Person:Benjamin Church (3)

m. Bef 14 Mar 1635
  1. Elizabeth ChurchAbt 1636 - 1658/59
  2. Joseph Churchest 1638 - 1711
  3. Col. Benjamin Church1639 - 1718
  4. Nathaniel Churchest 1642 - 1688/89
  5. Charles Churchest 1644 - 1659
  6. Caleb Churchest 1646 - Bef 1722
  7. Abigail Church1648 - 1677
  8. Sarah Churchest 1652 - Bef 1693
  9. Mary Churchest 1654 - 1662
  10. Deborah Church1656/7 -
m. 26 Dec 1671
  1. Edward Church1639 - 1717
  2. Thomas Church1673 - 1746
  3. Constant Church1676 - 1727
  4. Elizabeth Church1684 -
  5. Nathaniel Church1686 -
Facts and Events
Name Col. Benjamin Church
Gender Male
Birth[2] 1639 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Military[1] Bet 1670 and 1718 Colonel. "Celebrated Indian fighter"
Marriage 26 Dec 1671 Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, United Statesto Alice Southworth
Military? 19 Dec 1675 South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United StatesGreat Swamp Fight
Military? Jun 1704 Grand Pre, Kings, Nova Scotia, CanadaRaid on Grand Pré
Death[2] 17 Jan 1718 Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Burial[4] Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Benjamin Church (c. 1639 – January 17, 1718) is considered the father of American ranging. He was the captain of the first Ranger force in America (1676). Church was commissioned by the Governor of the Plymouth Colony, Josiah Winslow to form the first ranger company for King Philip's War. He later employed the company to raid Acadia during King Williams War and Queen Anne's War.

Church designed his force primarily to emulate Indian patterns of war. Toward this end, he endeavored to learn to fight like Indians from Indians. Americans became rangers exclusively under the tutelage of the Indian allies. (Until the end of the colonial period, rangers depended on Indians as both allies and teachers.)

Church developed a special full-time unit mixing white colonists selected for frontier skills with friendly Indians to carry out offensive strikes against hostile Indians and French in terrain where normal militia units were ineffective. His memoirs "Entertaining Passages relating to Philip's War" were published in 1716 and are considered the first American military manual.

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  1. Webber, Samuel G. (Samuel Gilbert). A genealogy of the Southworths (Southards), descendants of Constant Southworth: with a sketch of the family in England. (Boston: Fort Hill Press, 1905).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Little Compton Births and Deaths, in Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850: First series, births, marriages and deaths. A family register for the people. (Narragansett Hist. Publ. Co., 1891), 101.

    CHURCH, Benjamin ___ __, 1639; died Jan. 17, 1718.

  3.   Benjamin Church (military officer), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  4. Benjamin Church, in Find A Grave.
  5.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 1:384.