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James Bennett (abt. 1618 - 1659)

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James Bennett
Born about in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Concord, MAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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James estimated year of birth in 1618.[1]

James Bennett was a freeman at Concord, Mass 1639,[2]

James married Hannah Wheeler, dau of Thomas. James removed to Fairfield 1644.[3]


  1. Hannah b 1640 recorded at Concord, died 1650 at Fairfield
  2. Thomas b 1642 recorded at Concord
  3. James b about 1645
  4. John b about 1648
  5. Mary b 1651/2 died between 1654 and 1659
  6. Sarah b about 1654, marr abt 1673 to Capt John Osborne
  7. Hannah b abt 1656, probably marr 1st to Lt Nathaniel Seeley, marr 2nd to ----

Will of Thomas Wheeler of Fairfield, 1654, mentioned son-in-law James Bennett, and Mary, James, Thomas, and John Bennett, children of dau. Hannah.

James died in 1659 at Fairfield, his widow Hannah married second to Joseph Middlebrook.

Will of Ann Wheeler, 1659, named dau. Hannah and grandchildren Sarah and Hannah Bennett.


  1. There is no source for his birth date, birth place or parents.
  2. The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880 by Samuel Orcutt, Springfield Printing Company, Springfield, Mass., 1880, p. 576. " ... of Fairfield, who came from Concord, Mass., in 1639."
  3. "History and genealogy of the families of old Fairfield" compiled and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus vol 1 p 65, publ 1930 download from

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