200201. Benedict Royce was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, on Wednesday, February 19, 1734/5, baptized at the First Congregational Society of Meriden, Connecticut, on Friday, February 28, 1734/5, and died in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, on July 19, 1769. Esther Bunnell was born in Wallingford on Wednesday, November 30, 1737, and died in 1808. He is the son of Abel and Joanna (Beach) Royce. She is the daughter of Hezekiah and Esther (Bristol) Bunnell. They had six children:
|i.||Silas Royce [#100]: He was born in Bristol, Connecticut, on July 9, 1758.|
|ii.||Esther Royce was baptized in Bristol on March 9, 1760.|
|iii.||Amy Royce was baptized in Bristol on March 5, 1765.|
|iv.||Dimon Royce was baptized in Bristol on January 25, 1767.|
Benedict Royce was born
in Claremont, Sullivan County, Connecticut,
The existence of this child comes from Al Braley, Aug. 2002.
John Royce was born
Benedict and Esther moved to Claremont, New Hampshire, after their children were born. He died there. Benedict's siblings, Mehitabel (m. Bunnell) and Hezekiah also moved to Claremont and lived out their lives there.
Claremont township is approximately six miles square, its land was granted on October 26, 1764. The name comes from the county seat of Lord Clive, an English General who has been called the founder of the British Empire in India. In February, 1767, settlement of the town began in earnest. By 1775 the population was 523 with fewer than 100 families.
Per History of Claremont New Hampshire 17641894, Benedict was very involved in town meetings and surveying projects. He had the first framed house in Claremont.
This entry is conditional pending the proof that George Washington Augustus Royse [#50] is, indeed, the same as the George Royse who is the son of Silas Royse [#100].
In an effort to find the parents of George Washington Augustus Royce, the
children of Benedict's brother, Hezekiah, are given here. Some of his sons lived
in Claremont and were the right age to have a son, George, of the right age.
The child of Hezekiah Royce and Lois Damon are (from
Al Braley, Aug. 2002):