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Benjamin Frothingham

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: August 19, 1809 (75)
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
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Son of Benjamin Frothingham and Mary Edmands
Husband of Mary Frothingham
Father of Esther Frothingham and Sarah Sweetser

Occupation: Service in the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War (wounded), Society of the Cincinnati, personal friend of George Washington
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About Major Benjamin Frothingham

In addition to his Revolutionary War service, Benjamin Frothingham was a noted cabinet maker.

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Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 1) MARY DELAND

Old Charlestown : historical, biographical, reminiscent (1902)

Author: Sawyer, Timothy T. (Timothy Thompson), 1817- Subject: Charlestown (Boston, Mass.) -- Description and travel; Charlestown (Boston, Mass.) -- Biography Publisher: Boston : J.H. West Co. Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language: English Call number: b4216488 Digitizing sponsor: MSN Book contributor: New York Public Library Collection: newyorkpubliclibrary; americana Scanfactors: 2

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Before the Revolutionary War, when the colonists were smarting under the oppression of the British governmient and remonstrating against its legislation and unjust decrees, the Frothinghams are found occupying prominent positions in the town, and their names are attached to many of the patriotic documents which stirred the people to resistance and war. During the war they showed their sincerity by enlistment and service, some of them continuing all through the contest. Richard Frothingham, the grandfather of Richard, the historian, was for a long time in the army, and Major Benjamin Frothingham so distinguished himself that General Washington, on his visit to Massachusetts after the war, honored him by a call at his residence on Main Street, near the corner of Mill Street.

Major Benjamin Frothingham was one of the charter members of King Solomon's Lodge of Free Masons, and its first junior warden, elected in 1783, when the lodge was originally organized. The records of the lodge, as published, refer to a visit made in December, 1860, by a former master, the venerable Right Worthy Brother Thomas Hooper, and to an interesting address made by him at the time, relating chiefly to the early history of the lodge and its founders, with all of whom he was personally acquainted. I copy the following from that address :

" Benjamin Frothingham was a Mason for many years previous to the formation of our lodge, but I know not where or when he received the degrees. It appears, however, by record, that he was admitted a member of Saint Andrew's Lodge in 1763. He was a mechanic (cabinet-maker), but was zealously engaged in the War of the Revolution, in which his good conduct as an officer in one of the most important battles attracted the notice and won the confidence of the commander-in-chief. ' Major Ben,' as he was called, on the termination of the war returned to his old homestead on Main Street, near what is now called Mill Street, where he rebuilt his old house and shop, renewed his former occupation of cabinet-making, and there spent the evening of his days, some twenty years, enjoying the respect, confidence, and gratitude of his neighbors and fellow-citizens."

He died in 1809, at the age of seventy-five years.

Reel V Vol. 1.A V.1.A. Orderly book, Morristown (N.J.) and en route to Brandy wine (Pa.), 25 March-7 September 1777 Unit name/number: 1st Connecticut Regiment, Continental Army Recordkeeper: Anonymous Call Number: Ms. N-198 General, division (General Nathaniel Greene), and brigade (General Henry Knox) orders as recorded for Captain Benjamin Frothingham's company 25 March-22 April, 24 May-29 July, 6 August-19 August, and 27 August-7 September 1777 at Morristown (N.J.) and en route to Brandy wine (Pa.). General orders concern regular drill of troops, preparations for battle, and the army's march to Brandywine amid increasing intelligence regarding the British plan to take Philadelphia. Division orders request regular returns from their brigades. Brigade orders cover deployment of artillery throughout the camp, and duty officers in case of action. The book also contains brief returns on ammunition and personnel of Frothingham's company in January 1777.

Bibliographic information QR code for Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Title Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Publisher Genealogical Publishing Com ISBN 0806345497, 9780806345499

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He married at Charlestown May 6 1799 Sarah Frothingham born July 12 1772 died at Newburyport March 19 1849 daughter of Benjamin and Mary Deland Frothingham of Charlestown Her father born April 6 1724 died August 19 1809 was captain of Richard Gridley's regiment of artillery in 1756 in the French and Indian war and also in the revolution during which he was commissioned major He took part in the battle of Monmouth was wounded and taken from the field in the dead cart but recovered He joined the Society of the Cincinnati after the war. General Washington visited him upon his last tour north and that was the only special call that he made in Charlestown His wife was a woman of great courage While he was in the battle of Bunker Hill she and her five children sought refuge in the country Sarah was a pious devout woman Her children received a goodly share of direct parental supervision and training and the Catechism was faithfully inculcated every Sunday night On the same evening also it was the mother's habit to gather her children together for prayer The father's words Your mother wants you were a sufficient signal While her son was in college his mother always took him to her room and prayed with him on his return

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Major Benjamin Frothingham's Timeline

April 6, 1734
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 35
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 37
August 19, 1809
Age 75
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts