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Robert I Benson (son of Thomas Benson and Dorothy Sutton)174, 174, 175 was born 11 Feb 1686 in King George County, Virginia176, 176, and died Abt. 1757 in Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia176, 176. He married Frances Prou on 1713 in Richmond County, Virginia, daughter of Cyprian Prou and Margaret Vensandeu.

 Includes NotesNotes for Robert I Benson:
5 Apr 1715, 4 May 1715: Robert Benson and Walter Anderson, deed of partition for land of Cyprian Prou, Richmond Co, VA. Walter Anderson, planter, and wife Susanna [Prou]. Robert Benson, planter, and wife Frances [Prou]. 171 1/2 acres where their late deceased father Cyprian Prou lived, in Hanover Parish. Dwelling house, milk house, 2 tobacco houses, apple and peach orchard included. Source: Richmond, Co, VA, Deed Book, 1714-1715, p 47-49 (abstracted by Sparacio)
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BENSON FAMILY RECORDS; APPENDIX III


Elizabeth Bullard, wife of Thomas Brooks [# 100] is the Benson descendent.

Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Bullard

Charles Bullard, son of Richard Bullard and Catherine Benson

Catherine Benson, daughter of Charles Benson of Culpeper County, Virginia- see Richard Bullard for her obituary.


Charles Benson was born circa 1718, the son of Robert Benson and Frances Prou. He was 96 years old at the time of his death according to the Virginia Herald, January 13, 1813. He married Judith Berry or Greenwood and lived at " Hickory Hill", Culpeper County, Virginia. She must have preceded him in death, as there is no mention of a wife in his will. Charles Benson owned land in King George, Stafford and Culpeper Counties, Virginia.

He was "of King George County" in 1769 according to an Indenture between Fielding Lewis, William Fitzhugh of Marmion, William Firtzhugh of Somerset, William Robinson, Joseph Jones, Charles Washington, Lewis Willis and John Shindler, trustees for the sale of lands of Charles Carter, Esquire. ..........Four Hundred acres, being part of the Tract called Richland, bordering on the Rappahannock River in King George County; with all appurtenances thereon; for the sum of Two Hundred Pounds..

They were the parents of six children including Catherine Benson Bullard above. William, James, Catherine, John, Margaret and Agatha..

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Culpeper County, Virginia Will Book F- Page 448. Will of Charles Benson

In the name of God, Amen, I Charles Benson, of Culpeper County do make my last will and testament as follows VIZ:

First, My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid-

2ndly I give and bequeath to my sons James and John the tract of land whereon I now live to be equally divided between them- James part to lie on the North River and John’s part to be on the north River to them and their heirs forever.

3rdly I give and bequeath to my grandson Charles Bullard any four of my slaves he is to have the liberty of choosing them from all my slaves except for Harry and Davy, the said four slaves I give to the said Charles and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten him.

Item I give the said four slaves and their increase to be equally divided among the sisters of the said Charles living at the time of his death, to them and their heirs forever- I also give to the said Charles Bullard my negro woman named Patt, to him and his heirs forever.

4thly I give unto my daughter Agatha Yancy during her natural life, my two slaves, Harry and Davy, and after her death the said Harry and Davy to be equally divided among all my granddaughters then living to them and their heirs forever.

5th Having heretofore given to my son William, as much of my estate as I think his fair proportion thereof; I now give him one shilling only.

6th It is my will and desire that my two slaves Glasgow and Lark be not sold, but that they have the liberty of choosing their mistress from among all my children and grandchildren.

7th I give and bequeath to Isaac Bingham the younger, One Hundred Dollars to be raided out of my estate and paid by my executors as soon after my death as it can be "conveniently" done.

And lastly, I nominate and appoint my son in law Richard Bullard and my grandson Charles Bullard Executors of this, my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal the 23rd day of September 1805. Charles Benson [seal].

Signed, sealed and acknowledged before us.

William Brooke, Thomas Brookes, Abraham Tunson.

This will was also recorded in Stafford County, Virginia .


Culpeper Will Book P, page 112- March 14, 1814 shows cash paid to Benjamin Fields on account of his wife’s legacy by his bond. $12.50. Abner Hayden was paid $14.00 in full of his wife’s legacy . Both wives are daughters of Richard Bullard and Catherine Benson Bullard.


The relationship of Isaac Bingham the younger to Charles Bullard has not been determined.

[George Harrison Sanford King, Esquire, deceased, of Fredericksburg, Virginia did quite a lot of research on the Benson family. He was a genealogist of note in that area and well respected. ]

Robert Benson was born circa 1685/1686 in Middlesex County, Virginia, a son of Thomas Benson and Dorothy Sutton. Baptized February 11, 1685/86 ,is, at Christ Church, Middlesex County. He died in 1757 in Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia. He married about 1713 to Frances Prou, born 1687/1688 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Cyprion Prou and Margaret Phillips.. They were the parents of eleven children.

1. Charles Benson [above].

2. Prou Benson born 1720 in Virginia and died 1792 in Greenville County, S. C. [Information on this family may

be found in "Virginia Diaspora", by Guida M. Jackson - Laufer, Ph.D.. Published 1992 by Heritage Books, Inc.. ]

3. Mary Benson born December 10, 1725

4. William Benson born June 30, 1729

5. Enoch Benson born about 1729

6. Catherine Benson born ca 1729/1730 and died 1818 in Fredericksburg, Virginia

7. Sarah Benson {twin} born October 7 1730

8. Ann Benson {twin} born October 7 1730

9. John Benson born ca 1731

10. James Benson born ca 1733

11. Zachary Benson born ca 1734/1735

Most of the above dates came from the records of GHS King referenced above and has not been verified, but there is no reason to doubt the validity of his research. The dates of the birth of the twins and daughter Mary came from a descendant of Charles Benson in a letter to Mr. King in the 1940’s.

Thomas Benson was born circa 1650/1660 in Virginia, son of John Benson and his mother is unknown. He married Dorothy Sutton at Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia, February 11, 1685/86. They were both of that parish. On the same day, their son, Robert Benson was baptized in the church. Parish records of November 1684 show that the parish was paying Jone Deverdale for the keep a bastard child of Dorothy Sutton, servant to Captain Wormeley. Thomas Benson died intestate in 1734 in King GeorgeCounty, Virginia.

John Benson, [ father of Thomas] patented land in Gloucester County, Virginia in 1660. Middlesex County Wills/Probate provided the information that he was the father of Thomas.

Cyprian Prou, [father of Frances Prou , wife of Robert Benson] was born about 1663 in Middlesex County, England. He died between October 16 and November 4th 1712 at Richmond County, Virginia. He signed his will in Richmond County, Virginia the 16th of October and it was proven the 4th of November 1712. [See Will Book 3, page 110, Richmond County, Virginia]. He married in England, to Margaret Phillips, daughter of James Phillips and Mary Simpson. Cyprian1 and Margaret signed indenture papers in Middlesex County, England in August of 1684. These indentures were in exchange for payment of passage to this country. Cyprian Prou, age 21, was to serve Richard Bray for a period of four years, "Working in Ground Excepted Excepted". Margaret Prou, was to serve Richard Bray for a period of four years, "Working in Ground Excepted"; Margaret signed with an "X".

Both indentures were signed and witnessed by Samuel Barbat and Jacob Mailhet before the Magistrate Thomas Harriot August 28, 1684.


Cyprian’s will listed the following daughters as heirs. Mary Prou; Margaret Prou married 1712/13 to Mark Rhymer, Jr.; Elizabeth Prou; Susanna Prou married Walter Anderson; Frances Prou married about 1713 to Robert Benson. he also bequeathed personal items to a "son in law" William Paine and to Isaac February, a "heffer with her first calfe" to be paid to him when he comes to the age of one and twenty by one of my daughters VIZ she keeps him. Margaret, Susan and Frances were named executrixes. The will was witnessed by Thomas Pannell, Thomas Ship and Joseph Berry.

1:Greater Lodon Record Office, Middlesex cunty Record Office, Clss P.I. 343- Quater Sections Records, Planatatin Indentures 1682-83-84--Box II, Org. #601-1000

2: See page 75 of "Virginia Diaspora" by Guild M. Jackson-:aufer, PhD
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3 Mar 1702/3: "Upon the petition of Anthony Sale [Seale], ordered that Robert Benson, Son in Law to the said Anthony, do returne home to the House of his said Father in Law and that Dorothy Sale, the wife of the said Anthony be summoned to the next Court to shew cause if she can to the contrary." Source: Richmond Co, VA, Order Book, 1702-04.

NOTE: Abstracted by Sparacio. SKK also checked original on microfilm at VA State Archives Oct 2001. Abstract is accurate. Checks of abstract and original sources show no follow-up action by the court on this case within the next year. The Seale/Sale researchers contacted have no information about the elder Anthony Seale’s wife or wives. However, colonial usage of family relationship terms provide that the term "son in law" in the record above refers instead to a stepson, making Dorothy Sale, the widow of Thomas Benson and second wife to Anthony Sale/Seale, also the mother to Robert Benson, who is the stepson of Anthony Sale/Seale. At this time, Robert would have been a young man of about 16, and must have left his stepfather’s house after some disagreement or dispute. After consulting with a professional researcher, I am reasonably satisfied that this theory is feasible and thus ties the Robert Benson who married in Richmond Co, VA prior to 1715 to the Robert Benson baptized in Middlesex Co, VA in 1685.
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19 Oct 1720: Claim of Robert Benson for taking up runaway servant named Elizabeth Cook, belonging to John Smith. Claim sworn to in court by Benson and ordered to be certified. Source: Richmond, Co, VA, Court for Proof of Publick Claims, Order Book 1718-1721, p. 208 (abstracted by Sparacio)

7 Dec 1720: Robert Benson to appraise estate of James Cashion. Source: Richmond Co, VA, Order Book, 1718-1721, p 212 (abstracted by Sparacio) [The portion of Richmond Co bordering the Rappahannock River became King George Co in 1721.]
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3 Apr 1724: "Robert Benson produced certificate from under hand of Samuel Skinker, gentleman, that he took up runaway servant man belonging to Alexander Spotswood named Richard York and made oath he received no satisfaction for same." Also called upon to count tobacco casks and paid for same during this time period. Source: King George Co, VA, Order Book, 1723-1725, p 172

3 Aug 1728: Robert Benson to serve as surveyor of main road from Markham's Run to upper side of Dogue Bridge. Also served on grand juries during this time period. Source: King George Co, VA, Order Book, 1725-1728, p 415

2 May 1729: Robert Benson gave security to administrix Martha Size, widow of Ralph Size (who died intestate 1729). Source: King George Co, VA, Will Book A-1, p 269
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2 Feb 1732: Robert Benson refused to serve as executor of will of Margaret Boyle (whose husband Thomas died 1729). Her will named "my well beloved friend Robert Benson" as executor. Source: King George Co, VA, Will Book A-1, p 64, p 91
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10 Jan 1751/2: Robert Benson named among men who voted in poll for Burgesses election, King George County. Source: Abstracted from record in King George Co, VA, Deed Book 3, pp 467-470.

3 Mar 1756: Last will and testament of Robert Benson, deceased, of Hanover Parish of King George County. Will names zon Zachary and daughter Catharine only. Zachary to receive one feather bed and furnishings, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, and "my saddle and bridle." Catharine to receive "all my personal estate not already disposed of." Witnesses: S.R. Peachey, Thomas Smith, Thomas Robinson. Will presented to court by Catharine Benson, executrix 3 Mar 1757. Source: King George Co, VA Will Book 2, pp 57-58

7 Apr 1757: Inventory and appraisement of estate of Robert Benson, deceased. Appraised value: 74.17.3 (lbs.shillings.pence). Household and farm goods include a parcel of books, a servant boy, 4 beds, and a looking glass and comb. Source: King George Co, VA, Deed Book 6, 1745-1784, pp 138-139

NOTE: Charles Benson, though not named in his father's will, has been proven to be the eldest son of Robert Benson and Frances Prou, inheriting their land by right of primogeniture. This also is important in that it proves that Robert's will did not name all his children, which helps explain why Prue Benson, Enoch Benson, and perhaps other children were omitted from the will and the disposition of Robert’s personal goods. In 1765, Charles Benson and Walter Anderson sold their moiety to Charles Carter:

8 Jun 1765: Charles Benson, planter, and wife Judith of King George County, to Charles Carter, Esq. Sold moiety [share] for 171 1/2 acres--excepting the burying ground--"by descent from his mother Frances to a deed of partition recorded in Richmond County Court 4 Mar 1715 between Robert Benson and Frances his wife, father and mother of said Charles, of one part, and Walter Anderson and Susannah his wife of the other part", for 100 lbs. The court ordered that Judith be personally examined for her consent, it not being convenient for her to travel to the court. Source: King George Co, VA, Deed Book 5, pp 628-63***********************************************************************Prue Benson of the Northern Neck of Virginia (ca 1720-1799)

Prue Benson was born ca 1720 in the Northern Neck region of Virginia, most likely in Richmond County, where his parents lived at the time. He married a woman named Elizabeth (she died before July 1813; her maiden name has been not found in any records). Prue and Elizabeth remained in Virginia’s Northern Neck until the 1790s, when they left Fauquier Co, VA, to move with several of their children to the northern part of Greenville Co, SC, near Traveler’s Rest. The seventh generation of the Benson family still lives there today. One of these descendants, a 3rd great-grandson of Robert Benson, son of Prue Benson, is participating in the Benson DNA study.

Prue and Elizabeth’s fourteen children who survived to adulthood were all born in Virginia, most likely between 1850 and 1775. They were all living in early 1799 and were named in the estate papers of Prue Benson, which were filed in Greenville County, SC, in February 1799. (NOTE: The traditional spouse names are included here and are believed to be correct. All the girls except Elizabeth, the youngest, were married before Prue’s death in 1799.)

Thomison Henry (spouse: William Henry), remained in Virginia
Benjamin (spouse: Margaret Wilson), moved to Giles Co, Tennessee
Henry (spouse: Nancy Jones), moved to Lawrence Co, Mississippi
Sarah Hume (spouse: William Hume), moved to Pendleton Co, Kentucky
Enoch (spouse: Jemimah), moved to Greenville Co, SC, and Gwinnett Co, GA
William (spouse: Mary Hord), moved to Pendleton Co, Kentucky
Robert (spouse: Ann (Nancy) Stringfellow), moved to Greenville Co, SC
Zachary/Zachariah (spouse: Sarah Partlow), moved to Pendleton Co, Kentucky
George (spouse not known), moved to Pendleton Co, KY
Joshua (spouse: Rosannah Nesbitt), moved to Lawrence Co, Mississippi
Mary Stigler (spouse: James Stigler), probably moved to Lawrence Co, MS
Clary James (spouse: Joseph James), moved to Greenville Co, SC
Elizabeth (spouse: Benjamin Walker), moved to Lawrence Co, Mississippi

The only child of Prue and Elizabeth whose family has never been traced is that of Francis, still living and listed as Francis Benson in Prue’s 1799 estate papers. Francis has traditionally been considered to be a male, but this is not proven. Many Benson researchers say that Francis Benson married Sophia Butt. However, this is almost certainly a different Francis Benson, who lived in Norfolk Co, VA, a good distance away from the Northern Neck Bensons.

For more information, please contact Sandra Kidd at skkidd@bellsouth.net

My line of descent:
Prue Benson (b ca 1720-d 1799) m. Elizabeth, last name unknown (d 1813)
Robert Benson (1762-1825) m. Ann (Nancy) Stringfellow (1771-1859)
Zachary Benson (1792-1859) m. Sarah Burns (1789-1855)
Willson Benson (1819-1888) m. three times, first to Sarah, last name unknown, second to Kate Robinson, third (my line) to Mary Jane Allison 1855-1926)
Ephraim Luther Benson (1884-1950) m Naomi Leota McGaha (1887-1963)
Franklin Fulton Benson (1907-1973) m Virginia Recil Buchanan (1913-1988) (my grandparents)


The Children of Robert Benson and Frances Prou of the Northern Neck of Virginia

The will of Robert Benson (who died before March 1757 in King George Co, VA, married Frances Prou, daughter of Cyprian Prou) only names two of his children, Zachary and Catherine, who were most likely the youngest and still living at home. However, other records confirm or point to evidence that Robert Benson had three additional sons, Charles, Prue, and Enoch, and perhaps additional children as well.

We know that Charles Benson (1716-1813) is the oldest son, because his parents are named in a King George Co, VA, deed dated 8 Jun 1765. This deed also proves that Robert had at least one heir who was not named in his will of 1757. In 1805, Charles wrote his will, naming five children: John, James, William, Agatha, and Catharine.

8 Jun 1765: Charles Benson, planter, and wife Judith of King George County, to Charles Carter, Esq. Sold moiety [share] for 171 1/2 acres--excepting the burying ground--"by descent from his mother Frances to a deed of partition recorded in Richmond County Court 4 Mar 1715 between Robert Benson and Frances his wife, father and mother of said Charles, of one part, and Walter Anderson and Susannah his wife of the other part", for 100 lbs. The court ordered that Judith be personally examined for her consent, it not being convenient for her to travel to the court. Source: King George Co, VA, Deed Book 5, pp 628-630.

Prue Benson (1702-1799) is included on the list of children of Robert Benson and Frances Prou, because of his distinctive family name of Prue, most likely given to him in honor of his grandfather Cyprian Prou. A descendant of this line joined the Benson DNA study in spring 2006.

Enoch Benson is also typically included among the children of Robert Benson and Frances Prou, because of his being in close proximity to these Bensons in both Virginia and in Greenville Co, SC. Enoch may have been the first Benson to move to South Carolina. He married Mary D'oial 15 Feb 1756 in Stafford Co, VA, and they lived in several neighboring counties before moving to South Carolina around 1788-90 (no estate papers have been found).

Zachary/Zachariah Benson was named in his father’s will, and appears in records until the mid 1770s. There is a Mary Benson, a widow, in Caroline Co in the 1780s, who may be his widow. This family has not been traced.

The one known daughter Catherine Benson (1729-1818) was named executrix of her father Robert Benson's estate in 1757 and is one of two heirs named in will. Catherine never married and lived her life out in Fredericksburg; her 1818 will left everything to Jane [Lewis] Benson, widow of her nephew John Benson.

There may have been other children of Robert Benson and Frances Prou. Research continues on this line. Please contact Sandra Kidd at skkidd@bellsouth.net for more information.
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Source Notes for Prue Benson:

[Prepared by Sandra Kidd, 4.07. Please contact skkidd@bellsouth.net with questions, corrections, or additions.]

1770: Prue Benson appears on rent roll for Fauquier Co, for 250 acres, plus 73 acres from Carter. Source: Fauquier Families, 1759-1799, by John Alcock

1773: Prue Benson to serve as road surveyor, replacing John Henry. Source: Fauquier Co, VA, Minute Book, 5, p 107

25 March 1785: Public service claim for 555 lbs of beef furnished for Revolutionary troops. Source: DAR, Public Service Claims for Fauquier Co, VA

13 May 1786: From Prue Benson of Fauquier Co, deed of gift "for 5 shillings and natural love and affection to my son William Benson," one Negro named James. Witnesses included James Hord. On same date, James Hord of Culpeper Co, deed of gift "for 5 shillings and natural love and affection to my daughter Mary Benson," one Negro named Dinah. Source: Culpeper Co, VA, Deed Book N, pp 304-307 [NOTE: I believe this is proof that son William Benson married Mary Hord. This couple migrated to Kentucky shortly after these gift deeds were done.]

2 Mar 1791: Deed from Prew Benson and Elizabeth his wife, to William Skinker, Junr, for 134 acres, a part of the tract on which Prew Benson now lives, at the mouth of Rock Run. Robert Stringfellow served as one of the witnesses. Deed recorded 26 Oct 1795. Source: Fauquier Co, VA, Deed Book 12, p. 370

for deeds and court records: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/va/vafauqu3.htm

Personal property and land tax lists for Prue Benson, Fauquier Co, VA:
[Alcock, in Fauquier Families, says that Prue Benson appears on tax lists for 1775, 1778, and 1781-1798. I checked the personal property tax lists and land tax lists for Fauquier Co, VA, Oct 2001 at Virginia State Library and Archives. Did not find all mentions, but some lists were hard to read.]

1782: Prou Benson, 2 tithables (free males aged 21+), 12 Negroes, 7 horses, 18 cattle

26 May 1788: "Person chargeable with the tax: Pru Benson
Names of free tythables for this person: Robert Benson, George Benson
Number of free tythables: 3
Number of Negroes above 16: 5; Number of Negroes 12-16: 3
Number of horses: 6; Amount of tax: 4.12"

1790: 24 Apr, Robert Benson, 1 tithable, 2 horses. 16 Oct, Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 7 Negroes 16+, 1 Negro 12-16, 7 horses

1791: 24 July, Robert Benson, 1 tithable, 2 horses. [Did not locate Prou's name.]

1792: 10 May: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 6 Negroes 16+, 3 Negroes 12-16, 6 horses

1793: 9 Mar: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 5 Negroes 16+, 2 Negroes 12-16, 5 horses

1794: 13 Aug: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 6 Negroes 16+, 1 Negro 12-16, 4 horses

1795: 6 Jun: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 6 Negroes 16+, 0 Negroes 12-16, 3 horses
1795: 27 Jun: Zachariah Benson, 1 tithable, 1 horse

1796: 4 May: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 6 Negroes 16+, 0 Negroes 12-16, 4 horses
1796: 4 May: Zachariah Benson, 1 tithable, 1 horse

1797: 31 May: Prou Benson, 1 tithable, 5 Negroes 16+, 0 Negroes 12-16, 4 horses

[No Bensons listed 1798-1800]

1787-1798: Land tax lists, Fauquier Co, VA (Virginia State Library and Archives):

1787-1794: Prou Benson taxed on 300 acres. [Location not given in Fauquier tax lists.]

1795-1798: Prou Benson taxed on 166 acres. [Prue sold 134 acres to William Skinker, deed recorded 1795]

1799: Prou Benson not found on tax list [having moved to SC before 1798]

9 Feb 1799: Prior to this date, Prue Benson died intestate in Greenville Co, SC. Estate file of Prue Benson, Apt. 1, File 46, in Greenville Co. Enoch, Benjamin, and Joshua Benson appointed administrators by court.
Appraisement ordered 14 Feb 1799. Appraisement returned 12 Mar 1799, with estate valued at $3,649.08 1/2, including goods valued at $652.69 1/2; Negroes valued at $2,225, gold valued at $383.35, and silver valued at $388.40. Names of Negroes: men Tom and James; women Betsy and child, Jude, and Kitty; boys James and Lawsin; girl Molly. Total value of estate (including prior distributions to heirs) as of 6 Apr 1802: $6,946.93.
Estate distribution names all heirs of Prue and Elizabeth Benson. Estate distributed between 1799 and 1809. Final account filed 18 Feb 1809.

Source Notes for Elizabeth Benson, wife of Prue Benson:

22 Oct 1801: Deed of gift to son George Benson of Pendleton Co, KY, for 5 shillings and "love, good will, and affection," Negro boy named Lawson.

31 Dec 1801: Deed of gift to daughter Elizabeth Benson, Junior, for 5 shillings and "love, good will, and affection," Negro girl named Pol.

11 Feb 1812: Will of Elizabeth Benson written and signed by her mark. Bequeaths goods to son Henry Benson, son Robert Benson (including "one big Bible"), and daughter Elizabeth [Benson] Walker, with remaining property to son Enoch Benson.

9 July 1813: Will of Elizabeth Benson probated in Greenville Co, SC. Enoch Benson executor. Estate file Apt. 1, File 35. Estate valued 15 Sep 1813 "at the house of Enoch Benson" at value of $169.75; goods included one Bible, four books, and "three pear of speks". No Negroes listed in estate inventory.

Source Notes for Robert Benson:

May 26, 1788: Personal property tax list, Fauquier Co, VA: Robert Benson listed as a free tythable in household of Pru Benson.

13 Oct 1788: Marriage bond for Robert and Nancy issued. Married 16 Oct 1788 by William Fristoe.

21 June 1794: Greenville Co, SC, deed from John Gordon, grantor, to Robert Benson, grantee, for 100 pounds, 300 acres in Greenvillle Co, part of tract of 600 acres originally granted to Zachariah White 5 Dec 1785. Proven and recorded upon oath of Enoch Benson 20 Mar 1795. [Enoch's oath could mean that Robert had not yet moved to Greenville Co.]

1800 Greenville Co, SC, census:
Robt Benson: 10010//21100//01
1 M under 10, 1 M 26-44; 2 F under 10, 1 F 10-16, 1 F 16-25; 1 slave

August 1801: Robert Benson named as messenger to Bethel Association to ask for dismissal of Head of Enoree Church; church moved to Broad River Association. Head of Enoree Church members named 1799-1804 include Bensons Nancy and Robert, Enoch and Jemimah, and Margaret [prob wife to Benjamin].

1810 Greenville Co, SC, census:
Robt Benson: 30101//220100
3 M under 10, 1 M 16-25, 1 M 45+; 2 F under 10, 2 F 10-15; 1 F 26-44

1820 Greenville Co, SC, census:
Robt Benson: 4000010301001
4 M under 10; 1 M 45+; 3 F 10-16; 1 F 26-45; 1 in agriculture

1823: Estate of Robert Benson. Apt 1, File 26. 16 July 1827 [notes only]: Nancy Benson named administrator of estate of Robert Benson, deceased. Names 9 heirs [daughter Catherine died in 1814 as child].


1830: Greenville Co, SC, census:
Nancy Benson, widow, 2 M 15-20, 1 M 20-30, 1 F 30-40, 1 F 50-60, 5 slaves (3 M, 2 F)

1840 Greenville Co, SC, census:
Nancy Benson, widow: 1 F 40-50, 1 F 60-70; 6 slaves; 2 in agriculture
next door to Zacheriah Benson: 0000101 rest 0s; 000000001 rest 0s; 0002
1 M 20-30, 1 M 40-50; 1 F 50-60; 2 in manufacture and trades
other side is Willis Benson, son

1850: Greenville Co, SC, census:
HH and fam 375:
Joseph Green, 60, $800 estate, b SC, farmer, Frances, 55, b SC
Nancy, 80, b VA [not enumerated as Benson; indexed under Green, misspelled in index as Grun]
HH and fam 376:
Willis Benson, 42, farmer, $1000 estate, b SC, Catherine, 44,
and family Nancy, 16, Henry, 10, Francis, 7, Samuel, 4
HH and fam 378:
Pru B. Benson, 35, wheel wright, $300 estate, b SC
Elizabeth, 29, b SC, Robert, 8, William, 3/12, all b SC

1860: Greenville Co, SC, census, HH 1494, fam 1395, White Horse division:
PB Benson, 45, wagon maker, $1500 real estate, $2680 personal estate, b SC (all)
Elizabeth, 35, Robert T Benson, 18, farmer, Sarah A, 18 [Robert's wife]
WB Benson, 10, John J, 5, Mary A, 3

1870: Greenville Co, SC, census, Bates township, HH 87, fam 89:
PB Benson, 55, farmer, $700 real estate, $484 personal estate, b SC (all)
Elizabeth, 49, William, 20, real estate worth $200, JJ [?], 16 [this is the John J in 1860]
next door to RT Benson, wife Sarah and family

Source Notes for Nancy Benson:

30 Aug 1851: Enoree Baptist Church organized with 17 charter members, including Nancy Benson and daughter Frances Green.

28 Jan 1859: Will of Nancy Benson filed in Greenville Co, SC. Apt. 18, File 53. Will Book D, pp 191-193. Will written 19 Mar 1857. Specifies that plantation be sold after deaths of Francis and Joseph Green, except one acre of ground for family "berrying ground" [Note: This is the Benson famly cemetery located next to Highway 25 in Traveler's Rest, SC]. Leaves bequests of Negroes to daughter Francis Green and husband Joseph Green, daughters Matilda Crawford, Dulcebella Crawford, and Mary Robinson; sons Zachary, Silas, and Prew B. Benson; granddaughter Nancy Olin [Oleland], and grandson Samuel Benson. Names Silas and Prew B. Benson as executors. Negroes named in will are boys Waddy, Elias, Lemuel, Taylor, and Scott; girls Martha, Dully, and Josaphene; woman Jane. Specifies that Negro Eliza is to go "to any of my children she may make choice of".

Enoree Church was a Baptist Church. J. Ogden
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More About Robert I Benson:
Baptism: 11 Feb 1686, Middlesex County, Virginia 11 Feb 1685/6 (old style/new style dating)..177
Date born 2: 11 Feb 1686, King George, Virginia, USA.178
Died 2: 1757, Hanover, King George, Virginia, USA.178

More About Robert I Benson and Frances Prou:
Marriage: 1713, Richmond County, Virginia.

Children of Robert I Benson and Frances Prou are:
  1. +Prou Benson, b. 1725, Stafford County, Virginia, d. 09 Feb 1792, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA179, 179.
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