early life and first marriage
Benjamin seems to have followed the usual path to adulthood. He lived with his parents until his marriage, at which time he established his own family unit. He took the Oath of Fidelity in 1669 at age 25 and was married the following year. His wife was Elizabeth Roberts, daughter of Thomas Roberts, also of Dover. And, as expected, their first child arrived a year or so later.
John Heard, his father, gave Benjamin 40 acres of land located on "Fresh Creek" which was on the road from Dover to South Berwick. Benjamin and his family made their home there. Benjamin was a cordwainer (shoemaker or cobbler) by trade and like most men of the time he did his civic duty by serving on the grand jury, trial jury and acting as constable.
Elizabeth died sometime prior to 1690, she did not live to see the death of her oldest child nor did she have to endure the agony of having a child kidnapped by Indians and not knowing their fate.
children of benjamin and ruth