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Benjamin Wilmot Jr. (abt. 1616 - 1651)

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Mr. Benjamin Wilmot Jr. aka Wilmott Willmot Willmott
Born about in Englandmap
Husband of — married about in New Haven, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Benjamin Wilmot Jr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Savage's Genealogical Dict. [Vol 4, page 580.] states under Wilmot, or Wilmarth, or Wilmouth:

"Benjamin, New Haven, s. of the preced. was b. in Eng. and one of the signers of the orig. compact of civ. governm. 1639, unless the signat. be his f's. (wh. is less prob.) m Eliz. wid. of the f. of James Heaton, had Hannah, b. 25 Jan. 1645; Mary as Mr. White reads the rec. or as ano. eye of equal experience made it Mercy, 16 Feb. 1647; both bapt. 21 May 1648; and Eliz. bapt 23 Sept. 1649. He d. 8 Apr. 1651, and his wid. m. 8 Feb. 1660, William Judson; Hannah m. 9 Apr. 1667, Samuel Miles as his sec. w.; Mary or Mercy m. 15 July 1679, but the name of her h. is lost; and Eliz. m. John Mix."

Benjamin, the son of Benjamin & Ann Wilmot, married Elizabeth, the widow of James Heaton, about 1644 in the New Haven Colony.[1] This date is based on the birth of their first child in January 1644/5.

Benjamin Willmott dyed the 8th of Aprill 1651.[2] Inventory of estate taken Jun 25, 1651, valued at £72:15:10.[3] There is no evidence that he was buried on the New Haven Green, except that it was the usual place of burial for New Haven residents.

Father or Son?
Benjamin Jr. and Benjamin Sr. are sometimes confused by his descendants. There are references in the early New Haven records to Benjamin Wilmot, and then, beginning in June 1646, there are also references to Goodman or Old or Old Goodman Wilmot. The writers, of the records, made a clear distinction between the two men (as the record keepers in most towns did). In deference to his age the father is called Goodman, the son is simply referred to as Benjamin. Records after Benjamin, the sons, death, in 1651, sometimes call the father Benjamin, but at this point we, and the town recorder, know exactly who was at court. Summary: Records before April 1651 referring to Benjamin, belong to the son not the father, and references to Goodman or Old belong to the father.------------

The New Haven Fundamental Agreement of 1639 was signed initially by 63 men. Within a short time another 48 men had signed the agreement, Benjamin Willmott was one of this group of signers.[4]

Benjamin received a grant of land in 1641, a small lot on the bank side or the west side of the creek[5], which establishes his presence in New Haven.

In 1644 he took the Oath of Fidelity.[6] There are a few instances in the colony and town records of Benjamin being fined for not having bullets or being late for training or putting cattle where he wasn't supposed to.[7][8]

He had the 9th row of the middle seats at the meeting house assigned to him in 1646.[9][10]

In Feb 1650/1 Benjamin Willmott sold to Thomas Powell his home lot, between Mr Yale and Thomas Johnsons lots, also two and a half acres of land in the Yorkshire quarter, with a barn, and another 3 & a half acres of land.[11]

Benjamin died just 2 months later.

The children of Benjamin & Elizabeth Heaton:

1. Hannah b. Jan. 25, 1644/5,[12] m. (1) Samuel Miles (2nd wife) and (2) Miles Merwin
2. Mary or Mercy b. Feb. 16, 1646/7,[12]
3. Elizabeth bpt. Sept. 23, 1649[12], m. John Mix
This profile is part of the New Haven Colony One Place Study.


  1. Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.(pp 1981/2)
  2. Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850 (Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society, 1917) Vol. 1, Page 4
  3. "Abstracts of the Early Probate Records of New Haven, Book I, Part I, 1647-1687." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 81:134. Boston: NEHGS, 1927
  4. #Hoadley1 pp 17, 18.
  5. #Hoadley1 p 49,51
  6. #Hoadley1 p 138
  7. #Hoadley1 1646 p261; 1648 p 386; 1648 p 413; 1649 p 487
  8. #Dexter1 1650 pp 47, 52.
  9. #Hoadley1 p 302.
  10. Conceivably, some of the New Haven records mentioned could belong to his father Benjamin. However, the records refer to Benjamin Sr. as Goodman or Old Goodman. These cited records all call him Benjamin. When the older Benjamin is assigned seats, his seates are not nearly as prestigious.
  11. #Dexter1 1650 p 60.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Baptisms in New Haven." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 9:363. Boston: NEHGS, 1855.
  • [Hoadley1], Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.
  • [Dexter1], Dexter town records: Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol 1. New Haven Town Records 1649-1662. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society,1917.
  • James Savage, Geneaological Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Originally published Boston 1860-62, reprinted April 1873 and 1884. Reproduced by Genealogical Publishing Company, Balitmore 1981.)
  • Wilmeth, James Lillard; Wilmot, Wilmoth, Wilmeth; Charlotte, NC: Washburn Printing Co., 1940
  • Sanborn, Melinde Lutz.Second Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon with a revised introduction by Gary Boyd Roberts. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1985
  • Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. p. 1689

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On 21 Apr 2015 at 03:14 GMT Michael Stills wrote:

Thanks Ed, I see that is the case on E. Heaton's profile, having married a Heaton. It looks like they are set as unmerged matches but they need some source info to clear up birth and death dates and locations.

On 21 Apr 2015 at 01:20 GMT Ed Poor wrote:

Elizabeth Heaton and Tenney are the same person according to findagrave URL below

She was mother of James Heaton [Ken Smith]

Benjamin is 8 degrees from William Brewster, 14 degrees from Skye Driggs and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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