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A Brief Thomas Benedict Chronology
 

Event
Date
• Born in Stratton St Michael, Norfolk, England; son of William Benedict and Elizabeth Stephin  17 Nov 1617
• Apprenticed to a weaver (perhaps Thomas Paine of Wrentham)  About 1630
• Sailed from Great Yarmouth, England, on the "Mary and Anne" with Mary Bridgham, his step-sister  Late May-June 1637 
• Landed at Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony  Early August 1637
• Married to Mary Bridgham, probably at Salem by Rev. John Youngs, probable mentor for Thomas and Mary Benedict    1639 or 1640
• Witnessed will of Thomas Paine of Wrentham, Suffolk, England, a fellow passenger from England to Salem and
   another likely mentor for Thomas and Mary Benedict
 Before 1 Mar 1640 
• Left the Salem area, probably with a group led by Rev. John Youngs, and settled at Southold on Long Island  Late 1639, early 1640
• At Southold he built and operated a tide-mill on the stream later known as Benedict's Creek, Tom's Creek
   and Mill creek (the first recorded English mill in America) 
 During the 1640s
• At Southold, with Mary Bridgham, he fathered five sons and four daughters between 1639 and 1659  Between 1639 & 1659 
• Purchased, with Henry Whitney and Edward Tredwell, an undivided fourth part of Hashamomack from
   William Salmon
 8 Oct 1649
• Appointed by commissioners of the United Colonies of New England to adjust differences between Uncas,
   sachem of the Mohegans, and Mohansick, sachem of Long Island
 5 Sept 1650
• Sent notice to General Court at New Haven of desire of those living at Hashamomack to join with Southold     31 May 1654
• Removed with family from Southold to Huntington, Long Island  June 1656
• Witnessed the will of Jeffrey Este at Huntington  4 Jan 1657
• Signed a petition with William Smith and William Leveridge to the Court at New Haven to annex Huntington
   to New Haven Colony
 17 Mar 1658
• Signed a second petition to annex Huntington to New Haven Colony  8 May 1658
• Made record of the sale of his Southold property to Thomas Rider  27 Feb 1659
• Chosen as magistrate of Huntington, Long Island  4 Feb1660
• Involved in a suit against John Budd, Sr.  17 May 1660
• Again chosen magistrate of Huntington  2 Dec 1661
• Appointed commissioner of Huntington by the General Court at New Haven  15 May 1662
• Removed with family from Huntington to Jamaica, Long Island  1662
• One of the founders of the first Presbyterian church erected in America at Jamaica, Long Island  1662
• Appointed to lay out Jamaica's south meadow and was voted a homelot  12 Dec 1662
• Appointed with Benjamin Coe, Goodman Smith, Luke Watson and Daniel Denton, to set the rate for the
   new minister's house and the cost of his transportation to Jamaica
 20 Dec 1662
• Signed, with 23 others, an agreement with Zachery Walker, the minister, on the subject of reinbursement for
   improvements
 2 Mar 1663
• Witnessed a deed of confirmation of sale of land by Indians with Daniel Denton, Waumitumpack, Rockouse
   and Nannowat 
 7 Mar 1663
• Signed the "Crafford alias Jemaico" petition  7 Mar 1663
• Appointed magistrate of Jamaica by Peter Stuyvesant  20 Mar 1663
• Signed a petition to the General Court at Hartford to annex Long Island to Connecticut  29 Sept 1663
• One of the bearers of the annexation petition to the General Court at Hartford  3 Nov 1663
• Appointed lieutenant of the military company of Jamaica  3 Dec 1663
• Ordered to lay out the meadows on East Neck  22 Dec 1663
• Accepted as a freeman for Jamaica by the General Court  12 May 1664
• Appointed commissioner, with Robert Coe, for Jamaica by the General Court  12 May 1664
• Received a grant, with five others, to settle Elizabethtown, New Jersey, from Sir Richard Nicolls, English
   Governor of New York
 30 Sept 1664
• Delegate from Jamaica, with Daniel Denton, to the first English legislative body gathered in New York by
   Gov. Nicolls to discuss and adopt the code of laws known as the "Duke's Laws"
 28 Feb 1665
• Appointed lieutenant of the foot company of Jamaica at Fort James by Gov. Nicolls  7 Apr 1665
• Removed with family from Jamaica, Long Island to Norwalk, Connecticut; given a homelot there  1665
• Elected town clerk in Norwalk; re-elected town clerk in 1669 and 1672, serving until 1674  Feb 1666
• Witness by letter to the court at Huntington in dispute about title to Eaton's Neck  27 Sept 1666
• Propounded (nominated) a freeman of Norwalk  10 Oct 1667
• Record of purchase of Samuel Campfield's homesite in Norwalk  1 Mar 1669
• Named on list of 42 freemen of Norwalk  11 Oct 1669
• Representative from Norwalk to General Assembly in Hartford  1669
• Representative from Norwalk to General Assembly in Hartford  1670
• Deputy, with Walter Hoyt, of the General Court at Hartford  12 May 1670
• Elected selectman of Norwalk; served until 1688  1671
• Joined with Henry Whitney in suit against Richard Smith  5-7 May 1672
• Deputy of the General Court at Hartford  1675
• Representative to the General Assembly  1675
• Appointed by the General Court to start a settlement near Norwalk. His sons Samuel and James, and
   daughters Sarah and Rebecca, and their families were the first settlers of this town, originally called Paquiage,
   later called Danbury
 8 May 1684
• A patentee on the title of Norwalk  1686
• Signed a petition to the General Court at Hartford to rename the town of Paquiage to "Swamfield"
   (Swampfield)
 6 Oct 1687
• Executed his last will  28 Feb 1689
• Inventory of his estate taken (his date of death is unrecorded, as is his place of burial)  18 Mar 1689
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