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William Bennett76 was born 1717 in England or Maryland, and died 1815 in Probably Anson County, NC. He married Nancy Huckston on Abt. 1769 in Maryland.

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Family Tree Book: Relatives of General William Alexander Smith and of W Thomas Smith
Author: W. Thomas Smith

Call Number: CS71.S643

This book contains the history and genealogy of General William Alexander Smith and of W. Thomas Smith families of Maryland.

Bibliographic Information: Smith. W. Thomas. Family Tree Book. W. Thomas Smith. 1922.

"One Richard Bennett was a Major General in Cromwell's army. In 1653 Cromwell became firmly established on the throne of Great Britain by Act of Parliament under the title of Lord Protector. Commissioners, of whom Richard Bennett was chief, were sent over to Maryland and Virginia to induce these Colonies to submit to Parliament rule under Cromwell. Quoting from history, "Negotiations were opened with Virginia authorities which resulted in giving the Colony the right of home rule, and Virginia became almost as free and independent of England as she was after the Revolutionary War." After the restoration of Charles II, Governor Berkley of Virginia persecuted Major General Bennett who fled to Maryland and settled in Anne-Arundel County. Two of General Bennett's brothers, William and Neville, emigrated about 1660 and located in Maryland on the Eastern Shore. Afterwards, about 1740, the two Bennett brothers, William and Neville, left the eastern shore and located in Anson County, in the Province of North Carolina, on the west side of the Pee Dee River, then a wilderness and the hunting grounds of the Indians.

Before leaving Maryland, William Bennett married Nancy Huckston and she bore him a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1770 or 71, and a son, William, born in 1773. A few weeks after the birth of her son, she winged her flight to paradise and her husband, disconsolate in his old home, winged his flight to the wilds of North Carolina. His land holdings lay on both sides of Jones Creek. He located his house, built of logs, on the Northeast side of this creek near a fine spring of ever-living water, known to this day as the "Old William Spring". The writer, in his youth saw the roofless, decaying logs of this house and oft refreshed himself with the cool waters of this bubbling spring. William Bennett was a Baptist Minister and became Chaplain, with the rank of Captain, in General Wade's Company of the Revolutionary Army.

The Bennetts were a patriotic people. Among the Bennetts in the army are mentioned James, John, Moses, Nehemiah, Thomas, William and others. Peter Bennett of Granville County was a member of the North Carolina Convention of 1779. A noted genealogist of Washington, D. C., writes: "The Bennett family is of ancient English lineage and includes many personages among its members, both in the Old and New world. The family name of the Earles of Arlington is Bennett, and others bearing the same surname have rendered important and valuable service in their day."

The Reverend William Bennett, Chaplain, moved to South Carolina, married Olivia Cheers and settled in Marlboro County. Some say the town of Bennettville was named as a reward for his meritorious services in the continental army. He possessed in a great degree, the animosity and hatred of the Tories and there are people now living who have seen the holes in his door made by their bullets. On one occasion they surrounded his house. To escape, he crawled up the chimney. They discovered him and pulled him down and handled him so roughly that they broke his shoulder. He lived to rear a family of girls and boys by his second wife. His army canteen has been preserved and is now the precious relic of Mrs. Mary Bennett Little, a descendant in the direct line.

There was another Richard Bennett who settled in Nansenmond County, Virginia, who was elected Governor by the House of Burgesses for three successive terms. He was a Major General of Militia, and while a Commissioner to treat with the Indians, he made a treaty with the Susquehanna tribe which, in point of liberality and justice, was easily the equal and forerunner of the treaty made by William Penn thirty years afterwards. We must not confuse this William Bennett with the family of General Richard Bennett of Cromwell's day, the brother of our ancestor, William Bennett. It is written of him while in public life in Virginia, "He sowed the seed of civil and religious liberty which bore fruit a century afterward, set on fire the soul of Patrick Henry and animated the sword of George Washington. Later in the war of the Confederacy, from some vantage ground, with kindling eyes, Lee saw the ragged boys in gray in a hundred battles sweep the Federals from the field. It was the blood of Major General Richard Bennett that thrilled the veins of Robert E. Lee." I quote further: "This Richard Bennett was descended from a noble family. His grandfather was judge of the Prerogative or Ecclesiastical Court of Canterbury and Chancellor of the Archbishop of York." His father, Sir John Bennett, had three sons that rose to distinction. The eldest was Lord of Osculton, whose son became the Earl of Tankerville; his second son was Earl of Arlington (whence comes the name of Gen. R. E. Lee's famous residence, now the national cemetery near Washington, D. C.) and was Prime Minister of Charles II; his third son, Richard, was distinguished but of less shining destiny. Major General Richard Bennett, Richard Bennett of Annapolis and Governor Richard Bennett of Nansenmond County on the lower James, all probably sprang from a common ancestry, the different nobles having each his Coat of Arms but all of them very similar. One of these in heraldic terms reads Arms; Gules, a besant between three demi-lions rampant couped argent. Crest: A double scaling ladder or. Motto: Hand facile emergent. (Comes not forth easily). Another Coat of Arms reads: Arms: Gules a besant between three demi-lions rampant argent. Crest: Out of mural coronet or lions head gules charged on the neck with besant. Motto: De bon Vouloir servir le Roi. (Serve the King with right good will.) The general outlines are the same and point to a common ancestor, the differences accentuating only variety.

William Bennett No. 2, (1717-1815) married Nancy Huckston (1748-1773) of Maryland in 1769. To them were born Elizabeth, 1771, who married Covington of Anson Co., N. C. When William Bennett No. 3 was only a few months old, his father left Maryland and moved to Anson County, N. C. William Bennett (1773-1840) in 1798 married Susannah Dunn, the daughter of Isaac Dunn, (1754-1836) and Mary Sheffeild his wife (1760-1862) of Moore County, N. C., who were married in 1776. Their only child, Susannah, married William Bennett No. 3"

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"The Bennetts: Richard Bennett early came to Jamestown. He became Governor. About 1626, Rev. William Bennett came and next year his wife Susannah came. They are said to have been brothers and to have been nephews of Gen. Richard Bennett who served under Sir Oliver Cromwell. Neville and William Bennett No. 2, are thought to have been sons of Rev. William Bennett, the Emigrant. About 1775 these brothers left the eastern shore of Maryland and settled in Anson County, N. C.

William Bennett No. 2, was a Minister of the Baptist Church. He married Miss Huckston of Maryland. She died and was buried there. He served as Chaplain in Wade Militia, Salisbury District, N. C., in the Revolutionary war.

After coming to Anson County, he married Miss Chears of Marboro County, S. C., and is buried in that county near "Burnt Factory." There were born to him in Maryland, by Miss Huckston, two children, she dying shortly after the second one was born and he then came to Anson County. Children:

A) Elizabeth Bennett, born about 1771, came to Anson County as a child, married Mr. Covington and there are many descendants of them in Anson County, N. C.

(B) William Bennett No. 3, born 1773, married Susannah Dunn of Anson County (see 806D), and died 1840 (806-F). "

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Descendants of William Bennett
Generation No. 1
1. WILLIAM1 BENNETT was born 1717 in Providence, MD, and died September 21, 1815 in Marlboro Co., SC. He married NANCY HUCKSTON 1769. She was born 1748 in Providence, MD, and died 1775 in Providence, MD.

2. i. WILLIAM N.2 BENNETT, b. 1771, Providence, MD; d. September 07, 1847, Wadesboro, NC.

"Two of General Bennett's brothers, William and Neville, emigrated to America about 1740 and were pioneers in the Province of North Carolina in the section now known as Anson County. William Bennett married Miss Huckston and to them were born William and Elizabeth. He saw active service as captain in the Continental Army. After the war of the Revolution, he lived and died in Bennettville, S. C., which town was named as a tribute to him. "

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More About William Bennett and Nancy Huckston:
Marriage: Abt. 1769, Maryland.

Children of William Bennett and Nancy Huckston are:
  1. +Elizabeth Bennett, b. Abt. 1770, Maryland, d. date unknown.
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