Rev. ROLFE Benjamin[1]

Male 1662 - 1708  (45 years)


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  • Name ROLFE Benjamin 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 13 Sep 1662  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Graduation 1684  Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Harvard College 
    Ordained Jan 1693/4  Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Church of Christ 
    _UID 6ADDD397B35F494EABFCE4E1DF541616258C 
    Died 29 Aug 1708  Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried Aft 29 Aug 1708  Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Pentucket Cemetery 
    1708 Haverhill Massacre monument
    1708 Haverhill Massacre monument

    Rev. Benjamin Rolfe
    Mehetabel (Wainwright) Rolfe
    Mehetable Rolfe
    Capt. Samuel Ayer
    Capt. Simon Wainwright
    Lieut. John Johnson
    Katherine (Skipper) Johnson
    Ruth (Wiliford) Ayer, wife of Thomas Ayer
    Ruth Ayer, daughter of Thomas Ayer
    Ruth (Bradley) Johnson, wife of Thomas Johnson
    Hannah (Frame) (Hartshorn) Smith
    John Hartshorn, Jr.
    John Hartshorne, III, son of John Hartshorne, Jr.
    Thomas Hartshorne, son of John Hartshorne, Jr.
    Jonathan Hartshorne, son of John Hartshorne, Jr.
    Joanna [Hartshorne], step-mother of John, Jr.
    John Dalton

    Several soldiers from Salem also died in this massacre, among them:
    William Coffin, husband of Sarah (Ahorn)
    Veren Lindall
    Samuel Sibley, husband of Sarah (Wells)




    1708 Haverhill Massacre monument
    1708 Haverhill Massacre monument

    Enclosed
    in this tomb is the
    body of a man pious
    learned and revered
    Benjamin Rolfe,
    a most faithful pastor
    of the Church of Christ
    in Haverhill who was
    barbarously slain by
    the Indians at his
    own house.
    He retired from his
    labors on the morning
    of the Sabbath, the 29th
    of Aug. in the year of
    our Lord 1708, and of
    his age the 46th.


    Rev. Benjamin Rolfe gravestone
    Rev. Benjamin Rolfe gravestone

    Claudüur hoc túmulo corpus Reverendi pii doctique viri, D. Benjamin
    Rolfe, ecclesiee Christi quot est in haverhill past or i s Jidelissimi; qui domi
    SUCE ad hoslibus barbare trucidalus. A laborious suis requieuit mane diet
    sacrée quietis, Aug. XXIX anno domini, MDQCVIII. ¿Etatii tua

    "ENCLOSED IN THIS TOMB IS THE BODY OF THE REVERAND PIOUS AND LERNED BENJAMIN ROLFE, THE FAITHFUL PASTOR OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN HAVERHILL; WHO WAS BARBAROUSLY SLAIN IN HIS OWN HOUSE BY THE ENEMY. HE RESTED FROM HIS LABORS EARLY ON THE DAY OF SACRED REST, AUG 29 1708, IN THE 46TH YEAR OF HIS AGE."


    SLAIN
    Rev. Benjamin Rolfe family triple gravestone
    Rev. Benjamin Rolfe family triple gravestone

    MEHETIBLE
    Ye DAUGHTER
    OF Ye REVEREND
    Mr BENJAMIN
    ROFE WHO
    DIED AUGUST
    Ye 29 1708
    AGED 2 YEARS &
    25 DAYS

    MEHETIBLE Ye WIFE
    OF Ye REVEREND
    Mr BENJAMIN ROFE
    WHO WAS BARBAR
    OUSLY MURDERED
    BY ENEMIES ON
    AUGUST 29 1708
    IN Ye 46 YEAR
    OF HER AGE

    ?????????????????
    DOC ???? ????? ???????
    ROLFE ECCLESI?T ?????
    ?W?? EST IN HAVERHILL
    PAS CORIS FIDELISSIMM???
    DOMI SUAE A?? HOSTISUS
    BARBARE TRUCIDATUS
    CABORIB?? SUIS R????
    MAN?? ?? SACR??? ???????
    QUIETUS ??? XXIX ANNO
    DOMINI ??????
    ??? ??? XIVI



    Notes 
    • Chaplain to forces at Falmouth, 1689; 2nd minister of Haverhill; administration of estate 20 Sep 1708.
    Person ID I108370  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2015 

    Father ROLFE Benjamin,   b. Abt 1638, , Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1710, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother HALE Apphia,   b. 1642, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1708, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 3 Nov 1659  Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    • (VR spells Roafe.)
    Family ID F1313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WAINWRIGHT Mehetabel,   b. 4 Dec 1662, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1708, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1693/4  Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10
    • (identified as Mrs. Mehetebel Atwater in VR.)
    Children 
     1. ROLFE Mary,   b. 9 Mar 1694/5, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. ROLFE Benjamin,   b. 2 Sep 1696, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. ROLFE John,   b. 2 Jul 1698, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1698, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. ROLFE John,   b. 1 Sep 1699, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1699, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. ROLFE Elizabeth,   b. 1 Sep 1699, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. ROLFE Francis,   b. 16 Jan 1701, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. ROLFE Mehetable,   c. 19 Aug 1706, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1708, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F43411  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1662 - Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - Address:
    Harvard College - 1684 - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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    Link to Google MapsOrdained - Address:
    Church of Christ - Jan 1693/4 - Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Mar 1693/4 - Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Aug 1708 - Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Pentucket Cemetery - Aft 29 Aug 1708 - Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts
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  • Photos
    Haverhill 1708 residences
    Haverhill 1708 residences
    from the book "Red Sunday" by Francis W. Cronan

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Book-Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, MA, p.302.

    2. [S244] Book-VR Newbury, MA; Vol. I - Births, 1:439.

    3. [S297] Book-VR Haverhill, MA, 2:464.

    4. [S86] Death-gravestone, Pentucket Cemetery; Haverhill, MA.

    5. [S23] Register-4 Gen Noyes English Ancestry.

    6. [S285] Book-Fifty Great Migration Colonists.

    7. [S175] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, p.635.

    8. [S116] Book-Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, MA, p.301.

    9. [S281] Book-VR Newbury, MA; Vol. II - Marriages & Deaths, 2:213.

    10. [S297] Book-VR Haverhill, MA, 2:271.