Benajah Austin

1705–1782 (Age 76)
Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Benajah

When Benajah Austin was born on 23 August 1705, in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Anthony Austin, was 36 and his mother, Abigail Holcomb, was 24. He had at least 4 sons and 3 daughters with Abigail. He died in 1782, in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 77.

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Age 71

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 76

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, and German: from the personal name Austin, a vernacular form of Latin Augustinus, a derivative of Augustus . This was an extremely common personal name in every part of Western Europe during the Middle Ages, owing its popularity chiefly to St. Augustine of Hippo ( 354–430 ), whose influence on Christianity is generally considered to be second only to that of St. Paul. Various religious orders came to be formed following rules named in his honor, including the ‘Austin canons’, established in the 11th century, and the ‘Austin friars’, a mendicant order dating from the 13th century. The popularity of the personal name in England was further increased by the fact that it was borne by St. Augustine of Canterbury ( died c.605 ), an Italian Benedictine monk known as ‘the Apostle of the English’, who brought Christianity to England in 597 and founded the see of Canterbury.2 German: from a reduced form of the personal name Augustin .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Benajah Austin, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Benajah Austin, "Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Benajah Austin - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Benajah Austin

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