EmmaHaleSmith "I desire the Spirit of God to know and understand myself, that I might be able to overcome whatever of tradition or nature that would not tend to my exaltation in the eternal worlds. I desire a fruitful, active mind, that I may be able to comprehend the designs of God, when revealed through His servants without doubting."
- Benjamin Wilmot
The name is variously spelled in early records as Wilmot, Wilmotte, Wilmarth, Wilmouth, etc. It is probably a corruption of Guillemot, a name frequently used in France in early times, derived from Guillaume, meaning William.
I. Benjamin WILMOT was born in England in 1589, and with his wife Ann settled early in New Haven, where he took the oath of fidelity in 1647. He has probably been a resident several years before that, for his son Benjamin is of record there as early as 1641. Colonial records show that on 1 May 1654, "Old Goodman Willmot desired the Court that his son may be freed from training, which was considered, and with reference to his own age, his wife's weakness, and their living at a Farm, his Son was freed, only is to attend as other Farmers do." The son referred to thus was William, the youngest.
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