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Benjamin Chase Sr. (1639 - 1730)

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Benjamin Chase Sr.
Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married in Freetown, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
Chase-181 created 25 Sep 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 13 Sep 2017
12:58: Christine Roane edited the Biography for Benjamin Chase Sr.. [Thank Christine for this]
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While he was baptized in Roxbury in 1652,[2] he is believe to have been born closer to 1639.

He married, abt 1673, Philippe [Philip[3]] Sherman, born 1 Oct 1652, daughter of Philip and Sarah (Odding) Sherman.

May 1674: He was admitted as a freeman in Portsmouth, RI

By 1679: in Freetown

2 Jun 1685: Chosen surveyor in Freetowne[4]

Jun 1686: chosen constable in Freetowne.[5]

1691: Assessor

1698, 1699, 1705: Selectman

6 Mar 1705/6 appointed guardian of his granddaughter Sarah Makepiece.

17 Apr 1717: with wife joined First Sabbatarian Church, Newport, RI

He died at Freetowne, Bristol Co., Massachusetts between 6 Sep 1730 when his will was dated, and 25 Jul 1731, when it was proved.

Last Will & Testament

Dated 6 Sep 1730.[6]

  • to sons Benjamin and Walter
  • to grandson Benjamin Grinnell
  • to dau Bethiah Dunham
  • to dau Philippe Hathaway
  • to son-in-law Jacob Hathaway
  • to granddaughter Sarah, wife of Isaac Hathaway
  • to grandchild Daniel Grinnell


Note: BENJAMIN CHASE (William (1))
b. 1639, Yarmouth, Ma., bapt 18 Apr 1652, Roxbury, Ma., d. 1730/1, Freetown, Ma., will dated 6 Sept 1730, proved 25 July 1731. m. 1673, Providence, R.I.,
PHILIPPE/Philippa SHERMAN, b. 1 Oct 1652; dau of Philip Sherman and Sarah Odding. Res Portsmouth, R.I. and Freetown, Ma. (ref: NEHGR Jan 1933; per Gen. of R.I. Fam., Vol I, pg 787, Philip Sherman did not have a dau Philippe, The Sherman Gen, R.V. Sherman, 1968, pg 24 says he did; Chase Gen 1, pg 5-6, 7; Gen Dict of R.I., pg 179; Freetown VR; Torrey, pg 147). Benjamin and Philippe had:
i MARY CHASE, b. 1674
ii SARAH CHASE, b., 1676
iii PHILIPPA CHASE, b. 5 July 1679, Freetown, Ma. (VR). m. 28 Jan 1696/7, JACOB HATHAWAY
iv BENJAMIN CHASE, b. 15 July 1682, Freetown, Ma. (VR)
v WALTER CHASE, b. 23 Oct 1684, Freetown, Ma. (VR)
vi BETHIA CHASE, b. 3 Dec 1686, Freetown, Ma. m. 19 June 1706, JOSEPH DUNHAM



  1. John Carroll Chase, "Some of the Descendants of William Chase of Roxbury and Yarmouth, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Boston, MA: NEHGS, 87(1933):51
  2. Roxbury Land and Church Records, Six Report of the Boston Record Commissioners (Boston 1884), p 119: 1652: Month 2 [April} day 18. Benjamin Chase son of William Chase.
  4. Plymouth Colony Records, 6:167
  5. PCR, 6:187
  6. Bristol County Probate Records

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On 20 Mar 2014 at 02:50 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

If you read the narrative you'll see that the 1652 baptism is documented in original (contemporary) records; and that it's others who later proposed he was born much earlier. The merge should go ahead.

On 19 Mar 2014 at 17:06 GMT Fred Remus III wrote:

Chase-2468 and Chase-181 appear to represent the same person because: The 1652 birth date seems unlikely, albeit not impossible. His mother would have been around 50 at that time and his siblings were born in the 1620s and 30s.

On 16 Mar 2013 at 00:56 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Alternative death: February 27, 1686 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, MA

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