Martha Benson

24 February 1747–
Weymouth, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Benson was born on 24 February 1747, in Weymouth, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jonathan Benson, was 31 and her mother, Martha Snell, was 30. She married Elisha Waterman on 25 January 1774. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters.

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Elisha Waterman
Martha Benson
Marriage: 25 January 1774
Anthony Waterman
Elisha Waterman Jr.
Hannah Waterman
Anthony Waterman
David Waterman
Martha Waterman
Joanna Waterman
Jonathan Waterman
Benson Waterman

Spouse and Children

25 January 1774




    Anthony Waterman


    Elisha Waterman Jr.


    Hannah Waterman


    Anthony Waterman


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World Events (8)


Age 29

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 29

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 34

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

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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Sources (3)

  • Martha Benson, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Martha Waterman in entry for Martha Sturtevant, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Martha in entry for Jonathan Waterman, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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