Benjamin Hoorenbeck

Maleabout 1770–1808

Brief Life History of Benjamin

When Benjamin Hoorenbeck was born about 1770, in Rochester, Ulster, New York, United States, his father, Joseph Hornbeck, was 37 and his mother, Blandina Westbrook, was 25. He died in 1808, at the age of 39.

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Joseph Hornbeck
Blandina Westbrook
Abraham Hornbeck
Elizabeth Hornbeck
Everett Hoorenbeck
Joseph Hornbeck
Margaret Hornbeck
Maria Hornbeck
Ledia Hornbeck
Saffreen Hornbeck
Sofferin Hornbeck
Benjamin Hoorenbeck
Sovereign Horenbeck
Eleanor Hornbeck
Jacob Hornbeck
Benjamin Hornbeck
Lydia Hoorenbeck
Severyne Hornbeck

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    Age 6

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.


    Age 6

    New York is the 11th state.

    1781 · The First Constitution

    Age 11

    Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

    Name Meaning

    Biblical name, borne by the youngest of the twelve sons of Jacob. His mother Rachel died in giving birth to him, and in her last moments she named him Benoni, meaning ‘son of my sorrow’. His father, however, did not wish him to bear such an ill-omened name, and renamed him Benyamin (Genesis 35:16–18; 42:4). This means either ‘son of the right hand’ or more likely ‘son of the south’ (Hebrew yamin can also mean ‘south’), since Benjamin was the only child of Jacob born in Canaan and not in Mesopotamia to the north. Another tradition is that the second element of the name is a variant of the Hebrew plural noun yamim, which means ‘days’ but is used idiomatically to mean ‘year’ or ‘years’. The name would then mean ‘son of (my) old age’ and refer to the fact that Benjamin was Jacob's youngest child. In the Middle Ages the name was often given to sons whose mothers had died in childbirth. Today it has no such unfortunate associations and it grew enormously in popularity following the release of the film The Graduate ( 1967 ), in which Dustin Hoffman played the role of Benjamin Braddock . It is used in Scotland as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Beathan .

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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