Benjamin Albee
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Benjamin Albee was in Boston, MA 1640 and lived in Braintree, MA from 1641 until about 1650, when he removed to Medfield, MA although he did not dispose of all his land in Braintree until 1657.  According to Ballou's HISTORY OF MILFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, Benjamin Albee agreed in 1644 with the superintending committee of Quinshipaug Plantation to erect and maintain for the plantation a mill on Mill River in the new town of Mendon, MA, the first waterpower mill for grinding grain in all that region, and they granted him a bounty of fifty acres of land.  The HISTORY OF MILFORD says, "He was a very enterprising man, a public land surveyor, and much employed in the laying out of ways, lots and common lands in early times.  He was made one of Mendon's first selectmen in 1667, and held other responsible offices.  When King Philip's War broke out in 1675, he fled eastward with the Mendon fugitives, and all their buildings were burned by the Indians."  He is believed not to have returned farther than Medfield, where he probably died.  All his Mendon property passed into the hands of his son James.  His wife's name was Hannah, and he had at least seven children, the births of four of whom are recorded:

1 Hannah, b. Braintree, August 16, 1641; d. Medfield, April 24, 1723; m. Medfield, March 25, 1663, Samuel Wight, b. Dedham, MA, February 5, 1639; d. Medfield, December 21, 1716; son of Thomas and Alice Wight.

2 Lydia, b. Braintree April 14, 1642; m. Medfield, October 30, 1658, Alexander Lovell.

3 Prudence, m. Medfield, May 16, 1666, Thomas Barnes of Swansea, Ma.; d. June 8, 1706.

4 James.  See 14

5 John, d. Mendon, July 14, 1675; m. Medfield, October 18, 1671, Jane Holbrooke.  Letters of administration were granted to his widow in Suffolk Co., MA, the 10th day of the 9th month 1675 for herself and two children.  No further record of his family has been found, and the HISTORY OF MILFORD gives no authority for listing John as a son of Benjamin.  Since he was married in the same town and on the same day as James, it is likely that they were brothers.

6 Sarah, b. Medfield, March 11, 1653.  No further record.

7 Benjamin, b. Medfield, 1653.  No further record.