"Richard Bennett was a man of distinction in Virginia among the settlers. He took part in Colonial Affairs and was Governor of the Colony 1652 to 1655; Commander of the Militia in 1666 with the rank of Major General."
There is, in the book, a photograph of "Mary Grimes of Williamston, N.C.", whose parents were Thomas Grimes and wife Chloe Llewelling, who was granddaughter of William Llewellyn (1759) of Norfolk Co., VA. Mary Grimes married Luke Ross of Williamston, N.C., whose mother was Elizabeth Bennett of Williamston, N.C.. Elizabeth Bennett was daughter of Thomas Bennett, who died in Martin Co., N.C. after Jan. 12 1795, and was son of John Bennett of Perquimans in 1700. The Grimes, Llewellyn's, and Bennett families were from VA., and were people of note.
"Thomas Bennett (age 38) was living in the James River section of VA. in 1618. John Bennett and family were living in Perquimans Co., N.C. in 1700. Thomas Bennett of Tyrrell Co. , N.C. bought 200 acres of land on the Morrotuck River Aug 30, 1735, for which he paid John Marder 34 lbs. In 1741 he bought 150 acres adjoining it. These lands had been patented by Edward Smithwick. (This Bennett homestead was near the Ross Estate. Luke Ross who married Mary Grimes.)
The following Bennett records which the author obtained by research are given as proofs, of above statements by "The House of Plant":
Wm. Sutton, Wm Lowe and John Bennett were in Cheshire Co. England in 1558. (See Ancient Parish of Prestbury in Cheshire by Frank Renand M. D.) Lowes, Suttons, and Bennetts were in old Albemarle county, N.C. at an early date. "Furitanism in the South" by J. Edward Kirby. Page ...: "The Puritan Colonies... in Nansemond and Norfolk Counties Va. at Providence, Rhode Island and on the Patuxent in MI ... Edward Bennett a wealthy London marchant obtained a large grant of land in Nansemond Co. Va. and brought with him a congregation of Puritan dissenters. His son, the Rev. Wm Bennett became the spiritual guide .... Philip Bennett went to Boston in 1641 and asked Gov. Winthrop to send ministers to ....
page 292 ........ Richard Bennett became governor in 1652. In 1643 a majority of the Puritans of Nansemond Co. moved to near the town of St. Marys, Maryland and some moved to North Carolina.
John Bennett was a tithable in Perquimans Precinct Jan __ 1702. (See page 37 Vol. 3 No. 1 N.C. Register.) John Bennett was one of the Jurymen in Perquimans Precinct N.C. Feb 25 1739. (Pages 516-517 Vol. IV Colonial Records of N.C __ Saunders.)
__ Marriage bond Tyrrell Co. N.C. May 12 1766, Luke Bennett and Melia Garrett. (Thomas Bennett Jr. security.) Wm. Bennett and Sarah Wheatley Sept 5, 1766. (Martin Griffin security.) Adam Lanier and Sarah Benentt June 17 1766. (Wm. Bennett security.) See pages 107 to 114 Vol. 3, No 1 N.C. Register.
"Side-Lights on Maryland History, Vol. 1 by Hester Dorsey Richardson, pages 287 to 356 ..... Early Settlers .... Kent County, Md .... 'Partnership' 3000 acres, Aug. 15 1684 for John Lewellin." (Note: Several people of the Edgecombe & Martin Counties area came from Maryland.)
Page 293 of Vol. __ Colonial Records of N.C.: "Commission of Peace, Tyrrell Co. N.C. , May 20 1772," included "John Lewillin." John Lewillin (above) of Tyrrell county was cut into Martin County when Martin was created in 1774 from parts of Tyrrell and Halifax Counties. He was Justice of the Peace in Martin County Jan 11, 1777. (See pages 693-4 of Supplement to Vol. XV State Records of N.C. by Clark.)
Page 211 of Vol. 2 N.C. Hist. & Gen. Register by Hathaway: ____Lewellin and James Hays were Tories of Martin Co. N.C. July 14, 1777, as per affidavit of Thomas Harrison (son of John) ..... Lewhellen and James Hays were the principals concerned in Martin County." (Tories.) Also, page 209 Peleg Belote in Martin County. (Tory) Page 213 John Stewart in Martin County. (Tory)
Page 217 Col. Stevens Lee in Martin County (Tory). Page 399 of Vol. 2: "John Lewelling, and his son William were Tories, according to affidavit of James Rawlins of Martin Co. N.C., on Aug. 10, 1777: And were planning to kill Whitmel Hill, Col. Williams, Thomas Hunter, Nathan Mayo, Col. Salter", etc.
Page 401: "Capt. Lewelling (John)". (James Mayo, Capt. had threatened Lewelling.) Note: Tories were royalists, and were loyal to the King. "House of Plant" records continued: "John Lewellyn was in Tyrrell (that part later became Martin) County April 23, 1765, when he bought of Thomas Staten one hundred acres of land,
Page 293: "to which he added 90 acres more on the Coneto branch the following October. He finally acquired over 1700 acres. This was the brother of Chloe Llewellyn, who was the mother of Mrs. Luke Ross (Mary Grimes). Chloe Llewellyn married Thomas Grimes.... The proof is clear that John Llewellyn with his mother and sister were originally of Norfolk Co. Va, where his father's will is recorded in the Archives at Portsmouth dated January 28, 1751, proved April 16, 1759 .... His widow, Frances Llewellyn survived him 16 yrs, and her will is recorded at Williamston, dated Nov. 29, 1770, proved January 1775. The Llewellyn's were a Welch family. Smallwood note: The Llewellyns were descended from nobility and royalty. Llewellyn was Prince of North Wales, and was descended from a long line of Princes of Wales. His Mother was descended from Constantine the Great. Royal Ancestors, by Collins, pages 92-94.
"Maurice Llewellyn bought a lot of land qt. half an acre and four Poles, in Bath Town, N.C. Sept. 27, 1706, adj. Luellyn's lot in one side and Nath. Wyandale.... John Lawson and Joel Martin both of the Precinct of Pamtico, Gent, to Maurice Luellyn a lot of qt. half an acres lying in Bath and adj. Otho Russell, Sept 27, 1706." (Colonial Records of N.C.)
The following wills were copied by the author at Williamston, N.C., in office
of Clerk of Court fo. Martin County:
Will Book #1 Martin Co. N.C. page 320: Will of Thomas Bennett. January 12, 1795. Anna Bennett dau. of Lydia Stallings; my granddau. Dicey Smithwick; my grandson Silas Bennett; Thomas Smithwick and Luke Smithwick sons of Edward Smithwick and Dicey his wife; my son John Bennett; my son Thomas Bennett; my son William Bennett; my son James Bennett; The heirs of my beloved son Luke Bennett deceased. My daughter Elizabeth Ross; my daughter Sarah Lanier; my grandson Silas Bennett; Will made January 12, 1795. Test: Kedar Lilley, James Robason. (No date of probate.)
Will Book 1 Martin Co. N.C. page 421: Will of William Bennett Oct 17, 1801. My son Silas Bennett my son Joel Bennett; my son William Bennett; my dau. Sarah, my dau. Mary Griffin; my son Thomas Bennett; my son James Bennett; my son John Bennett; my dau. Nancy Bennett; my dau. Neomy Bennett; my son Nathan Bennett; my two sons Joel Bennett and Thomas Bennett, my executors. Test: Robert King, Senr. (William of this will was son of Thomas, of will, above)
Page 294 Will Book 2 Martin Co. N.C. page 46: Will of William Bennett March 5, 1817 of Kershaw Dist. Planter. My daughter Merina Bennett; my son Bryan Bennett; my son Bryan Bennett and my brother James Bennett, exx. Test. Matthew C. Wiggins. Lleazer Lee, Sherwood Morton. (William of this will was son of William of above will)
Will Book 2. Page 47: Martin Co. June Term 1817: This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William Bennett was offered for Probate by the executors therein named and its being made appear to the satisfaction of the court that the subscribing witnesses to the said will are not inhabitants of this state and the hand writing of the said William Bennett was proven in open Court by Luke Ross and on motion ordered to be recorded. W. B. Hunter. Clerk.
The following records were copied by the late Miss Marina Whitley of Williamston, N.C. from book "The Life and Times of Elder Reuben Ross", and she failed to mention name of the author. (The book was owned by Mr. Julius S. Peel, of Williamston, N.C.)
Page 11: The Ross family is of Scotch descent, and the grandfather of Reuben
settled at an early day at Roanoke, Va., the year of his emigration from Scotland
cannot now be given. Page 22: William Ross (a descendant of Scottish emigrant) settled
in Martin Co. N.C., date unknown. His son William Ross was born Aug 9, 1731. O.S.
died Dec 25, 1801. He married Mary Griffin in 1756, died 1802. Their children:
(1) John born Sept 3, 1757 died in Tennessee; (2) William born January 17, 1760 died in Missouri; (3) Martin born Nov. 27, 1762 died in North Carolina; (4) Winifred born March 9, 1765 died in Tennessee; (5) Nannie born March 26, 1767, died in Tennessee; (6) James born March 19, 1769 died in North Carolina; (7) Mary born Feb 11 1771 died in North Carolina; did not marry; (8) Nathan born Nov 2 1773 died in Tennessee; (9) Reuben born May 9, 1776, died in Kentucky; married Mildred Yarrell; (10) Elizabeth born May 3, 1779 died in North Carolina; married Noah Reddick.
Reuben Ross, son of William, born May 9, 1776 died January 28, 1860 in Kentucky.
He married on Sept 30 1798 Mildred Yarrell, who died June 2 1847. Their children:
(1) Nancy Ross (twin) born Sept 12 1799 died Feb 23 1862; (2) Polly Ross (twin) born Sept 12, 1799 died Aug. 1816; (3) James Ross born Sept 3, 1801; (4) Mildred Ross born May 1804 died Nov 1807; (5) Mariah born 1806, died 1815; (6) Garrard Ross born 1807, died Oct 5, 1823; (7) Thomas Ross died 1815; (8) Martin Ross died 1815; (9) Reuben Ross died 1815;
Elizabeth Ross born May 3, 1779 married Noah Reddick. Their children:
(1) Emiline Yarrell; (2) Elizabeth Ross; (3) Betsey Whitley (third wife of Samuel Crisp Whitley).
The following will was copied by the author in the office of Clerk of Court at
Williamston, N.C. Will Book 1 Martin Co. N.C. Page 201:
Will of John Ross, Oct 9 1792. My wife; my son William rec'd his part, who has since died; I have given to my son John Ross his part of land.... he being deceased....I will that his three daughters; Clarey Ross, Dicey Ross, and Sarah Ross; my son James Ross; my son Thomas Ross; his son Eden Ross; and Thomas dau. Cloe Ross; my son Henry Ross; my son Luke Ross; my duaghter Martha Ross; my two daughters Nancy Price and Rachel Whitfield; my daugher Sarah Cockburn; my son Luke Ross and Joseph Biggs Junr. executors. and I advise that Joseph Bryan Esq. see that the same is duly proven in court. Witnesses: J. Bryan, Mary Bryan (Jurat). Will was proved at June Court 1794 by the oath of Mary Bryan Attest. Thos. Hunter Cet.
"The Westeyan Alumnae of May 1940" Vol. XVI No. 2 (Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.) Page 15: Harriett Matilda Ross born in 1823 (was one of 13 children of Luke Ross and wife Mary Grimes), married Jan. 11 1843 Judge Walter T. Colquitt, a member of Congress and U. S. Senator. Harriett Ross was his third wife. She had 6 children one of whom was Alfred Holt Colquitt who became Gov. of Ga. and U.S. Senator. Page 15 of "The Wesleyan Alumnae" .... Mary L. Ross was born in 1823 the child of Henry Grimes Ross and his wife Sarah Bullock, (great aunt of Theodore Roosevelt). Her (Mary L.) grandfather was Luke Ross pioneer settler of Macon, Ga. and father of another member of the 1840 class, Harriett Ross. (The girls were about the same age it says.) Mary Ross married David L Grimes, and went with him to Texas in the 1840's. (It mentions one brother of Mary - Alfred Ross.) After Marys mother died her father married again and had a dau. Anna Amelia Ross who was a student at Wesleyan in 1866.
From the Life and Times of Elder Reuben Ross: Matthew Yarrell was an Episcopal
Clergyman who came from England. His wife was Isabella _____. They had at least
one child Matthew Yarrell II born 1743 died 1829 who married Mary Wheatley, (who
died several years prior to 1798). (Author's note: This Mary Wheatley was grand-daughter
of Samuel Wheatley, whose will was probated in Tyrrell County, N.C. in March 1739.
This will written January 21, 1739 mentions "wife and chi- (the end of page 295
.. thats all I have)
Will Book RR 1767-1771 South Carolina
BARAK NORMAN, St. Paul's Parish, Colleton County, blacksmith. Son: Barak now in Georgia. Dau: Elizabeth Sillavant. Grandchildren: Elizabeth Norman, under age, dau. of son Barak; Elizabeth Sillavant, under age, dau. of dau. Elizabeth; eldest and only son of said dau. just born in South Carolina.
Mentions: land lots in Sunberry Township and residue of estate sold for benefit
of grandchildren. Exors: nephews Samuel Stevens and William Norman. Wit: Isham Andrews,
John Bacon, Sarah Norman. D: 27 July 1770. Probate: 14 Dec 1770 Recorded: nd. p.
Information about Joel Bennett came from Lorene Veal. She has his will and found most all the tombstone inscriptions and estate administrations. That is, What could be found.
Joel BENNETT (261), born ABT 1765, SC, USA, married 1785, died 1851, Hall, GA, USA. BIOGRAPHY: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA.
!WILL: Will of Joel Bennett;1850;Will Book A, Page 74-75, Hall County, GA, Dated 12 Feb 1850;;;NOTE: States that he has been married to Elizabeth for 65 years. Names 12 children. Probated 3 Mar 1851. In 1820 Hall Co census.
!CENSUS: 1840 US Census, Hall County, GA;1840;p. 167, 565th GMD;;National Archives, Washington, DC;NOTE: Joel Bennett Sr., 1 male, 70-80, 1 female, 70-80, 1 female, 30-40. Three lines down, Joel Jr. Also, 6 lines down, Henson Bagwell, next line Michael Whitmire. Absolom Bennett also listed on another page.
!CENSUS: 1850 US Census, Hall County, GA;1840;p.387, Family 811, 38th District;;National Archives, Washington, DC;NOTE: Joel Bennett, 85, Farmer, b. SC. "E", female, age 83, b. VA. "E", female, age 45, b. SC. "E" female, age 11, b. GA. CONFLICT: 1840 and 1850 census ages would mean he could not have been married for 65 years in 1851. He made a will 12 FEB 1850, Hall, GA, USA. His will was proved 03 MAR 1851, Hall, GA, USA. Residence BE TWEEN 1804 AND 1807, Barretts Military Dist, Elbert, GA, USA. Census: Joel Bennett Sr., 1 male, 70-80, 1 female, 70-80, 1 fe- male, 30-40. Three lines down, Joel Jr. Also, 6 lines down, Henson Bagwell, next line Michael Whitmire. Absolom Bennett also listed on another page. Census: Joel Bennett, 85, Farmer, b. SC. "E", female, age 83, b. VA. "E", female, age 45, b. SC. "E" fe- male, age 11, b. GA. Lottery was for men 21 and over who had been residents of GA for 3 years
3. Elizabeth NORMAN (262), born ABT 1767, VA, USA, married 1785. Elizabeth NORMAN (262), born about 1767, VA, USA. Married 1785, Joel BENNETT (261), born about 1765, SC, USA, died 1851, Hall, GA, USA.
Sources of information: THE PAYNES; Will of Joel Bennett;1850.
Children of Elizabeth NORMAN and Joel BENNETT:
1 Israel BENNETT (240). FATHER: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;p.64;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA.;NOTE: Listed in fathers will.
2 Elizabeth BENNETT (296). FATHER: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will
3 Joel BENNETT JR (297), born 1801. Joel Bennett, age 49, Farmer, b. SC. "E", female, age 47. "M", female, 17. "E" Male, 17. "E" male 15. "P" female 14. ? male 12. "E" female 11. Married 29 Jan 1829, Hall, GA, USA, Elizabeth PAYNE (270), born 1802, SC, USA, daughter of Archibald PAYNE (263). Sources of information: 1850 US Census, 38th District, Hall County, GA; HALL COUNTY GA MARRIAGES, 1819-1839, Book A; THE PAYNES.
4 Pheribee BENNETT (298). FATHER: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will as Pheribee OTWELL
5 Elijah BENNETT (289). In father's will. Sources of information: THE PAYNES.
6 Susan BENNETT (250), born 22 Feb 1793, Anderson Dist, SC, USA, died 12 Feb 1881, Cherokee, GA, USA. BIOGRAPHY: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA. Married about 1815, SC, USA, Lindsey PAYNE (249), born 15 May 1792, Anderson Dist, SC, USA, died 29 Jan 1875, Cherokee, GA, USA, son of Archibald PAYNE (263). Sources of information: THE PAYNES.
7 Esther BENNETT (290). Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA; NOTE: Mentioned in father's will.
8 Green BENNETT (291), buried Nov 1922, Gwinnett, GA, USA. Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Li- brary, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will. Sources of information: Gwinnett county Georgia Deaths 1818-1989.
9 Henry BENNETT (292). Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will.
10 William BENNETT (293). FATHER: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will.
11 Delilah BENNETT (294). FATHER-MARRIAGE: Patsy Todd Brad- bury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will as daughter, Delilah MARTIN.
12 Mark BENNETT (295). FATHER: Patsy Todd Bradbury, THE PAYNES;1672-1976;Patsy Bradbury, 8645 Wheeler Rd., Wood- stock, GA 30188, 1985;;GA State Library, Atlanta, GA;NOTE: Mentioned in father's will.
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