Name: Benjamin Willson
Given Name: Benjamin
Birth: in Leeds, England
Death: 1828 in Swanzy, Cheshire, New Hampshire
!RELATIONSHIP: Revolutionary War pension file for Solomon Phillips; ; declaration by wife Susanna W1923; ; National Archives; NOTE: includes a detailed statement from Susanna Phillips "....I was the daughter of Benjamin Willson late of the town of Swanzey in the county of Cheshire and State of New Hampshire & Sister of William Willson of New Haven in the County of Addison & State of Vermont. My father Benjamin Willson lived in the town Winchester in Said Cheshire County in AD 1777 when I was born on the 13th day of September of said year 1777 & when I was about two years old my father moved with his family to the said town of Swanzy a distance of about eighty miles where in said Swanzy my said father lived & deceased about twenty years ago. ......The Bible out of which said leaf is taken was given to me by my father Benjamin Willson soon after I was married on which leaf between braikety & Martha B is a word in my father Willsons handwriting of the birth of my brother David & sister Eunice........" Dated 9 Oct 1848.
Change Date: 28 Mar 2013 at 12:53:10
!BIRTH-MARRIAGE-CHILDREN: Benjamin Read, HISTORY OF SWANZEY NEW HAMPSHIRE; 1734-1890; 1892, The Salem Press, Salem, MA; p 497/98; FHL Salt Lake City, UT Book 974.29/S1 H2r; NOTE: Benjamin Wilson came from Leeds, England, quite early in the history of the town and lived on the Cantlin farm. He was a dealer and broker in real estate in this and adjoining towns. Of his sons, Abel was a prominent man at West Swanzey; William and John went to Vermont; David had a farm in Winchester, but sold it and bought the T. Hanrahan place, where he lived the last of his life. He was a shrewd and successful farmer and an extensive sheep raiser; Clark was a mechanic, quite an inventive genius, and lived in Westport. His tables for log measure were considered quite accurate, and were extensively used in those days when custom sawing was so generally practised. He was the inventor of Wilson's spiral water wheel, the first to operate under water.
1790 US Census, Cheshire Co, NH; 1790; Swanzeytown; ; National Archives; NOTE: lists Benjamin Wilson with 3 fwm 16 yrs old +; 3 fwm under 16; 5 fwf.
1800 US Census, Cheshire Co, NH; 1800; ; ; National Archives; NOTE: lists 2 Benjamin Wilson's: P 181 00001-32010-00. P 295 01001-01101-00.
!RESIDENCE: Early American Series New Hampshire Vol 1; 1600-1789 1791-1799; ; ; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; NOTE: lists Benjamin Willson, Winchester, Cheshire, NH 1776.Source: spouse is found in the History of Swanzey, page 350, film #1033865/cof Birthplace, spouse and children found on page 497 & 498 of his. of Swanzey/cof Benjamin owned a saw mill until he sold it to his son John.
Mary Grimes b: 10 Nov 1744 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire c: 17 Dec 1744 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Samuel Wilson b: 28 Mar 1762 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Mary "Polly" Wilson b: 8 Nov 1763 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Abel Wilson b: 10 Oct 1766 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Benjamin Wilson b: 5 Nov 1770 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Elizabeth Wilson b: 1 Mar 1772 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- John Wilson b: 12 Feb 1776 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Susanna Willson b: 13 Sep 1777 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- William Willson b: 10 Oct 1779 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- John Wilson b: 12 Dec 1781 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Olive Wilson b: 26 Nov 1783 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- David Wilson b: 29 May 1786 in Swanzey, Cheshire, New Hampshire
- Eunice Willson b: 19 Mar 1788 in , Cheshire, New Hampshire