Capt. Peter Bennett Sr.

(18 September 1674 - 22 October 1749)

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Relationship8th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherJohn Bennett (26 Mar 1648 - 21 Mar 1718)
MotherDeborah Grover (26 Mar 1648 - 22 Mar 1718)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildCapt. Peter Bennett Sr. was born on 18 September 1674, in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.
PrincipalHe was christened on 30 May 1675, in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.
GroomHe married Priscilla Howland, daughter of Isaac Howland and Elizabeth Vaughan, on 30 October 1700 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.1,2
DeceasedHe died on 22 October 1749 in Middleborough, Plymouth Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England, at the age of 75.
InterredHe was buried in Old Cemetery, Middleboro, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.

Children with Priscilla Howland:

Some Life Events of Interest

Peter Bennet bought a farm in the Fall Brook area of Middleboro in 1692. He was a successful businessman and owned a grist-mill and a sawmill, as well as extensive real estate. It appears that he gave portions of his lands to his sons, perhaps at the time of their marriages.
     In March 1729/30 his name was on the list of subscribers to raise money to send two representatives to the court of Great Britain. He contributed one pound.
     In 1735 he and Francis Miller built a dam on Fall River and erected one of the first blast furnaces. This furnace was later used for the manufacture of pottery.
     The Bennet family had at least one servant. In an unnumbered volume of the records of the Court of General Sessions and Peace it is recorded that on October 1, 1747 Prince, a negro servant of Capt. Ebenezer Morton, and Jenny, servant to Capt. Peter Bennet, were united in marriage. Jenny had joined the First Church of Middleboro on March 4, 1742. According to Capt. Peter's will, she was to be given her freedom 'when she arrives to the age of forty years which will be on September of first 1759.' When Capt. Peter Bennet executed his will on 5 October 1749, six of his children had predeceased him.
     He bequeathed to his only living son, Isaac, a large portion of real estate, the sawmill and three-fourths interest in the grist-mill, his wearing apparel, saddle and bridle. He left portions of land to the heirs of his son Peter, and the residue of his estate was to be divided equally among his living children and the heirs of his deceased children. His estate was inventoried on 20 November 1749; land was valued at 5085 pounds and his personal estate at 1013 pounds, 17 shillings.
     Reference: Beverly VR 1:42; Bridgewater 'VR 49; Families of the Pilgrims, 11; Weston, 101,305-6,572,672; MD 1:22, 2:46, 3:84-6,234; 18:251, 21:171-5; Bailey, 2:71.

Sources - Citations

  1. [S548] Franklyn Howland, A Brief Genealogical and Biographical History of Arthur, Henry, And John Howland, and Their Descendants, of the United States and Canada (New Bedford, Massachusetts: by the author, 1885), pg.330.
  2. [S547] Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants: vols. 1 & 2 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company Inc., 1992), pg. 185 gives date of birth of first child as 5 mos before marriage.
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