The Sabin Family in North America

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  • ID: I35195
  • Name: Benjamin Sabin , Dea.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 JUL 1646 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
  • Death: 21 JUL 1725 in Pomfret, Windham, CT
  • Change Date: 6 MAR 2003
  • Reference Number: 02D001
  • Note:
    Benjamin's BIRTH: Rehoboth-VR 736 & IGI. MARRIAGE: (1) & (2) Torrey 645. DEATH:
    NEHGR 73:118; age 80. Benjamin resided in Rehoboth until 1675 when he removed
    to Roxbury, MA which, being pressed for space, contemplated a colony in the
    Nipmunk country. Permission was granted for 30 families and an orthodox
    minister. "The way to CT being very harzardous by reason of one deep river,
    passing 4 or 5 times over, Major Pyncheon was ordered by the General Court to
    lay out a better one, and two Indians were appointed to guide him." An 1665
    town meeting agreed "to provide lands and 100 pounds of money, one half to be
    laid out in public buildings and one half equally proportioned among the
    go-ers." In spite of the hazards, there was no lack of subscribers and certain
    ones offered to go ahead who "should have liberty to break up land and plant
    anywhere they pleased for the present year" and should take a surveyor with
    them. The 13 pioneers, among whom was Benjamin Sabin, left Roxbury about the
    first of April 1686, to spy out the place. The venerable Mr. Eliot, pastor of
    the church in Roxbury, could not but feel a deep interest in this attempt to
    colonize the scene of his former missionary labors. Infants are recorded by him
    as baptized "in the same week that we sent our youth to make a new plantation."
    The pioneers found a desolate wilderness, the Indian villages waste. On a noble
    bare hill they put up shelters, planted and built a mill. A surveyor followed
    to lay out the bounds. When the Go-ers left Roxbury they passed the last
    outpost of settlement at Medway and followed the old CT path through 30 miles
    of wilderness. A rude public hall was awaiting them and around this they camped
    for the few weeks till houses could be built. A watch was set every night
    against Indians, bears and wolves. On 25 Aug 1686 they chose seven men to lead
    in laying out the lots. Benjamin Sabin received 20 acres. On 12 Mar 1688, he
    was on a committee to lay out the indispendable roads. Several roads and
    bridges were constructed. In 1690 the town was incorporated and a minister
    secured. Benjamin was one of the selectmen and his house was one of the watch
    houses. The Feb 1691 town meeting was held at his house, and when the meeting
    house was completed, he was chosen Deacon. In 1694 he was on a committee to
    apportion the unsettled half of the tract. All went well till Indian threats
    and alarms kept the community so disturbed that public affairs, roads, and
    fences were all neglected and the mill house fell into such dilapidation that
    "the bad weather did often spoil both bags and corn." Deacon Sabin was on a
    committee to treat with the miller to put the mill in repairs. In 1703 it is
    recorded he agreed to fence the burying ground. But Benjamin was interested not
    only in Woodstock. When he had gone to spy out the place, he had seen also the
    Mashamoquet (Pomfret) and had brought back so good a report on the CT land that
    a number of Roxbury men were induced to make its purchase.
    In 1686 a deed conveyed to Benjamin Sabin, John Grosvenor and others "15,000
    acres of wilderness land to be surveyed." In 1694 the proprietors met in
    Roxbury to receive their shares. John Grosvenor had died but his widow, Esther,
    had first choice, and her Grosvenor land is still the choice site of Pomfret.
    Benjamin Sabin had 8th choice, and he added tracts for his sons. The map of
    these early holdings is published in Larned's History of Windham County. Indian
    wars delayed settlement on the lands selected. Esther Grosvenor came in 1700
    with her sons, two of whom were William, five years out of Harvard, and
    Ebenezer. Her house, now a part of the Sabin house, is an historic landmark in
    Pomfret. In 1705, Deacon Benjamin Sabin and his family came. He brought sons
    Stephen, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Josiah, Jeremiah and Nehemiah. In 1713 the
    Deacon's name heads the list of petitioners that the town be recognnized and
    incorporated. He was on the committee to locate and then to build the meeting
    house. The next year he was chosen selectman. He was put on the committee to
    call the minister and to see that an ordination dinner for forty persons be
    provided. He was the first representative sent by Pomfret to the general
    assembly in 1719. Pomfret was progressing. Improved roads brought travel
    through it. A fulling mill was located at the falls, to be bought later by Capt
    John Daniels. After five years in which there had been no deaths (except three
    infants) in town, it was voted to move the burying place. The second burial in
    the new place on 21 Jul 1725, was that of the aged Deacon and pioneer, one of
    the most useful and respected citizens of Pomfret, Benjamin Sabin.

    Father: William Sabin b: 1609 in England
    Mother: Mary Wright b: 1618 in England

    Marriage 1 Sarah Polley b: 2 JUN 1650 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    • Married: ABT 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
    1. Has Children Josiah Sabin b: 11 OCT 1669 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
    2. Has Children Ebenezer Sabin , Ensign. b: 10 DEC 1671 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
    3. Has Children Benjamin Sabin , Dea. b: 2 DEC 1673 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA
    4. Has Children Mehitable Sabin b: 7 SEP 1677 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA

    Marriage 2 Sarah Parker b: ABT 1658 in Reading, Middlesex, MA
    • Married: 5 SEP 1678 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    1. Has Children Sarah Sabin b: 1 AUG 1679 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    2. Has Children Nehemiah Sabin b: 30 JAN 1680/81 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    3. Has Children Patience Sabin b: 3 MAY 1682 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    4. Has Children Jeremiah Sabin I b: 11 MAR 1683/84 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    5. Has Children Experience Sabin b: FEB 1685/86 in Roxbury, Suffolk, MA
    6. Has Children Stephen Sabin b: 30 MAY 1689 in Woodstock, Windham, CT
    7. Has Children Timothy Sabin b: 27 JUL 1694 in Woodstock, Windsor, VT
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