[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of William Elmer, son of Sarah Peak (Elmer), daughter of Lemuel Peake, son of Mehitable Perrin (Peake), daughter of Mehitable Child (Perrin), daughter of Benjamin Child, son of Benjamin Childe.]
Reverend Benjamin Childe I - 1592-1634 (43 years old)
Reverend Benjamin Childe I was born on September 1, 1592 in Westminster Parish, Middlesex Shire, England. Benjamin was the second of six children born to Wolstone and Ellen Empson Childe. Because Benjamin's older brother Nathaniel and his younger brother Ephraim were both born within a year and a half of him, these three brothers were most likely close to each other and shared similar experiences. During their childhood, Benjamin and his siblings would have received an excellent education, because they came from the literate Gentry class that lived in the wealthier regions of London. It is apparent that the Childe siblings all received a Puritan upbringing from their father Wolstone, where they were all baptized and attended church services. In addition, Benjamin and his brothers would have helped their father Wolstone in his profession as a cordwainer, making boots and all sorts of fine leather goods.
Although Benjamin was raised in a Gentry family of privilege, his upbringing was not without its share of trials and tribulations. It is evident that Benjamin's childhood was more transient than settled, based on the fact that Wolstone Childe moved around London several times. By the time that Benjamin was nine years old, he had lived in Westminster for three years, then two years in Stepney, followed by four years in Bishopsgate. It was around this time period when tragedy struck, where Benjamin was only nine years old when his father Wolstone unexpectedly passed away at the young age of thirty-two.
While the tragic death of Wolstone Childe in 1602 devastated Benjamin and his siblings, they remembered the gospel principles that their father taught them from the Bible, which helped them to put their trust in God during their bereavement. Benjamin and his siblings eventually moved on with their lives when their mother Ellen Empson Childe married Edward Warren the following year, which resulted in yet another move. Hence, the Childe family moved to the gentleman's estate of the Warren family in the Aldgate Ward of London, where they attended St. Botolph's Church, which is located on the eastern side of the old Roman fortifications.
|Trinity College and Town Center of Cambridge University|
Established in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay
|Puritan Leaders of Emmanuel College|
associated with Benjamin Childe
|Puritan Conversion of Benjamin Childe|
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
|Puritan Leaders from Cambridge University |
who taught Benjamin Childe
|Anglican Church in Bristol|
Where Reverend Benjamin Childe left for Puritanism
|Map of Cotesbach Parish in Leicester|
where Benjamin Childe Preached
|Map of St. Mary's Church, Cotesbach|
where Benjamin Childe preached
|St. Mary's Church where Benjamin Childe was a Rector|
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Sarah Shenton Childe
|Rector's Manor of Cotesbach where|
Benjamin Childe's Family Resided
|Rectors of St. Mary's Church of Cotesbach Parish|
In conclusion, Reverend Benjamin Childe I is revered as one of the greatest Childe ancestors that have ever lived, based on his desire to seek for truth and righteousness, which resulted in his willingness to follow in the sacrificial footsteps of his Savior. While the early years of Benjamin's life were marked by tragedy after his father unexpectedly passed away, the greatness of this Childe is evident because he turned to the scriptures for answers, rather than allowing this trial to harden his heart and lose trust in God. The fact that Benjamin Childe made the decision to be a Puritan minister after this tragic event speaks volumes about his level of exceeding great faith, especially in light of the opposition that was brewing against his religious movement. There is no doubt that Benjamin was one of the most educated of all the Childe ancestors, as he studied with the greatest Puritan minds of his generation. It is no coincidence that Benjamin Child was permitted to study at the first Puritan establishment in England and to take part in the "golden age" of Puritan teaching at Emmanuel College, where he obtained a graduate degree from Cambridge University. It is apparent that Benjamin was a devout family man, based on his sacrifice and commitment to raise the children of his deceased parents. It is heartbreaking that Benjamin's humble life as a pastor was cut short by the plague, which had once again claimed the life of a Childe ancestor. Fortunately, Benjamin was able to have children so that his name and seed would remain upon this earth. It is obvious that our Heavenly Father was mindful of this factor, and once Benjamin had accomplished the work that he was sent to do, he was able to return back into His presence. Although this tribulation was difficult for Benjamin's surviving family to bear, it was definitely necessary and served a higher purpose, which will later be shown to have altered the course of his bloodline. For without the untimely death of Benjamin, the migration of the Child family to America most likely would not have taken place. Hence, Benjamin not only gave his life to God by serving his fellow beings, but also inadvertently laid it down in order that his descendants could find religious freedom in America.
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