- Born: 1763, Braintree MA
- Marriage (1): Mary Bessonett on 8 Jan 1798 in Halifax Nova Scotia
- Marriage (2): Margaret Elizabeth Tidmarsh on 8 Jan 1798 in Halifax Nova Scotia
- Died: 18 Sep 1827, Halifax Nova Scotia
Silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker
Events in his life were:
- Apprenticed about 1780 to Peter Etter in Halifax Nova Scotia
- He worked from 1787 to 1798 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Halifax Nova Scotia suceeding to his brother's business and shop.
- Advertised in the Halifax Weekly Chronicle (Halifax Nova Scotia), 14 Jun 1794, as a watchmaker and jeweller on George Street,
- Advertised in the Royal Gazette and the Nova-Scotia Advertiser (Halifax Nova Scotia), 1798, announcing that he had "removed to Lower Side of the Grand Parade, corner of Barrington and George Street, adjoining Mr. Richardson's" and listed an extensive stock of watches, jewellery, silver, military accoutrements, and many other imported goods for sale.
- He was a partner from 1799 to 1803 with James Tidmarsh in Halifax Nova Scotia as ETTER & TIDMARCH.
- He worked from 1799 to 1813 as a silversmith, jeweler, and watchmaker in Halifax Nova Scotia
- Advertised in the Acadian Recorder (Halifax Nova Scotia), 29 May 1813, announcing his retirement in favour of his son, Benjamin B. Etter, and Thomas Hosterman, silversmith, who continued the business until their partnership was dissolved in 1815.
Benjamin married Mary Bessonett, daughter of Daniel Bessonett and Mrs. Daniel Bessonett, on 8 Jan 1798 in Halifax Nova Scotia. (Mary Bessonett was born in 1771 in Halifax Nova Scotia and died on 26 Mar 1797 in Halifax Nova Scotia.)
Benjamin next married Margaret Elizabeth Tidmarsh, daughter of Philip Tidmarsh and Mrs. Philip Tidmarsh, on 8 Jan 1798 in Halifax Nova Scotia. (Margaret Elizabeth Tidmarsh was born about 1780 in Halifax Nova Scotia and died on 19 Sep 1814 in Halifax Nova Scotia.)