Anna Benjamin

Brief Life History of Anna

When Anna Benjamin was born in 1683, in Southold, Suffolk, New York Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Richard Benjamin, was 38 and her mother, Elizabeth Terry, was 17. She died on 23 November 1724, in her hometown, at the age of 41.

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Family Time Line

Richard Benjamin
1645–1730
Elizabeth Terry
1666–1707
Richard Benjamin
1681–1716
Eliza Benjamin
1682–1705
David Benjamin
1687–1737
Benjamin
1692–
Anna Benjamin
1683–1724
John Benjamin
1684–1745
Bethiah Benjamin
1684–1757
Joshua Benjamin
1686–1773
Jonathan Benjamin
1690–1725
Joseph Benjamin
1696–
Amaziah Benjamin
1699–1746
Nathan Benjamin
1700–1763
Belluah Benjamin
1702–
Alethea Benjamin
1704–1751
James Benjamin
1707–1707

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  • Richard and Elizabeth Terry Benjamin Family: Richard, Anna, John, Bethiah, Joshua, David, Jonathan, Eliza, Joseph, Amaziah, Nathan, Beulah, Alethea, and James.
  • Richard and Elizabeth Terry Benjamin with children: Richard, Eliza, Anna, John, Bethiah, Joshua, David, Jonathan, ____dau, Joseph, Amaziah, Nathan, Beullah, Alethea & James.

Name Meaning

Jewish (Sephardic and Ashkenazic), English, French, West Indian (mainly Haiti), and African (mainly Nigeria and Tanzania); Hungarian (Benjámin): from the Hebrew male personal name Binyāmīn ‘Son of the South’. In the Book of Genesis, it is treated as meaning ‘Son of the Right Hand’. The two senses are connected, since in Hebrew the south is thought of as the right-hand side of a person who is facing east. Benjamin was the youngest and favorite son of Jacob and supposed progenitor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 35:16-18; 42:4). The personal name was not common among Gentiles in the Middle Ages, but its use was sanctioned by virtue of having been borne by a Christian saint martyred in Persia in about AD 424. In some cases in medieval Europe it was also applied as a byname or nickname to the youngest (and beloved) son of a large family; this is the sense of modern French benjamin. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean Benyamin and Italian Beniamino.

History: John Benjamin (1598–1645) came from England to Watertown, MA, in 1632. Jean-Baptiste Benjamin dit Saint-Aubin from France married Jeanne Allard in QC in 1704.

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

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