Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Benjamin Benson

Male Bef 1754 - 1808  (> 54 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Benson 
    Born Bef 1754  Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Mar 1808  Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I70806  Tree1
    Last Modified 16 May 2022 

    Father William Benson,   b. Bef 1713, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1759, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 48 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F15919  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Compton,   b. Aft 1768, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1807, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 37 years) 
    Married Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Compton Benson,   b. Bef 1789, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1809, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)  [natural]
     2. Susannah Jane Benson,   b. Bef 1789, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Durham Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 41 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 May 2022 
    Family ID F36745  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • placing benjamin as a s/o William Jr because of the 1733 John Speak record
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AL-12, 1801-1808, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 518.
      Benjamin Benson, Will, February 15, 1808; March 9, 1808
      I, Benjamin Benson of CC, being weak of body but of perfect sound and disposing mind and memory;
      To son William Compton Benson, all the lands of which I may die possessed of, reserving to my daughter Susanna Jane Benson, the use and occupation of one room in my dwelling house, part of the kitchen for and during her single life. Also the following negroes; Eli, Milly, Lewis, Frank, Betty, Wat and Isaac, 3 feather beds and furniture, 9 chairs, 1 small looking glass wood frame, 2 dining tables, 1 ironing tables, and 2 guns.
      To daughter Susanna Jane Benson, the following negroes; Charles, Sam, John, Harry, Grandison, Mortimer, Harriot, Ann, Sarah, Philis and Moll, 1 set of china, 1 dressing table, 1 cupboard, ½ dozen silver tea spoons, 2 silver table spoons, 3 feather beds & furniture with the use and occupation of one room in my dwelling house, part of the kitchen and garden with a sufficiency of firewood. Also all the money due me on bonds and notes.
      To Mary Speake, daughter of Hezekiah and Theodosia Speake, 1 small feather bed and furniture, and 20 pounds.
      Executor: Wilson Smoot, Francis Franklin
      Signed: February 15, 1808 Benjamin Benson
      Wit: Samuel Hanson, Lawson Johnson, William Brawner Jr.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Jan. 25, 1809 - An inventory of the personal estate of Benjamin Benson late of Charles Co., deceased, as reappraised and divided agreeably to the will of said deceased and the property hereunto annexed is that part bequeathed and set apart by the division now made for Susanna Jane Benson (now Mrs. Mcpherson), as well as her part of the unbequeathed property belonging to said estate.
      --Negro man Charles, 30 years old $300
      --Negro man Sam, 23 years old $300
      --Negro man Harry, 28 years old $300
      --Negro woman Moll, 54 years old $35
      --Negro woman Sarah & child, 20 years old $280
      --Negro woman Ann, 22 years old $240
      --Negro woman Philis, 18 years old $240
      --Negro girl Harriet, 3 years old $50
      --Negro boy John, 5 years old $100
      --Negro boy Grandison, 4 years old $85
      --Negro boy Mortimer, 2 years old $50
      --3 feather beds & furniture $75, etc.
      Total value $2626.96
      Appraisers: William Brawner, Jos. Young.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories and Accounts, 1808-1812, pp. 88-90.

      Jan. 25, 1809 - An inventory of the personal estate of Benjamin Benson late of Charles County, deceased, as reappraised and divided agreeably to the will of said deceased and the property hereunto annexed is that part bequeathed and set apart by the division now made for William Compton Benson as well as his equal part of the unbequeathed property belonging to said estate.
      --Negro man Frank, 48 years old $200
      --Negro man Wat, 24 years old (infirm) $125
      --Negro man Isaac, 26 years old $300
      --Negro woman Betty, 24 years old $240
      --Negro girl Milly, 12 years old $200
      --Negro boy Elie, 10 years old $200
      --Negro boy Lewis, 8 years old $180
      --2 feather beds and furniture $50, etc.
      Total value $2128.58
      Appraisers: William Brawner, Jos. Young.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories and Accounts, 1808-1812, pp. 90-91.

      June 10, 1812 - The Additional and Final Account of Wilson Smoot, executor of Benjamin Benson, late of Charles Co., deceased.
      Balance from former account: $1686.13.
      Additional assets marshalled: $198.33.
      Total: $1884.46.
      Payments made by the estate: $777.43.
      Estate Balance: $1107.02.
      Representatives of the deceased, viz., 2 children - Susannah Jane and William C. Benson.
      Distribution of estate balance: 1/2 to Thomas Mcpherson in right of his wife Susannah Jane - $553.51; 1/2 to William Compton Benson - $553.51.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories and Accounts, 1808-1812, pp. 528-9.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Nov. 1767 - Benjamin Benson in open court makes choice of John Speake as his guardian who being present accepts thereof and ordered that the said guardian take his estate in his hands on giving bond and security for the same.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, p. 642.
      Comment: This doesn't track with the Mar. 1763 record above which shows Benjamin Benson as an adult. Perhaps one of these records actually belongs to Benjamin Branson; perhaps there was both an adult and a minor Benjamin Benson in Charles Co. at this time.

      Feb. 1769 - Benjamin Fendall and Peter Dent were appointed to assess the plantation called "Ward's Wheel," the property of Benjamin Benson, an orphan, together with its dwelling houses, outhouses, orchards and fences. Fendall and Dent were to estimate the annual value (rent) from the plantation, together with the annual value of repairs that would be needed for it and the amount of land the guardian [John Speake] would be permitted to clear. Fendall and Dent filed their report in Feb. 1769 concluding that the value (in rent) from the plantation was 7/10/0 pounds per year, that ______ [10 shillings?] was needed per year to keep the houses in repair, and that the guardian was allowed to clear 4000 tobacco hills per year.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Q No. 3, pp. 406-7

      Aug. 1779 - Benjamin Benson by his petition setting forth that he is in possession of "Oakington" and "Ly By" adjoining each other and requests a land commission for the two tracts; ordered that commission issue to Richard Barnes, Ignatius Luckett, Clement Kennedy and Zephaniah Franklin

      Mar. 1779 - Benjamin Benson values Negro man Peter replevied from William Smallwood for the use of William Davis in the case, William Davis vs. William Smallwood.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, p. 647.

      Mar. 1780 - The land commission for Benjamin Benson's tracts "Oakington" and "Lye Bye" is reported at Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, pp. 543-6. The following depositions were given:
      --John Maddox, age 45 (3 depositions given)
      --Francis Boucher Franklin, age 37 (2 depositions given)
      --Walter Winter, age 34 (2 depositions given)
      These depositions mention Benjamin Benson's land about 6 or 7 years ago. The 2nd deposition of Walter Winter also mentions "The Gift," John Clinkscales and Benjamin Benson's land 9-10 years ago, and William Benson.

      Aug. 1780 - Benjamin Benson or Burrow (hard to read) is appointed to a land commission for "Godfrey's Chase" owned by Henry Speake.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, p. 602.

      Nov. 3, 1783 - Samuel Luckett, Benjamin Benson and William Cox are bound to the State of Maryland in the quantity of 40,000 lbs. of tobacco. The condition of the bond is that Samuel Luckett shall well perform the duties at any public tobacco warehouse where he is appointed to be an inspector. Signed Samuel Luckett, Benjamin Benson and William Cox (signatures, not marks.)
      Source: Charles County, Md. Tobacco Inspection Record, 1774-1786, p. 115. (MSA Microfilm Roll CR 34,672, part 1)

      1783 - William Clinkscales is in the 1783 Tax List of District 7 (Durham Upper and Lower Hundreds), Charles Co., Md., as follows:
      --1 white person in household
      --no land
      --no slaves
      --no livestock
      --tax assessment: 0/15/0
      --security: Benjamin Benson

      Oct. 12, 1784 - Samuel Luckett and Benjamin Benson are bound to the State of Maryland in the quantity of 40,000 lbs. of tobacco. The condition of the bond is that Samuel Luckett shall well perform the duties at any public tobacco Warehouse where he is appointed to be an inspector. Signed Samuel Luckett, Bejamin Benson. (signatures, not marks)
      Source: Charles County, Md. Tobacco Inspection Record, 1774-1786, pp. 126-7. (MSA Microfilm Roll CR 34,672, part 1)

      1798 - Benjamin Benson is in the 1798 Federal Direct Tax List of Charles Co., Md.
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AF-11, 1791-1801, {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 265.
      Lawson Luckett, February 24, 1795; March 16, 1795
      I, Lawson Luckett of CC
      To mother Margaret Luckett all my right title interest and claim to all the land willed by my father Ignatius Luckett being part of three tracts; Luckett's Addition Luckett's Hazzard, and Luckett's Slipe. Also two negoes Frank and Peter
      Executor: mother Margaret Luckett
      Signed: February 24, 1795 Lawson Luckett
      Wit - Joseph H. Speake, Benjamin Benson, Lawson Speake
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      Contributed by Shirley Middleton Moller
      Charles County, Maryland Land Records, N #4 160

      9 Oct 1793 Indenture:
      From: William Compton
      To: Benjamin Benson
      For the sum of five hundred pounds current money of Maryland; all that tract of Land called Wilton lying in Charles County; also all that part of a Tract of Land called Lumley lying in Charles County; also all that part of a tract of Land called Boden lying in the county afsd; also all that part of a tract of Land called Boswell lying in the county afsd. /s/ Wm Compton; Wit: Henry H Chapman, Wm H McPherson
      Recorded 9 Oct 1793
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 151. Jun 18, 1785 from Samuel Luckett of CC, planter, to William Cox and Benjamin Benson, for 5 shillings, and for and in consideration that the sd William Cox and Benjamin Benson are securities for the sd Samuel Luckett as Inspector at Chickamuxon Warehouse, by which they are in danger of suffering considerable loss and have already recd damage, he, sd Samuel Luckett has granted to sd Cox and Benson, a tract of land called Froggs Nest, lying in CC, containing 183 acres, and also all the land that the sd Luckett holds or possesses in CC, except 30 acres near where his dwelling house stands and round the same, and also all the following Negroes and eftects, to wit, Negroes Sarah, Locust, Sall, Isaac, 1 Negro girl, 1 small Negro child, Negro Jude and her child, 5 horses, 9 cattle, 17 hogs and shoats, 4 sheep, and all the right and estate of the sd Samuel Luckett to the sd `lands, Negroes, effects, and premises unto sd Cox and Benson as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Sd Benson and Cox shall and may, as soon as it conveniently be done, sell at public sale so much of sd lands, Negroes, and effects as will pay and indemnify them for all money and tobacco which they have paid or shall be obliged to pay or be liable, in consequence of becoming security for the sd Luckett as afd, and all costs and injury which they have or may suffer by the same, and that when this is done, the residue of sd property, land, Negroes, and effects, shall be reconveyed by sd Cox and Benson to sd Luckett. Luckett may specify the order in which the above property is to be sold. Signed - Samuel Luckett, William (MI his mark) Cox, Benjn Benson. Wit - Warren Dent, Will Harrison. Recorded Jun 18, 1785.
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 298. Bill of Sale, recorded at the request of Clement Kennedy.
      I, Benjamin Benson and William Cox of CC, for 4700 lbs of tobacco, sell to Clement Kennedy of CC, a Negro girl, about 8 years old, called Milly, and a Negro boy named Frank, Signed Apr 18, 1786 - Benja Benson, William Cox. Wit - Thomas Semmes, Joseph Brawner. Recorded Aug 19, 1786.
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      Charles County Land Records 1792-1796; Liber N#4; Page 160. Oct 9, 1793 from William Compton of CC, to Benjamin Benson of CC, for 500 £, a tract of land called Wilton, lying in CC, and part of a tract of land called Lumley, lying in CC, and part of a tract of land called Roden, lying in CC, and part of a tract of land called Bozwell, lying in CC, Signed - Wm Compton. Wit - Henry H Chapman*, Wm H McPherson*. Recorded Oct 9, 1793.
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      Charles County Land Records 1792-1796; Liber N#4; Page 383. Nov 19, 1794 from Benjamin Benson of CC, to Horatio Middleton of CC, for 284 £, part of a tract of land called Wards Wheel, lying in CC. Signed - Benjn Benson. Wit - James Freeman*, Walter Dyson*. Ann Benson, wife to sd Benjamin Benson, relinquished her right of dower. Recorded Mar 17, 1795.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 380-27: FROGS NEST: 83 acres; Possession of - 83 Acres - Kenneday, Clement : : Surveyed 5 April 1707 for Charles Adams beginning at a bound Red Oak standing on the North side the Little Dam branch: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 83 Acres - Clement Kenneday from Charles Adams; 12 Nov 1746,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 369-56: WILTON: 400 acres; Possession of - 400 Acres - Vaudry, John: Surveyed 20 Sept 1660 for John Pile and assigned & patented in the name of William Halbon the North side the main fresh that falls into Birds Creek: Conveyance notes - 100 Acres - Thomas Petite from William Ward; 8 March 1742,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 368-47: LOMBEY: 450 acres; Possession of - 225 Acres - Burch, Oliver: 225 Acres - Noe, John: Surveyed 31 Jan 1664 for Thomas Lomax on the North side the main swamp that falls into Piles fresh: Conveyance notes - 125 Acres - Thomas Dyson from John Noe; 27 Feb 1726, 100 Acres - John Ingram Twainbrook from John Noe; 25 Sept 1727,100 Acres - Edmund Murphy from John Ingram Twainbrook; 13 Nov 1728, 46 Acres - Sarah Noe from Thomas Dyson; 10 June 1729, 100 Acres - William Davis from Edmund Murphy; 24 March 1734, 112-1/2 Acres - Justinian Burch Jr. From Justinian Burch Sr.; 14 June 1743,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 370-64: BOSWELL: 200 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Compton, John: Surveyed 14 Jan 1664 for John Compton beginning a the bound tree of John Pile: Conveyance notes - Matthew Compton Jr. from Compton, Matthew Sr.; 3 Feb 1747 ,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 371-65: BOYDEN: 80 acres; Possession of - 80 Acres - Compton, John: Surveyed 8 Jan 1666 for John Vandere at a marked poplar one of the Northernmost line tree of William Hall: Other Tracts Mentioned: Conveyance notes - Matthew Compton Jr. from Compton, Matthew Sr.; 3 Feb 1747,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 352-1: OAKINGTON: 100 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Benson, William: :Surveyed 13 Oct 1653 for John Hatch at the head of Chingomuxon Creek:
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Chicamuxen: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 418-285: LYE BY: 73 acres; Possession of - 73 Acres - Benson, William: Surveyed 13 Feb 1724 for William [Benson] lying at Chicamuxen: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}
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      Prince George's County, Maryland - Land Owners at Time PGCo Was Formed - 1696: Tract Name: WARDS WHEELE; Owner: Ward, John: Orig County = C {Charles = C, Calvert = V}; Patent Date: Aug 25, 1662: Ref: Liber 5 f 166 : Map Location: M-20

      === did he live in OC during the war?
      1772-1778 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [Antient Press]; Page 426-427
      Indenture 27 Feb 1777 between JOHN HARRIS and ANN, his wife, and BENJAMIN BENSON .. for £60 .. sold 200 acres on Taylor's Run ..
      Recorded Orange County John Harris
      27th February 1777.
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      1778-1781 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 17; [Antient Press]; Page 110-112
      Indenture 25 Feb 1779 between BENJAMIN BENSON and MARCERET, his wife, and WILLIAM ESTES .. for £300 .. sell 200 acres on both sides of Taylor's Run ..
      Recorded Orange County Benjamin Benson
      25th February 1779. Margaret Benson

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