Today’s Tidbit | April 7, 1636

On April 7, 1636,  John Benjamin’s mansion was destroyed by fire. The location where his mansion stood is on a site now occupied by Harvard University.

John and his family arrived in Boston, MA in 1632. He was a part of John Winthrop’s Great Migration of Puritan settlers to America. They soon settled in Newtowne (Cambridge), MA. There, he purchased six acres of land and built a house. Governor Winthrop described it as “unsurpassed in elegance and comfort by any in the vicinity. It was a mansion of intelligence, refinement, religion, and hospitality, visited by the clergy of all denominations, and by the literati at home and abroad.” Gov. Winthrop designated him as Mr. Benjamin, the title Mister being rare in those days. There is a tradition that he brought a fine library from England.

John Benjamin is my 9th great grandfather. More about him and his family can be read here.


This Week’s Family Anniversaries | May 17 – May 23, 2009

Heinrich (Friedrick) Heinke – Born May 20, 1820 in Pomerania, Bretwisch, Prussia. He married Maria Elizabeth (Eliese) Schroebke on June 1, 1855. Heinrich died on March 26, 1914 in Royalton, Waupaca Co., WI and is buried in Little Wolf Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca County. He is my 2nd great grandfather.

Samuel Cleveland and Persis Hildreth – Married May 23, 1682 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. They are my 7th great grandparents.

Stefan Jackowski and Agnes Schevkoski – Married May 23, 1916 in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. Stefan is my 2nd great grandfather.

Daniel Bradley and Mary Williams – Married May 21, 1662 in Haverhill, Essex Co, Massachusetts Bay  Colony. They are my wife’s 8th great grandparents.

Joan Hook – Died May 20, 1619 in Sussex Co, England. She was born in abt. 1555. Joan is my 10th great grandmother.

Abigail Eddy – Died May 20, 1687 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was born on October 6, 1601 in Cranbrook, Kent, England. Abigail is my 9th great grandmother.