"During more than thirty years of his life in the colony, he was a person of prominence, and acquired large landed possessions in Massachusetts , Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In 1686 he was appointed, under President Dudley, one of the Assistance Justices of the Court of Pleas and Sessions, and, in the following year, on of the Justices Assistant of the Superior Court... He died on the 22nd of November, 1687, possessed of a large estate and leaving many children to survive him. Mr. Lynde's residence... was the old house built by his father-in-law, Mr. John Newgate, standing 'at the southeasterly of Tremont Hill' " (The Diaries of Benjamin Lynde and Benjamin Lynde, Jr., Fitch Edward Oliver, ed., Boston, privately printed, 1880, pp. vi-vii). Samuel Sewall recorded the funeral.
His son Benjamin Lynde Sr. was born in Salem in 1666 and admitted to Harvard in 1682, then trained as a lawyer in London in the Middle Temple. He was the first Chief Justice of Massachusetts to have formal legal training, being appointed associate Justice in 1712 and Chief Justice in 1729, after the resignation of Judge Samuel Sewall.
Benjamin Sr. married in 1699 Mary, daughter of the Hon. William Browne of Salem. They had two children, Benjamin Lynde Jr., who served as Chief Justice during the Boston Massacre Trial, and William, who died unmarried in 1752. In his will William leaves "to Lydia Lynde, the youngest daughter of my sl. brother, as a token of my love, my silver tankard and £450 O. tenor."
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