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James Bennett (1666 - 1730)

James Bennett
Born in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 12 Jul 1694 (to 18 Apr 1725) in Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married 13 Sep 1725 in Little Comptonmap
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Died at age 63 in Little Compton, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
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James Bennett was born 31 May 1666 in Charlestown, the son of John and Mary (Cobham) Bennet.[1] and died Little Compton, Massachusetts (later part of Rhode Island), on 17 February 1729/30.[2]

He married Ruth Rogers on 12 July 1694. Their marriage was recorded in both Taunton and Bristol, Rhode Island.[3][4] Ruth was born on 18 April 1675 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pabodie) Rogers.[5][1] James' mother and Ruth's stepmother Marah were sisters.[1]

Ruth died on 28 April 1725 in Little Compton in her 50th year.[6][7]

James then married Mercy Simmons on 13 September 1725 in Little Compton.[1]

James died in Little Compton on 17 February 1729/30 in his 64th year.[8] James' will was dated 1 February 1729/30 and proved 21 April 1730. He named his wife Marcy, executrix, son James and John, and daughter Marcy Bennet.[1]

James and Ruth did not have any children.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ann Reeves and Alice W.A. Westgate, Mayflower Families Through 5 Generations, Thomas Rogers, Vol. 19 (Plymouth, MA: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000 [1st printing]), pp. 15, 47.
  2. Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 19 June 2019), memorial page for James Bennett (31 May 1666–17 Feb 1729), Find A Grave: Memorial #28865375, citing Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Frances Slater (contributor 46954975). (Includes gravestone photo.)
  3. NEHGS, Vital Records of Taunton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1978), Vol. 2:46. (Link by $ubscription).
    James Benet and Ruth Rogers, July 12, 1694.* [Bennet, P.R.21.]
  4. James N. Arnold, compiler, Vital record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850. First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths (Providence, R.I. : Narragansett historical publishing company, 1894), Vol. 6, Bristol p. 7
    Bennett, James, and Ruth Rogers, July 12, 1694.
  5. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (20 May 2014), Plymouth > Duxbury > Town records 1645-1749 > image 13 of 96; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
    "General Records Dates Included 1645-1749, Town of Duxbury", p. 23.
  6. Arnold, VRs of Rhode Island, Vol. 4, Little Compton, p. 81
  7. "Cemetery Inscriptions in Little Compton, R.I.," NEHGR Vol. 115 (1961) : 262. (Link by $ubscription.)
    Ruth the wife of James Bennett died April ye 18th 1725 in her 50th year.
  8. "Cemetery Inscriptions in Little Compton, R.I.," NEHGR Vol. 115 (1961) : 263. (Link by $ubscription.)

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Note: mother is the daughter Mary (not yet profiled) of Josiah Cobbet/Cobham.
posted on Bennett-5305 (merged) by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

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