Benning Wentworth

Benning Wentworth (1696 - 1770)

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Governor Benning Wentworth
Born in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshiremap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Mar 2011 | Last significant change: 16 May 2018
17:06: Patricia (Long) Kent added Abigail (Rucke) Wentworth as spouse for Benning Wentworth. [Thank Patricia for this]
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"As Governor, Benning Wentworth lined his pockets selling land grants in what is now Vermont - He scandalized Portsmouth's elite in 1760 when he surprised his dinner guests by marrying his maid, Martha Hilton, then and there is his dining room." - New England Historical Society


Bennington, Vermont -- town and county both -- are named in Governor Wentworth's honor

Benning married first Abigail Rucke, daughter of John & Hannah (Hutchinson) Rucke, on 31 Sep 1719 - their children were John, Benning II & Foster

After the death of Abigail he married Martha Hilton, daughter of William & Joanna (Lane) Hilton, on 15 Mar 1760 - after the death of Benning she married Michael Wentworth, son of Matthew & Ann (Sill) Wentworth on 19 Dec 1770


  • Page 270: "Benning Wentworth ye son of ye Parents above was born ye 24th July 1696."

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Benning Wentworth - First Royal Governor of New Hampshire
Benning Wentworth - First Royal Governor of New Hampshire

Benning Wentworth - First Royal Governor of New Hampshire - Signature
Benning Wentworth - First Royal Governor of New Hampshire - Signature


On 26 May 2015 at 18:07 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Jillaine, please feel free to make any changes needed. Thank you for everything!

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