Wednesday, April 7, 2010

374 Years Ago today... really?

I love it when a genea-blogger posts something about an ancestral family of mine - and I add a new distant cousin to my list!

Check out David Weller's Tree Rings blog post Today’s Tidbit April 7, 1636 about the mansion of John Benjamin burning down in what is now Cambridge, Massachusetts on 7 April 1636. David links to his article John and Abigail Benjamin in his blog archives. Excellent work!

My own descent from John and Abigail (Eddye) Benjamin is:

1. John Benjamin (1585-1645) married Abigail Eddye (1601-1687)
2. Joseph Benjamin (1633-1704) married Sarah Clarke (1639-1716)
3. Hannah Benjamin (1687-????) married Simon Gates (1667-1752)
4. Amos Gates (1706-1783) married Mary Hubbard (1712-1754)
5. Simon Gates (1739-1803) married Susannah Reed (1745-1833)
6. Nathan Gates (1767-1830) married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)
7. Abigail Gates (1797-1867) married Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
8. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) married Lucretia Smith (1827-1884)
9. Frank W. Seaver (1852-1922) married Hattie Hildreth (1857-1920)
10. Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942) married Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)
11. Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983) married Betty V. Carringer (1919-2002)
12. Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

Does any other blogger or reader have John and Abigail (Eddye) Benjamin in their ancestry? Tell us!

Of course, the burning of the mansion didn't happen exactly 374 years ago -- since eleven days were added to the calendar in 1752, this actually happened 373 years and 354 days ago. But who's quibbling?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My husband is descended from John Benjamin through his son, John Jr. and Lydia Allen; then Daniel and Elizabeth Brown; their daughter Margaret who married John Ball; then Nathan and Rhuhama (Cook) Ball; Capt. Nathan and Fear (Chadwick) Ball; their daughter Lucy and William Bradley Sr.; William and Hannah (Pritchard)Bradley Jr.; Joseph Henry and Addie (Dyer) Bradley; their daughter Lena Dell and Forrest Noyes Oakes; Boyd Eugene and Alice Leone (Carey) Oakes, my husband's parents.&*%