Tom McCabes Genealogy 2022

William BENNETT IIIAge: 78 years1702/03 CE1782

Birth January 2, 1702/03 CE (January 13, 1703) 19 23
Note: Several Bennettt and Brumwell marriages and births are recorded in the church records. The present church was originally built during the lives of William Bennett II and Peter Brumwell. The church is located 2miles east of the town of Saluda VA, north of Williamsburg Va.

Birth of a son

Birth of a son

Note: Could be Thomas Fullalove Bennett.
Birth of a brotherPeter BENNETT
November 7, 1704 (Age 21 months)
Birth of a sisterElizabeth BENNETT
March 2, 1707 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherRichard BENNETT
May 1, 1709 (Age 6 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam BENNETT II
before 1713 (Age 9 years)

Birth of a half-sisterAnn BENNETT
May 10, 1713 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a half-brotherJohn BOWDEN
April 4, 1714 (Age 11 years)
Marriage of a parentGeorge BOWDENSarah BRUMWELLView this family
September 8, 1714 (Age 11 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherPeter BRUMWELL
February 28, 1720 (Age 17 years)
Note: Peter's will was recorded in Middlesex Co Va in April of 1721.
Note: Christ Church Parish, Virginia Deaths, 1653-1812 l

Religious marriageMary HUMPHREYSView this family
April 9, 1724 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
June 21, 1724 (Age 21 years)
Baptism of a sonPeter BENNETT
July 19, 1724 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth BENNETT
December 1, 1726 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
December 16, 1727 (Age 24 years)
Baptism of a sonWilliam BENNETT
January 5, 1728 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
May 2, 1731 (Age 28 years)
Baptism of a sonJoseph BENNETT
June 6, 1731 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a son
February 6, 1733 (Age 30 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherElinor EDWARDS
about 1733 (Age 29 years)

Note: Elinor Brumwell's name was listed in the Vestry book at Christ Church as late as 1733.
Baptism of a sonRichard BENNETT
March 3, 1733 (Age 30 years)
MarriageHannah GOADView this family
about 1742 (Age 38 years)
Note: Notes from Don Bennett's article, "Richard Bennett in Winston Dalton's Journal", March 2001.
Residence 1743 (Age 39 years)
Note: Taken from \"Magazine of Virginia Genealogy\" Vol 35, No 3, Page 218.
Census 1748 (Age 44 years)
Note: William and his two sons Peter and Joseph are listed as polls in 1748, 1749 and 1750 in the lands above Falling Creek in John Phelps list. Lunenburg count was broken up and the Bennets property was then on the border between Pittsylvania and Bedford Co Va, along Pigg Creek and Staunton River.
Marriage of a childPeter BENNETTFrances VARDEMAN?View this family
about 1752 (Age 48 years)

Note: Some genealogist have stated that Frances' surname was Vardemam. The Vardeman family and the Bennett families were neighbors in Va and Ga. The most reliable Vardeman genealogists are confident of this claim but acknowledge that is is probably unprovable.
Death of a sonPeter BENNETT
May 26, 1778 (Age 75 years)
Source: Book
Death after 1782 (Age 78 years)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: about 1702Virginia
1 year
22 months
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
Mother’s family with George BOWDEN - View this family
Marriage: September 8, 1714Christ Church Middlesex Co VA
-5 months
Mother’s family with an unknown individual - View this family
Family with Mary HUMPHREYS - View this family
Marriage: April 9, 1724Christ Church Middlesex Co VA
2 months
2 years
1 year
3 years
21 months
Family with Hannah GOAD - View this family
Marriage: about 1742Virginia


Several Bennettt and Brumwell marriages and births are recorded in the church records. The present church was originally built during the lives of William Bennett II and Peter Brumwell. The church is located 2miles east of the town of Saluda VA, north of Williamsburg Va.


Notes from Don Bennett's article, "Richard Bennett in Winston Dalton's Journal", March 2001.

After 6 Feb 1733, Mary passed and William Sr. remarried to Hannah Goad, daughter of John Goad, and had three more children: Thomas F., Stephen, and James. Another child, Benjamin, was a possible fourth son of William and Hannah. Of all these children, only Peter and James were mentioned in Winston Dalton's journal. William Sr. and his children later settled in Pittsylvania County on the south side of Pigg River. Early deeds identify William (Halifax DB 3-128, 1760), and Thomas (Halifax DB 6-323, 1767) as being in Halifax. A Richard and William Jr. also appeared in Halifax County records. Joseph was shown on early tax lists, but disappeared from the record and probably died or moved away. He may be the Joseph Bennett who appeared in Mecklenburg County, VA. Peter also acquired land in the area of Halifax (Halifax DB 5-80, 1764), but he lived in Bedford Co. In 1768 Peter sold the tract of land he purchased in 1764 to Hannah Dodson, sister of John Goad. (Pittsylvania DB 1- 424). In that 1768 deed, Peter was listed as "of Bedford Co." Peter died in 1778 in Bedford Co. leaving a will and naming among his children a son named Richard. From these and other records, it is evident that William Sr and his children settled in what is now Pittsylvania Co. except for Peter who lived in Bedford County


Taken from \"Magazine of Virginia Genealogy\" Vol 35, No 3, Page 218.

1743 Mr. William Bennitt in Louisa Novr 25 materials, 5 Boys hatts, 4 Clasp knives, kn: & fork, Powder, Shott, 1 pr virginia Shoes, 2 grubbing hoes, Feby 29 1 quart rum & bottle, 1 knife & fork, 1 snaffle bridle, March 2 to Cash 10/, materials, rum: (March 16) 1 yd Silver Ribbon, ivory comb, cash 30/, 1 pr woms shoes, 2 3/4 gallons molasses; April 17 materials, 2 broad hoes, 2 Slates & pencils; To Cash paid your note on me to Thomas Lankford; 1743 Contra: Novr 25 By a hhgd Tobacco at Meriwethers; March 2 By a hhgd Tobacco at Meriwethers.


William and his two sons Peter and Joseph are listed as polls in 1748, 1749 and 1750 in the lands above Falling Creek in John Phelps list. Lunenburg count was broken up and the Bennets property was then on the border between Pittsylvania and Bedford Co Va, along Pigg Creek and Staunton River.


Copied from Bennett Genforum. Don Bennett gives some details of William Bennetts family in Pittsylvania Co Va.

Don Bennett Date: April 15, 2002 at 20:29:28 In Reply to: Re: Bennetts of Pittsylvania VA


Halifax Co. Plea Book 3, 1760-1762 Feb. Court 1760 pg. 22 Archibald Buchanan, John Bowman & Co., Plfs. V. William Bennett. Richard Bennett became surety for dfts. Appearance. Judgment entered for Plantiff Against William Bennett and Richard Bennett for 38£, 12 s.

In the above court case, Richard Bennett is the surety for the defendant, William Bennett.

List of Voters for Elections of Burgesses 1764-1769 Halifax County, Va.

Poll Taken 28 November 1764 Richd Bennet 82, Peter Bennet 91, Wm. Bennet 125

Poll Taken 17 July 1765 Peter Bennett 80, Wm. Bennatt 102, Richd. Bennet 114, John Bennett 132

As you can see from the poll list, Richard Bennett is still very much alive in 1765..... The first list of tithables of Pittsylvania County in 1767 shows the following: Thomas Bennett Stephen Bennett Richard Bennett William Bennett Chas. Goad

These are in the order in which they appear on the list. William Bennett is shown as also paying the tithe for Charles Goad. Sons Thomas, Stephen, and Richard are nearby. ... line comes through Richard Bennett, son of Peter, who married Asenath Dalton. Another Richard Bennett, son of James, married Nancy Dalton.

Now, James Bobbitt left a Richard Bennett some land on the north side of the Pigg River. This will was probated in 1761, when Richard would have been 28 years old. During this same time frame there is only one Richard appearing in the list of tithables. And, from the Halifax Co. court case noted above, this Richard can be connected to William Bennett.

Sometime about 1779 or 1780 a group of people from Pittsylvania Co. migrated to Montgomery Co., VA. This group included William Bennett, his sons James, Thomas, Benjamin, and Elijah Bennett, son of Thomas. Also in this group were many Bobbits and Daltons.....

Most researchers list 3 children by William Bennett and Hannah Goad, Thomas, Stephen and James. I think there is a fourth, Benjamin. In the 1770 tax list, William pays two tithes for himself and James. By 1773 William is paying 3 tihthes, himself, James and Benjamin. Benjamin must be a child of William who was not yet 16 in 1770.

1770 William Witcher's List Wm Bennett Jr } 2 William Bennett }2

1773 Witcher's List William Bennett Sr } 3 James Bennett Benjamin Bennett Stephen Bennet }2 Richard Bennet - 1 Thomas Bennet - 1

..In Montogomery Co., James and Thomas, sons of William appear in the Montgomery County Militia in the company of William Bobbett. Elijah Bennett, son of Thomas is also on this list. Benjamin Bennett appears in the company of Captain Sanders.

Montgomery Co. Militia 1782-1784 Montgomery Co. Court Records

Montgomery Co. Militia 1782 – 1784 Montgomery Co. Court Records

Capt Wm. Bobbett’s List

James Bennett Samuel Renfron Ruben Lawson Thomas Bennett Abraham Gord William Ginnings James Goad Elijah Benett ....

Captian Sanders Company of Militia Benjamin Bennett

A Pittsylvania County Deed establishes that Thomas Bennett of Montgomery Co. was indeed from Pittsylvania Co.

25 Aug 1780 Deed: Thomas Bennet of Montgomery Co. and Brian Ward Nowlin of Pittsylvania Co. to William Mitchell of Pittsylvania Co., for Pound 100 a tract of 100 acres. Lines: Branches of Potters Cr, Brian Ward Nowlin, Daniel McKenzie Wit: James Mitchell, Robert Dalton, Solomon Dalton Dower: Relinquished by Margaret Bennet DB 6: 70-71 Primary Records: Pittsylvania Co. Deed Transcriptions

Now, Richard and Stephen are noticably absent from Montgomery Co. Richard may have been serving in the Pittsylvania Co. Militia.

28 May 1778 Court Record: Richard Bennet appointed First Lt., John Witcher Second Lt., and Robert Dalton, Junr. Ensign in Capt. William Witcher's company of County Milita Military Records, Pittsylvania Co Va 1767-1783, White, p. 9 [56]

Stephen went to Tennessee and served under Col. John Sevier, his first cousin. John Sevier later became the first governor of Tennessee.

The tax lists from Montgomery Co. also provide additional information.

1782 tax list of Montgomery Co., VA William Bennett, Sr. 0 tithes (indicated advanced age) James Bennett 1 thithe Thomas Bennett 1 Benj. Bennett James Bobbett

By 1789, a Richard Bennett does appear in Montgomery Co. He is listed on Tax list "c" on Big Reed Island, immediately next door to William Bobbett. In 1793, Richard Bennett and William Bobbett are on the tax list of Wythe Co. Tax list "a". (formed from Montgomery) By 1795, only William Bobbett is found on the tax list of Grayson Co. (formed from Wythe Co.) ...... The Bennetts eventually moved back to Pittsylvania Co. as did most of the other families. I have heard it was due to Indian trouble, but I cannot verify this.

What this all shows, though, is that there is a relationship between these Bennetts and the Bobbits. They were certainly neighbors both in Pittsylvania Co and Montgomery Co. But they may have been more. These families certainly could have intermarried. Richard may very well be the son-in-law of James Bobbit. And the Elizabeth Bennett who married James Bobbitt; she could be either the sister or daughter of William Bennett. This is certainly more plausible than the explanation presented by the Bobbit researchers.

I will only touch on this briefly, but from 1800 to 1810, three Richard Bennetts appear on the tax lists in the northern part of Pittsylania Co. One is the son of Peter, one the son of James. The third is listed as Richard Bennett, Sr. indicating he is the oldest of the three. He is also listed as Richard Bennett, Sr. [Pigg River]. Remember, James Bobbitt left Richard Bennett land on the Pigg River.

After 1810, this older Richard disappears from the tax list. From Pittsylvania Co. will we have:

p. 160: Deeds & Wills Book 11, Page 361-362. 14 Feb 1811. Pr: 21 Oct 1811. LWT Richard Bennett Sr being weak in body but of sound mind. After my decease Louvisa Cockram to have two feather beds & furniture, two cows and calves, a horse, saddle, bridle and a Negro Dan, during her natural life and to have the priviledge to live on the plantation as long as she lives, free from molestation. To Charles W. Bobbeett, the land and plantation where I now live, negros George, Sarry, Winston, Easter, Lucy, and Howard, furniture, and balance of livestock. At the death of Louvisa Cockram the part lent her to Charles W. Bobbett. Appoint friends Peyton Graves and Charles W. Bobbett executors. Wit: John Smith, Elijah Towler, Ralph Smith, William Mitchell, William Thompson. Memorandum: Richard Bennett and Charles W. Bobbett agree that in addition to what the will specifies, that Louvisa Cockram is to have my walnut chest, walnut table, the use of my kitchen furniture during her life and maintained as usual out of my crops, this in addition to what has been mentioned in the will, and at her death to Charles W. Bobbitt. Richard Bennett, Charles W. Bobbitt. Wit: John Smith, William Graves, John Graves. William Witcher and Charles Walden security for the executors.

Louisa Cockram, whom Richard left a life estate, was the daughter of James Bobbit. Charles Bobbit is her nephew.

So, my best guess is that this Richard is the son of William Bennett and Mary Humphreys.

Don Bennett


Verifies that Rueben Bennett of Pittsylvania Co Va is son of Peter Bennett and grandson of Wiliam III

Pittsylvania County Deed Book 4 , Page 109 Bennet from Bennet 1 Feb 1776

This indenture made this first day of February one thousand seven hundred and seventy six. Between William Bennet Senr of the County of Pittsylvania of the one part and Reubin Bennett a grandson of the said William Bennet and a son of Peter Bennett of the other part. Witnesseth that the said William Bennett for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he hath for the said Reubin Bennett hath given and granted and by these presents doth give grand and confirm unto him the said Reubin Bennett his heirs and assigns forever one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and ninety four acres (be the same more or less) being the lower part of a parcel of two hundred and sixty four acres conveyed to the said William Bennett senr by the Executors of Richard Randolph Gents of Henrico deceased situate in Pittsylvania County on the south side of Staunton River and bounded as followeth Viz. Beginning at Black walnut on the said River thence along the old patent lines S 20 D E 72 poles to a corner hickory in the head of a valley thence S 37 D E 204 poles to William Bennett’s corner pines thence south 37 D W 100 poles to a corner mulberry on the River band thence down the said river as it meanders to the first station. To have and to hold the above granted premises together with the privileges and appurtenances thereunto appertaining with the reversion and reversions of the remainder and remainders and every part and parcel thereof unto him the said Reubin Bennett his heirs and assigns forever and the said William Bennit for himself and his heirs doth covenant grant and agree so and with the said Reubin Bennett his heirs and assigns that he the said William Bennet and his heirs the above granted premises with every of the profits and privelege thereunto appertaining unto him the said Reubin Bennet his heirs and assigns shall and will by these presents warrant and forever defend. In Winess whereof he the said William Bennet hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day year above written.

Signed: William (his mark) Bennet, Hannah (her mark) Bennet Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of: Wm Goad, James Clements, Tobias Phillips, Wm (X his mark) Bennet Jr, James Bennet.

(Transcribed by Don Bennett 3 Sep 2005)


Unverified data posted on Genforum Bennett group (Post # 14585)

Re: Micajah Bennett - RS Jackson, GA 1820 Land Lottery Posted by: Don Bennett (ID *****3520) Date: May 02, 2010 at 19:43:42

I have never attempted to sort out these Essex County Bennetts. I do descend from William Bennett and Mary Smith. They had a son, William, who married Sarah Brumwell. William Bennett and Sarah Brumwell had the following children whose births are recorded in the register of Christ Church Parish:

William Bennett b. 2 Jun 1703 Peter Bennett b. 7 Nov 1704 Elizabeth Bennett b. 2 Mar 1707 Richard Bennett b. 1 May 1709

I think William died about 1711 so there are no other children. This is supported by the will of Peter Brumwell dated 1720 which names the same four noted above as grandchildren.

The Library of Virginia Index to Wills and Administrations shows a record for a William Bennitt recorded in Essex County Deeds and Wills No. 14 with the follwing three items: p. 21 Noncupative Will pro. 14 Feb 1711 p. 21 Exors. bond rec. 14 Feb 1711 p. 30 Inv. and Appr. rec. 13 Mar 1711. I believe this is likely the husband of Sarah Brumwell, but I have never acquired these records.

I am descended from the William Bennett b. 1703. He married Mary Humphries and had five children whose births are recorded in the Register of Christ Church Parish. The last child was Richard, born in 1733. This is the last record I have of William and his family until he appears in the 1748 tax list of Lunenburg County, VA. in what is today Pittsylvania County.

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