Benjamin Rhoades



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Born: 12 Jun 1704 Lynn, Essex, MA  Name: Benjamin Rhoades (1704-1773.)
Holy Bible in English; Edinburgh, Alexander Kincaid, 1762.
Contains the records of Benjamin Rhoades and Rachel, his wife, and descended to the present owner, Miss Elizabeth Prescott Hale, of Yonkers, New York. She is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of the original owner.
Name: Benjamin Rhoades
Comment: was born the 12th Day of June 1704
Confirmed by Vital Records of Lynn Massachusetts
Married: 11 Dec 1729 Lynn, Essex, MA
Died: 25 Jun 1773 Amherst, Hampshire, MA Bible record: " Benjamin Rhoades Died June 25 1773, aged 68"

Will of Benjamin Rhoades  (see copy of original below)

In the Name of God Amen. I Benjamin Rhodes of Amherst in The County of  Hampshire Province of The Massachusets Bay in New England Being now in Helth and of sound mind and memory Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament. I hereby do give and Dispose of my Estate both real & Personall To manner following. In the first place I recommend my soul into the hands of my  Redeemer and my body to a decent burial and nextly after any deb tdebts are paid.I give and Bequeath to my Dagter Rachel Pettis twenty shillings Lawful money to be paid to her at my decease or when she shall Require it.
I give and bequeath to my two Grand Children Lucretia Pettis and Rachel Pettis all my Right of Land in Chesterfield in said County In Equal shares it being twenty Acres by Estamation.
I give and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Rachel the youse and Improvemen of all the Rest of my Estate both Real and Personal During the the time of her Natral Life and if Need be for Support and Comfort to Let & Dispose of so much as is Nessary for that Porpos.
I give & Bequeath to my grand son Joseph Petty of Amherst aforesaid after the Decese of my above named Wife the whole of that part of my Estate which I have given her the youse of During Her Natral Life to him and his Heirs forever.
I Constitute and Appoint Peter Smith and Moses Dickinson both of Amherst above said Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Confirmation of all which I Let to my hand & Seal this 12th Day of March A. D. 1772 in the twelth year of his Majesty’s Reign. Signed Seal Pronounced and Declared by the Testator to be his Last Will and Tastamant in the Presence of us who Sign as Witnesses
In his Presence
Samuel Parker
David Sherwood
Elisha Goodell                                            Benjn Rhodes

Aug 4th sworn in Comon Form by Samuel Parker and Elisha Goodall


Samuel Rhodes


Abygaile Coates


Rachel Silsby


Rachel Rhoades b. 27 Feb 1731/2

Benjamin Rhoades b. 11 Sep 1734

From Families of Amherst, Massachusetts by James Avery Smith
"Benjamin Rhodes  Res of Amh Nov 1760 with 8 acres dev and livestock.  Dism by lts from a church at Northampton to 1st Ch Aug 1762.  In 1766 and 1770 he had 18 acres dev, a horse, 2 cows and 6 sheep.  In 1772 he had a 70 acres farm at Amh and 70 acres at Chesterfield."

John Petty or Pettis and Benjamin Rhodes are both listed on the town records of Amherst as appearing between 1745-1763. 

From Early Lynn Families by Marcia Wilson Wiswall Lindberg, 1983, "Benjamin was a joiner by occupation. He and Rachel (Silsby) Rhodes were probably Quakers; most Bassetts and many Silsby families were Quakers."

From "The History of the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts," by Carpenter & Morehouse, 1896 pg 64
"May 23, 1764, Benjamin Rhoades petitioned the Governor, Council and General Court for pay for the loss of the services of his apprentice Thomas Quiggle, who was a private soldier at Crown Point and afterwards at Ticonderoga, when, being sent by his officers after some provisions 'he froze his feet in so Terrible a manner that he Lost all his toes & hath been under ye care of chirugeons every since & is not yet Healed - by which your Petitioner hath greatly suffer'd in ye Loss of his Labor & ye Costs of his Maintenance Etc..' The committee of the General Court to whom the petition was referred, reported in favor of giving Mr. Rhoades 3 pounds." 

Will of Benjamin Rhodes pg 1
Will of Benjamin Rhodes pg 2
Will of Benjamin Rhodes pg 3