January 1718 in history

Born in January 1718

Jan 7 Israel Putnam an American army general officer and Freemason, popularly known as "Old Put", who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War. His reckless courage and fighting spirit were known far beyond Connecticut's borders through the circulation of folk legends celebrating his exploits
Jan 29 Paul Rabaut a French pastor of the Huguenot "Church of the Desert".

Died in January 1718

Jan 6 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina an Italian man of letters and jurist. He was born at Roggiano Gravina, a small town near Cosenza, in Calabria
Jan 17 Benjamin Church (ranger) considered the father of American ranging. He was the captain of the first Ranger force in America. Church was commissioned by the Governor of the Plymouth Colony, Josiah Winslow to form the first ranger company for King Philip's War. He later employed the company to raid Acadia during King Williams War and Queen Anne's War