Etinne (father) & Adelle Benjamin (RI
death records); wife's first name: Solphide
(witness on deed)
of Amedee J. Benjamin (based on date of
death); in Canada of French ancestry (RI death
Pawtucket/Central Falls Dir. ; Benjamin,
Anedee [sic] - carpenter, h. Broad, corner of
1876 (ditto) Benjamin, Anedee [sic] -
carpenter, h 14 Foundry, C.F.
1877 (ditto) Benjamin, Emede [sic] -
carpenter, h.14 Foundry, C.F.
Dir. ; Benjamin, Amede G.[sic] carpenter,
house 271 Broad
1881 Benjamin, Amadee [sic]-
house carpenter, h. 271 Broad
Dir.; Benjamin, Amedee G.[sic] foreman, h 271
*Note: Amedee J. Benjamin applies for
new clamp design patent in Dec, 1882.
1883 (ditto) ; Benjamin, Amedee
G.[sic], foreman, h. 271 Broad
PATENT: 1883, March 6; date of
issue - patent for new clamp design by
Amedee J. Benjamin, but used on clamps
stamped & sold by Wm. J. Hood
1884 Wm. J.
Hood sells to Amedee J. Benjamin, 3 lots of
land in Lincoln - village of Valley Falls, on
north side of Tremont St. In the deed, both
grantor and grantee are said to be "of
Lincoln". These three lots are from a Plat
owned by Wm. J. Hood and Daniel W. Jenks.
1885 Pawt/CF Dir.; Benjamin,
Amedee G.[sic], foreman, h. 27 Cowden, CF
Dir.; Benjamin, Amedee G.[sic], house
carpenter, 27 Cowden, Central Falls
*Note: Benjamin appears to have
left Hood as his occupation has changed from
foreman back to house carpenter.
Pawt/CF Dir.; (Benjamin & Chatel),
contractors & builders, shop & yard,
rear 350 Pine, office 11 Lincon Ave., C.F.
(partnership between Amedee Benjamin &
Henri Chatel) (see ad below)
1888 Wm. Hood sells another
parcel of land to Amedee; this also is on
north side of Tremont St.
Benjamin, Amedee J., lumber dealer, 123
Tremont, Central Falls, h 83 Tremont
(see ad below)
Amedee J. Benjamin dies on March 9, 1896, age
42 years; of delerium & tremors in
Pawtucket. (RI death records) Bk.96
At the time Amedee J. Benjamin appeared
in the 1875 Pawt/CF dir. as a carpenter in
Central Falls, he would have been about 21
yrs. of age and 29 yrs. younger than William
J. Hood. In 1882 his occupation changes from
house carpenter to foreman, without mention
however to whom he is employed. We feel
there is strong evidence suggesting that
Amedee J. Benjamin was William J. Hood's
foreman from about 1882 though 1885, and
that he played a major role in Hood's entry
into making wood screws and clamps. The
evidence is as follows.
In 1882, the first year that Amedee
J.Benjamin is listed as foreman in the
directories, he is living at 271 Broad, very
close to Wm. Hood at 280 and 282 Broad. In
December of this same year he applies for a
new clamp design patent.
Two years later on Mar 6, 1883, Amedee J.
Benjamin is issued the new design patent for
wood clamps. No known clamp of his design,
or any other, carries a Benjamin mark.
All known clamps of this design are marked
W. J. Hood or Wm J. Hood and carry the date
of Benjamin's patent. This appears to
be the first generation of clamps made by
Wm. J. Hood.
Also in 1884, (same year as the clamp
patent) William Hood sells to Amedee
Benjamin 3 lots of land. Hood sells more
land to Benjamin on two later occasions.
believe that Amedee J. Benjamin left house
building in 1881/82 and began working as a
foreman to Wm. J. Hood, who at that time was
listed as doing wood turning. We further
believe that Amedee showed great initiative
by designing a clamp patent and presenting
it to Hood as a potentially profitable item
to produce and market. It is possible
that Hood may have never begun making clamps
had it not been for Amedee J. Benjamin.
arrangement the younger Benjamin had with
the older Hood regarding the patent and it's
use we do not know. Benjamin was never made
a partner, but may have sold the rights to
his patent to Hood, or recieved some other
form of compensation. Although only
speculation, it's also possible that when
Benjamin left to become a house carpenter in
1885/86, that the patent went with him, and
that Hood then began making his clamps with
jaws cut from parallel stock, although the
patent was due to expire in 1897 and some
characteristics unique to the patent
the time he leaves Hood in 1885/86 up until
his early death at age 42 in 1896, Amedee J.
Benjamin was a house-carpenter, building
contractor, lumber dealer. He also was able
to provide plans, drawing and fancy
woodwork. Both his business and home were
located on the same side of Tremont Street,
and presumably were built on the lots he
purchased from Wm. J. Hood.