Benjamin Jesty

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Benjamin Jesty was born in Yetminster, Dorset, England back in 1736 to Robert, could not find his mother’s name. During the eighteenth-century smallpox was widespread but the dairy-farmers knew something that most city folks didn’t.  Anyway, more on that in a moment.  As he aged tried an experiment on himself and two of his servants.

His experiment was met with hostility by his neighbors but he forged ahead.  When his two sons were exposed to smallpox but did not get the disease, he knew the answer.  In 1797, the family moved to Worth Matravers.  The pastor of his local church encouraged Benjamin to vaccinate over 200 parishioners in 1806.  He did in 1816, he was 80.

What you may not know about Benjamin is that he vaccinated several hundred people with cowpox, which made them immune to smallpox.  I’m sure you knew Edward Jenner was given credit for the development of the smallpox vaccine in 1796, however Benjamin had already found the cure some 20 years earlier, he just never wrote about it.  Now you know who really discovered the vaccine for smallpox.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Dec 18, 2020 03:41 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... thats a H-U-G-E invention for mankind. Small pox was just so deadly.

Dec 18, 2020 04:23 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes you have to stick to your guns to stay healthy. Enjoy your day.

Dec 18, 2020 04:25 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it is easy-to-understand the skepticism that may have existed with vaccinations in the 18th century.  

Dec 18, 2020 04:36 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Another reason to thank the farmers!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 18, 2020 05:04 AM #5
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, it seems so many people in the world have taken credit for something that someone else actually did many years before them.

Dec 18, 2020 05:05 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Dec 18, 2020 06:44 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew about the vaccine, but did not know about the gentleman behind it.  Happy Friday.  A

Dec 18, 2020 07:09 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I wonder why Benjamin Jesty never wrote about it.

Dec 18, 2020 07:35 AM #9
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray appropriate life story to examine this year

Dec 18, 2020 08:23 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that was a great step.  So thankful for vaccines.

Dec 18, 2020 08:32 AM #11
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kind of a cool story. It is amazing how people invent things. Putting himself at risk!

Dec 18, 2020 02:02 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Now that was an interesting tale about an impressive medical invention.

Dec 18, 2020 03:13 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing this information with us about the small pox vaccine 🎅

Happy Friday evening James Dray 


Dec 18, 2020 08:06 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Farmers are the most inventive people I've ever known or read about. They have to figure it out for themselves!

Dec 19, 2020 06:23 AM #15
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