Third Generation


44. Benajah ACKLEY3,143 was born on 10 July 1729 in East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.3,5,9,46,71,122 Gene Pool Individual Records, Ancestry and Family of Sophia Fidelia Hall has birth date of 10 Jul 1727 He died before 1761 at the age of 32.71,143 one source claims he died c. 1757, Lebanon, CT - source Court of Probate, Lebanon,
CT, 24 Aug 1757, Letter of Admin of Estate of Benajah Ackley, late of Lebanon, deceased
this has not been verified by or validated by appropriate documentation to date. that Benajah Sr was alive as of 10 Nov 1750 at Lebanon (probate estate papers) when James Bill (his father-in-law) was released from serving as his guardian, Benajah having
reached the age of 21

. His father deeded land to him August 2, 1746. He was in East Haddam in 1750.

Benajah ACKLEY and Laurany (Laurania) BILL were married on 21 May 1747 in District of Goshen, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut.5,6,71,88,90,144,145 The correct data on Lurana/Lurany hinges on two pieces of data. Firstly, she married 1st a Benajah
Ackley on 21 May 1747, at Lebanon, CT, as per CT marriage records (which are published in book
form). Benajah was the son of James & Elizabeth (---?---) Ackley. James was the son of Nicholas &
Hannah (---?---) Ackley, an immigrant.

Secondly, she married 2nd a Jonathan Woodruff. Benajah died by 21 July 1761, perhaps in CT,
perhaps in Nova Scotia. His widow was granted land in Cornwallis, NS, on that date, as shown in
Eaton's "History of King's County, NS". However, there is a misprint that calls her Lawrence Akley.
No Lawrence can be founs and there are two deeds which mention Lurana as the wife of Jonathan
Woodruff and selling land she had taken up as the Widow Ackley (21 July 1761 & 12 June 1764 -
King's Co., NS, land records).

Jonathan & Lurana moved on to Machias, ME, by 26 July 1766 when he signed a power of attorney at
Machias executed by the inhabitants thereof. No death records for Benajah Ackley, Jonathan
Woodruff or Lurana Woodruff have been found. Jonathan and an apparent spouse are found in the
1790 census of Machias, unless that is his son Jonathan Jr. (he had 3 children by Lurana - Anna &
betsey besides Jonathan). Laurany (Laurania) BILL, daughter of James BILL and Keziah FRENCH, was born about 1727.79

Benajah ACKLEY-3578 and Laurany (Laurania) BILL-3579 had the following children:

183

i.

Adonijah ACKLEY was born on 1 February 1750.107 He died on 4 August 1751 at the age of 1.40,107 He was buried in Old Yard Cemetery, Columbia, Tolland , Connecticut.40,90,107

+184

ii.

Pvt Benajah ACKLEY Jr-3580.