Hello possible cousin. We may connect (family lines) way back in the 1700’s. I know my family line goes back to Berks Co. PA where the surname is spelled Banfield on tax records, wills, church records, deeds, etc. Somewhere along the way the spelling in NC records became Benfield. Names that are associated with Banfield/Benfield both in NC and PA ( Boone-Dunkley) and the fact of the Boone - Banfield association in KY. Make it almost impossible to doubt connections. I would like to suggest the following as a possibility, accepting the lack of “proven” records at this time , and the possibility of never having them; lets start with two brothers John (1) Banfield , Thomas (1) Banfield. Thomas (1) is known to have been in Berks Co. PA. from 1728 until his death in 1770. 1-John (1) & Mary ? A- Thomas (2) Banfield & Ruth Mandlin marry 1750 *ps1 i- John (2) b. aprox 1755 *ps2 ii- Thomas (3) b. 1751-1760 *ps3 a- Thomas (4) & Prudence Williams iii- Georgeb.1753-1770 *ps4 plus other possible brothers and sisters
We have found what appear to be “extra” Benfields in NC & SC records for the period 1760-1790; the above could explain several of them, provided evidence is found. Yes a lot of this is maybes but as proofs (hopefully) are found I believe this is fairly right.
*ps1 –Thomas (2) Banfield/Benfield is known to be in PA in 1750 (marriage), in NC (1759), in PA (1760’s), in Bedford Co PA (1772/3), in Allegany Co PA (1791); it strongly suggest that this is the same Thomas. Add the fact that two of these times are known to be the same Thomas, plus the Boone family being in many of the same places at the same time.
*ps2 -John (2) is mentioned in a deed for land on Dutch Buffalo Creek- Rowan Co NC (1778), here again close to the Boone family. In 1786 John sued a neighbor in Lincoln Co NC and is is in the 1790 census for Lincoln Co NC; this is where the NC Benfields start our proven “trail”. *ps3 – If (yes the dreaded if) this Thomas (3) is the son of Thomas (2) and born 1751-1760 he is the right age for the land grant in Jefferson Co KY in 1781. Now as to the marrage of Prudence Williams to a Thomas it could be Thomas (3) but I believe it is more likely to Thomas (4).
*ps4 – If this George was born 1753-1770 he would be the proper age for the 1791 property in Allegany Co. PA. I am betting he was named for George Boone.