Re: Benjamin Acton 1700s Fenwick
Lots of branches have grown since I posted that message. Benjamin arrived 1680s fron England He was a tanner and currier by trade, an occupation in which many of his descendants also engaged, and also a land surveyor
in 1705 was one of the commissioners and surveyor in laying out a public road from Salem to Maurice River. In 1709, in connection with John Mason and Bartholomew Wyatt, Sr., he laid out a public highway from Hancock's Bridge to the town of Greenwich. He subsequently did a large amount of surveying for the heirs of William Penn in Salem Tenth, besides being busily engaged in other public and private surveys throughout his life.Benjamin 1 is believed to have emigrated from London about the year 1677, and soon after that date is mentioned in connection with the public affairs of Fenwick’s colony. He married Mary England in 1688 or 1689, and had children, Elizabeth (1690), who married Francis Reynolds; Mary (1692), who became the wife of William Willis; Benjamin, Jr., (1695), Lydia (1697), and Joshua (1700).Elected: first recorder of the town of New Salem at the time of its incorporation, in 1695. Benjamin Acton is my 7th Gr-Grandfather, His father was John Acton and Mother Joane Rowe.