Benjamin, apparently the youngest son of Thomas Edmundson's marriage to his second wife, Mary, died young. He has many descendants, most of whom settled in southside Virginia in the Mecklenburg/Lunenberg/Halifax area. Some moved into adjacent areas in NC and are a part of the mysterious mix of Edmondsons in NC which still needs to be sorted out.
An account of Benjamin and his family is posted below.Any new information is sought. Please help if you have anything.
BENJAMIN EDMUNDSON, d. 1726
Benjamin Edmundson is not named in the will of Thomas Edmundson who died in 1715 but is commonly considered to be a son.Various documents link him to other sons of Thomas.The will was likely drawn before his birth.
Benjamin Edmundson and James Edmundson took inventory of the estate of Edward Coffy December 4, 1716, inEssex County.
Benjamin dealt with the financial obligations of his absent brother Joseph after Joseph moved to NC regarding payment to Joannah Smith for care of Joseph's children.
Benjamin Edmundson and Thomas Edmundson made bond with Ann Griffin Stevens in 1724 when she was granted letters of administration after the death of her husband John Stevens who died May 17, 1724.She was a daughter of Thomas Griffin whose will was made April 27, 1720, in Essex. (A SUPPLEMENT TO PAMUNKEY NEIGHBORS OF ORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, p. 25.)John Stevens was a son of John Stevens and brother of Edward Stevens whose daughter Martha, b. about 1685, married William Edmundson in Gloucester County.He was possibly the William Edmundson who wasbrother of Benjamin and Thomas.
EARLY WILLS IN VIRGINIA, pp. 240-41: November 23, 1726.The Will of Benjamin Edmundson of South Farnham Parish in the County of Essex, being sick in body. Unto my son Thomas Edmundson all my land.My son shall pay unto my two sons Benja. Edmundson and Upton
Edmundson 8 pounds current money a piece when they come to age.
To Margit my wife my hole estate during hur life and after hur death equally among my fore children Thomas Edmundson and Benja. Edmundson and Upton Edmundson and Mary Edmundson.Margit my wife my holy executor durin her life anf after hur decease my two loving brothers John and Thomas Edmundson excetors.My daughter Mary one Negro girl Sue.
Wit: Tho. Williamson, Evan (X) Davis, James (L) Finey.
November 21, 1727.Proved by the executor and the witnesses.
(James Finey was Benjamin’s stepson, son of Margaret and John Finney whom she married April 12, 1705).
Bond of Margt.Edmundson as executrix of Benja. Edmundson.Unto Salvator Muscoe, William Brooke, Richard Tyler junr. and Nicholas Smith, Gent., justices.For 500 pounds sterling.Nov. 21, 1727.Securities: William Covington and Henry Purkins junr.
Henry Purkins junr.
Wit: W. Heny. Terrett
Nov. 21, 1727.Acknowledged.
Inventory was reported December 12, 1727.
The account of the Edmundsons printed in Tyler’s Quarterly, Vol. 7, lists Benjamin as a son of Thomas Edmundson of Essex, though not named in Thomas’ will probated in 1715.This compiler is aware of no contradicting evidence and assumes the essential accuracyofthis early history of the family.Benjamin names two brothers in his will who appear to be sons of Thomas and is associated with a third son of Thomas of Essex as a witness to a document.
It wasbelieved by Bishop Meade that Benjamin’s wifewas Margaret Underwood,likely the daughter of John and Elizabeth Underwood.The Underwoods were associated with the Upton family in Isle of Wight County, Lt. Col. John Upton’s wife Margaret having first married William Underwood, grandfather of John Underwood.Both Margaret and Upton were Underwood family names.A fifth child, Margaret, is listed by Meade and might have been posthumous. Mooto Underwood lived in North Farnham Parish.He married Anne and had at least two children: Wiliam, b. 1-6-1726, and Seth, born 5-1-1729.Thomas Underwood lived in New Kent County in 1734.
However, the records of Christ Church Parish show the marriage of Margaret Upton to John Finney, a carpenter of South Farnham Parish, Essex County, April 12, 1705.They had John, Richard, William, James, Ann and Margaret Finney.Finney’s will was written Dec. 10, 1709, and named his children: John, Richard, William, James and Ann, and wife Margaret, with child.The inventory of the estate of John Finney, taken Jan. 22, 1710/11, noted it was presented by Benjamin Edmonson and wife Margaret, lately Margaret Finney, executrix.This would prove that Benjamin Edmondson married Margaret Upton Finney before Jan. 22 of that year. (See Essex County Deeds and Wills, No. 13, 1707-1711).Benjamin Edmondson wasMargaret’s third husband, according to Judith Book (posting on Edmondson GenForum, May 2, 2005).Margaret Underwood married Upton first, then Finney, then Benjamin Edmondson.The James Finney who witnessed Benjamin’s will in 1726 would behis stepson.(See EFAB, No. 130, p.
Children of Benjamin and Margaret Upton Finney Edmondson:
1. Thomas Edmondson who married Grissell Coleman and moved to Lunenburg County.
2. Benjamin Edmondson.Appears to have stayed in Essex County. Was Benjamin Edmondson of Charles City County, officer in the Continental Army, a descendant?
3. Upton Edmondson who married Mary and moved to Amelia County, the area which is now Nottoway County.