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Benjamin Mendes Seixas

Benjamin Mendes Seixas[1]

Male 1747 - 1817  (70 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Mendes Seixas  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Born 17 Jan 1747  Newport, Newport, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12
    Gender Male 
    Alt Birth 28 Jan 1748  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    Alt. Death 16 Aug 1816  New York, New York (Manhattan), NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Alt. Death 6 Aug 1817  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    Reference Number 1965 
    Died 16 Aug 1817  Newport, Newport, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 13
    Person ID I1965  aojd
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2011 

    Father Isaac Mendes Seixas,   b. 5 Sep 1708-1709, Lisbon, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1780, Newport, Newport, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Family ID F155  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Mendes Seixas, January 17, 1747-August 16, 1817.
      Son of Isaac Mendes Seixas, brother of Gershom. Born in Newport, RI, he came to New York as a young man. There he became a freeman of New York City, owning a saddler shop on Broad Street. He served as third lieutenant in the Fusiliers Company of the First Battalion of the New York Militia. He joined his parents in Stratford, Connecticut when the British overtook New York during the American Revolution, but was married in Philadelphia in 1779 by his brother Gershom. While a resident of Philadelphia, Benjamin Mendes Seixas engaged in privateering with Isaac Moses, and was a mason and treasurer at the Sublime Lodge of Perfection. He also served as a trustee for the Philadelphia congregation Mikveh Israel. In 1784, Benjamin Mendes Seixas returned to New York and opened a dry goods store. He was active in Congregation Shearith Israel, serving among his roles, as chairman of the board, trustee, and president. He was one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange and became an auctioneer later in his life. He married Zipporah Levy on January 27, 1779 in Philadelphia. They had twenty-one children: Abigail (1779-1782), Moses B. (1780-1839), Isaac B. (1781-1839), Rebecca B. (1782-1868), Abigail (1784-1860), Abraham (1786-1834), Solomon (1787-1840), Esther B. (1789-1872), Sarah (1791-1834), Madison (died in infancy), three more, Hayman Levy (1792-1865), Grace (1794-1866), Jacob B. (1795-1854), Aaron (1796-1849), Rachel (1798-1861), Daniel (1800-1886), Miriam (1802-1833), and Leah (1805-1886).

      Anne Joseph:
      Benjamin Mendes Seixas' grave in the St. James Place (Chatham Square) Cemetery in New York is one of those decorated on Memorial Day, since he is counted among the soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution. He is described in the records as "Merchant. Born in New York City on January 28, 1748, son of Isaac Mendes Seixas. Third Lieutenant in Fusiliers' Company, 1st Battalion, New York Militia. Died in New York City, August 16, 1817."

      Source: An Old Faith in the New World by David and Tamar deSola Pool [10]

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