Benjamin Turney and Mary Odell Immigrants for this Line

My 10x Great Grandparents, Benjamin Turney and Mary Odell immigrated together around 1639. Benjamin was born around 1600 in Surcott, England. Mary Odell was christened 10 November 1605 in Salford, England.
They were married 12 July 1630 in Salford, England. They had 8 children, the first 4 were born in England, the next 3 were born in Concord, MA, and the youngest was born in Fairfield, CT. Their names: Mary 1631, Robert 1633, Judith 1635, Ann 1637, Rebecca 1639, Sarah 1641, Ruth 1643 and Benjamin 1645.
The family moved to America around 1639 as they can then be found in Concord, MA. Benjamin was made a freeman on 2 June 1641. Along with 15 other families and Rev John Jones, they moved to Fairfield, CT in 1644. The reason being that they did not like the barren land and the taxes in Concord. Also, I wrote about the Wheeler family previously who were also part of the 16 total families that moved at the same time. The Turney’s daughter Rebecca married Timothy Wheeler who I am descended from.

Below is the route I would take from Concord to Fairfield (160 miles) but I have written about previous ancestors from Boston that got to the same area in Connecticut by boat. That would probably be the easiest route in the mid 1600’s.

Concord, MA to Fairfield, CT

Benjamin died 4 years later in 1648. I have read in other genealogy sites that he was killed by Indians, however there was never a source provided. I contacted the historical society library in Fairfield to see if they had information providing what I had read. I received a quick response which was they have no information about his cause of death. There were no wars at the time and they looked in several sources they have. I will believe the local historian unless someone comes forward with proof.

His will gave the ages of his children as: Mary 17, Robert 15, Judith 13, Ann 11, Rebecca 8, Sarah 6, Ruth 4, and Benjamin 3. Distributions were made as they came of age. The inventory was taken 6 June 1648.

Mary remarried to Joseph Middlebrook in 1656. This is Joseph’s second wife, his first wife died the same year 1656. Also, Joseph was one of the 16 families that moved together from Concord, MA to Fairfield, CT.

Mary died in 1659 and there were still children under age, Rebecca, Sarah, Ruth, and Benjamin. Joseph Middlebrook distributed their inheritance as they came of age. The rest of it was distributed by 1661 as there are receipts that were given to Joseph Middlebrook.

I do not know where either Benjamin or Mary are buried.

Lineage:

Benjamin Turney married Mary Odell their son,

Robert Turney married Elizabeth Holly their daughter,

Rebekah Turney married Timothy Wheeler their daughter,

Rebekah Wheeler married Joseph Bostwick their son,

Joseph Bostwick married Bette Hurd their son,

David Bostwick married Currence Hard their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother

References

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1
edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. page 618.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: S-Z
By James Savage, John Farmer, Orrando Perry Dexter. page 30.

The History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, from the Settlement …
By Elizabeth Hubbell Godfrey Schenck page 414.

A history of the town of Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts : from its earliest settlement to 1832; and of the adjoining towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle; containing various notices of county and state history not before published.
Shattuck, Lemuel page 385.

List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1691 : with freeman’s oath, the first paper printed in New England
Andrews, H. Franklin page 36.

 


2 thoughts on “Benjamin Turney and Mary Odell Immigrants for this Line

  1. More support for the idea that Benjamin was not killed, but died of lingering accident or illness is that he was only in his 40s and left a will. Very unlikely that a man that age with minor children would have drawn up a will unless he thought he would soon die.

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