Benjamin CHURCH, Sr.

Male 1680 - 1755  (74 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Benjamin CHURCH, Sr. was born 01 Sep 1680, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts (son of Samuel CHURCH and Mary CHURCHILL); died 15 Jan 1755.

    Benjamin married Miriam HOVEY 13 Jan 1709. Miriam (daughter of Thomas HOVEY and Sarah COOKE) was born 27 Aug 1689, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 1713. [Group Sheet]

    Benjamin married Sarah SMITH 29 May 1724, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Sarah was born 10 Apr 1689, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Benjamin married Hannah DICKINSON 23 Sep 1714, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Hannah was born 06 Sep 1684. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Samuel CHURCH was born 1638, Hartford, Conn.; died 13 Apr 1684, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: 1657, Freeman of Connecticut

    Samuel married Mary CHURCHILL Abt 1659, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Mary (daughter of Josiah CHURCHILL and Elizabeth FOOTE) was born 24 Mar 1639, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died 1690, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary CHURCHILL was born 24 Mar 1639, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA (daughter of Josiah CHURCHILL and Elizabeth FOOTE); died 1690, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. Mary CHURCH was born 23 Jan 1665, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts; died 18 Jun 1700.
    2. Joseph CHURCH was born 26 May 1678, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 1721.
    3. John CHURCH, Sr. was born 24 Dec 1682, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 21 Mar 1751, East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut.
    4. 1. Benjamin CHURCH, Sr. was born 01 Sep 1680, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 15 Jan 1755.
    5. Mehitabel CHURCH was born 11 Jan 1672, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 25 Sep 1748.
    6. Richard CHURCH was born 09 Dec 1669, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died 15 Oct 1696, Murdered by Indians.
    7. Samuel CHURCH, Jr. was born 19 Aug 1667, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts; died Abt 1737.
    8. Josiah CHURCH, Sr. was born 10 Apr 1673, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 6.  Josiah CHURCHILL was born Abt 1615, England; died 01 Jan 1686, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Will: 17 Nov 1683

    Notes:

    Excerpt from "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote Sr. & Elizabeth Deming" by Ellwood Count Curtis:

    "The first documented appearance of Josiah in Wethersfield was at the time of his marriage. The next record concerned his real estate. The town records indicate that on 28 February 1641 he owned land in Wethersfield on the river......
    This homestead was on the east side of High street, on the north corner of an ancient road leading to the Great Meadow, and the river. It faced the southern extremity of the Common, which stretched north from his house to the river in December 1659 the records show that Josiah moved a few doors south.
    An earlier genealogist, Hinman, stated that "He was a gentleman of more than a medium estate for the time in which he lived, and of reputation in the Colony". He was apparently active in public affairs. He was a juror of the Particular Court in 1643, 1649, and 1651, at the Quarter Court in 1664 and 1665, and at the County Court in 1666, 1670 and 1675. He was chosen a constable in 1657 and 1670. He was elected one of the two town surveyors in 1666 and 1673.
    Josiah left a will dated 17 November 1683. The inventory of his estate was taken on 5 January 1687 by James Treat and John Buttolph, selectmen of Wethersfield. It was worth 618 pounds 13 shillings and 6 pence. It showed that at his death he owned two home lots and two hundred acres of land. His son Joseph received the house and home lot he was living on along with all other buildings thereon and several other parcels of land. His son Benjamin was to have the old homestead after his mother died and some other land. The daughters received shares of the "moveable estate", as was the custom at that time. Among the items mentioned were a great chest, two bibles, and other books.

    Josiah married Elizabeth FOOTE 1638, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Elizabeth (daughter of Nathaniel FOOTE and Elizabeth DEMING) was born 08 Sep 1616, Colchester, England; was christened Between 14 Jan 1617 and 1618, St. James, Colchester, County Essex, England; died 08 Sep 1700, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  2. 7.  Elizabeth FOOTE was born 08 Sep 1616, Colchester, England; was christened Between 14 Jan 1617 and 1618, St. James, Colchester, County Essex, England (daughter of Nathaniel FOOTE and Elizabeth DEMING); died 08 Sep 1700, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Birth: Abt 1616, England

    Children:
    1. 3. Mary CHURCHILL was born 24 Mar 1639, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died 1690, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.
    2. Elizabeth CHURCHILL was born 15 May 1642, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    3. Hannah CHURCHILL was born 01 Nov 1644, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died Abt 1689, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
    4. Joseph CHURCHILL was born 02 Dec 1649, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died 01 Apr 1699, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    5. Benjamin CHURCHILL was born 16 May 1652, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died Between 1728 and 1730, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    6. Son CHURCHILL was born Abt 1655, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; died 1656, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
    7. Sarah CHURCHILL was born 11 Nov 1657, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.


Generation: 4

  1. 14.  Nathaniel FOOTE was born 21 Sep 1592, Colchester, England; died Bef 11 Dec 1644, Intestate; was buried , Wethersfield, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Birth: Abt 1593, England
    • Emigration: 1633
    • Death: 20 Nov 1644, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
    • Fact: 20 Nov 1644, Inventory of estate taken.

    Notes:

    Excerpt from "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote Sr. & Elizabeth Deming" by Ellwood Count Curtis:
    From all that we an learn Mr. Foote came from Shalford, in Colchester, England, and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. The first mention I find made of his name is in the Records of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, in 1633, when he took the oath of freeman.........
    Mr. Foote married in England, about the year 1615, to Elizabeth Deming, sister of Mr. John Deming, who was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, and for many years one of the magistrates of the Colony of Connecticut, and one of the patentees named in its charter. His children were all born in England, except perhaps the youngest. Mr. Foote died in 1644, aged about 51 years, and was buried in the ancient burying ground in the rear of the Meeting House, where are gathered together the ashes of nine generations. He left behind him, surviving, a widow, two sons and five daughters. He left no will. At a Particular Court held at Harford, 20 November 1644, the following inventory of his property and distribution of his real estate were exhibited, and an order of court granting distribution of his estate and directing a distribution to be made, was passed.
    "An inventory of the good and lands of Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield, deceased, being truly taken and indifferently apprised by Richard Treat, Samuel Smith, and Nathaniel Dickinson. The estate was valued at over L380."

    Excerpt from "Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines": Nathaniel, with his wife and probably six children, emigrated to New England where he became a freeman of Watertown, Massachusetts,on September 3, 1634, owned a homestead of sixteen acres and a two-acre marsh and was still a proprietor as late as 1642, but removed before that date to Wethersfield, Connecticut, probably with the first group of its settlers in 1634-6.
    In this new home he was the wealthiest man and the largest holder of the so-called "Adventurers' lands." He held a ten-acre home lot and gradually added various other tracts including the southern part of "Pennywise Island." In 1639 he laid out a road two rods wide which ran east from the Connecticut River "to the Wilderness" through his "3 mile lot." Farming was his occupation and, apparently, he established a good reputation as a stock raiser, or else he had superior breed of swine, for in May 1637, when the time "army" of ninety men under Captain John Mason was being provisioned to go against the Pequots, the Colonial authorities specified that "there shalbe 1 hogg provided att Wythersfield for the designe in hande, wch is conceiued to be Nathanial Footes.........."
    He acted as Representative to the General Court from 1641-4 and served the community in other useful capacities.
    This family, as a whole, had a large share in the tragedies of that early day for Philip Smith, husband o Rebecca Foote, was announced to have been "murdered with an hideous witchcraft"; among the members of the early generations, Nathaniel Foote had, (a), a daughter-in-law and two of her children taken captive by the Indians and another child killed; (b), a daughter and three of her children killed, while (c), her husband and two other children were made captives; and (d), two more of her children wounded; and Frances Foote lost two husbands by the Indians as well as one son-in-law killed and another, with four of his children, taken into captivity.
    Nathaniel, aged about fifty-one, died intestate before December 11, 1644.

    Nathaniel married Elizabeth DEMING Abt 1615, England. Elizabeth (daughter of John DEMING, Sr. and ? UNKNOWN) was born Abt 1595, Colchester, England; died 28 Jul 1683, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. [Group Sheet]


  2. 15.  Elizabeth DEMING was born Abt 1595, Colchester, England (daughter of John DEMING, Sr. and ? UNKNOWN); died 28 Jul 1683, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

    Other Events:

    • Will Proved: Between Aug and Sep 1683
    • Will: 16 Aug 1682

    Children:
    1. 7. Elizabeth FOOTE was born 08 Sep 1616, Colchester, England; was christened Between 14 Jan 1617 and 1618, St. James, Colchester, County Essex, England; died 08 Sep 1700, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
    2. Nathaniel FOOTE, Jr. was born Abt 1620, Colchester, England; died Jun 1655, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.
    3. Mary FOOTE was born Abt 1623, England; died Aft Aug 1685, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
    4. Lieut. Robert FOOTE was born 08 Dec 1627, England; died 1681, Branford, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
    5. Frances FOOTE was born 1629, East Berghoist, County Suffolk, England.
    6. Sarah FOOTE was born Abt 1632, England; died 1673, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.
    7. Rebecca FOOTE was born 03 Sep 1634, England; died 06 Apr 1701, Hadley, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts.