Capt. Benjamin CHURCH

Male 1640 - 1718


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  • Name  Capt. Benjamin CHURCH 
    Prefix  Capt. 
    Born  1640  Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17 Jan 1718  Freetown, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2156  Ward Tree
    Last Modified  10 Mar 2016 

    Father  Richard CHURCH,   b. 1608, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1668, Dedham, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth WARREN,   b. 1616,   d. 9 Mar 1669, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Mar 1635  Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F769  Group Sheet

    Family  Alice SOUTHWORTH,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  26 Dec 1667  Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas CHURCH,   b. 1673, Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1746, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Constant CHURCH,   b. 12 May 1676, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1727, Freetown, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Alice CHURCH,   b. 1678, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Elizabeth Woodbury CHURCH,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Capt. Benjamin CHURCH,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Nathaniel CHURCH,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Col. Charles CHURCH,   b. 9 May 1682, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1746, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Martha CHURCH,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F768  Group Sheet

  • Photos
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  • Notes 
    • Benjamin was the first ‘Englishman’ to settle at Little Compton in 1675. He was a hero in King’s Philip’s War. He was involved early on in the war at Pease Field Fight in Jun 1675, later in the massacre at the Great Swamp in Dec 1675, and he lead the expedition that resulted in King Philip’s capture in Aug 1676. For a popular introduction to King Philip’s War including Benjamin’s involvement and excerpts from his diary, see King Philip’s War: the history and legacy of America’s forgotten conflict, by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias, Countryman Press, Woodstock, VT, 1999.

      Benjamin dictated to his son Thomas his story published in 1716 as Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip’s War. Various editions have been published including The History of Philip’s War, Commonly Called the Great Indian War of 1675 and 1676, edited by Samuel Drake in 1829 and reprinted in 1989 by Heritage Book, Bowie, MD. See also the Diary of King Philip’s War, 1675-76, with an introduction by Alan Simpson and Mary Simpson, Lockwood, Tiverton, RI, 1975.