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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
||Source: Vital Records of Lynn Massachusetts
|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
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
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
Aug 4th sworn in Comon Form by Samuel Parker and Elisha
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