper; Mary Alcott; Sarah Alcock; Hannah Alcock; Phillip Alcott and 3 others

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About Joseph Benham, Sr.

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 186


On Dec. 27, 1687, "town gave JOSEPH BENHAM, Jr., 5 acres of land for his service in the war [The Indian War of 1675-1676, commonly called King Philip's] joining to his 20 acres on the east side."


According to Timothy Benham "Joseph and Winifred married in Boston within days of his mother's death in Connecticut, but they moved beck to New Haven where his mother died, and settled in plot 4 of the original town layout in Wallingford, Connecticut. Joseph and Winifred had many troubles throughout their life, such as Winifred being accused of Witchcraft 3 times between 1692 and 1697. The last time her youngest daughter stood accused with her. When suspicions arose yet another time, the family fled to Staten Island New York, in fear of their lives. Winifred and her 13 yr. old daughter who was referred to in trial records as "Winifred Jr.", were the last witch trial to be held in the New England Colonies, in August of 1697. Joseph seemed to have even worse luck with the town council than his dad, including being publicly whipped.

From "Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut" by R. G. Thomlinson, pub. 1978:

"In the summer of 1692, Winifred (King) Benham, the wife of Joseph Benham of Wallingford came under suspicion of witchcraft. When Hammah Parker began to come to the Benham home and make accusations, Joseph took direct action to protect his wife. He told Hannah that he was loading his gun with two bulets and if she came again to make such conversations he would shoot her with them. A hearing before Deputy William Jones, Capt. Moses Mansfield, and Mr. Thomas Trowbridge was held in New Haven on July 25, 1692. Hannah and her husband Joseph Parker, Sarah How and Abigail Atwater appeared as witnesses against the Benhams. Joseph Benham admitted that he threatened to shoot Hannah Parker and the Benhams were warned to appear before the Nov. Meeting of the New Haven County Court."



            
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Joseph Benham, Sr.'s Timeline

1634
1634
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Colonial America
1659
May 25, 1659
Age 25
Wallingford, Connecticut Colony
1661
1661
Age 27
New Haven, Connecticut
1662
July 25, 1662
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1664
September 13, 1664
Age 30
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1666
December 28, 1666
Age 32
Wallingford, New Haven, CT
1669
1669
Age 35
Wallingford, New Haven, CT
1669
Age 35
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1671
November 3, 1671
Age 37
Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut, Colonial America