Benjamin Villepontoux

Brief Life History of Benjamin

When Benjamin Villepontoux was born about 1735, in Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, his father, Pierre "Peter" Villepontoux, was 52 and his mother, Frances L'Escott, was 31. He married Jane DuPont on 1 April 1766, in Jacksonboro, Colleton, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 daughters. He died on 27 October 1792, in Jacksonboro, Colleton, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 58.

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Benjamin Villepontoux
Jane DuPont
Marriage: 1 April 1766
Jane Elizabeth Villepontoux
Susanna Villepontoux
Harriet Villepontoux
Charlotte Manley Villepontoux
Maria Williamson Villepontoux
Caroline DuPre Villepontoux
Frances Susanna Villepontoux

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    World Events (4)


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

    1776 · Battle of Sullivan's Island

    On June 28, 1776, the Battle of Sullivan's Island takes place on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Since it is so close to Charelston, the battle is sometimes referred to as the First Siege of Charleston. This is the first time that the Americans had a victory against a land and sea attack by the British.

    1781 · The First Constitution

    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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