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8198. Benjamin CHILD was born about 1620 in , , , England. He died in 1678 in , , Massachusetts. BENJAMIN CHILD, son of Benjamin Child (124) and (???) (???) (125); b. about 1620 in
England; d. 14 Oct. 1678 Roxbury, Mass., as Benjamin Childe (Suff. P. XII: 293); m. MARY BOWEN (63) about 1653; dau. of Griffith Bowen (114 & 126) and Margaret Fleming (115 & 127); b. about 1635 Wales, England; d. 31 Oct. 1707 Roxbury*, as the widow Mary Child.

(Roxbury(+)) Mary Childe, ye wife of Benjamin Childe, admitted 23 Jan. 1658.

His wife was mentioned in the administration of her father Griffith Bowen's estate, as the widow child. Dated 6 Nov. 1683. (Child Genealogy, by Elias Child).

(R. Comm. Rep. XXXIV: 435) Benjamin Child, the common ancestor of most of the name in
Roxbury, Brookline, Boston, and Woodstock, Conn., settled on the estate between Whitney's and
the Brookline boundary, owned until recently by his descendants. Besides his house and barn, he had
eighty acres conveniently adjoining to ye sd housing.

His estate was near Great Pond, now Jamaica Pond.

(R. Comm. Rep. XXXIV: 282-302) No more interesting spot can be found in Roxbury than
Meeting-House Hill, upon which, in the summer of 1632, the first meeting-house was built. The
second was built in 1674, the third in 1741, the fourth in 1746, and the last in 1804.

From the records of Roxbury, Mr. Benjamin Child was among those who contributed to the erection
of the First Church of Roxbury.

Benjamin Child is described in the Child genealogy, as the nephew of Deacon Ephraim Child of
Watertown, Mass., who came over in 1630 from probably Bury St. Edmunds in Co. Suffolk,
England. The same relationship is also stated by Bond in his History of Watertown, whose opinion
undoubtedly influenced the author of the genealogy. Bond also gave Richard and John Child, who are
mentioned in the will of Deacon Ephraim, as his nephews. To the compiler of this history, the proper
interpretation to be given to the will of Ephraim, is that Ephraim, the son of Benjamin Child of
Roxbury, bears the same relationship to Deacon Ephraim, as does Richard and John; the bequests
are similar in character and extent.

Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of New England, says: Benjamin of Roxbury, probably nephew of Ephrain here, son of Benjamin in England. Then later on speaking about the will of Deacon Ephraim: provided for widow Eliz., for Richard and John Child, probably nephews, and Ephraim another nephew, son of his brother Benjamin.
Richard Child married Mehitable Dimick 17 Apr. 1662 at Watertown (Ct. R.), from this record it is clear that he was much younger than Benjamin, who married Mary Bowen about 1653.
The first mention of Benjamin Child was when he witnessed a deed the 3 Nov. 1651, for ten acres and a halfe sold by Joseph Patchin of Rocksbury to John Dane of the same town (Suff. Deed I: 145). He was therefore of full age in 1651, and if he married at the same age as Deacon Ephraim married Elizabeth Palmer, or Richard Child married Mehitable Dimick, he would be born about 1620, or at the earliest twenty seven years after Deacon Ephraim. This difference between the ages of the oldest and youngest child in a family sprung from one or two mothers is not impossible.

In a pamphlet in the possession of the N. E. H. & G. S., Deacon Ephraim and Benjamin Child are called brothers, which is the conclusion accepted in this book.

(Suff. XII: 293-4) At A County Court held at Boston 29 Apr. 1679.
Power of adm. of all & singular the goods & Estate and Credits of Benjamin Childe late of Roxbury deced intestate is granted unto Mary his Relict Widdow, John Weld Senr & his son Benjn Childe they giving Security to Administer the sd Estate according to Law and bringing in an Inventory thereof upon oath.

Attest Isa. Addington Cler.

An Inventory of the Estate of Benjn Childe who dyed 14th October 1678.
[Among other items]:
A House and Barn, 80 Acres of Land conveniently adjoining to ye sd housing, 12 Acres in the thousand Acres, An Acre & halfe of Salt Marsh, 5 1/2 Acres of Land at the Pond plain. Total of whole inventory was œ506.19.00.
Apprized by John Weld Senr, John Gore.
John Weld and Mary Childe admitted Admrs made oath in Court pro. May 1679 to the truth of the above Inventory and that wn more appears they will add it.

Attest Isa. Addington Cler.

(Weld Mss.) Whereas Benjamin Child late of Roxbury Co. Suff. Mass. Col. in New England, dyed intestate and upon an Inventory of his estate, and Adm. granted unto Mary his relict widow and John Weld Senr of sd. Roxbury . . . Agreement to prevent differences, we appoint Mr. John Weld Senr, Henry Bowen Senr & Samuel Gore to inspect all accounts of management. 3 Apr. 1690.

[Signed] Mary Child, Benjamin Child, Jacob Chambrlen, John Child, Elisabeth Child, Mehittabell Child.

The following very important deed of Jacob Chamberlain and others, their release to Benjamin Child, is taken from the Child Genealogy by Elias Child.

Articles of Agreement, 15 May 1699, between Jacob Chamberlain and Mary his wife, Elizabeth Child Spinster, Margaret Child Spinster, Samuel Perrin & Mehetiable his wife, and John Child, of the one part, and Benjamin Child on the other part, all children and heirs of Benjamin Child sometime of Roxbury, Co. Suffolk, in New England. Whereas the said Benjamin Child, the father dyed seized . . .of land . . . by Estimation about forty six acres . . . in Roxbury.

To the above childrens' quit claim of their fathers estate to their brother Benjamin Child, is joined that of Joshua Child one of the children & heirs of Benjamin Child.

Children of Benjamin Child (62) and Mary Bowen (63).

I. EPHRAIM, b. about 1654 Roxbury, Mass.; bapt. 27 Feb.
1658 Roxbury(+), as Ephraim (with brothers Benjamin &
Joshua), as children of Benjamin Childe; d. 4 Sept. 1675
Northfield, Mass., in the fight at Squakheage, as Ephraim
Child (Bodge).
II. JOSHUA, b. about 1656 Roxbury; bapt. 27 Feb. 1658 Roxbury(+);
d. 18 Jan. 1729-30 Roxbury*; d. the same day
aged 73 y. by his gravestone in the Central Burial Ground,
now know as the Walter Street Cemetery in West Roxbury,
as Mr. Joshua Child (N. E. H. & G. R. VIII:
243-4); m. Elizabeth Morris 9 Mar. 1685-6 Roxbury*;
dau. of Edward and Grace (Burr or Bett) Morris; b. 26
Mar. 1665 Roxbury*, as Elisabeth dau. of Edward Morris;
bapt. 25 Mar. 1666 Roxbury(+), as Elizabeth dau. to
Edward Morrice; d. 6 Mar. 1752 Roxbury, aged 87
by her gravestone, as Mrs. Elizabeth wife of Mr. Joshua
Child; bur. with her husband.
III. BENJAMIN, b. about 1658 Roxbury; bapt. 27 Feb. 1658
Roxbury(+); d. 26 Jan. 1723 Roxbury*; d. 24 Jan. 1723-4,
aged 66 as Benjamin Child by his gravestone in the
Central Burial Ground in West Roxbury, now known as
the Walter Street Cemetery (N. E. H. & G. R. VIII:
243-4); m. Grace Morris 7 Mar. 1682-3 Roxbury*;
dau. of Edward and Grace (Burr by Roxbury*) or (Bett
by Boston*) Morris; bapt. 17 Feb. 1660 Roxbury(+), as
Grace dau. to Ed. Morrice; d. 10 Dec. 1723 Roxbury*,
as Grace wife of Benjamin Child; aged 63 by her tombstone
in the Walter Street Cemetery.
31. IV. MARY, bapt. 28 Oct. 1660 Roxbury(+), as Mary dau. to
Benjamin Childe; d. 12 Oct. 1718 Roxbury*, as Mary
wife of Jacob Chamberlaine; m. JACOB CHAMBERLAIN
(30) 24 Jan. 1683-4 Roxbury*; son of Edmund
Chamberlain (60) and Mary Turner (61).
V. INFANT, d. -- Dec. 1662 Roxbury(+), as an infant of Benjamin
Childe, unbaptized.
VI. ELIZABETH, bapt. 21 Feb. 1663 Roxbury(+), as Elizabeth dau.
to Benjamin Childe; living 15 May 1699 as Elizabeth
Child, spinster; d. single.
VII. MARGARET, bapt. 28 Feb. 1665 Roxbury(+), as Margaret dau.
to Benjamin Childe; living 15 May 1699 as Margaret
Child, spinster; d. 15 July 1742; single.
VIII. JOHN, bapt. 8 Mar. 1667 Roxbury(+), as John son to Benjamin
Childe; d. young.
IX. MEHITABLE, bapt. 29 Aug. 1669 Roxbury(+), as Mehetable
dau. to Benjamin Childe; d. 7 Sept. 1752; m. Samuel Perrin after 3 Apr. 1690, when she was living as Mehittabell Child; prob. m. about 1694; their dau. Mary was
b. 18 Sept. 1695; b. 10 Mar. 1671 Rehoboth*, as Samuel son of John Jr. and Mary Perrin; d. 10 Mar. 1743. (Genealogy of the Perrin family, by Glover Perrin).

(N. E. H. & G. R. XXXII: 178, for Perrin Family).

Contributed by Edward A. Bowen of Woodstock Ct. from the Village graveyard.

Here lyes Buried ye Body of Mr. Samuel Perin, who Died March ye 10th 1743: aged 73 Years.
In Memory of Mrs. Mehatable ye th wife of Mr. Samuel perin died September ye 7d AD 1752 in ye 84th Year of her Age.

X. JOHN, bapt. 1 Oct. 1671 Roxbury(+), as John son to Benjamin
Childe; d. (???) 1764 West Woodstock, Conn: John Child
of Roxbury m. Elizabeth Wales, daughter to E. Nathl
Wales 19 June 1694 Braintree (First(+) by Moses Fisk,
with the Quincy town clerk); dau. of Elder Nathaniel
and Elizabeth (Billings) Wales; b. 10 Feb. 1675-6
Braintree*, as Elizabeth dau. of Nathaniel Wales; d.
(???).
See the will of Nathaniel Wales under Joanna the fourth child of Thomas Faxon (58).

XI. JOSEPH, bapt. 31 Aug. 1673 Roxbury(+), as Joseph son to
Benjamin Childe; d. 10 Feb. 1673 Roxbury(+), as Joseph
son to Benjamin Childe.

REF: Linzee, John William. The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles.
Privately Published, Boston 1913. Call Number: CS71.P24

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BENJAMIN CHILD was born in England, at or near Bury St. Edmunds about 1625 and came to America probably with his uncle Ephraim Child in 1630. He married about 1650 Mary, dau. of Griffith Bowen and Margaret Fleming and settled in Roxbury. He was one of thirty persons who gave œ104 for building the first church erected in Roxbury. He was chosen constable for Muddy River in 1660. He died in Roxbury Oct. 14, 1678. Inventory dated Oct. 24, 1678, œ506:19:00.

Children:

Ephraim b. 1654, Killed in Philip's War, Sept. 23, 1675.
Benjamin b. 1656, d. Jany. 24, 1724, m. Grace Morris.
Joshua b. 1658, d. Jany. 18, 1729, m. Elizabeth Morris.
Mary b. Aug. 8, 1660, m. Jacob Chamberlain.
An infant b. 1662
Elizabeth b. Dec. 2, 1663,
Margaret b. Dec. 21, 1665, d. July 15, 1742.
John b. Jany. 8, 1667, d. young.
Mehitable b. June 29, 1669, m. Samuel Perrin.
John b. Aug. 1, 1671, d. 1764, m. Elizabeth (???)
Joseph b. June 1, 1674, d. young.
Joseph b. Dec. 10, 1678, d. young.

REF: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut . Author: Lyman May Paine
Call Number: CS71.P146 Privately Published. 1914.




Benjamin CHILD and Mary BOWEN were married about 1652 in Boston, , Massachusetts.

8199. Mary BOWEN was born about 1632 in Wales. She died on Oct 31, 1707 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. The Roxbury records for 1707 show: "The widow Mary Child dyed the last day of October
at night." MARY BOWEN, dau. of Griffith Bowen and Margaret Fleming, was born in Wales about 1632. She was married about 1652 to Benjamin Child of Roxbury and died Oct. 31, 1707. She received a share of her father's estate as set off to her Feby 21, 1683-4 by the committee of which John Bowles was one. The Roxbury records for 1707 show: "The widow Mary Child dyed the last day of October at night." REF: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut . Author: Lyman May Paine
Call Number: CS71.P146 Privately Published. 1914. Children were:

i.

Ephraim CHILD was born about 1650 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. He died on Sep 4, 1675 in , , Massachusetts. Killed by Indians w/Col. Beers

ii.

Benjamin CHILD was born in 1656 in , , Massachusetts. He died in 1724 in , , Massachusetts. BENJAMIN CHILD, son of Benjamin Child and Mary Bowen was born in Roxbury in 1656. He
married March 7, 1683, Grace, dau. of Edward Morris and Grace Bett. He remained upon the
homestead and bought the interest of the other seven heirs, by deed dated May 15, 1699, for
œ39:5:8 to each, payable six months after the decease of their mother with interest at five per centum
per ann. He died Jany 24, 1724.

Children:

Ephraim b. Dec. 18, 1683, d. Nov. 22, 1759, m. Priscilla Harris.
Benjamin b. July 19, 1685, d. July 25, 1771, m. Patience Thayer.
Edward b. Nov. 1, 1687, m. Margaret Weld.
Grace b. Oct. 27, 1689, m. Timothy Walker.
Mary b. Oct. 25, 1691, m. Peter Walker.
Ebenezer b. Sept. 7, 1692, d. 1773, m. Elizabeth Bacon.
Mehitable b. Jany. 5, 1695.
William b. Oct. 14, 1697, d. Apl. 15, 1770, m. Deborah Goddard.
Penuel b. Sept. 3, 1699, d. Oct. 24, 1760, m. Dorothy Dwight.
Richard b. Oct. 22, 1701, d. May 18, 1759.
Thomas b. Nov. 10, 1703, d. July 19, 1762, m. Anna Morris.
Margaret b. May 26, 1706.

REF: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut . Author: Lyman May Paine
Call Number: CS71.P146 Privately Published. 1914.

iii.

Joshua CHILD was born in 1657 in , , Massachusetts. He died in 1730 in , , Massachusetts. JOSHUA CHILD, son of Benjamin Child and Mary Bowen, was born in Roxbury in 1658 and
baptized by the "Apostle" Eliot June 20, 1658. He married May 9, 1685, Elizabeth, dau. of Edward
Morris and Grace Bett and resided near the homestead in Brookline. He held many town offices. He
was surveyor in 1691 and 5, 1701 and 2, Constable in 1697 and 1707 and fence viewer in 1699. He died Jany 18, 1729, having been for some time
totally blind.

Children:

Joshua b. June 20, 1687, m. Deborah Weld.
Isaac b. Dec. 20, 1688, m. Sarah Newell,
2nd, Elizabeth Weld.
Elizabeth b. July 20, 1691, m. John May.
Mehitable b. Oct. 27, 1693,
Joseph b. Jany. 7, 1696, m. Abigail Bridges.
Abigail b. Mch. 15, 1698. m. James Draper.
Ann b. Apl. 8, 1700. m. Joshua Murdock.
Dorothy b. May 5, 1701, m. Ebenezer Draper.
Prudence b. July 22, 1703.
Samuel b. Nov. 7, 1705, d. young.
Samuel b. Feb. 4, 1707.
Caleb b. Sept. 16, 1709, m. Rebecca Dana.

REF: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut . Author: Lyman May Paine
Call Number: CS71.P146 Privately Published. 1914.

4099

iv.

Mary CHILDE.

v.

Elizabeth CHILD was born on Feb 21, 1664 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. Savage's Dict.

vi.

Margaret CHILD was born on Jan 28, 1666 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. Savage's Dict.

vii.

John CHILD was born on Mar 8, 1668 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. Savage's Dict. says died soon after birth.

viii.

Mehitable CHILD was born on Aug 29, 1669 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. Savage's Dict

ix.

John CHILD was born on Oct 1, 1671 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. JOHN CHILD, son of Benjamin Child and Mary Bowen, was born in Roxbury Aug. 1, 1671. He
married 1696 Elizabeth (???) and removed to Woodstock in 1699 where he died in 1764.

Children:

John b. about 1697, m. Abigail Aspinwall.
Nathaniel b. Sept. 3, 1699, m. Dorothy Johnson.
Samuel b. Sept. 25, 1700, d. young.
Samuel b. Jany. 27, 1702, m. Keziah Hutchins.
Jacob b. Apl. 18, 1703, m. Dorcas Ainsworth.
Josiah b. Oct. 11, 1705, d. young.
Elizabeth b. Sept. 10, 1708, m. John Chamberlain.
Hannah b. Nov. 12, 1709,
Abigail b. May 17, 1711, d. June 19, 1790.
Martha ) b. June 10, 1712. d. (June 20, 1712.
Mary ) d. (June 10, 1712.

REF: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May of East Woodstock, Connecticut . Author: Lyman May Paine
Call Number: CS71.P146 Privately Published. 1914.

x.

Joseph CHILD was born on Aug 31, 1673 in Roxbury, , Massachusetts. Savage's Dict. says died soon after birth.