Edward Benson

about 1808–
Schaghticoke, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, New York, United States

The Life of Edward

When Edward Benson was born about 1808, in Schaghticoke, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, New York, United States, his father, John Benson, was 33 and his mother, Mary Burch, was 23.

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Family Time Line

John Benson
1775–1868
Mary Burch
1785–
Edward Benson
1808–
William Benson
1810–
Thomas Benson
1812–
John Benson Jr.
1814–
Mary Ann Benson
1819–1899

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World Events (3)

1808

Age 0

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1812

Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 19

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Benne, a pet form of Benedict ( see Benn ).2 English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire named Benson, from Old English Benesingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with Benesa’, a personal name of obscure origin, perhaps a derivative of Bana meaning ‘slayer’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic composed of a pet form of the personal name Beniamin ( see Bien , Benjamin ) + German Sohn ‘son’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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